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Music / Repeater

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"To you, I'm nothin' but a number"

Langour rises reaching, to turn off the alarm
And there's never so much seething
That it can't be disarmed

Repeater is the debut album by American Post-Hardcore outfit Fugazi, released April 19, 1990 - later bundled with the previous 3 Songs EP (Repeater + 3 Songs) a month later. As expected of a hardcore album, the concepts explored centre around greed, violence, sexuality, privacy, drug abuse and death.

Repeater received critical acclaim and is considered a landmark in underground music, with profound influence on both Post-Hardcore and on Emo Music.



  1. "Turnover" (4:16)
  2. "Repeater" (3:01)
  3. "Brendan #1" (2:32)
  4. "Merchandise" (2:59)
  5. "Blueprint" (3:52)
  6. "Sieve-Fisted Fiend" (3:24)
  7. "Greed" (1:47)
  8. "Two Beats Off" (3:28)
  9. "Styrofoam" (2:34)
  10. "Reprovisional" (2:18)
  11. "Shut the Door" (4:49)

Principal Members:

  • Brendan Canty - drums
  • Joe Lally - bass
  • Ian MacKaye - guitar, piano, vocals
  • Guy Picciotto - guitar, vocals

Shut the door so these tropes can leave:

  • Face on the Cover: More like Guy's legs entangled around the mic stand and wires.
  • Harsh Vocals: As is their wont.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: It's hard to discern what Picciotto's saying.
  • Instrumental: "Brendan #1": named after Brendan's prominent drumming featured in the song.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Averted, most of the subject matter fits with the instrumentation.
  • Shout-Out: The album's title is a reference to Revolver.
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  • Vocal Tag Team: Both Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto sing. They often do backing vocals for each other, too.