Alan Vega passed away last month, and the proto-punk pioneer, alongside Martin Rev, left behind influential work as Suicide. The duo’s 1977 self-titled debut came after Vega and Rev had been working the LES art scene for nearly a decade, and the raw, confrontational energy of the album helped shape what punk, industrial, hip-hop, noise, and other genres would become. This reissue, which includes extensive liner notes by Sonic Youth‘s Thurston Moore, has been remastered from original mixes of the 1977 LP.
The second album from Suicide, Alan Vega Martin Rev, came out in 1980, and it represented a shift from the proto-punk DNA of the band. Much of the reason can be attributed to The Cars’ Ric Ocasek, who produced the album, as he filled out Vega and Rev’s stripped down sound with keyboards and rhythm machines. The result was a more pop oriented record that was “still crazed and venomous.” Make sure to grab the albums while they last, and here’s a 1980 clip of the group performing “Ghost Rider” live: