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Instrument—the 1999 Fugazi visual retrospective assembled by the band’s longtime art director, Jem Cohen—is as essential to the band’s catalog as any of its albums, and the accompanying soundtrack functions as a homemade greatest-hits album for a band that abhorred the concept of a greatest-hits album. Culled from Fugazi's vast archives, Instrument spans 1988 to 1998 and includes demos and outtakes from every stage of Fugazi’s career. Because the songs here were recorded mostly in practice spaces, the collection has a strikingly intimate feel—as though listeners are for the first time allowed to see Fugazi from the inside looking out, rather than the outside looking in. In the tradition of soundtracks, many of these instrumentals assume the feel of film music, even though they weren’t specifically designed as such. Among the many treats are “Arpeggiator Demo,” “Closed Caption Demo," and “Trios” (all from 1997). But the crown jewel is “I’m So Tired,” a fully formed solo piano song sung by Ian MacKaye. It's the most disarmingly tender thing Fugazi has ever released.

Customer Reviews

It's Fugazi...what else do you want?

it's Fugazi, do you expect anything less? This is not the album to introduce Fugazi to your friends but the hardcore fan should get it. Go see the movie too. It's great.

old friends

I knew, as a teenager, that attending a Fugazi show was really bearing witness to something important... politically, socially, emotionally... and this video/ soundtrack carries me right back and drops my in the middle of all that was Fugazi: protest, fury, rage and celebration. "I'm so tired" was a surprise, and let's me know, just like the old days, that I'm not alone...


You definitely need to know Fugazi to buy this album. I always overlooked buying this album, I heard it and got bored. But then I bought the DVD of the movie and it was incredible. Definitely a must for a Fugazi fan.


Formed: 1987 in Washington, D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

If history is kind to Fugazi, their records won't be overshadowed by their reputation and methods of operation. Instead of being known for their community activism, five-dollar shows, ten-dollar CDs, and resistance to mainstream outlets, they will instead be known for their intelligent songwriting and undeniably proficient musicianship, which drew from their roots in Washington, D.C. hardcore, as well as post-punk and dub reggae. Songs like "Waiting Room" and "Suggestion," as well as albums such...
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