- Suicidal Tendencies (album)
Infobox Album |
Name = Suicidal Tendencies
Type = studio
Released = July 5, 1983
Recorded = 1983
Length = 28:17
Label = Frontier
Glen E. Friedman
AllmusicRating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:nl5g8qftbtc4 link]
* "Q" Rating|4|5 [http://www.buy.com/prod/Suicidal_Tendencies/q/loc/109/60465580.html#prorev July 2001 (pp. 141, 143)]
Last album =
This album = "Suicidal Tendencies"
Next album = "
Join the Army"
Misc = Singles
Name = Suicidal Tendencies
Type = studio
single 1 = Institutionalized
single 1 date = 1983
"Suicidal Tendencies" is the eponymous debut album by the band
Suicidal Tendencies, released in 1983 on Frontier Records. It became one of the best-selling hardcore punkalbums at the time and launched the band into its future success.
Included on the album is "Institutionalized", possibly the band's most popular song after two decades. In the song, the narrator describes how, despite his claims to the contrary, his overbearing parents suspect he is using drugs and verging on a
nervous breakdown. The song ends with them finally deciding to send him to a mental institution.
Critic Ira Robbins writes that "Half-sung, half-recited and built on repeated sudden tempo changes, 'Institutionalized' is a unique, devastating centerpiece. One of the era's quintessential expressions of teen dislocation, it converts
generation gapmisunderstandings into a complete communications breakdown, encapsulating all the punk sociologyof such films as " Repo Man" and "Suburbia" in four minutes." [http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=suicidal_tendencies]
music videofor "Institutionalized" was one of the first hardcore punk videos to receive substantial airplay on MTV, and the single was also used in the Emilio Estevezcult classic movie " Repo Man" and an episode for the hit TV show " Miami Vice" (which included a cameo appearance by the group). Slayervocalist Tom Arayamakes a guest appearance in the video.Fact|date=July 2008
"Institutionalized" is referenced in the Sage Francis song "Slow Down Gandhi" in the line "It's death penalty vs. suicidal tendencies / All I wanted was a fucking Pepsi / Institution / Making you think you're crazy is a billion dollar industry." Limp Bizkit also referenced it in the song "Stuck" with the lines "All I wanted was a Pepsi, just one Pepsi. So far from suicidal but still I get them tendencies bringing back the memories that I really miss."Fact|date=July 2008
"Institutionalized" is featured in the game
Guitar Hero IIfor the Playstation 2and Xbox 360as a playable song; a member of the most difficult tier, "Face Melters." It was also featured in the 2008 motion picture film " Iron Man".
"I Shot The Devil" was originally titled "I Shot Reagan". Some rumors suggest the band was persuaded by the
FBIto change the name of the song.Fact|date=July 2008
The song "Memories of Tomorrow" was covered by
Slayerfor their " Undisputed Attitude" album, but was not added to the final release. The song "Institutionalized" was also covered by Senses Failfor the soundtrack to the video game Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.
The song "I Saw Your Mommy..." is featured on the soundtrack for the game for the
Playstation 2, Xbox, and PC.
In 1993, Muir and the later incarnation of the band re-recorded the entire album and released it as "
Still Cyco After All These Years", with (mostly) faithful recreations of the originals, plus 3 songs from the also then-unavailable " Join the Army".Fact|date=July 2008
The song "Two Sided Politics" was covered by
Bones Brigadeon their " Older Than Shit, Heavier Than Time" album. Fact|date=July 2008
All songs composed by
Mike Muirexcept as indicated.
# "Suicide's an Alternative / You'll Be Sorry" – 2:44
# "Two Sided Politics" (Muir,
Louiche Mayorga) – 1:03
# "I Shot the Devil" – 1:51
# "Subliminal" – 3:08
# "Won't Fall in Love Today" (Muir, Mayorga) – 0:59
# "Institutionalized" (Muir, Mayorga) – 3:49
# "Memories of Tomorrow" (Muir, Mayorga) – 0:59
# "Possessed" – 2:07
# "I Saw Your Mommy..." (Muir, Mayorga) – 4:52
# "Fascist Pig" – 1:17
# "I Want More" - 2:28
# "Suicidal Failure" - 2:53
Mike Muir– Vocals
Grant Estes– Guitar
Louiche Mayorga– Bass, Vocals
Amery Smith– Drums
Glen E. Friedman– Album Photography & Design, Producer
Randy Burns– Engineer
*Dee Zee – Art Mechanicals
*Marc Lewis & Dave Flynn – Roadies
*Mark Stern – Lyric Sheet Typesetting
"Suicidal Tendencies" was reissued several times, with formats in different countries (see the table below).
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