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Fugazi

If history is kind to Fugazi, their records won't be overshadowed by their reputation and methods of operation. Instead of being known for their community activism, five-dollar shows, ten-dollar CDs, and resistance to mainstream outlets, they will instead be known for their intelligent songwriting and undeniably proficient musicianship, which drew from their roots in Washington, D.C. hardcore, as well as post-punk and dub reggae. Songs like "Waiting Room" and "Suggestion," as well as albums such as Repeater and Red Medicine, are considered post-hardcore benchmarks.

Drummer Brendan Canty, bassist Joe Lally, and guitarists/vocalists Ian MacKaye, and Guy Picciotto formed Fugazi in 1987. Initially a trio, Picciotto was added to the lineup after the band's first live shows. Prior to forming, the members already had deep roots in the D.C. punk scene. Dischord labelhead MacKaye, who had previously been in the Teen Idles and Minor Threat, had just come from Embrace. For better or worse, Embrace, along with Picciotto and Canty's better Rites of Spring, kick-started the emo sub-genre that reached prominence years later.

After further honing their cathartic live act and expanding their material, their first EP, Fugazi, was released in late 1988. More an extension of Rites of Spring's thick, dynamic, varied-tempo soul-bearing than anything else, the EP featured "Suggestion," which became the band's most well-known song. Though the course of rock history shows that loud music created by angry men tends to be of a predatory nature, "Suggestion" was an anomaly. MacKaye spoke from a woman's point of view and railed against objectification. The similarly Margin Walker EP followed the next year and was later coupled with Fugazi on CD as 13 Songs. Repeater, the band's first proper album, was released in 1990. A toughened and refined progression, it's generally regarded as a classic. Steady Diet of Nothing, issued in 1991, it was clearly the band's most challenging material to that point. Two years passed until In on the Killtaker, an abrasive set that registered on Billboard's main album chart, the Billboard 200, at number 153. While major labels were interested in signing the band and even linking with Dischord, a label that had lost Jawbox to Atlantic and Shudder to Think to Epic, they were turned away.

As the increasing responsibilities of adulthood and outside musical involvements increased, Fugazi's recordings and tours became more sporadic during the latter half of the '90s. Both Red Medicine (1995) and End Hits (1998) were looser and more exploratory than the band's earliest recordings. Instrument (1999), a documentary video directed by Jem Cohen, was released with an accompanying soundtrack and included live performances and interviews. The soundtrack featured demos, jams, and incidental cutting room scraps. Fugazi's sixth proper album, The Argument (2001), was simultaneously issued with the three-song Furniture EP. Outside Fugazi, both MacKaye and Picciotto helped other bands with production. MacKaye continued to operate Dischord, and Lally began his own label, Tolotta. Picciotto also ventured into filmmaking. Though they never officially disbanded, Fugazi remained dormant as the years spun on, MacKaye touring and recording more with the Evens, his band with Amy Farina. In 2011, Dischord launched the Fugazi Live Series, an online archive that grew to house recordings of various qualities of every one of the band's more than 1,000 shows. When the series reached it's goal of complete documentation of the band's live work, Dischord marked the end of the phase with the release of First Demo, a re-mastered issue of the band's preveiously unreleased ten song demo recording from 1988. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Was at their first live show in 1987. Knew there was something special there.
Once heard them described as Rage Against the Machine, but for grown-ups. Thought that was pretty good :-)
Where would I be without you in my life FUGAZI!!?
caitlovestea
Best to ever exist ever. I will never understand someone not liking Fugazi.
Don't bite on bobbonit- she's just having fun jetting your chain
They changed me. Brilliant. I lived down the road from Ian in Arlington.
Scary spice or usher or late GI(sorry Staab but you did get uhh never mind) Not Canty Pichiotto Lally and Ian. Love the 89 or 90 ?Footage of the show behind the Whitehouse. The good old days. DC hardcore forever. Chris Herl.
I love how everyone is Joe critic.You probably can't hum a baseline let alone play one.writing music is a skill they worked at and developed over 20 plus years.I play drums and have also played clarinet and violin as a youngster and dick around on guitar and am picky about music and these guys are world class diy punk ballers.I mean they never copied anyone!! So let's get it straight people, Canty was voted TOP 50 rock drummers of all time!!! :-) :-) And frankly they NEVER sold out. Go rail on
Brilliant!
hwilson556
I agree with the pretentious comment tho. Straight edge. Poop! Waiting room is wicked. Bad brains over minor threat everyday! Forget Fugazi.
lleeser
LOL, bobonnit: Got this figured out in about 30 seconds. Your music appreciation ' s a well-honed tool indeed.
They pretty much suck. I find them to be pretentious and mediocre musicians and tuned them out after about 30 seconds
radman075
First band I ever saw live, Steady Diet tour, and still the best I've seen ever!
ericcraigsha r p
If your not a fugazi fan we can't be friends!
nuff sed
41 please... you're just a youngin... 49 and still slammin...
I am 41 yrs old and still rock Fugazi to date, up here in the great NW!! Very influential in my my music career. A thousand thank you's Fugazi!!!!!
One of the most underrated bands. An all time favorite band. Thanks for your strong artistic abilities of being a true band and your appreciating lyrics, music, and ethics. \m/
you like fugazi you will love my band called The Sexy Dipshits
Fugazi is awesome one of the bands that diy and succeeded F**k yes
Fugazi is a band that can not be denied of their props. Great music and great ideas.
Great music, one of my favorite bands to come out of d.c. along with Minor Threat.
The first band to change everything for me
The first band that I ever had to see solo! No one was in town to share with me this awesome experience. They were impressive live just like any of their gigs recorded tracks available. One of my fav bands. Just start off with 13 Songs and slowly progress throughout their catalog. F*cked Up Got Ambushed Zipped In
...like this track...
Martin
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Fugazi was, real, raw, and intelligent. One of the best ever
FUGAZI IS FRENCH FOR LAME BAND
ryansletten, agreed entirely. voleniter, play a copy of waiting room for most, and they know it.
Funny all these words left on an instrumental , and every one of them wrong, fugazi didn't play music to live, dance, cry, or even enjoy, merely a medium to provoke a thought about a different way of life, a communal ethic based journey on the edges of as society that could care less about life than consumption. It wad just understood that impressionab l e minds are easily reached and digested through music and melody, nursery rhymes for the million headed child, that still, still got it wrong. Goo
saw them at Harro east ballroom in rochester,NY . excellent. and real
claricentp91 7
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Am I right or wrong?
Minor threat,fugaz i the best ever! Then EMBRACE really! Sucked!
ryansletten
Voleniter, bio doesn't say they're anything about fugazi being similar to bob dylan. It says they inspired that kind of loyalty within their own fanbase. It's completely true and for the record Dylan's lyrics are fine but his voice irritates the f**k outta me.
Wow. Talk about a fanboy written bio. Jeez man, get off their nuts. Nowhere near as influential as Bobby D. Mainly because no one had ever heard of this band, and everyone in the world knows the words to at least one Dylan song. Great band in their own right, but not a Dylan-esque group.
fugaziq
Best band ever as far as I am concerned! As a bass player/ singer/song writer/ in various bands and a social studies teacher, Fugazi has always been a huge inspiration for me!
The only thing wrong with the bio is that people have no reading comprehensio n .
BENLZ
Fugazi $5 dollar shows were the best!! Miss it
Punks not Dead!
What's wrong with what the reviwer wrote? Serious question I want to know
dcrefinishin g
Grew up around DC but somehow managed to never make it to a Fugazi show, They are good but over hyped in my opinion. Dismembermen t plan was a much better DC band.
punks 4 life
Old Fat and Still PUNK
This bio is an insult to the band & anyone who has ever enjoyed fugazi's music
We need to kickstart the punk movement once again!!!!!! PUNK FOREVER!!!! follow me if you agree!!!!
Great f*cking band. Review written by an idiot.
Please don't leave me to remain.
They are better performers than musicians they fugazi is performance art period nothing more.
These guys were awesome. they came to play a show at Univ of Southern Miss in Fall '88 or Spring '89 based on letters written by a friend of mine!
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