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Max’s Icon: Suicide

Max’s Icon: Suicide

Alan Vega and friend Martin Rev formed the duo Suicide in the early Seventies after witnessing a Stooges concert in 1969. One of the early progenitors of “punk,” Suicide – named after an issue in the Marvel comic book Ghost Rider – presented the genre in a minimalist, eerie and pioneering form, with Vega’s echoing vocals backed by a hypnotic swirl of Rev’s pulsing, rudimentary synthesizer and cheap drum machines.

After developing their sound over the course of intense, often confrontational live shows in venues like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, the duo released their influential self-titled debut in 1977. Suicide, one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, housed the early punk anthems “Ghost Rider,” “Cheree,” “Che” and the frightening epic “Frankie Teardrop.” – Rolling Stone

Photo by Ebet Roberts