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Electric organ, drum machine, and delay fx in the 70s

Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 12:13 pm
by KBD_TRACKER
Suicide was way way ahead of its time (and many expressed a violent dislike for their music), but this illustrates again that talent and/or creativity largely compensate for gear scarcity, and so should encourage all those (not least me) whose studio feels at times sort of on the diminutive side .... :mrgreen:



Re: Electric organ, drum machine, and delay fx in the 70s

Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 1:33 pm
by meatballfulton
Funny how much stuff that was hated back then is now revered as being seminal to modern music. Suicide is one example, but also Lou Reed/VU, Black Sabbath, Stooges, Captain Beefheart, Eno.

Re: Electric organ, drum machine, and delay fx in the 70s

Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 1:41 pm
by Bitexion
I still find Suicide horribly dull musically. The singer has that "edgy 70s" look but that's about it.

Re: Electric organ, drum machine, and delay fx in the 70s

Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 4:31 pm
by Psy_Free
Love Suicide. I remember the first time I heard 'Frankie Teardrop' I was relaxing on the sofa listening through headphones. The scream almost gave me a heart attack. Can't say that about too many groups ;)


Re: Electric organ, drum machine, and delay fx in the 70s

Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 6:21 pm
by KBD_TRACKER
Bitexion wrote:I still find Suicide horribly dull musically. The singer has that "edgy 70s" look but that's about it.
Of course your opinion is respectable, but they did influence (and maybe inspire) many major electronic music acts:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_%28band%29

And over time their music did evolve in a bit more "polished" pieces like this one (1980, I believe):


Re: Electric organ, drum machine, and delay fx in the 70s

Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 6:37 pm
by ppg_wavecomputer
This reminds me of an ex-girlfriend I once had. She and a mate of hers were on the road late at night (she was driving a black Dodge Pickup truck at that time), right in the middle of nowhere, picking up a hitch-hiker while Suicide were blasting from the car stereo.

The hitch-hiker kindly declined and decided to wait outside in the pouring rain.

Stephen

Re: Electric organ, drum machine, and delay fx in the 70s

Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 3:39 am
by Blue Monster 65
^Classic! :lol:

The first time I "saw" Suicide was when they appeared on the Midnight Special with the Cars. An older kid I knew had a tape (cassette) of them that I had heard a bit of, but I didn't get it 'til I saw that show. Really took my head apart. I was already familiar with a few "electronic" acts of the day, but they were quite different, raw, and very stripped down, just like they had been advertised.

Mind you, I still preferred the Cramps, but I got what Suicide was up to. Alex Vega really hit in on the head when he did Juke Box Babe later on.

Re: Electric organ, drum machine, and delay fx in the 70s

Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 12:28 pm
by meatballfulton
KBD_TRACKER wrote:they did influence (and maybe inspire) many major electronic music acts
They certainly were the precursor to the two-man bands that became common in the synth pop days (Yaz, Erasure, Tears for Fears, Ministry, etc., etc.) and have persisted to this day.

On the other hand, it's not like they pulled their style out of thin air...


Re: Electric organ, drum machine, and delay fx in the 70s

Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 4:31 pm
by KBD_TRACKER
meatballfulton wrote:
KBD_TRACKER wrote:they did influence (and maybe inspire) many major electronic music acts
They certainly were the precursor to the two-man bands that became common in the synth pop days (Yaz, Erasure, Tears for Fears, Ministry, etc., etc.) and have persisted to this day.

On the other hand, it's not like they pulled their style out of thin air...
One could also mention soft cell and the lesser known voice farm which were at the beginning also a duo.

But for sure there is definitively an aesthetic lineage with the VU.
Still, the VU was essentially a 5-8 members rock group "classically" structured around a drum-kit, guitars, etc. whereas suicide was more of a minimalistic and experimental electronic ("electro-punk ?) music duo.

Re: Electric organ, drum machine, and delay fx in the 70s

Posted: Sat May 23, 2015 11:11 pm
by Blue Monster 65
The Velvets influenced damn near everybody ...

Re: Electric organ, drum machine, and delay fx in the 70s

Posted: Sun May 24, 2015 2:55 am
by GuyaGuy
KBD_TRACKER wrote:
meatballfulton wrote:
KBD_TRACKER wrote:they did influence (and maybe inspire) many major electronic music acts
They certainly were the precursor to the two-man bands that became common in the synth pop days (Yaz, Erasure, Tears for Fears, Ministry, etc., etc.) and have persisted to this day.

On the other hand, it's not like they pulled their style out of thin air...
One could also mention soft cell and the lesser known voice farm which were at the beginning also a duo.

But for sure there is definitively an aesthetic lineage with the VU.
Still, the VU was essentially a 5-8 members rock group "classically" structured around a drum-kit, guitars, etc. whereas suicide was more of a minimalistic and experimental electronic ("electro-punk ?) music duo.
Yeah there's a VU influence but also rockabilly, Stooges, lounge, etc.