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Songs About Fucking

Big BlackAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Big Black was started by Steve Albini in 1982 while he was living in Evanston, Illinois and attending Northwestern University. Contrary to popular belief, Big Black was not Steve’s first band. Prior to forming Big Black, Steve was in a band called Just Ducky, in Montana, a band called Small Irregular Pieces of Aluminum, in Chicago, and another band he is paying us not to ... Read more in Amazon's Big Black Store

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  • Audio CD (October 28, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0000019GE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sounds like a suicide caught on tape January 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Big Black is one of the key creators of industrial music. over the years, i have read enough stories about them to go out and buy this album (as a import copy) at a record store. when i got home, i found out that it was only 30 minutes long. furious that i spent so much on a imported CD that was barely longer that a sitcom, i went and played it anyway. I WAS FLOORED. this was one of the most darkest, sickest albums i have ever heard. starting off with "The Power Of Independent Trucking", Albini takes off into songs that are truly sick and twisted, with him screaming lyrics over punishing guitar riffs and equaling damaging drum machine loops. and all this with a (as we record engineers call) "incorrect" mix of the songs, sounding like they're coming out of a transistor radio that you would hear over machine gunfire. the whole album sounds like what you would have if you could capture the moment of suicide across the length of a record. i can see where Trent Reznor got his ideals from, but this album makes Nine Inch Nails sound like Disney records. this album is a must-buy, but it is not for the weak. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must own. NOW. August 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If forced to pick one band that best exemplified the indie-rock aesthetic, one would be hard-pressed to find a better choice than Big Black. Many of the acts typically credited with bringing alternative music to the mainstream have, for better or worse, been little more than angry pop acts (Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails being prominent examples), and even many more underground acts such as Pixies, Sonic Youth, and the Jesus Lizard released some material that was palatable to the mainstream, as their major-label runs attest. Big Black, on the other hand, was the real deal, a band that lived out the indie philosophy in both their music and in their resolutely do-it-yourself business practices, and paid the commercial price for it. Songs About F***ing was the perfect distillation of leader Steve Albini's philosophy: an abrasive, confrontational album that contained no concessions to the mainstream and no pretensions to socially redeeming value. This is music at its most twisted and evil, acknowledging no taboos as it challenged listeners to take or leave its assaultive sound and unpleasant lyrical content.

The key to the lasting appeal of this release lies largely in its simplicity. Like fellow pioneering noise-merchants Godflesh, Big Black distilled rock music to its most basic elements: guitar, bass, and drum machine. In spite of this minimal approach, however, Songs About F***ing is hardly palatable or unchallenging. What emerges from this combination of rock's traditional elements is a barrage of scathing, disembowling noise that pummels eardrums with a mix of astringent guitar squalls and pulsating industrial beasts.
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62 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I went to the dentist to get some fillings and they put me under the gas at least forty-five minutes before even starting the operation. When I left the office I stumbled to my car and got inside. Although most of my face was numb I lit a cigarette. I put this album in for the first time and turned it up really loud. I sat there in the parking lot of the dentist, face numb, still coming down off the gas, listening to Big Black and smoking for a minute or two before deciding to drive to Barnes and Noble to buy birthday presents for my friend's son. It was amazing.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album stole my music viginity! October 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Back in 1991 I was getting ready to graduate from high school. All I had ever listened to was Janes Addiction and I assumed that they were as good as music gets. Then one day a friend of mine got a job at a local record store and brought back an album and said "You have to check out this band." I then half heartedly removed my "Ritual De Lo Habitual" CD out of my car's stereo and inserted "Big Black's - Songs About Fu...". My taste in music and my entire life changed from the moment that CD played. I found a whole new world of music that rarely, if never, touched the corporate radio waves.
I'll admit, I don't play this album as much as I used to but that doesn't mean that I still don't consider it one of my all time favorites. When you hear an album, any album, a few thousand times you need to take a break every now and again. Still though, when I play it around a bunch of friends or others who may have never listened to Big Black, I still get that fuzzy feeling inside. They have a sound which I consider well ahead of it's time.
If you're new to Big Black and you don't own this record, BUY IT! If you own this record, PLAY IT.... LOUD!! If you like it then go out and buy Albini's other fine projects such as Rapeman and Shellac. You will not be disappointed...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gods of Skronk October 23, 2006
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The late 80s/early 90s was a time in music that was at least as fertile as the late 60s/early 70s. Great bands seemed to pop up every other week. Among these was a 3 piece from Chicago with the moniker of Big Black (how perfectly apt). They garnered attention largely due to the first track on the first LP, Atomizer.

The song, Jordan Minnesota, was about paedophilia, and how it had spread throughout a sleepy mid-western town until just about everyone in the town was involved in a massive conspiracy to abuse each other's children. The song itself was a huge pounding monstrosity that sounded as if it had been recorded in one of the lesser known basements of hell. The band comprised three skinny geeks in wire-rimmed glasses and a drum machine named Roland.

They looked like accountants, but in reality they were hitmen, with guitars instead of sawn-off shotguns, and their intention was to deliver the coup de grace to the dull, overblown, drug-addled corpse of rock and roll. Of all their contemporaries, Big Black were probably closest to Swans in their fascination for the excesses of human behaviour. Sonically, though, they occupied a territory all of their own.

With hideous guitar skronk produced by custom-made aluminium guitars, martial beats courtesy of 'Roland' and Albini's muffled lunatic ranting, they crushed all in their path, like blitzkreig circa '39. 'Songs' was arguably their peak. The cover said it all, and the music it contained just went straight for the jugular. Shorter and sharper than Atomizer, it nontheless contained all the key ingredients from that awesome debut. It was a claustrophic nightmare of a record that grabbed you by the nape of the neck and forced you to look at the nasty dead thing under the sink.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome
Published 29 days ago by Dylan Coffee
3.0 out of 5 stars Great name
I really bought this album for the cover and the name.

It's really not that great.....of course, what the hell do I know.
Published 3 months ago by Clark Hale
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's punk
Really love Big Black's DIY ethic and the true punk rock refusal to compromise their music. Perhaps not as good as their first album 'Atomizer' but definitely still gets the blood... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Niranjan Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Albini's Last GREAT Stand!
No doubt about it, this was Albini's LAST GREAT Statement, Rapeman was o.k., and he went down the toilet with Shellac. Read more
Published on August 22, 2012 by Gary Sheputis
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best...
This is not an album made for ipods and crap, except if you have a great set of headphones, which most people don't have. Read more
Published on July 2, 2010 by Banjoman95
3.0 out of 5 stars Songs about Stupid Idiots
L Dopa is an awesome rock tune but it sits with some uselessly sadistic tunes attempting to be about the dark side of people. Read more
Published on May 15, 2010 by Bart Connelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, but nonetheless damn good
It seems like a shame that these guys had to disband some 21 years ago (1988). I sometimes wonder what they would sound like with each new album release, had they not broken up. Read more
Published on December 7, 2009 by J. Tourettes
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs About F______
Big Black-Songs About F------ ****

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To be quite frank, Big Blacks' Songs About F------ is one of the, if not the greatest... Read more
Published on July 19, 2009 by Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear God, what is this behemoth?
This post-punk industrial noise rock will bend you over and have it's way with you.

buy it if you dare. Read more
Published on April 28, 2008 by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying
And yet...unlike anything I've ever heard before. While this may be the antithesis of easy listening, somehow it seems there's a master to all this rage and noise. Read more
Published on October 18, 2007 by Josh L. Patrick-Riley
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