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Alan Vega

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Alan Vega (born 1938) is the vocalist for 1970s and 80s punk/post punk duo Suicide. Alan Vega’s vocals are said to be influenced by Elvis Presley and rockabilly.

Alan Vega was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began his career as a visual artist, gaining notoriety for his “light sculptures”; eventually he opened his own lower Manhattan gallery space, called the Project of Living Artists. The Project served as a stomping grounds for the likes of the New York Dolls, Television and Blondie, as well as the 15-piece jazz group Reverend B., which featured a musician named Martin Rev on electric piano. Soon, Vega and Rev formed Suicide, whose minimalist, aggressive music — a fusion of Rev’s ominous, repetitive keyboards and Vega’s rockabilly snarl — helped pave the way for the electronic artists of the future. Suicide disbanded in 1980, and both Vega and Rev undertook solo careers. Vega’s self-titled 1980 debut and his 1981 album, Collision Drive, continued to explore the fractured rockabilly identity he had established in his earlier work. 1983’s Saturn Strip, produced by longtime fan Ric Ocasek, marked Vega’s debut for Elektra Records; but his relationship with them soured during production for 1985’s Just a Million Dreams, and at one point the label even attempted to remove the singer from his own studio sessions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Vega

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