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Released: Nov. 30, 1977

Rating: 4.625 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: synth-pop/ punk rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Ghost Rider
  2. Rocket USA
  3. Cheree
  4. Johnny
  5. Girl
  6. Frankie Teardrop
  7. Che
  8. Cheree (Remix) *
  9. I Remember *
  10. Keep Your Dreams (aka “Dream Baby Dream” ?) *
* added later as bonus tracks


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Cheree * (7/78) --
  • 23 Minutes Over Brussels [live] * (1978) --
  • Dream Baby Dream * (11/79) --
* only on reissue

Notes: A reissue adds a second live disc with “a 1977 CBGB's soundboard tape [‘Mr. Ray,’ ‘Las Vegas Man,’ ’96 Tears,’ ‘Keep Your Dreams,’ ‘I Remember,’ and ‘Harlem’] plus the legendary ‘23 Minutes Over Brussels’ performance” (McGonigal).


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“This remarkable debut album, released a full seven years after the group had formed, was still way ahead of its time back in 1978. Suicide – Alan Vega on vocals and Martin Rev on keyboards and drum machine – are one of the most original acts in the history of popular music. They’re often called the first synthpop act; synth-punk is closer to the truth – their music was far more edgy and menacing than that of any of their followers, with the notable exception of Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, et al. Suicide drew on the right protopunk influence (Nuggets-type stuff, Velvets, Stooges) and came out of the same Mercer Arts scene that bred the New York Dolls. Their guitar-bass-and-‘real’-drummer-deprived setup outraged audiences; on the superb bonus disc you can hear a European crowd rioting in the background while their apocalyptic nursery rhymes sound away. Tough guy Vega croons like an evil Elvis bred on garage rock and performance art; the stoic Rev lays churning, repetitive, and oddly melodic lines down on his beat-up Farfisa, and the ancient drum machine – it actually sounds steam-driven – propels the music toward a ratty, Blade Runner future. Dream Baby Dream, Che, Ghost Rider – these eerie, sturdy, steam-punk anthems rank among the most visionary, melodic experiments the rock realm has yet produced” (McGonigal).

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Last updated July 22, 2008.