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Suicide: Suicide: Alan Vega and Martin Rev (Ze)

Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1980

TEN YEARS ago in a dingy New York loft two blokes were whipping up formidable walls of sheer, pulverising sound using just a set of keyboards and tortured vocal chords. Alan Vega and Martin Rev called themselves Suicide and took their sound round clubs and any other place that would have them. The usual reaction was jeers, abuse and often physical violence. But they didn't care and just carried on, all the time honing this sound with the addition of drum machines and other devices. The various New York beat booms came and went but media and masses rarely heeded the strange pair.

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