A post hardcore band created in 1987 by hardcore Godfather Ian MacKaye (vocals/guitar), Brendan Canty (drums), Joe Lally (bass), and Guy Picciotto (vocals/guitar). With an anti-corporate stance, cheap concerts for all ages, and heavy, rhythmic music, they released five studio albums, and held heart-pumping performances. They are one of the most important underground bands of the 1990s and their third album, In on the Kill Taker, reached 153 on The Billboard 200. By 2003, the band called an indefinite hiatus, having been together for 16 years.The name Fugazi originates from an acronym used by Vietnam veterans to signify “F’d up, Got Ambushed, Zipped In (a body bag).”
- Repeater- 1990
- Steady Diet of Nothing- 1991
- In on the Kill Taker- 1993
- Red Medicine- 1995
- End Hits- 1998
- The Argument- 2001
It’s time to meet your tropes:
- Album Intro Track: The Argument begins with a montage of sounds, and their last song begins with this, albeit a little different.
- Face on the Cover: Repeater and the self-titled and 3 Songs EPs all have photos taken from live performances on the covers. Other albums either don't have anyone on the cover at all or take a more artistic approach to this: For instance, Red Medicine includes a group photo on the cover, but it's not immediately noticeable as such because it's oriented upside down, out of focus, and depicts the band swimming, up to their necks in the ocean.
- Harsh Vocals: Most of the time, Ian MacKaye yells/growls when signing, and Guy Picciotto can be abrasive vocally, but often sings softer. Joe Lally’s singing style is very subdued (a nice contrast).
- In the Style of...: "Version" is a dub-influenced instrumental remix of "Long Distance Runner". Interestingly, "Version" actually comes a few songs before "Long Distance Runner" on Red Medicine.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: Many examples with Guy Picciotto on vocals. “Latin Roots” sounds like he’s singing, “It’s time to meet Jamaicans.” Or the beginning of “No Exit”, with what sounds like “exuta” when he’s supposed to say “exeunt”. Also, what the heck is he singing on “Walken’s Syndrome”? Good thing their albums come with a lyric sheet.
- Instrumentals: Every album, except for The Argument, has one instrumental.
- Long Runner Line Up: They were together for 16 years without breaking up! A definite feat for a rock band.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Averted. Most of the music's mood matches the lyrical content. Good examples include: "Rend It", "Epic Problem", and "Forensic Scene".
- Minimalistic Cover Art: 13 Songs, a compilation of their first two EPs, simply has the band name and album title over a solid red background.
- Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: Between 5-7. It varies from album to album.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: About a 7. Of course, most of the members are hardcore or emo pioneers, so it makes sense.
- Not always, though- sometimes, they'd drop noticeably lower on the scale, and on a few occasions, they'd go higher, as well.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: The band has many influences to create their unique sound. Some would include reggae, dub beats, and good ‘ol’ rock ‘n’ roll.
- New Sound Album: Red Medicine is definitely a turn into a different, more experimental sound for the band.
- Noise Rock: The beginning of the song “Do You Like Me” has a 51 second noise intro, and then immediately becomes more Fugazi-like when the drums kick in.
- Protest Song: Too many to count. Their most political albums are Steady Diet of Nothing and The Argument.
- Anti Police Song: “Great Cop” from In on the Kill Taker.
- Shout-Out: The title of Steady Diet of Nothing comes from late comedian, Bill Hicks.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Fugazi is one of the rare bands that has two lead vocalists, but starting from Red Medicine until The Argument, Lally sings at least one song on each album.
- Studio Chatter: The end of End Hits has this.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: Among all that rocking, there are many examples of this trope. Usually their instrumentals are this, or if Joe Lally sings. "Sweet and Low" and "The Kill" are good examples.
- True Companions: As mentioned above, they made music for 16 years together.
- Vocal Tag Team: Both Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto sing. They often do backing vocals for each other, too.