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Suicide – Frankie Teardrop

Did any groups achieve such a monomaniacal sound as Suicide did on their 1977 self-titled debut? It’s hard to think of anyone as singularly fixed as them off of the top of your head; and ‘Frankie teardrop’ is probably the pinnacle of what they were going for. This song has been touted as the creepiest song out there, but creepy isn’t an appropriate adjective for this tune (creepy works for TG’s ‘Hamburger lady’ and the majority of The Residents ‘Duck Stab/Buster & Glen’ album). The apt word for this is chilling; this track chills you to the bone. The story of Frankie Teardrops hopeless, hideous existence that leads to his mental breakdown is accompanied by the epitome of the Suicide sound; all ultra-minimal, monochrome strobe effect with no let up. Yeah, chilling.

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