If Happy Go Licky had made a studio album during their meteoric run, it might have stood with Sister, Songs About Fucking and You're Living All Over Me as a defining 1987 post-punk joint. Instead, they played a handful of shows and left an enigmatic live 12-inch that eventually tripled in size for this 1997 reissue. The lineup was the same as Rites of Spring, but they scrapped the emo clichés they accidentally invented in favor of hip-hop-informed tape collages, dance rhythms and a random weirdness that made for a badass vibe these cats never quite topped. Grooves rise and fall, lyrics are fragments ("Get the dog/ Definitely," "She's my man now"), "Twist and Shout" anticipates everything Girls Against Boys did and Grandmaster Flash's "White Lines" gets a wonderfully messy cover. The wonderfully anthemic "Torso Butter" even contains one of punk's most concise manifestoes: "Nothing gets clean/ 'Til it's called into question." God almighty, they ruled.
By Jason Schreurs on 10.08.14 in Features
Members of the '90s trio talk about their short but impactful run.
By Andrew Parks on 08.11.14 in News
Much like they did for Minor Threat a little over a decade ago, Dischord Records have announced plans to properly release the earliest recordings of Fugazi. Due out sometime this winter, First Demo is exactly that: 11 so...
By Joe Gross on 07.27.11 in Icons
"Beautiful, funny people. Generous to and respectful of the people they work with. Inspirational in a lot of ways. Maybe the best band." - Steve Albini on Fugazi From their first public performances in 1987 to the sta...
By Joe Gross on 07.27.11 in Reviews
Now confident behind the boards, Red Medicine is the first broad expansion of their musical palette. The hard strumming on "Do You Like Me?" almost sounds like furious, heavy...indie pop. (After all, Fugazi had a long fr...