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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 Cassette (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dischord
  • ASIN: B000000JON
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Exit Only
2. Reclamation
3. Nice New Outfit
4. Stacks
5. Latin Roots
6. Steady Diet
7. Long Division
8. Runaway Return
9. Polish
10. Dear Justice Letter
11. KYEO

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1998
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 By Nathan B. Hyatt on 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 By Mr. Mark on 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 By tbrady on February 12, 2002
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 By A Customer on May 10, 1999
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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 By AKP on October 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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" (somehow when "End Hits" came out it made "Red Medicine" make sense to me - gave it a context). With this album, Fugazi, never ones to repeat themselves, explore a darker, more introspective territory than previous efforts, building on the stylings of songs like "Shut the Door". In my opinion, this is the most satisfying and well-rounded set of songs they ever put out. It's not necessarily instantly appreciable, but it stands up to repeated listens. The production sounds less glitzy than "Repeater" or "In On The Kill Taker" but it really suits the songs, which are all as powerful and varied as anything they've done. "Long Division" has my favorite bass line, "Exit Only" is my favorite opening track, "Steady Diet" is my favorite instrumental, the climaxes of "Reclamation", "KYEO" and "Latin Roots" still knock me out, awesome lyrics and vocal performances as usual and so on. In my opinion this album is their best and listening to it always make me wonder how the hell they did it. Also, Brendan Canty is in my list of top ten rock and roll drummers.
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