NOWNESS Experiments: Suicide—Frankie Teardrop (First Version)

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Douglas Hart directs an alternative lyric video for the NYC duo’s previously unreleased material

Those who have not yet enjoyed the auditory delights of New York City’s seminal electronic punk band Suicide can now get acquainted with the duo’s five-decade career via an upcoming release. Out 25 March on Mute/BMG Records, Surrender is a 16-track compilation album featuring a selection of Suicide’s most epic releases as well as previously unheard material.

Musician and filmmaker Douglas Hart (who has worked on projects for My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, The Jesus & Mary Chain) has directed a new lyric video for “Frankie Teardrop (First Version),” one of Suicide’s earliest songs from their self-titled debut album which features alternative lyrics to the original release.

Alan Vega and Martin Rev of Suicide during a New York early Sunday Morning 1979

Henry Rollins, a fan of the band (singer, actor, writer and founding member of Black Flag) said: “This gathering of songs is not a “best of” nor is it a “definitive” all-you-need-to-know compilation. It is an introduction that will hopefully compel you to explore the albums.”

Suicide formed in the early 70s, reemerging in 1976 at the heart of the New York punk scene. Their debut album – which was given barely any credit at the time – has had an incalculable influence since its release in 1977, and went on to feature in numerous magazine’s Greatest Albums of All Time lists.

The volume of artists and musicians they went on to inspire throughout the decades is huge, with New Order, Depeche Mode, Bruce Springsteen, Moby, Soft Cell, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream, and Nick Cave just a few who have acknowledged their debt to the duo. The band continued releasing and performing for 40 years, until 2015’s acclaimed Punk Mass at the Barbican in London and Alan Vega’s passing in July 2016.


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