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Suicidal Tendencies fans

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Z3PR, Apr 13, 2003.

  1. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

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    Click Suicidal Tendencies have never been a band to compromise
    nor capitulate to the demands of style, whether in music or dress.
    Based in Venice, California, they were forever being condemned
    for not fitting into popular punk scene of the time because they
    had lead breaks in their songs, and never fitting into the metal
    scene because they were too fast.

    Singer Mike Muir put the outfit together in 1982 along with
    school friends Louiche Mayora on bass and guitarist Grant Estes
    - later to be replaced by Rocky George - for fun.
    Drummer Ralph Herrera was later to join the ranks.
    They dressed in the style of which they lived; plaid shirts
    embellished with unique hand painted designs and bandanas.

    Their debut album "Suicidal Tendencies" saw the light of day on
    the independent frontier records in 1983.
    They then set out to tour around America to spread the word
    with no as much as a promotional budget behind them,
    which explains why they came back from it a whole lot thinner
    than when they set off.
    The most they were paid for a show was about $100 and they
    invariably ended up playing a lot of gigs for free:
    on some occasions this wasnt the plan intended, it just happend.
    Subsequent to their arrival back home they found that the local
    attitudes had changed towards them: they were getting air play
    on the radio with their first single "Institutionalised".
    MTV soon picked up the trail, giving the video heavy rotation
    from which it gained a 15 week run and made the top 28 videos
    of that year.
    "Institutionalised" also featured in the movie "Repro Man"
    as well as a series of Miami Vice, in which the band made an
    appearence performing the track.
    This first album grew in popularity over the ensuing months
    and within the first 3 years of its release, had sold
    around 150.000 copies.

    Prior to this ascendancy, no major record companies wanted
    to know a band with such a socially unacceptable name, but
    tables always turn, and turn they did because soon the wolves
    came sniffing; only they had changes in mind so one by one
    they were turned down, until the Virgin owned Caroline label
    offered a deal that gave ST total artistic control over everything.
    They took it.

    Hounded by the moral majority because of their name,
    vocalist Mike Muir has always insisted that they dont
    condone suicide; in fact the name came about because of the crazy
    things that he used to get up to when he was younger.
    And whereas most rock bands pose around on Harleys, these
    guys took to skateboards for which the name ST has become synonymous.

    "Join the army", their second album and first for the Caroline label
    ended up being three years in the making due to various catastrophes
    that accured whitin the ranks of the band.
    It finally emerged in 1987 to much critical acclaim.
    The first single "Possessed to skate", was accompanied by another
    self-made video about a kid who, along with his friends, thrashes
    his parents house whilst they are away, turning it into a
    skateboard heaven along with the swimming pool.
    The house used in the video actually belonged to a friends parents.
    The deal was that they fixed it up afterwards.

    Major label exposure came a year later (1988) with the first album
    for Virgin records in Britain and Epic records in America, this being
    "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Cant Even Smile Today".
    By this stage in the game, the musical approach of the band had
    improved considerably although some personnel changes had taken place,
    in that they had augmented their ranks with the addition of rhythm guitarist
    Mike Clark and Louiche Mayora had been replaced by bassist Bob Heathcote.
    The album was produced by Mark Dodson (known for his work with anthrax)
    who was credited by many people for enhancing ST's overall sound.
    Outstanding numbers such as the first single "Trip At The Brain" as well
    as the call to the faithful in "Pledge Your Allegiance" and "Surf and Slam"
    brought them incredible reviews and helped swell their already burgeoning
    ranks of followers.

    Suicidal Tendencies are a pure inexorable energy with a steel edge.
     
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    That's it, I'm digging into my Napster files /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    Love those guys.
     
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    Alot of people get freaked out by the name "Suicidal Tendencies", but I really dig their music. It is not for everybody because they don't sing about rainbows, flowers or butterflies /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif.

    I have been a big fan since 1988 /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Wow, i was pretty close on the lyrics to "You Can't Bring Me Down" in this post.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Alot of people get freaked out by the name "Suicidal Tendencies", but I really dig their music. It is not for everybody because they don't sing about rainbows, flowers or butterflies /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif.

    I have been a big fan since 1988 /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    [/ QUOTE ] I hear ya on that one. It seams like mostly closed minded people that make a judgement about them based only on thier name. That sucks becouse they miss out on some truely awsome music. If you click on the link, then click on any album, it's give you the lyric's to the songs. Suicidal Tendencies has been my fav. band sence the early 80's. I felt the same way as the lyric's in alot of thier songs. "How will I laugh" was my personal theam song for meny years.
     
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    I went and seen them in Oakland many moons ago.. they played with Violence the night that Violence got signed.

    Suicidal kicked ass.. I never did care for Violence's high pitched vocals...too much like a hari band
     
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    Anyone seen the video for 'Pop Songs" ??? Great song, and Mike has such a sence of humor. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I have the VHS tape "Lights, Camera, Suicidal". It has videos for Possed To Skate, Trip At The Brain, How Will I Laugh Tomorrow, Waking The Dead,You Can't Bring Me Down, and War Inside My Head. Good video. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif By the way can't wait to see how Robert Trujillo does with Metallica.
     

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