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13 Songs

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Waiting Room
Bulldog Front
Bad Mouth
Give Me the Cure
Glue Man
Margin Walker
And the Same
Burning Too
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 40:21

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Joe Gross hails from Falls Church, VA, one of the Chocolate City's most vanilla suburbs. He has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, the Washingt...more »

Impressionist lyrical topicality signaling a new punk politics
Label: Dischord Records

Not an album but a double EP comprised of 1988′s self-titled debut and the following year’s Margin Walker. That the two work so well together — Fugazi with underrated hometown producer Ted Nicely; the second with the much more traditional John Loder — is a testament to the band’s then-singular blend: impressionist lyrical topicality signaling a new punk politics, a way with mutant reggae vibes and a whole lot of the Stooges‘ “Funhouse.”
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A great album that sounds like it has testosterone pumping through every vein. All the songs are very catchy yet packed with a good amount of grunge. The bass is very crisp and tangible and the bass lines themselves are something to cherish. Overall, a great album by a great band!

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I'm so happy EMusic had this, it's been something I had on CD and lost a long time ago. Cheers me up on a Monday morning

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Fugazi is such a hard band to nail down, but this first album (compilation of EP's actually) is such a great beginning in terms of content and sound. Perhaps only "Repeater" (song) is only more classic than "Waiting Room".

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it feels good


...that's why this album rocks it's vocals, guitar, drums, some bass. It's emotion, expression, a story or two, and a rockin rip roarin good time :) Call it punk, post-punk, post-rock, indie-rock, classical, rap, whatever...but it's just music folks and in my opinion (and apparently a few others) it's good music. As stated below, labels don't really do justice to something that was probably not intended to be defined one way or the other. When Monet painted, he didn't label his stuff "impressionism" - it was just his perception of something he was looking at. Give that some thought next time you wanna stick a corporate label on something :) Now download the damn album, put on some headphones, and kick back. :)

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if you love fugazi


or punk in general, this is your White Album, Exile On Main Street, Quadraphenia whatever. And unlike the above mentioned, these guys just get better with every album. Full delivery, where it all started.

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comme ci, comme ca


I've always loved Ian MacKaye (love Minor Threat), but I've never been able to get as much into Fugazi because I find the other vocalist terribly unmelodic and grating. So, I love about half of the songs on this album, and the other half I feel "eh" about. Does that make me lose punk points :)?

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Pretty Solid Album


One rage out tune that almost sits separate from the others in style and intensity - I'll let you figure out which one it is... Don't read all the whining about what is and isn't 'punk' they're the same deluded folk that think dressing to piss off your parents is 'punk'. Just like the hippies living in the 60s, only with more holes and tats...

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star rating system


I think the star rating system is pretty lame ... Fugazi is a good band ... they wrote some pretty good songs that have gotten me through some pretty rough spots and dark times. Waiting Room is like a Fleetwood Mac song its so classic.

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Quit your bitchin'!


I didn't see her call herself, "punk," anywhere in her profile, but I question yours. How does a punk rock messiah like yourself have, "The Industrial Jazz Group," in his collection, THEN whine because some girl doesn't like this album? I know things are a little fruity in Frisco, but this is the U.S.A. To each his own (or her own.)

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Settle Down, Kids


I bought Margin Walker sometime around '87 or '88. I wish I'd gotten the other EP (first half of this album) - good stuff! I remember being a little disappointed at the time that they didn't sound like Minor Threat, but not so much anymore.

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"Beautiful, funny people. Generous to and respectful of the people they work with. Inspirational in a lot of ways. Maybe the best band." - Steve Albini on Fugazi From their first public performances in 1987 to the start of their indefinite hiatus in 2002, Fugazi kept every promise they ever made. The D.C. supergroup - Dischord Records co-founder and Minor Threat frontman Ian MacKaye on guitar and vocals, singer/guitarist Guy Picciotto and drummer Brendan Canty, both… more »

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Disregarding all the wordiness and adjectives that can be heaped like a pile of horse dung at Disneyland upon great, timeless albums, the importance of this record can perhaps be more suitably measured by the number of people who remember the first time they heard it. 13 Songs (a combination of the Fugazi and Margin Walker EPs) is usually among the first records that spring to mind when defining alternative rock. Furious, intelligent, artful, and entirely musical, it’s a baker’s dozen of cannon shots to the gut — not just a batch of emotionally visceral and defiant songs recorded by angry young men, but something greater. Nearly every song here reaches an anthemic level without falling prey to pomposity. Most of these songs are anthems of the self rather than a rallying cry of accusation or unification, with “Waiting Room” and “Suggestion” serving as two examples. The attention-getting drop into silence that occurs at the 22-second mark of the former is instantly memorable. The relentless ska/reggae-inflected drive of the song is equally effective, as Ian MacKaye tells everyone listening to get off their behinds and do what they want. During the Meters-meets-Ruts thrust of “Suggestion,” MacKaye switches genders for an entirely convincing rant on the objectification of women. Guy Picciotto takes on the persona of an addict on “Glue Man,” whose blurred sense of reality is also conveyed in the warped, psychedelic guitars. Picciotto threatens to set himself on fire during “Margin Walker”; given the spirited play of the remaining members, it sounds like the same could be said for the rest of them. Foreshadowing the band’s knack for introspective and mid-tempo concluding tracks, the disc ends with MacKaye’s “Promises,” examining the pitfalls of trust in relationships of any nature. A landmark record. – Andy Kellman

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