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Suicide, particularly in its early years, was as much a provocation as a concert act. Formed in 1970, it was one of the first bands to bill themselves as “punk music.” With Martin Rev playing loud, insistently repetitive riffs on keyboards and drum machines and Mr. Vega crooning, chanting, muttering and howling his lyrics about insanity, mayhem and death, Suicide fiercely polarized its audiences. Suicide’s music would later be more widely tolerated, recognized as a precursor of electronic dance music and industrial rock.
Although Suicide disbanded in the early 1980s, Mr. Vega and Mr. Rev occasionally reunited; in all, the duo released five studio albums from 1977 to 2002.