Following Suicide and the “Dream Baby Dream” single, Vega and Rev released their second studio album, the Ric Ocasek-produced Suicide: Alan Vega and Martin Rev, in 1980. Alan Vega, singer of the influential electronic punk music duo Suicide, died Saturday, his family announced. He only did what he wanted.

After their early breakthroughs, Suicide released three more albums, A Way of Life (1988), Why Be Blue (1992) and American Supreme (2002). You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. “Alan passed peacefully in his sleep last night, July 16.”. Debbie Reynolds was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, and humanitarian. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Outside of music, Vega also enjoyed a long career as a visual artist. The album featured such tracks as “Cheree,” “Ghost Rider,” “Frankie Teardrop” and “Che,” and embedded itself into the history of punk. One of the greatest aspects of Alan Vega was his unflinching adherence to the demands of his art. He was 78. Henry Rollins released a statement from Vega’s family on his website on… Henry Rollins broke the news via his website, with a statement from Vega's family. In 1978 a live recording of a gig in Brussels that turned into a riot when the mutinous audience demanded to hear the headliner, Elvis Costello, was released as a flexidisc with a music paper, and was hailed as a milestone of punkish performance art. The duo was one of the original pioneers of punk, and offered the genre a unique, minimalistic sound. Dat laat zijn familie weten in een verklaring. Springsteen added that “[Suicide] are underground masters,” and that “they should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”. “Alan passed peacefully in his sleep last night, July 16,” the statement said. Alan Vega, left, with Martin Rev of Suicide in the early 1980s. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. “Alan was not only relentlessly creative, writing music and painting until the end, he was also startlingly unique,” protopunk pioneer’s family writes. Their first, self-titled album is one of the single most challenging and noteworthy achievements in American music.”. 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.”, There’s no shortage of artists inspired by Suicide’s first LP, with Bruce Springsteen chief among those who have long championed Vega and Rev.

Rollins wrote on his site that he would dedicate his Sunday spot on Los Angeles’ KCRW to celebrate Vega’s work. Alan Vega, singer of the influential electronic punk music duo Suicide, died Saturday, his family announced.He was 78. “Look at it now, it’s all accountants and lawyers, it’s been taken over by big business.”. After decades of constant output, the world seemed to catch up with Alan and he was acknowledged as the groundbreaking creative individual he had been from the very start. Variety and the Flying V logos are trademarks of Variety Media, LLC. Along with Martin Rev, in the early 1970’s, they formed the two person avant band known as Suicide. Alan is survived by his amazing family, wife Liz and son Dante. A visit to a 1969 concert by Iggy Pop and the Stooges helped him make the connection between creating studio artworks and the dynamic impact of musical performance. Maya Oppenheim @mayaoppenheim. The vocalist of iconic New York proto-punk electronic band has died peacefully in his sleep. He attended Brooklyn College in the late 50s, where he studied physics and fine art. Initially they dabbled with free jazz, inspired by John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, then worked with the guitarist Paul Liebgott and later with Mari Reverby, Martin’s wife, on percussion, but by 1972 Suicide had become a Vega/Rev duo. “Our philosophy was that the one thing Suicide was never going to do was entertain,” Vega commented. He was 78 years of age.

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Suicide’s 1979 single “Dream Baby Dream” also became a live staple at Springsteen gigs, with the rocker eventually recording a studio cover for 2014’s High Hopes.

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