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Steady Diet of Nothing

FugaziAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 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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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dischord
  • ASIN: B000000JOM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is punk rock slowed down to a lope, transformed into angry meditations on, well, a number of things--sometimes alienation, sometimes the fashion industry, and sometimes things too vague really to specify. Fugazi are always interesting, if only because of their absolute willingness to overturn every established punk rock convention (and what could be more punk rock?). On this record, inventiveness generally outpaces quality, and protest songs without catchy melodies--for all their good intentions--are pretty quickly forgotten. Regardless, their trademark staccato guitar attack and fractured rhythms are here in force, and at least two songs, "Reclamation" and "Nice New Outfit," rank with their best. --Percy Keegan

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protest music? All that and more... August 1, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If Ian MacKaye hadn't been in Minor Threat as a teenager, no one would ever compare Fugazi to punk or protest rock. Not that there's anything wrong with those things -- I just see deeper art in _Steady Diet_ than MacKaye's old anti-drug routine. Minor Threat was fast, in-your-face, and frankly a little obvious. Fugazi is mid-tempo, jazzy, and complex. Their songs take several listens to appreciate, but the result is much more haunting.
Perhaps that's why this album's single, "Reclamation," failed to impress me; the trite political message ("We want control of our bodies") is beneath MacKaye's considerable lyrical power. On the other hand, "Stacks" and "Dear Justice Letter" have subtle rhythms and messages that take half a song to kick in, but kick in they do. As for catchy, give "Exit Only," "Runaway Return," and "KYEO" a chance, and they'll stay with you much longer than the latest teeny-bopper MTV! hit. Finally, the instrumental title track is the album's centerpiece, showing off the band's innovative rhythm section and offbeat guitar noise.
Fugazi is famous for their anti-corporate policies, but this album blows away all of the silly pop-punk that most people associate with indie purism. All of the parts fit together, and Ian MacKaye seems to have the Lou Reed License (the license that a musical genius gets to excuse his lack of singing ability). No other band could have so much talent and integrity without seeming pretentious -- and this album has aged well, unlike most rock from 1991 (play some old Nirvana songs to see what I mean). So if you want to hear which "alternative" band *should* have defined the early nineties, look no further -- just don't sell it short by calling it protest music.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fugazi grows up May 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album strikes you immediately because, as others have pointed out, the production is different from their previous (and subsequent) releases. Basically, this is a Fugazi that has matured. The distortion is less a visceral, more refined texture, and the mix is more even (compared to the guitar dominated Killtaker and Repeater). Even the songwriting is restrained, focused and direct. The centerpiece of the album (and one of the best tracks) is the eponymous instrumental, track 6. When you're a band with two of the best rock vocalists of all-time, and the best track on your latest album is *instrumental,* you know you're a great band...
The first thing I thought when I heard this was, "Wow, Fugazi's grown up since Repeater," which is a good thing, even though Repeater is amazing (of course) and being loud and raw is a good thing, too. But fear not, there's always Killtaker to make sure the raw thing is taken care of...
This album represents Fugazi finding themselves in the recording studio (another good thing), because from here on, they wouldn't just be hitting "record" and then start playing. They were working *in* the studio. People have criticized this album for being less intense or emotional than the others, or the sound being "weaker," but none of these is true. When your only way to convey depth or meaning is through volume, then you are limited, and thankfully Fugazi is certainly not limited in this way. To think that they progressed to this only a year or two after their breakthrough album Repeater is quite impressive.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid CD January 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Maybe not their best, but solid. Either you like Fugazi's sound or you don't in my opinion. I would not trust someone who suggested Ted Nugent over Fugazi, or even made a compairison for that matter. Period (see next review). A CD would have to be pretty bad to honestly receive only 1 star. THis is 4 star material all the way. Try repeater if you don't have anything else.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't lost a thing in 11 years! February 12, 2002
By tbrady
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Fugazi record I bought as it came out and I remember being excited and blown away. Fugazi have always made records that rock, have hooks and are still complex enough to reveal new things with each listen, and this record is no exception. This record was about as advanced as I got in 8th grade but I still listen to it. My favorite songs are "Exit Only" "Steady Diet" "Long Division" "Runaway Return" "Polish" and "KYEO." Ranks as one of the best Dischord releases ever.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget punk rock. Fugazi are their own genre. May 10, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite Fugazi record. While Ian Mackaye's songs bring the record down, Guy Picciotto delivers his best songs ever here. "Nice New Outfit," "Exit Only," and "Latin Roots" are all fist-shakers, and if you can listen to "Runaway Return" without proclaiming it an anthem, then you would do well to invest in Q-Tips.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great album. Production lacks though. January 2, 2003
By shaneb_
Format:Audio CD
The songs on this album are very good and are intresting and engaging. Yet for some reason I can't completely get into it. The production (the first time the band produced an album themselves) is lacking. The production takes away from the songs and the album as a whole. Fugazi (both on record and live) have an amazing guitar sound and a thick, intricate, tight rhythm section. But here the guitars sound very weak and the drums and bass sound a little artificial. This type of extremly sterile production suits songs like "Long Division" which is softer but take away from songs "Reclamation" and "Nice New Outfit" which have a more live feel to them. The songs on this album are very good but because of the production I can't give it a 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yep, Fugazi
Had the vinyl years ago, now I got the digital. That's about it so now I'm just filling word requirements.
Published 6 months ago by S. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Fugazi...
Not like I didn't know it was good before I bought it... Love these guys, can listen to them jam for hours. This album is essential to anyones Fugazi collection.
Published 21 months ago by dee
5.0 out of 5 stars It's long division....
To me 1991's follow up to 1990's Repeater was an excellent one. It seems as though the foursome homed their craft even more so- taking their brand of reggae influenced "post punk"... Read more
Published on August 27, 2009 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Still My Favorite Fugazi Album
Fugazi's fourth release, "Steady Diet of Nothing", may still be my favorite. Each Fugazi album has a different flavor but without "Red Medicine" there would be no "End Hits"... Read more
Published on October 30, 2007 by AKP
4.0 out of 5 stars Fugazi's most underrated effort
You know, I don't know why everyone dislikes this album so much. Sure, the production could've been better - cut them some slack, this was their first attempt at self-production -... Read more
Published on February 21, 2006 by lux mccallister
4.0 out of 5 stars Steady Diet of Stagnation
Other reviewers have said that "Steady Diet..." is perhaps Fugazi's most cohesive effort. They would be right, if by cohesive they meant stagnant. Read more
Published on October 23, 2005 by Dead Cell
3.0 out of 5 stars the change is beginning
although a good Fugazi record, this one struggles to find it's step. the production sounds really flat and boring to me. nothing pops out. Read more
Published on October 10, 2005 by J. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars The most cohesive offering from the vets...
My opinion of this Album may be colored by the fact that it was the first one i got by the band in question. First impressions and all. Read more
Published on April 18, 2004 by Campbell Roark
4.0 out of 5 stars A downslide, but still good.
This isn't as strong 13 Songs or Repeater. They take some chances, instead of staying with the tried and true, but some fall a bit flat and the songs aren't as strong.
Published on April 15, 2004 by Scott Fendley
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to bass
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Long division contains the best bass line in rock ever! (Well, along with Waiting Room.) Don't miss it. Read more
Published on May 31, 2002
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