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Evanston, Illinois, United States (1982 – 1987, 2006 – 2006)

Big Black was an Independent noise rock band founded in Evanston, Illinois, United States, that was active between 1982 and 1987. They were headed by singer, lyricist, guitarist, and co-songwriter Steve Albini. They have been classified as /, and were a formative influence on rock, but the band members have always described the band as solidly ; in the notes for Pigpile, a live recording of their final London performance, Albini explicitly describes Big Black as punk.

They sought and found little mainstream success, but the group’s piledriver drum machines and brutal, slashing electric guitars were widely influential, especially for industrial rock. Albini’s snide, malevolent singing and provocative lyrics garnered much attention.

Albini made a name for himself for his controversial “Tired of Ugly Fat?” column in the Chicago zine Matter, as well as irregular contributions to Forced Exposure. At the time, the band consisted of Albini and his drum machine, a Roland TR-606. (All of Big Black’s recordings credit “Roland” as if “he” were a member of the band.)

The Lungs EP, the first effort to appear under the Big Black name, was recorded by Albini in his dorm room at Northwestern University. Intended primarily to recruit members to fill out the band, Lungs was released by Ruthless Records. The record is infamous for the variety of inserts, which included a lyric sheet in most copies, plus extras like condoms, dollar bills, stickers, concert tickets, photographs, silverware, razor blades, bloody bandages, and squirt guns.


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  • Zephral

    Atomizer is really better

    16 Nov 4:59pm Reply
  • olin97

    Atomizer>Songs About Fucking

    9 Nov 1:12am Reply
  • Zioluza

    I can't seem to make it loud enough

    28 Aug 4:31am Reply
  • interhole

    big black in snow white

    15 Aug 6:44pm Reply
  • man_bear_pig320

    why are you all such gigantic faggots[2]

    28 Jul 5:38pm Reply
  • cersthebest

    why are you all such gigantic faggots

    27 Jul 9:28pm Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    atomizer is better kiddo.

    25 Jul 8:06pm Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    lol epic!!!!!

    25 Jul 8:05pm Reply
  • yuri_s_a_n

    Addicting stuff. Songs about fucking is even better than...huh, no, actually not, but comes really close, lol.

    29 Jun 9:06pm Reply
  • mr_milkshake

    29 Jun 8:02am Reply

    do work son!

    19 Jun 4:47pm Reply
  • hazenkamp

    а ведь второй альбом действительно лучше.

    19 Jun 2:24pm Reply
  • Poezdets

    >но вообще они переоценены. Какой критик ты диванный, а.

    15 May 7:28pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    но вообще они переоценены

    14 May 2:51pm Reply
  • Orbonen

    hHahahahaha wondermoose gets so much shit i was exactly like him in his age and yes i agree, dissolve his current persona into atoms plz

    2 Apr 12:28pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    первый панк-рок с компьютерами, нет? и кстати, второй альбом гораздо круче первого, но он почему-то игнорируется во всяких списках лучших альбомов и проч.

    19 Mar 11:30am Reply
  • luiz_kogut

    \/ YES, please

    1 Mar 5:44pm Reply
  • Giygaszor

    petition to remove wondermoose from the internet

    19 Feb 10:26pm Reply
  • CathLick

    both bands are good.

    11 Feb 1:34pm Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    unlike sonic youth's fans though big black fans like a good band

    5 Feb 6:53pm Reply
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