Fugazi's Repeater, Opinions on Psychedelic Country Artist Sturgill Simpson

Washington D.C. post-punk band Fugazi reshaped the definition of punk in America. Their 1990 debut album, Repeater, connected with a generation and eventually sold more than a million copies. Jim and Greg talk with founding member Ian MacKaye about the writing and recording of the album and its impact. Plus we review Sturgill Simpson's new album, Sound and Fury, and learn what song got a member of the band Dehd "Hooked on Sonics."

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Fugazi Repeater

Fugazi was a post-punk band from Washington D.C. that maintained a fiercely independent, DIY ethic and still went on to sell millions of records. Though their best known song is probably "Waiting Room" from their 1988 self-titled EP, their first full length album, Repeater, deserves to be considered a classic album according to Jim and Greg.

Initially an open-ended outlet for former Minor Threat frontman Ian MacKaye's musical creativity, Fugazi grew into something more when all four members found ways to contribute their ideas. MacKaye told Jim and Greg that Repeater was their first release after former Rites of Spring singer Guy Picciotto started playing guitar in the group in addition to singing. Greg pointed out that Picciotto and MacKaye approached their guitars more like sound machines than traditional instruments, letting the rhythm section of drummer Brendan Canty and bassist Joe Lally drive the songs. The conversation covers the lyrical differences between Fugazi and Minor Threat, the importance of Fugazi's live shows and explains why a tank of helium was necessary for one of Fugazi's biggest shows in Chicago.

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Sturgill Simpson Sound & Fury

Sturgill Simpson just released his latest album Sound & Fury, on which he continues to blend country with psychedelic influences and push the boundaries of music. Both Jim and Greg are enthusiastic about Simpson's fourth album, and can't get enough of the dramatic sonic elements like cranking the guitar way up and the Can-like instrumentals. The lyrics are also important, as Simpson shares his experience of clashing with the country music industry and more universal themes like the environment and today's political climate. Greg thinks that it would wrong if critics left this album off their“best of year”lists at the end of 2019.


Hooked On Sonics: Emily Kempf of Dehd


Dehd singer and bassist Emily Kempf explains how Cat Power's 2003 song "I Don't Blame You" helped her see a place for herself in the music world.

Featured Songs

  1. Fugazi, Repeater, Repeater, Dischord, 1990
  2. Sturgill Simpson, A Good Look, Sound & Fury, Elektra, 2019
  3. Minor Threat, Minor Threat, Minor Threat, Dischord, 1984
  4. Teen Idles, Teen Idles, Minor Disturbance, Dischord, 1980
  5. Minor Threat, Straight Edge, Minor Threat, Dischord, 1984
  6. Government Issue, Notch To My Crotch (live), Live Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: 02/25/1983 Washington, DC @ Wilson Center, Self-Released, 2012
  7. Rites Of Spring, For Want Of, Rites Of Spring, Dischord, 1985
  8. Fugazi, Waiting Room, Fugazi, Dischord, 1988
  9. Fugazi, Shut The Door, Repeater, Dischord, 1990
  10. The Beatles, Rain, (Single), Parlophone, 1966
  11. Fugazi, Brendan #1, Repeater, Dischord, 1990
  12. Fugazi, Sieve-Fisted Find, Repeater, Dischord, 1990
  13. The Viceroys, Heart Made of Stone, (Single), Taxi, 1980
  14. Public Enemy, Bring The Noise, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Def Jam, 1988
  15. Public Image Ltd., Swan Lake, Metal Box, Virgin, 1979
  16. Fugazi, Reprovisional, Repeater, Dischord, 1990
  17. Fugazi, Merchandise, Repeater, Dischord, 1990
  18. Fugazi, Blueprint, Repeater, Dischord, 1990
  19. Fugazi, Two Beats Off (Live), Chicago, IL USA 09.03.93, Fugazi Live Series, 2014
  20. Fugazi, Intro, Chicago, IL USA 09.03.94, Fugazi Live Series, 2014
  21. Fugazi, Repeater (Live), Chicago, IL USA 09.03.94, Fugazi Live Series, 2014
  22. Fugazi, Styrofoam, Repeater, Dischord, 1990
  23. The Obsessed, The Way She Fly, The Obsessed, Relapse, 1990
  24. Ted Nugent, Great White Buffalo (Live), Double Live Gonzo!, Epic, 1978
  25. Scritti Politti, Boom! There She Was, Provision, Warner Bros, 1988
  26. Pailhead, I Will Refuse, (Single), Wax Trax!, 1987
  27. Fugazi, Turnover, Repeater, Dischord, 1990
  28. Sturgill Simpson, Sing Along, Sound & Fury, Elektra, 2019
  29. Sturgill Simpson, Make Art Not Friends, Sound & Fury, Elektra, 2019
  30. Sturgill Simpson, Remember to Breathe, Sound & Fury, Elektra, 2019
  31. Sturgill Simpson, All Said and Done, Sound & Fury, Elektra, 2019
  32. Sturgill Simpson, Mercury in Retrograde, Sound & Fury, Elektra, 2019
  33. Dehd, On My Side, Water, Fire Talk, 2019
  34. Cat Power, I Don't Blame You, You Are Free, Matador, 2003
  35. Cardi B, Ring (feat. Kehlani), Invasion of Privacy, Atlantic, 2018
  36. Alanis Morissette, You Oughta Know, Jagged Little Pill, Maverick, 1995
  37. The Beatles, Yer Blues, The White Album, Apple, 1968
  38. Can, Yoo Doo Right, Monster Movie, United Artists, 1969
  39. Brittany Howard, History Repeats, Jaime, ATO, 2019