Alan Vega

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Boruch Alan Bermowitz
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Alan Vega (born June 23, 1938, Brooklyn, New York, USA - died July 16, 2016) was an American musician, vocalist and sculptor and one half of the seminal electronic duo Suicide.

Vega began his career as a visual artist, gaining notoriety for his "light sculptures" eventually opened his own lower Manhattan gallery space, which he dubbed the Project of Living Artists. The Project served as a stomping grounds for the likes of the New York Dolls, Television and Blondie as well as the 15-piece jazz group Reverend B., which featured a musician named Martin Rev on electric piano. Soon, Vega and Rev formed Suicide, whose minimalist, aggressive music - a fusion of Rev's ominous, repetitive keyboards and Vega's rockabilly snarl - helped pave the direction for the electronic artists of the future.

Suicide disbanded in 1980, and both Vega and Rev undertook solo careers. Vega's self-titled 1980 debut and his 1981 effort Collision Drive continued to explore the fractured rockabilly identity he had established in his earlier work. 1983's Saturn Strip, produced by longtime fan Ric Ocasek, marked Vega's debut for Elektra Records; corporate relations soured during production for 1985's Just A Million Dreams, however, and at one point the label even attempted to remove the singer from his own studio sessions. Vega teamed up with Martin Rev and Ric Ocasek again in the late eighties to produce and release the third Suicide album, A Way of Life (1988). Shortly thereafter, Vega met future wife and music partner Elizabeth Lamere while piecing together sound experiments that would evolve into his fifth solo album, Deuce Avenue (1990). Deuce Avenue marked his return to minimalist electronic music, similar to his work with Suicide, in which he combined drum machines and effects with free-form prose.

Over the next several decades he would release several more solo records and perform and release albums with Suicide. In 2012, Vega suffered a stroke. That, and problems with his knees, led him to focus on less physically demanding art, such as painting, however, he continued to perform at selected concerts and work on the music that led to his final studio album 'IT', which was released posthumously on July 14 on Fader. The album was produced by Alan Vega, Liz Lamere, Perkin Barnes and Jared Artaud of New York City band The Vacant Lots.

The album cover and inner sleeves featured Vega's original artwork. Two posthumous art shows "Dream Baby Dream" at Deitch Gallery and "Keep IT Alive" at Invisible-Exports exhibited Alan Vega's work in New York City. In 2021, Sacred Bones Records releases 'Mutator', the lost Alan Vega album produced and mixed by Liz Lamere and Jared Artaud, the first in a series of unreleased and rare material from the Vega Vault. Vega had died in his sleep on July 16, 2016, at the age of 78.
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Albums

PVC 7915 Alan Vega — Alan Vega Alan Vega Alan Vega (Album) PVC Records, ZE Records PVC 7915 US 1980 Vendre cette version
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204 294, 204 294-320 Collision Drive — Alan Vega Alan Vega Collision Drive (Album) Celluloid 204 294, 204 294-320 Germany 1981 Vendre cette version
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60259-1 Saturn Strip — Alan Vega Alan Vega Saturn Strip (Album) Elektra, ZE Records 60259-1 New Zealand 1983 Vendre cette version
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ML 960434-4 Just A Million Dreams — Alan Vega Alan Vega Just A Million Dreams (Album) Elektra, ZE Records ML 960434-4 Spain 1985 Vendre cette version
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BEL-12016 Outlaw: Live In Europe '86 — Alan Vega Alan Vega Outlaw: Live In Europe '86(LP) Selfish Records BEL-12016 Japan 1987 Vendre cette version
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4D0758 Deuce Avenue — Alan Vega Alan Vega Deuce Avenue (Album) Musidisc 4D0758 Spain 1990 Vendre cette version
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108121 Power On To Zero Hour — Alan Vega Alan Vega Power On To Zero Hour (Album) Musidisc 108121 France 1991 Vendre cette version
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110122 New Raceion — Alan Vega Alan Vega New Raceion (Album) Musidisc 110122 France 1993 Vendre cette version
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118132 Dujang Prang — Alan Vega Alan Vega Dujang Prang (Album) Musidisc 118132 France 1995 Vendre cette version
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thi 21314.2 Cubist Blues — Alan Vega Alan Vega / Alex Chilton / Ben Vaughn Alan Vega / Alex Chilton / Ben Vaughn - Cubist Blues (Album) Last Call Records thi 21314.2 US 1996 Vendre cette version
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10042-1 Getchertiktz — Alan Vega Ric Ocasek | Alan Vega | Gillian McCain Ric Ocasek | Alan Vega | Gillian McCain - Getchertiktz(CD, Album) Sooj Records 10042-1 US 1996 Vendre cette version
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DTM 226101-2 2007 — Alan Vega Alan Vega 2007 (Album) Double T Music DTM 226101-2 Europe 1999 Vendre cette version
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C-DSA54061 Re-Up — Alan Vega Etant Donnes* With Alan Vega, Lydia Lunch & Genesis P-Orridge Etant Donnes* With Alan Vega, Lydia Lunch & Genesis P-Orridge - Re-Up (Album) Les Disques Du Soleil Et De L'Acier C-DSA54061 France 1999 Vendre cette version
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724384718725 Sombre — Alan Vega Alan Vega Sombre(CD, Album, Ltd) Labels 724384718725 France 1999 Vendre cette version
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BFFP194CD, 0094639256822 Station — Alan Vega Alan Vega Station (Album) Blast First, Blast First BFFP194CD, 0094639256822 Europe 2007 Vendre cette version
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none Live At WFMU's Free Music Series, Southpaw 10/13/2007 — Alan Vega Alan Vega Live At WFMU's Free Music Series, Southpaw 10/13/2007(9xFile, MP3, Album, 256) Free Music Archive none US 2009
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none Sniper — Alan Vega Marc Hurtado, Alan Vega Marc Hurtado, Alan Vega - Sniper (Album) Le Son Du Maquis none France 2010 Vendre cette version
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LITA 147 Cubist Blues - Live In France — Alan Vega Vega* - Chilton* - Vaughn* Vega* - Chilton* - Vaughn* - Cubist Blues - Live In France (Album) Light In The Attic LITA 147 US 2015 Vendre cette version
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FL-0993-1 It — Alan Vega Alan Vega It (Album) Fader Label FL-0993-1 US 2017 Vendre cette version
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none Mutator — Alan Vega Alan Vega Mutator (Album) Sacred Bones Records none 2021 Vendre cette version
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none After Dark — Alan Vega Alan Vega, Ben Vaughn, Barb Dwyer, Palmyra Delran Alan Vega, Ben Vaughn, Barb Dwyer, Palmyra Delran - After Dark (Album) In The Red Recordings none US 2021 Vendre cette version
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Singles & EPs

PVC 4901 Juke Box Baby / International Language — Alan Vega Alan Vega / Richard Strange Alan Vega / Richard Strange - Juke Box Baby / International Language(12", Promo) PVC Records, ZE Records PVC 4901 US 1980 Vendre cette version
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106 218 Jukebox Babe — Alan Vega Alan Vega Jukebox Babe (Single) Celluloid 106 218 France 1981 Vendre cette version
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106409 Be Bop A Lula / Outlaw — Alan Vega Alan Vega Be Bop A Lula / Outlaw(7", Single) Celluloid, Vogue 106409 France 1981 Vendre cette version
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335004 Outlaw / Magdalena 84 — Alan Vega Alan Vega Outlaw / Magdalena 84 (Single) Celluloid 335004 France 1982 Vendre cette version