Suicide was an American musical duo intermittently active between 1970 and 2016, composed of vocalist Alan Vega and instrumentalist Martin Rev. The group's pioneering music utilized minimalist electronic instrumentation, including synthesizers and primitive drum machines, and their early performances were confrontational and often ended in violence.

Though never widely popular among the general public, Suicide have been recognized as among the most influential acts of their era. Their debut album Suicide (1977) was described by Entertainment Weekly as "a landmark of electronic music," while AllMusic stated that it "provided the blueprints for post-punk, synth pop, and industrial rock." Rolling Stone called them "an unmeasurable influence on the industrial dance, noise, techno, ambient, and electronic scenes of the 1980s and 1990s."

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In summer 1998, Suicide were among the special lineup of favourite artists selected by Peel to play at the Meltdown arts festival he curated at London’s Southbank Centre. Highlights of the band’s live set were subsequently broadcast on the DJ’s show on BBC Radio One.[1]

Peel had regularly played releases by Suicide on his programs over three decades, although not all listeners initially welcomed his support for the New York duo. On 22 August 1978, before airing “Frankie Teardrop” from their self-titled debut LP, the DJ noted:

“Last time I played this track I got a letter from a collective in Cleethorpes threatening to come down and duff me up if I played it again. Well, I'm playing it again.”

The DJ also gave airtime to Alan Vega’s work outside Suicide, including with the Revolutionary Corps Of Teenage Jesus, although it is know he didn’t care for all of the singer’s solo material.[2] In 2010, four Vega solo albums were among the first 100 LPs by artists beginning with V when initial details of Peel’s record collection were first released online.[3]

Festive Fifty Entries

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  • 08 July 1998: Live performance from Royal Festival Hall for Meltdown '98, recorded 1998-07-04.
  1. White Man
  2. Girl

Other Shows Played

Suicide - Frankie Teardrop

Suicide - Frankie Teardrop

Alan Vega


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