Unknown Pleasures Records will release its compilation tribute to ’70s proto-punk band Suicide on November 1. The compilation features performances by several artists paying tribute to the influential act, including The Horrorist, Absolute Body Control, Radical G, David Carretta with Jürgen Engler of Die Krupps, and more including – in a strange twist – Alan Vega of the honored band itself.
Suicide fused synthesizer and drum machines with punk music and aesthetic, notably being among the first to use the phrase “punk music” to advertise a show. Critic Wilson Neate argues that Suicide “would prove as influential as The Clash. The synthpop, techno, and industrial dance sounds of the 1980s and 1990s, and now the new New Wave of electro-clash, all gesture back to that foundational album.” Suicide released its last studio album in 2002 and its last live album in 2008.
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