Suicide ‎– Why Be Blue

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
OUT 108-2 Suicide Why Be Blue(CD, Album) Brake Out Records OUT 108-2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
OUT 108-2 Suicide Why Be Blue(CD, Album) Brake Out Records OUT 108-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
OUT 108-4 Suicide Why Be Blue(Cass, Album) Brake Out Records OUT 108-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
BFFP 191 CD, 07243 8 63538 0 1 Suicide Why Be Blue? + Live CD(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD) Blast First, Blast First BFFP 191 CD, 07243 8 63538 0 1 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
9279-2 Suicide Why Be Blue? + Live CD(CD, Album, RM + CD) Blast First, Mute Corporation 9279-2 US 2005 Sell This Version

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The_Titan_Find

August 31, 2012
referencing Why Be Blue? + Live CD, CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, BFFP 191 CD, 07243 8 63538 0 1

Remastered, Remixed, Ruined
It pains me to say this, being a huge fan, but Martin's remix of this album is absolutely dreadful. It sounds to me like he didn't have access to the multi-track master tapes and has simply distorted every track so that they have become virtually unlistenable. I couldn't believe my ears when I first heard it!
Now, the original album may have been Suicide's most 'poppy' record and I know that Martin wanted to give it a more "Suicide feel", but this remix has only served to bury Alan's vocals and the original tunes in masses of unnecessary distortion and mugginess. Imagine listening to the original version at the bottom of a swimming pool without headphones, and you'll come close! Someone at Mute should have had the stones to say "Martin, leave it alone!". The only benefit to this whole release is the superb bonus disc. Even the 'artwork' is dire.
Stick to the original version.
BesseB

BesseB

March 20, 2009
referencing Why Be Blue? + Live CD, CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, BFFP 191 CD, 07243 8 63538 0 1

In my opinion, better than the famous self-titled album. I mean sure that appears in EVERY mainstream mags lists of top x amount of greatest whatevers and EVERY hipster-doofus' iPod, but this is the real shit. Suicide's attempt at cheesy 80's pop is a swirling miasma of woozy beats and synth shimmies, all on top of Alan Vega's soothingly grotesque vocals. Sure he's sinister on cuts like the famous Frankie Teardrop, but think about it, his hero is Elvis. Elvis is at heart the first subversive pop-star: join the dots people. At the end of the day whats more daring, a group submitting a release that confirms their "hardcore" street image, or a release that subverts that image? Its one thing to confuse and offend the squares, quite another to do the same, to the "punks". The original "no-wave" band transforming into just another mindless "new-wave" band. Subversive art at its finest, which, if i'm not mistaken was their intention all along. And its catchy! Extraordinary.