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sitting around eating vegan soup (or something like that) and being boring in a house together.....and that's exactly what they are doing.
as much as i love them.
although I'd like to spend all day with joe Lally by my side, soundtracking my every move with a smooth rolling bassline.
up to the point Ian was brewing up, and there was no 'cow's milk' and he didn't agree with sugar or something.
'I picked these leaves myself from my own ethically run plantation.'
NO THANKS, IAN.
We're just like Fugazi EXCEPT REALLY FUN DUDES
he was sitting by himself, writing in his journal or something. didn't seem to mind at all that a couple of starstruck, geeky kids were working up the nerve to say hello. chatted us up a bit about the tour, the new record (kill taker was about to come out)and was altogether pleasant. he even joked a bit about the fact that the evenings gig was being staged atop a parking garage. a nice chap.
but never have. Where do I start?
but the answer is actually 'end hits'
everyone says Repeater or the Argument.
the answer is still end hits
but actually mean end hits. weird
like for me its the best 'Fugazi the hardcore band' album before The Argument changed the game. But I wouldn't start with it, it took a while for me to come to this conclusion
because to me every album (bar Steady Diet) is a progression of the last one. So, either just do it chronologically and start at 13 Songs when they were still pretty much a straight-up hardcore band with inventive ideas such as Waiting Room: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMOAXm94VWo
OR skip to the end and listen to The Argument first, then work your way back. The Argument for me is one of the most accomplished, fully realised records of the last 20 years, in punk or otherwise, because it pretty much challenges the idea of what being a punk band is (mostly by incorporating Beatles-esque chamber pop, observe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajrCZJgwoh4
I can't imagine my music collection missing any of their albums.
Get Repeater first probably. But if you have any sort of disposable income, just listen to a couple of tracks on youtube, or spend 90 minutes watching the Instrument documentary as someone has suggested below (bit pretentious in places but gives a good overview of the band and what they are about, with some brilliant live footage), then buy all their albums at once, as you WILL like them.
... Did it for me then and still does it for me now. Start there.
a good few years ago now thinking about it, 2004 ish. I had a dodgy kebab the night before so missed out, I hadn't been into them long but thought I'd get another chance as they tend to tour a lot. Then they decided to go on indefinite fucking hiatus, the pricks.
And taken a big shit on the counter. That's what Fugazi would've done. Although theirs would be veggie and possibly free trade.
but with each year that passes and as Ian Mackaye gets older and his side projects get lamer, it hurts a litte more.
I bought 13 Songs, In On The Killtaker and The Argument in Rough Trade today. Only listened to 13 Songs so far, but good stuff.
It's the only album by them I really don't like.
I like that one and End Hits. Lots of long echoey repetitive stuff & weirdness. I think they were smoking vast quantities of weed during those recording sessions.
there's your Bed For The Scraping, Target & your Back to Base. Classic normal Fugazi I reckon.
cuz its not as distinctive as Kill Taker or End Hits, but it does have Target on it, redeeming it somewhat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4Jv9xOsteE
it is distinct. can't go wrong with any of 'em.
Kill Taker is the weakest, though.
start with Repeater.
The Evens have two great records as well. Ian and some riot grrl doing guitar and drums.
Kill Taker took a little while but its actually terrifying. And I do still really like Red Medicine I just don't think its strong enough to be much more than a midway point from the albums surrounding it.
The Evens is a good shout though
The Argument > End Hits > Repeater > In On the Kill Taker > Red Medicine >> 13 Songs > Steady Diet
Repeater > Argument > Red Medicine > End Hits > Kill Taker > Steady Diet (forgot, hah).
EPs don't count. xstraight edgex
13 songs=repeater>killtaker=argument>steady diet=red medicine>end hits
fugazi is my alltime favorite band. i saw them 5 times and they are 5 of the greatest nights of my life.
Red Medicine is as good as the rest but it has some slightly edgy bits in between songs that can make you recall it as being 'different'.
But now it's one of my favourites. And it has Combination Lock on it.
I said it was slightly weaker than the others.
The Furniture ep
This is maybe my favourite Guy Piccolo track.
such an incredible songwriter
I like Fugazi, but I don't LOVE Fugazi.
There the example I always come up with for a band that I should love but somehow never completely clicked with. If you write down everything about them they sound like they should be my favourite band but I never quite care enough to return to their records often. No idea why. Feel free to post some hate.
Just don't understand why they never quite click with me.
with both, actually.
Fugazi took a while to really get under my skin. I think what ultimately got me was Guy and Ian's vocals, and the band's skewed sense of melody.
I'd always considered the sense of rhythm and choice of timbres cool, but once I became familiar, their meanings/sentiment/philosophy and their method of expression really began to resonate.
Melvins...again, the drums, vocals, guitar/bass, distinctive/cool, but it became ingrained in me, and I started to feel it at a deeper gut level.
And some are just not that great. I can't see a lot wrong with the core two of Houdini and Stoner Witch though. I found the same thing with Sonic Youth, they never clicked. It was only when I heard their stuff around and before Daydream Nation that it clicked, their latest stuff does nothing for me even now.
Houdini and Stoner Witch.
classic 45min mp3 edit of fugazi between song banter, hilarious! http://www.publiccollectors.org/FugaziLiveBanter.htm