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Music / Suicidal Tendencies

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Mike Muir (and the rest)
I'm a suicidal failure
I gotta have some help
Have suicidal tendencies
But I can't kill myself
Suicidal Tendencies is an American Hardcore Punk band formed in 1981 by vocalist Mike Muir. Although their music video for arguably their most famous song, "Institutionalized", was one of the first hardcore punk music videos aired on MTV, they gained more mainstream exposure by adding thrash metal influences to their sound, leading them to be credited as the inventors of "crossover thrash". Their popularity even further exploded in the early 1990s when adding influence from funk music.

Despite their mainstream popularity, in recent years, the band has stripped away most of the thrash and funk influences and turned back into a hardcore band, primarily due to discomfort within the major spotlight.


  • 1983 - Suicidal Tendencies
  • 1987 - Join the Army
  • 1988 - How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today
  • 1989 - Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu (complation of two EPs)
  • 1990 - Lights...Camera...Revolution!
  • 1992 - The Art of Rebellion
  • 1993 - Still Cyco After All These Years (a rerecording of the Self-Titled Album, with two songs from Join the Army)
  • 1994 - Suicidal For Life
  • 1999 - Freedumb
  • 2000 - Free Your Soul and Save My Mind
  • 2010 - No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family
  • 2013 - 13
  • 2016 - World Gone Mad


Suicidal Tropes:

  • Acrofatic: Despite putting on a few pounds in recent years, Mike Muir still runs around the stage almost constantly when the band's performing and never seems to get tired.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: "Waking The Dead."
  • Funk Metal: A major innovator in this, largely due to Robert Trujillo playing with them from Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit to Suicidal for Life.
  • Humble Goal: "All I wanted was a Pepsi. Just one Pepsi!"
  • I Am the Band: Mike, the face of the band, one of the main songwriters since the beginning, and the only constant member.
  • Iconic Item: Mike Muir is never, ever seen without his trademark bandanna.
  • Lead Bassist: After Mike, Type C Robert Truijllo is probably the next best known member due to later playing in Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne's band and also adding in the funk elements Suicidal became famous for in their later career.
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  • Miniscule Rocking: A lot of songs clock in around one and a half minutes.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally a 7-8.
  • Motor Mouth: Mike is an expert.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: How the narrator of "Waking The Dead" feels by the end of the song.
  • No Indoor Voice: Mike spends most of the debut album yelling his ass off.
  • Revolving Door Band: They have had a truly impressive amount of past members.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: A common theme in their songs, with "Institutionalized" being a well-known example.
  • Scam Religion: The Church of Suicidal in "Send Me Your Money".
  • Thrash Metal: For crossover thrash, a Trope Codifier.

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