Last week saw the sad death of Alan Vega, the lead singer of New York electronic punk act, Suicide, who have so far never had a song in Songs To Learn and Sing. With their minimalistic electronic sounds and repetitive drum machine backing, Suicide were in their way almost as influential as Kraftwerk.
Famous for their often violent live shows, they showed that the synths did not have to be a recipe for Rick Wakeman-esque prog operas. In May 2015 they played a show at the Barbican but I couldn’t find anyone to go with me. Like the Joe Strummer FBU benefit in 2002 (when Mick Jones joined his former Clash-bandmate on stage for the encore), that will now be added to the lost of the gigs I most regret not just going along on my own.
Alan Vega 1938-2016 RIP