Fugazi, Repeater (Plus 3 Songs)

Mark Jenkins

By Mark Jenkins

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The legendary punk band’s first full album.

Recorded as crack-fueled warfare was driving the D.C. murder rate to inconceivable levels, Fugazi's first full album takes its title from a song about deals and death: "You say I need a job/ I've got my own business/ You want to know what I do?/ None of your fucking business!" This album has more abstract passages than "13 Songs," but is perhaps even more intense and impassioned, with guitar outbursts as pained as the vocal refrains. Contains the classic refrain "You are not what you own!" ("Merchandise"), and one of the band's most scathing indictments of punk dogmatism ("Song # 1").