PUNK / Suicidal Tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies-SUICIDAL TENDENCIES-1983

OK, lets keep it short and sweet like the damn album and do a little Q&A. 

Whether you should hear this shit?

Yes, definitely. It is a genre masterpiece. Hell it is a musical masterpiece.

And what genre would that be?

Hardcore Punk!! Along with Discharge’s Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing and the Misfits’s Earth A.D this remains the best document of the genre. This ain’t rock and roll, no sir, this is angry, frustrated speed junkie music!!


Front man Mike Muir’s vocals. Yea, go ahead and laugh all you want. I wish somebody could come on India’s Got Talent, play these songs and stone cold stunner Karan Johar’s dumbfounded ass all the way to hell. I would call THAT television. But seriously, best vocals on a hardcore punk album ever. Moreover, catchiest lyrics EVA!!! He makes himself sound very vulnerable and used, and that is a rare quality in a extreme music vocalist.

Best Song?

The whole damn album. Short frantic bursts of energy punctuated by some soliloquizing over a slower tempo and some great lead guitar lines. They actually know how to write great songs and use restraint on their electric guitars.

Last words?

If nothing else, at least youtube “Institutionalized”. A little slow for the most part with a great video which explains the MTV airplay it got-yes, I said MTV-it is among the best moments on the album.

Baba T


2 thoughts on “Suicidal Tendencies-SUICIDAL TENDENCIES-1983

  1. edm1213@msn.com A 10 is right. Probably the best punk/hardcore album ever, i think too… everything on here is classic. Though my teens didn’t commence till the mid 90s, how much did i connect and spend nights thrashing about my room to the first half of the album alone. From “Suicide’s An Alternative” to “Institutionalized”, just those 6 songs alone make this a 10. “I Shot the Devil,” “Subliminal” and “Two Sided Politics” are beyond great too.

  2. Suicidal Tendencies is the eponymously-titled debut studio album by the American hardcore punk band Suicidal Tendencies . The album was released on July 5, 1983 through Frontier Records with the catalog number FLP 011. It became one of the best-selling punk albums at the time and launched the band into its future success. ” Institutionalized ” was released as a radio hit to promote the album.

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