Never found in the '80s: Big Black

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One of the loudest bands I’ve ever seen, Big Black was a dark, disturbed and angry band out of Chicago. Their sound was hard edged fueled by trashing guitars, thumping bass, and a powerful drum machine beat. They were big in the post punk scene of the 80s, but their songs were far too twisted to ever get a whiff of the pop charts.

The featured song is a live version of their song Kerosene from the 1986 release, Atomizer, and it kicks off with possibly the greatest sound ever produced by a guitar. That sound is metal! Not the stuff produced by those '80s boys with long hair, make-up, and leotards. This is what '80s heavy metal should have sounded like.

Twisted lyric? “Kerosene around, find something to do / Kerosene around, SET ME ON FIRE!”

Big Black broke up in 1987. Frontman Steve Albini went on the form the band Rapeman (I know, twisted, right?) which went from 1987 to 1989. In 1992, Albini formed his current band Shellac. Albini also is a record producer and has produced such important albums as the Pixies first full length record, Surfer Rosa, and Nirvana’s 1993 album, In Utero. And he has also recorded music by other musical acts including Sparklehorse, PJ Harvey, Cheap Trick, and the Stooges.

- Jim “Dr. Dim” Fitzsimons, guest blogger

[Last modified: Monday, April 1, 2013 9:00am]

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