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Album Review

An excellent although not perfect introduction to the art rock and dance-pop world of the Suburbs (more tracks from the group's early, noisy singles would be nice, although the first CD appearance of the amazing 1979 single "World War III" is a highlight), 1992's Ladies and Gentlemen, the Suburbs Have Left the Building makes a strong case for the Suburbs as not only one of Minneapolis' finest, but one of the best post-punk bands in the country during their 1978-1986 existence. A well-chosen selection of tracks from their Twin/Tone and Mercury releases (the group's self-titled A&M album is thankfully omitted), the 19-track compilation shows all sides of the group's multifaceted sound, from the brief, manic squall of "Tape Your Wife to the Ceiling" to the Roxy Music-like majesty of "The Best Is Over." All of the group's best songs, including the dancefloor hits "Waiting" and "Music for Boys" as well as the gimmicky but lovable "Rattle My Bones," are present and accounted for. It's not all the Suburbs one will ever need — at the very least, In Combo and Credit in Heaven are essential — but it's a fine entry into the group for newcomers.

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Another Good Minneapolis Punk/New Wave Band

Great party songs. This is a great album! I remember seeing these guys back in the 80's. They were crazy! In the beginning, they had a similar style punk as the Replacements and played all the same bars. "Waiting" and "Music for Boys" were more of a house dance style music that crossed over into the club scene. Both styles of music are on this album. I don't know why radio stations in Minneapolis would never play them.

love it

Takes me back. I loved this album in the 80's. Still own the vinyl, but want to back it up with the digital. If you don't know them and you danced through the 80's you must have this one.

Superb Suburbs !

I wish all their albums were available on CD, like the EP "Dream Hog" or the double LP "Credit In Heaven", but this is an awesome compilation of what they did and I highly recommend it, as they did it well. Many times I saw them in Wisconsin at Merlins and Headliner's, as well as the Union, and they were ultimate musicians dedicated to their craft. 'Very accomplished at their sound. The final studio LP, "Love is the Law" , and its titled track, incorporated the added finesse of brass and made it to an MTV video. A punk band with suites and ties anyone ? They carried it well. My opinion is that while this album was quite an evolution in their sound, and quite good, it blended in all too quickly with the other advancing sounds of the day and Depeche Mode, et al, were tough to crack in the larger markets. I would love to know where they are now and thank Chan, Beej, Hugo for the awesome times. So thank you and, Enjoy.

Spring Came, Drinking With an Angel, GIrlfriend, Cows, The Best is won't be disappointed.


Formed: 1977 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

While the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, and Soul Asylum were the Minneapolis bands that took the city's underground rock to international attention, the Suburbs were the Twin Cities' biggest local act of the 1980s, packing the biggest clubs in town with a smart, challenging, and darkly witty combination of punk energy and snark, new wave polish, tough guitars, and hooky dance rhythms. The Suburbs were formed in 1977 by vocalist and keyboardist Chan Poling and vocalist and lead guitarist Blaine John ("Beej")...
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