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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 Failure"

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
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  • 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
  • 2018 - Still Cyco Punk After All These Years (A near-complete rerecording of Mike Muir's 1996 solo album Lost My Brain! (Once Again))


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.
  • Abusive Parents: Mike's mother and father in the "Institutionalized" video. They imprison him in his room and wrap him in a straight jacket because they think he's "on drugs" even though Mike's never seen doing anything out of the ordinary in the video.
  • All Just a Dream: The video for "Institutionalized" seems to imply this, with Mike having escaped his parents and found freedom at a raucous live concert filled with fellow punks—only to Smash Cut to Mike raving and running around in an empty warehouse, implying the concert is all in his head.
  • 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. Stephen Bruner is also quite famous for his solo work as Thundercat, while Tim "Rawbiz" Williams was also a name in session musician circles, and Ra Diaz is widely respected in bass circles and is known for his gear demos.
  • Miniscule Rocking: A lot of songs clock in around one and a half minutes.
  • Mistaken for Insane: "Institutionalized" is about a teenage boy named Mike, whose parents keep sending him to institutions because they think he's not right in the head (and that he's on drugs). He's really just a nonconformist, though.
  • 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.
  • Religion Rant Song: "Send Me Your Money" is a Type 3.
  • Revolving Door Band: They have had a truly impressive amount of past members. Their longest-running line up lasted six years. Muir has been doing this for over four decades.
  • 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.

...It doesn't matter, I'll probably get hit by a car anyway...


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