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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: First Demo

1. Waiting Room (Version)

2. Merchandise (Version)

3. Furniture (Version)

4. Song #1 (Version)

5. The Word (Version)

6. Badmouth (Version)

7. Break-In (Version)

8. Turn Off Your Guns (Version)

9. And The Same (Version)

10. In Defense Of Humans (Version)

11. Joe #1 (Version)

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Track List: The Argument

1. Untitled

2. Cashout

3. Full Disclosure

4. Epic Problem

5. Life and Limb

6. The Kill

7. Strangelight

8. Oh

9. Ex-Spectator

10. Nightshop

11. Argument

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Track List: Furniture

1. Furniture

2. Number 5

3. Hello Morning

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Track List: Instrument Soundtrack

1. Pink Frosty Demo

2. Lusty Scripps

3. Arpeggiator Demo

4. Afterthought

5. Trio's

6. Turkish Disco

7. Me & Thumbelina

8. Floating Boy Demo

9. Link Track

10. Little Debbie

11. H.B.

12. I'm So Tired

13. Rend It Demo

14. Closed Captioned Demo

15. Guilford Fall Demo

16. Swingset

17. Shaken All Over

18. Slo Crostic

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Track List: End Hits

1. Break

2. Place Position

3. Recap Modotti

4. No Surprise

5. Five Corporations

6. Caustic Acrostic

7. Closed Captioned

8. Floating Boy

9. Foreman's Dog

10. Arpeggiator

11. Guilford Fall

12. Pink Frosty

13. F/D

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Track List: Red Medicine

1. Do You Like Me

2. Bed For The Scraping

3. Latest Disgrace

4. Birthday Pony

5. Forensic Scene

6. Combination Lock

7. Fell, Destroyed

8. By You

9. Version

10. Target

11. Back To Base

12. Downed City

13. Long Distance Runner

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Track List: In On The Kill Taker

1. Facet Squared

2. Public Witness Program

3. Returning The Screw

4. Smallpox Champion

5. Rend It

6. 23 Beats Off

7. Sweet And Low

8. Cassavetes

9. Great Cop

10. Walken's Syndrome

11. Instrument

12. Last Chance For A Slow Dance

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Track List: Steady Diet Of Nothing

1. Exit Only

2. Reclamation

3. Nice New Outfit

4. Stacks

5. Latin Roots

6. Steady Diet

7. Long Division

8. Runaway Return

9. Polish

10. Dear Justice Letter

11. KYEO

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Track List: 13 Songs

1. Waiting Room

2. Bulldog Front

3. Bad Mouth

4. Burning

5. Give Me The Cure

6. Suggestion

7. Glue Man

8. Margin Walker

9. And The Same

10. Burning Too

11. Provisional

12. Lockdown

13. Promises

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Track List: Repeater + 3 Songs

1. Turnover

2. Repeater

3. Brendan #1

4. Merchandise

5. Blueprint

6. Sieve-Fisted Find

7. Greed

8. Two Beats off

9. Styrofoam

10. Reprovisional

11. Shut The Door

12. Song #1

13. Joe #1

14. Break-In

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You're always talking talking talking talking talking s**t now
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I will always picture Arto Saari tearing s**t up when I hear this song!!
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Yes, a carry-on from Minor Threat... Enough said...✌
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basciani.j
Greatest live hardcore band with the exception of At the Drive In (the sadly shirt lived, but wholly revolutionar y band).
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charlottesom e t i m e s 1 9 7 2
♥♥♥after all these years!!!!!!!
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I saw them play 4 Times in the very early nineties with Sonic Youth, the highly underrated Cell, and unbelievably , Pearl Jam and (before their debut album took off). FUGAZI remains the greatest live band I've ever seen. Wish they'd re-form
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marginwalker was the song, I'm just glad that theyt were no wimp inducing band like korn
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One of the best albums I've ever heard. G

Give me the shot!
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5$ .shows rocked my young world. Old now and still love it
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$5 shows to make music accessible to all
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$5 shows for a reason?
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Korn0226 you should know about that, you ball suck/c**k smoke. Fugazi, Ian McKaye f**king rock listen to Minor Threat if you wanna hear REAL music...
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donjp7
���������� waaaaa-ahhhh ! Fugazi = SJWs !
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codylalonde0 1
Not saying i hate em tho
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codylalonde0 1
Lol "funazi". Good job
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fugazi sucks bruce jenner balls, FuNazi
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Great s**t. Will always listen to this s**t!
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F**KING YEAHHHH FROM VENICE, CA!
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Fugazi, f**k yeah!!!
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Homophobe
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Gay
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dc punk at its finest....
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hopdevil73
never fails. all time favorite
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Fave End Hit!!!
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One of the OGs.. Need i say more
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Pandora really has a thing for insulting artists and fans alike
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Reggae?Who wrote this? Anyhow, Fugazi played a big role in my life and they will always be played in my house. Would love one last show ;(
Only my friends would get the line 1...2...3... . m y feet hurt
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They are what makes the DC scene great.
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"Waiting Room," has the sickest bass line of any song. The bass in Rancids "maxwell murder," comes close. In fact which I prefer depends on my mood.
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Was at their first live show in 1987. Knew there was something special there.
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Once heard them described as Rage Against the Machine, but for grown-ups. Thought that was pretty good :-)
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Where would I be without you in my life FUGAZI!!?
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caitlovestea
Best to ever exist ever. I will never understand someone not liking Fugazi.
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Don't bite on bobbonit- she's just having fun jetting your chain
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They changed me. Brilliant. I lived down the road from Ian in Arlington.
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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.
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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
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Brilliant!
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hwilson556
I agree with the pretentious comment tho. Straight edge. Poop! Waiting room is wicked. Bad brains over minor threat everyday! Forget Fugazi.
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lleeser
LOL, bobonnit: Got this figured out in about 30 seconds. Your music appreciation ' s a well-honed tool indeed.
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They pretty much suck. I find them to be pretentious and mediocre musicians and tuned them out after about 30 seconds
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radman075
First band I ever saw live, Steady Diet tour, and still the best I've seen ever!
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ericcraigsha r p
If your not a fugazi fan we can't be friends!
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nuff sed
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41 please... you're just a youngin... 49 and still slammin...
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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!!!!!
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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/
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you like fugazi you will love my band called The Sexy Dipshits
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Fugazi is awesome one of the bands that diy and succeeded F**k yes
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Fugazi is a band that can not be denied of their props. Great music and great ideas.
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