[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Martin Rev and Alan Vega.]]

From the name you'd probably assume they're a HeavyMetal band[[note]]Actually, there is a [[UsefulNotes/{{Turkey}} Turkish]] DeathMetal band by that name[[/note]]. But, in fact, Suicide has been an incredibly influential electronic PunkRock band. Besides the fact that they were the first to use the phrase "punk music" to advertise one of their concerts way back in 1970, their "synthpunk" style proved to be an enormous influence on SynthPop, {{Techno}}, {{Industrial}} and many other electronics-based styles.

Suicide was formed back in 1970 by artist-turned-vocalist Alan Vega and multi-instrumentalist Martin Rev. After gaining some attention for their confrontational antics in concerts, they finally got around to releasing their first album ''Suicide'' in 1977. At this point, their sound was largely defined by Vega's {{Rockabilly}}-styled, creepy vocals and Rev's minimal arrangements, which consisted of primitive drum machines and simple, endlessly repetitive keyboard riffs, played initially on a beaten-up Farfisa organ before he could actually afford a synth. During this time they also released a famous live recording, ''23 Minutes Over Brussels'', which showed a Suicide concert degenerating into a riot.

By the time of their second SelfTitledAlbum in 1980, they hooked up with [[Music/TheCars Ric Ocasek]] as a RecordProducer. Consequently, their second album was slightly more accessible and SynthPop-oriented than their nightmarish debut. Afterwards, Suicide lay dormant for a long time as Vega and Rev released solo albums - the most high-profile thing Vega did in this period was to contribute to [[Music/TheSistersOfMercy The Sisterhood's]] album ''Gift.'' During their long hiatus they began to be recognized as an important influence on electronic and AlternativeRock music. They've come together every once in a while to release new albums.

Beside heavily influencing electronic music, Suicide have also had a major influence on various rock artists as varied as Music/JoyDivision, Music/{{Radiohead}}, and most notably Music/BruceSpringsteen, whose critically acclaimed album ''Music/{{Nebraska}}'' clearly showed their influence.

On July 16, 2016, Alan Vega died at the age of 78 of natural causes.

* ''Suicide'' (1977)
* ''23 Minutes Over Brussels'' (1978) - live album
* ''Suicide'' (1980) - later reissues include the 1975 rehearsal tapes as a second disc
* ''Half Alive'' (1981) - live album with additional demo recordings
* ''Ghost Riders'' (1986) - live album
* ''A Way of Life'' (1988)
* ''Why Be Blue?'' (1992/2005) - issued in two formats; the original ''Y Be Blue'' was produced by Ocasek, and Rev completely remixed the album for the 2005 reissue.
* ''American Supreme'' (2002)
* ''Live 1977-1978'' (2008)

* BathSuicide: The original cover of their second self-titled album, which shows blood running into a bathtub drain and a hand. [[SubvertedTrope The back cover shows that it's just a woman who's cut herself shaving her legs.]]
* CarefulWithThatAxe: "Frankie Teardrop".
* CoverVersion: Frequently in live shows, they'd do a version of "96 Tears" by ? And The Mysterians. Thanks to Martin Rev, their rendition is a minimal fragment of the original.
* EpicRocking: "Frankie Teardrop," "Dream Baby Dream."
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: If you like this band on Website/{{Facebook}}, your friends will wonder if you really need help.
* LargeHam: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1woMEExMZXg Alan Vega]] with all of his stage antics, mannerisms, and method of delivery place him on the far more bizarre side of this.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Why Be Blue'', in some respects.
* LyricalDissonance: "Rocket USA", from the first album, is as catchy and upbeat as early Suicide gets. And then you read the lyrics:
-->''Riding around in a killer's car\\
It's doomsday doomsday\\
Speeding on down the skyway\\
100 miles per hour\\
Gonna crash\\
Gonna die\\
And I don't care''
* MetalScream: ''"Frankie put the gun to his head..... mmm...ahhhh... mmmm.... AND WENT..... '''YYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!'''"''
* MurderBallad: "Frankie Teardrop".
* PaterFamilicide: "Frankie Teardrop" again.
* ProtoPunk: They are seen as a progenitor to punk, eventually evolving into a punk band.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: In their own unusual way.
* UrExample: For SynthPop and {{Industrial}}.