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Instrument [Soundtrack]

FugaziAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Fugazi is a band from Washington, D.C. They played their first show on September 3, 1987 and since then they have released seven albums and toured the world extensively covering all fifty United States, Europe, Australia, South America, Japan and many points in between. The band is self managed and release all their material through Dischord Records.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: April 27, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Dischord
  • ASIN: B00000IACG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fugazi finally released a career retrospective after more than a decade together, though in true indie fashion, Instrument is far from your average band's greatest-hits collection. In truth, it's the soundtrack to a documentary produced by the band with filmmaker Jem Cohen. While the film contains footage from live dates, studio work, and intimate home-movie tapes, the soundtrack itself focuses on unreleased studio tracks and outtakes with never-before-heard songs, including "I'm So Tired," "Swingset," "Slo Crostick," and "Turkish Disco." ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind The Scenes With Fugazi July 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well, I know I've been curious. I've wanted to look behind the Fugazi curtain to hear and see what goes on when the band writes, tours and records. Fugazi's new Instrument video and soundtrack CD provide an all-access pass to the inner workings of one of today's premier bands.
I ordered both from Dischord and watched the video (A few times, I'm not ashamed to admit) before listening to the soundtrack CD, and I think that's the way to do it. The documentary, shot nonstop by Jem Cohen on tours, in the studio and at rehearsals, shows the members of Fugazi doing what they do best: making music and going to all of the places it takes them. There are several laugh out loud parts -- a well-meaning fan who incorrectly recalls Ian's days in Black Flag, while mispronouncing his name, Guy plotting the death of a Hollywood legend, Joe's futile attempt to tell everyone about his Iggy Pop dream, Brendan rigging a motel showerhead with Dial soap, a slick MuchMusic correspondent who enthusiastically mangles their lyrics...It's a feel-good flicka that leaves me wishing that Guy had a dance studio I could sign up for.
The Instrument soundtrack includes demos of songs that haven't evolved into regular album tracks & raw working 'drafts' of now-familiar songs, some of which are included in the documentary's music bed. A dream come true for any Fugazi fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best music for studying! July 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was looking for a CD of the punk/alternative/rock genre that didn't have lyrics because music with lyrics is distracting when I'm trying to read or study. I just wanted upbeat background instrumental music. This CD is the best for that purpose. Great songs that will make studying more enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your starter kit March 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Instrument Soundtrack is one of those rare albums that is complete from beginning to end - like one long song. The whole album is perfect and the atmosphere remains unbroken, even when left to repeat for several days at a time, which is what I usually do (in the car).

Funny, it never occurred to me that these songs were incomplete demos. I received this as a gift some years ago and didn't know anything about it at the time. Since then it's become one of my all-time favorite albums. I knew Fugazi from the 13 Songs and Repeater albums, but Instrument was actually my first to own by them. I will definitely say this is not your Fugazi starter album if you are looking for the sound that made them popular, but it may become your favorite album if, like me, you come to appreciate their phenomenal growth and evolution.

If you are a fan then you should get this. You don't need me to tell you that. This is a good record.

If you don't care about Fugazi but are interested in a unique original sound that is completely introspective and unpretentious, then you might want to give this one a try. Your money could be supporting worse efforts than this one. It's a little raw, has few vocals, and uses actual instruments as the title suggests. I hope I'm not too far out on a limb by suggesting that the term "ambient" could apply here. But forget ambient in the new age sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confounding Expectations June 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I think anyone who has ever been in a band would agree that often the most interesting musical ideas occur in practice. There are always little snippets of things; ideas that, for various reasons, sometimes just don't work when they are attempted to be developed further into full songs. Of course, most of these "ideas" are dropped, forgotten, and the band moves on. Often, no one outside the group ever even hears these things. It usually isn't even recorded. Makes sense. Most people want fully developed songs and satisfying conclusions. Still ... there is something lost in these little tidbits. The idea for using these kind of fragments for a film soundtrack is just brilliant! Especially with a band of Fugazi's caliber. "Instrument" (the documentary) is an art film in the best sense of the term. The pure combination of images and music is absolutely beautiful. There are some traditional songs on here and some songs that evolved into other things. I just really like the instrumental bits. My favorite regular song is "Little Debbie". It just rocks like hell! I can't really make out the lyrics, but it sounds like Ian is yelling, "Starbucks! Starbucks! Oh Yeah! Do the funky strut! I'm Crazy!" (I hope that's what he's saying! Ha.) Anyway, I love this whole album. It's not your standard Fugazi record. Listen to it with fresh ears and I think you'll be rewarded.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for fans. January 2, 2003
By shaneb_
Format:Audio CD
This is the soundtrack to the spectacular VHS/DVD "Instrument" by Fugazi, it is a great album for fans. It contains early/different versions of Fugazi songs that are already on Fugazi albums. It also contains some unreleased material. These different interpratations and unreleased songs are intresting but people who aren't as involved fans might not like it that much. The quality ranges from track to track and there are only 2 (I believe) songs with vocals on them "I'm So Tired" (one of the unreleased songs) is just Ian MacKaye playing piano and singing almost a ballad-like song, to me this song alone is worth the price. But, if you aren't a devoted fan I would advise buying another Fugazi album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars spectacle
another great cd to have for a fugazi fan, if your not familiar with this band i recomend "13 songs" instrument is great. buy them both. the opposite of bad music
Published on January 9, 2007 by joe plasan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but missing one thing
How they could leave out the live version of Sweet and Low that they played in the documentary is simply beyond me. That part of the film brings me to tears. Read more
Published on September 24, 2003 by Matthew D. Haller
2.0 out of 5 stars Get this last
I just find it hard to get into a CD that is primarily a bunch of unreleased demos and live tracks. Unlike other bands like Pavement, Fugazi's best songs always made it onto the... Read more
Published on April 29, 2003 by Jeffrey Yutzler
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not a good introduction to Fugazi
Usually, it's pretty annoying when a good artist releases an EP of wanky demos, four-track experiments, and outtakes, but Fugazi pulls it off well. Read more
Published on April 1, 2002 by J. Christmas
3.0 out of 5 stars Song #1 is not a "pink frosty demo" song
Hey Jem...nice tribute of the 'Electric Ladyland' album cover! Verrrrrrry subtle. By the way, are you one of the Cohen brothers? 'Raising Arizona' was great! Read more
Published on March 26, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciation
Listening to this album now I can see that it is my favourite by Fugazi. The mix and match compilation of all their demos leads you down the path into appreciating their later... Read more
Published on October 9, 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars a fan's dream
this release is really for the true fans. it goes well with the video, but i actually got this first and enjoyed it. Read more
Published on August 13, 2000 by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk gods
Every song is incredible. Fugazi remain one of the best bands ever.
Published on May 29, 2000 by chloe
2.0 out of 5 stars Unstructured, uninspiring concept pieces
OK, let me set this straight... I am a BIG Fugazi fan. Been so since I heard a live tape of theirs in 1988.
But I gotta say that this is a painfully bad release. Read more
Published on February 28, 2000 by M. Lynch
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