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The Blackouts were a punk/post-punk band a la Wire and Gang of Four that were around from the late 1970s to the mid 1980s. They never recorded a full-length album but recorded various EPs and 7 inches. The band featured future Ministry members Paul Barker and Bill Rieflin, and had their records produced by future Ministry vocalist Al Jourgsensen. Their complete recorded output was released by indie giant K Records in 2004 as “History in Reverse”.


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  • slowpulse-girl

    for the Seattle 'Blackouts' please use this page

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • VerseTheory

    I agree with Spikerdelic, there's more than two. i recall seeing the ska entity in Rochester back in my RIT days, i even bought the album. i believe was called, There's A One In Eight Chance I'm Your Father. twas a good band, i really liked that album! and some of the songs are in the charts...

    23 May 2010 Reply
  • KingOfRoll

    There are two bands here - The Blackouts, who were great and way ahead of their time, and the Living Blue, who USED to be called the blackouts (for their first two albums) but then changed when they heard the name was already taken.

    13 Dec 2009 Reply
  • kluuskaaa

    please, tell me, where I can download the Blackouts's discography (albums : Living in Blue, Everyday Is a Sunday Evening) free!

    31 Mar 2009 Reply

    oh well, theres like 3 bands mixed up on here but they all sound good so I don't mind.

    3 Jun 2008 Reply
  • spikerdelic

    There are (were) at least 3 Blackouts bands, and the songs of at least 2 of them appear to be mixed in here. Jedi Master, Hard Guy, and others are by the Rochester, NY incarnation. My nephew Brendan Simms was in this group (now of Long Lake - see page on MySpace). Then there's apparently an Illinois group, a Seattle group, and possibly a San Francisco one. Popular name for a group...

    3 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Contrasoma

    I think the Seattle band didn't use a The in their name...just Blackouts. At least that's how it appears on the retrospective CD that came out a few years back.

    17 Apr 2007 Reply
  • ilovemusicyay

    yea...the blackouts were also one of the first seattle punk bands in the early 80's

    3 Aug 2006 Reply
  • radio-silents

    uh-oh, is this another one of those situations where there are two bands here with the same name?

    21 Apr 2006 Reply

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