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While Fugazi would never again write a song as instantly catchy as “Waiting Room,” 1990’s Repeater Plus 3 Songs was more complex and innovative than its debut. (The “Plus 3 Songs” refers to the addition of a three-song EP to this version.) This was the first sign that the group had really figured out what to do with its ideas and influences. “Turnover” forms the perfect reintroduction, as guitars rain down in sheets while a braided bass line bubbles up from below, courtesy of Joe Lally. He's the secret hero of Repeater; regardless of how caustic Fugazi’s songs become, Lally is always there to ground them with effortlessly intricate low-end sounds. The band’s taste for an angular, enraged approach to funk construction won it comparisons to Gang of Four, a similarly furious anti-capitalist post-punk band from 10 years earlier. Despite Fugazi's furious critiques of American society and government, this Washington, D.C.–based group couldn't be mistaken for a band from another country. “Repeater,” “Blueprint," and “Styrofoam” are heaving dance ceremonies choreographed for sweaty discontented youths storming the U.S. underground.

Customer Reviews


Man, when I was in high school, this was like the number one album for all the white kids. All four of us. But seriously, I saw these guys play like three times, and the first time it was insane, people were throwing chairs out the windows and throwing live fire extinguishers around, and everyone had to go outside and gag and they didn't play again for half an hour cause Ian was giving stern lectures. you'd think there would be like three hundred reviews for this album. it's so sad, like AFI, or less than jake, or NOFX will have like four hundred reviews and Fugazi gets three reviews? Madness. This music is super good, and nobody is listening to it, no wonder were at war right now and bozo the clown is president, again. It's the end of the world. Three reviews? Kids are just stupid now, the video game generation, straight chuck e. cheese! This heah's gangsta gangsta gangsta, and that's the first time I wrote that 3 times. Hey! Kids can kickflip, and they haven't even heard of Fugazi, I thought skateboarding was about values and respect.


Kids don't listen to this record becuz its so different from what is popular today. They wouldn't even understand the political undertones. But I digress. This stuff is just too different and well done to ignore as a fan of post-hardcore. This stuff started the whole sub-genre of post-hardcore. Metal Hammer ranked it as the number 1 post-hardcore album of the last 20 years. Pretty good stuff here. Get it.

The beginning of the change for Fugazi

This album symbolized a new direction, showing the true potential of the thoughful and creative side of the east cost punk scene in the late 1980's. This album is both a precursor and major staple to the post rock movement. Their later albums after this went farther into the creative vein, and although Repeater is very well considered in one form or another anthem punk, the lyrics and the guitarwork just lets you know that these guys were not only different to everything out there at the time, but you also would become interested in where they were going. One of my favorite albums of all time.


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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