Monday, November 22, 2010

TVD's ROIR Records Seven Day Vinyl Giveaway Event

Our Seven Days of ROIR Records Vinyl Giveaways continues today with Suicide's classic, "Half Alive."

What the critics said when "Half Alive" was released on ROIR cassettes close to 30 years ago:

“Suicide recorded some amazingly seductive and terrifying music. Their profound influence on a generation of younger bands is readily apparent. They are the source point for Soft Cell, Erasure, Bronski Beat, Yaz, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, you name em’.”
—All Music Guide To Rock

“Half-Alive consists of live tracks circa 1978, plus a hand full of unreleased lo-fi studio gems from 1974-1975. Suicide warrant legend status. They found their most fertile reception outside America in the form of Soft Cell, Woodentops, Spacemen 3, Sigue Sigue Sputnik. They should have been the American “Kraftwerk.”
Spin Alternative Record Guide

“They were ahead of their time. Rev’s repetitive wall-of-noise keyboard and pneumatic rhythm machines with Vegas’ Presleyish vocals provide a link to the rock n’ roll tradition, with a form of controversial art performance on stage.”
Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of RN’R

“A pounding reminder of industrial dance music’s early beginnings. They produced a unique obsessively American electronic music of enormous energy and enduring influence – throbbing sequencers and “Morrisonesque” vocals: Awesome.”
Trouser Press Record Guide

“Guerilla Jukin’, guttersnipe veracity, naked romance, Iggy Bop, and Blood.”
Lester Bangs, SoHo News

“Suicide’s acid triggered visions from the NOO YOIK gutters. Electro-boogie rears its psychic-savage walking bass head.”

“The most interesting ROIR cassette yet. Contains tracks from their live assaults, including the London Marquee in ’78 when they were probably at their most psychotic.”
Zig Zag, UK

“The first real IRT-lurking move anybody had made since the Velvet Underground. Suicide’s music is truly the sound of NYC for me.”
Lester Bangs (from Liner Notes)

“One of the half dozen most important acts in rock n’ roll. They are the real thing.”
Roy Trakin (Now an Editor of Hits)

“Lester Bangs liner notes place Suicide in its proper historical context: A document of a force of nature – the filthy loud subway station heart of NYC. Suicide pioneered everything from synth-pop to industrial disco – low rent electronic angst-fest. Vega runs rough shod over the whirring blast of Rev’s homemade synth.”
Rolling Stone Record Guide

The rules for our seven days of ROIR giveaways are simple—tell us your ROIR story or sell us on why a particular LP should be yours in the comments to this post and the most compelling to any degree will find the record in his or her mailbox in time for the holidays. (Please note - we can only ship within the US.)

We'll close
all seven contests on Monday, November 29 and remember to leave us your email/contact info—important!—so we can notify winners!


bradleyjdor said...

OMG, love your blog. Looking for more modern stuff for my collection. Also write a blog about my record collection, but it is mostly old stuff. need more modern. Going to add you to my list because i love your posts and links thanks
Bradley J

Seamus said...

My tape copy of this (bought at Boston's venerable In Your Ear Records) was borrowed from me by my girlfriend at the time, who brought it to the United Kingdom on her semester abroad and left on a transatlantic Virgin Airways flight. A subsequent search (she claimed, bear in mind) turned up nothing.

It'd be nice to have it again.