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Suicide is an American rock music group intermittently active since 1971 and composed of Alan Vega (vocals) and Martin Rev (synthesizers and drum machines). Much like Silver Apples, they are an early synthesizer/vocal musical duo.

Never widely popular amongst the general public, Suicide are nonetheless hugely influential: critic Wilson Neate writes that Suicide "would prove as influential as The Clash. Listening to their self-titled 1977 debut from the vantage point of late 2002, it's all so obvious: the synth pop, techno, and industrial dance sounds of the '80s and '90s, and now the new New Wave of electroclash, all gesture back to that foundational album."



Both Alan Vega and Martin Rev have recorded solo albums, see Alan Vega discography and Martin Rev discography.

Studio albums

  • 1977 – Suicide
  • 1980 – Suicide: Alan Vega and Martin Rev
  • 1988 – A Way of Life The 2005 Mute / Blast First CD reissue has a slightly different mix of the album, most notably the song "Surrender", and includes a live bonus disc recorded in 1987. Videos for Dominic Christ and Surrender by Stefan Roloff
  • 1992 – Why Be Blue The 2005 Mute / Blast First CD reissue includes a live bonus disc recorded in 1989 and a complete remix by Martin Rev of the original album and different track order.
  • 2002 – American Supreme Initial CD copies included a live bonus disc recorded in 1998.

Live albums

  • 1981 – Half AliveA collection of live and demo material recorded from 1975–1979. Originally released by ROIR on cassette only. With liner notes by Lester Bangs.
  • 1986 – Ghost RidersA live concert from 1981 – originally released on cassette only.
  • 1997 – Zero HourLate 70s live recordings.
  • 2004 – Attempted: Live at Max's Kansas City 1980Soundboard recordings from a NYC rock club performance. With liner notes by Marty Thau.
  • 2008 – Live 1977-1978A 6-CD box set containing 13 complete Suicide live performances from September 1977 to August 1978 plus bonus material.



  • 1978 – "Cheree" / "I Remember"
  • 1979 – "Dream Baby Dream" / "Radiation"

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