September 8th | Posted by: NMJ
It’s a little difficult from the distance of 2010 to appreciate just how revolutionary ‘Ghost Rider’ and the album it came from were in 1977. Up to that point very little music with a driving beat or a dance rhythm in which everything had been created by keyboards and drum-machines had ever been released.
Kraftwerk of course, but they were by then German cool and never as manic as Suicide. Donna Summer’s revolutionary and revelatory ‘I Feel Love’, but that was never threatening.
And then there was Suicide - apparently out of nowhere with a complete album of the stuff, an album cover that featured nothing but the word ‘suicide’ written in what appeared to be blood and an album reverse that told us nothing more than that Suicide were a duo comprising Alan Vega who ‘sang’ and Martin Rev who played ’instrument’. What instrument was never made clear.