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World's Leading Terrorist State
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2011 repress; 2007 release. "Earliest, most innovative Suicide material. NYC's pioneer electronic punk rockers with never before available '75 to '79 tracks. Original liner notes by Lester Bangs. 3 bonus tracks!"
"What we got here is vintage studio Suicide from the archives and live tapes on a par in atmosphere if not violence with '23 Minutes In Brussels,' their own notorious Metallic K.O. There is none of the onstage carnage which frightened early audiences, but maybe that wouldn't have transferred to tape anyway. 'Space Blue,' 'Long Talk' and 'Speed Queen' were recorded at Suicide Home Studios in 1974/5, 'Dreams' at Sun Dragon Studio in '75, and are not all that different from their later work except perhaps in murkiness which is all to the good. 'Dreams' is very close to their later Island single 'Dream Baby Dream,' and also sounds a lot like certain things Eno would be doing in the mid-to-late seventies. Similarly, 'Love You,' recorded at Suicide Home Studios in '79, displays Suicide's little recognized sense of (no joke) pure pop. Play the Velvet's original 'Waiting For The Man' back to back with the Ohio Express' 'Yummy Yummy Yummy,' then this back to back with Archives' 'Sugar Sugar' and the connections are clear. 'Cool As Ice' from the same sessions is the coolest (only?) take on Stooges' 'Penetration' ever, and proves once again that Alan can scream like nobody since Iggy at his pinnacles."
-- Lester Bangs, 1981
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