Review: Suicide’s Alan Vega Leaves a Fearless Final Statement
Alan Vega, who co-founded the electro-noise duoSuicide in New York in 1970, died last year. But he did not go gentle into thatgood night – as if there were any doubt. This posthumous album, recorded oversix years with his wife, Liz Lamere, is proof. Knowing he was crafting hisfarewell, Vega leaves as he arrived, raging over Suicide-style industrialgrinds. “We can see it/The red, white and blue is destroyed/Destroyed!”he snarls on “Screamin Jesus,” which begins and ends with dizzying,throat-shredding shrieks. He was punk rock’s battlefield reporter, staring intothe horror and relaying it back, uncensored. R.I.P., man.