Suicide album ad on Zig Zag Magazine, 1980
Suicide performing Ghost Rider at Max’s Kansas City, NYC, 1979
If I ever become a musician I want my gigs to be like that.
Teenage Jesus & The Jerks poster, circa 1978
My fascination with drone started when I got into The Velvet Underground and discovered the work of John Cale and La Monte Young on The Dream Syndicate (The Theatre Of Eternal Music). Since then I’ve been listening to this genre constantly and decided to make a playlist of the tracks I think are essential for anybody that wants to get into it. At first a lot of people complain about the duration of the songs. Yes, 40, 50 minutes sounds like a lot, but you have to realize that this is supposed to be an experience, the immediate perception of the melody unfolding loop after loop. This concept has helped me enjoy “regular” songs even more. Here’s the list:
I didn’t take the time to make a mixtape because I don’t think anybody is capable of listening more than 4 hours of the same kind of music. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.