SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
Suicidal Failure

Formed in 1982 in Venice, CA, Suicidal was a band that got a lot of attention for their music, their image, and their reputation. ST weren't like most of the other SoCal hardcore bands, who came from wealthy whitebread suburbs in Orange Country. The Suicidals were three Latino dudes and a white guy from Venice who dressed in gangbanger flannels worn "noose" style and bandanas and played straight-up metal solos in many songs. Singer Mike Muir joined forces with school friends Louiche Mayorga on bass, Amery Smith on drums, and Grant Estes on guitar. They took as much shit from the punk scene as they did the Moral Majority, who seized on their name as part of their anti-rock campaign. They were condemned for being gang members (their fans wore home-made ST flannels, displayed on the album jacket), metal sympathizers, and suicide advocates. The publicity (including an article in Penthouse), along with their powerful debut LP, helped them become one of the better known punk rock bands in the country. 1983's Suicidal Tendencies album is a masterwork of adolescent rage and primal rock and roll. The anthem "Institutionalized" really took off for the Suicidals, gaining huge popularity as a novelty song on MTV and in the film Repo Man and the TV show Miami Vice, on which the band actually appeared.

After a four year hiatus and a few line-up changes, Suicidal Tendencies jumped to Virgin Records subsidiary label Caroline and put out Join the Army. By this point they were pretty much a metal band (crossover if you want to be nice), but their embracing of skateboard culture secures this record a place in history. After 1988's How Will I Laugh Tomorrow album, Suicidal Tendencies signed to Epic Records. In 1993, the band rerecorded their debut album and released it as Still Cyco After All These Years - from what I've heard, because they couldn't get the rights to the original recording. Suicidal has continued on and off, in various forms, to this day.
DISCOGRAPHY

Releases

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES LP (Frontier, 1983)

POSSESSED TO SKATE EP (Caroline, 1987)

JOIN THE ARMY LP (Caroline, 1987)

HOW WILL I LAUGH LP (Virgin, 1988)

CONTROLLED BY HATRED EP (Epic, 1989)

LIGHTS, CAMERA, REVOLUTION LP/CD (Epic, 1990)

THE ART OF REVOLUTION CD (Epic, 1992)

STILL CYCO AFTER ALL THESE YEARS CD (Epic, 1993)

SUICIDAL FOR LIFE CD (Epic, 1994)

SIX THE HARD WAY CDEP (Suicidal, 1996)

FREEDUMB CD (Suicidal, 1999)

FREE YOUR SOUL... AND SAVE MY MIND CD (Suicidal, 2000)


Reissues

PRIME CUTS CD (Epic, 1997 - "Best of" collection)


Compilations

MYSTIC SAMPLER #1 LP (Mystic, 1984)

REPO MAN SOUNDTRACK LP (MCA, 1984) "Institutionalized"

WELCOME TO VENICE LP (Suicidal, 1986)


INFO

Interview from Flipside #36
An early interview, from 1982, with Mike Muir in the long-standing LA zine Flipside.

Interview from Task #2
A good 1985 interview from this New York zine. Thanks to Rich for lending it to me!

Suicidal Tendencies Official Website
Mostly current stuff here.

Satan's Suicidal Tendencies Website
Some cool pics and other stuff.

Suicidal For Life Fan Website
A fair amount of stuff to look at.



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