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Suicide: Garage, Highbury, London

Nick Hasted, The Independent, 9 March 1998

LEAVING THE house shrieking with manic glee at the sound of a band being booed off stage 20 years ago for 23 minutes straight, walking into a venue an hour later to watch them live could only disappoint. It doesn't help that Suicide's debut album, also two decades old, remains so inexplicable, so ominous. The primitive synth pulses of Martin Rev remain untouched in their strangeness, after so many years of that instrument's familiarity; the proto-rock'n'roll lyrics and shrieks of Alan Vega still sound unhinged.

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