100 Days of Vinyl #96 Fugazi – In On The Kill Taker

Just a note, there was a typo in the subject/title of my last entry. I fixed that, but  a few days way too late. But it is fixed regardless!

100 Days of Vinyl continues with entry #96 Fugazi’s “In On The Kill Taker”.

To borrow from the original Rolling Stone magazine review for this album, their assessment that in 1979 The Clash was the only band that mattered and in 1993 that claim belonged to Fugazi. In On The Kill Taker was my introduction to the band. I actually purchased this album, but on compact disc, at a Wherehouse Records store late in 1993 on a whim really. I had $20 and time to kill…

I’m not sure what made me buy this album without having even heard the band. I was 16 years old and in the midst of a huge U2 phase. But I did. I actually had a hard time with the album. It was incredibly heavy, and it wasn’t something I was used to hearing in the music I listened to at the time. Ian McKaye’s vocals reminded me of a drill sergeant berating troops, or something to that effect. While on the other hand Guy Picciotto’s vocals were the polar opposite.. but nothing prepared me.

It took a few good years to find Fugazi even though I had at least one of their albums. By the late 90’s I was all about Fugazi. Their mission, their myth, their attack. I found their history fascinating. A band formed out of a couple of legendary bands (Minor Threat and Rites of Spring) For someone like myself whom at the time did crave something that had a level of sincerity, Fugazi was it.

It’s hard to write about Fugazi and not write about the myth of Ian McKaye.. His beliefs, and the overall fundamental nature of how Fugazi was ran. Totally, 100% independent. And that was actually cool. It still is to this day, May 28, 2014, nearly 13 years after the band has gone on indefinite hiatus. I think that is what is missing these days in music. I think, too, that what gets overlooked when this band and its history is discussed is that they were and still are, REALLY good musicians. If you listen to them and their evolution, they had bits of post hardcore, but they were very melodic. An album like 1995’s Red Medicine showed that they could be experimental in the studio, but still retain a forceful sound.

Listening to Fugazi, buying their albums, actually taking the time to read about them, and even getting into some Minor Threat and Rites of Spring was a great musical journey I embarked on as a teenager and still find myself revisiting years later.

If you’re keeping score:

#97 Agent Orange “When You Least Expect It…
#99 & #98 The Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill & Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell
#100 History: America’s Greatest Hits

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