SUICIDE – “Cheree” / “I Remember” (Bronze BRO 57) May 1978

Suicide “Cheree” – Recorded over one weekend at New York’s Ultimate Sound, Suicide’s eponymous debut album, was dismissed by Rolling stone as “absolute puerile”.

It effectively invented industrial thrash, with Vega’s voice swamped in echo and delay. ‘Cheree’ was the first single from that album. Musically, the simplest of synth riffs is infused with grinding Stooges-like-sexuality, but lyrically, it’s a hymn to lust, with Vega intoning, “Cheree, Cheree, oh baby, oh baby, I love you.”

That lyrical content provided the bridge between Kraftwerk’s dehumanised robot songs and the Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me Baby?’

When they toured the UK supporting The Clash in 1978, there, in the maw of punk, stood the seeds of the future – two alienated guys and their keyboards, proto-types for Soft Cell, Erasure, OMD, Pet Shop Boys, Tears For Fears, KLF and others. (Mojo)

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