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Shellac - 100% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Rock enfant terrible Steve Albini (22 July 1962, Pasadena, Callifornia, USA; ex-Big Black / Rapeman) formed this trio on an informal basis in 1993. Buoyed by the attention garnered in the wake of his producing In Utero for Nirvana, Albini (guitar/vocals), fellow recording engineer Bob Weston (b. Waltham, Massachusetts, USA; bass) and Todd Trainer (drums) issued ‘The Rud Read more

Rapeman - 96% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s
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This controversially named US act was created when Steve Albini (22 July 1962, Pasadena, Callifornia, USA, ex-Big Black; guitar/vocals) joined forces with two former members of Scratch Acid, David Wm. Sims (bass) and Rey Washam (drums). The trio was short-lived and their output comprised one single, ‘Inki’s Butt Crack’, released on the cult Sub Pop Records lab Read more

The Jesus Lizard - 83% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1989, the Jesus Lizard originally comprised David Yow (2 August 1960, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; vocals), David William Sims (bass) - both formerly of the Austin, Texas act Scratch Acid - and Duane Denison (guitar), with the help of a drum machine. Pure, their abbreviated debut, maintained the uncompromising style of their former incarnation with its ponderous basslin Read more

Flipper - 61% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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San Francisco hardcore band Flipper formed in 1979 with original members Will Shatter (d. 1987; bass, vocals), Steve DePace (drums), both former members of Negative Trend, Bruce Lose (bass, vocals) and Ted Falconi (guitar), also of Negative Trend, on drums. Following the single ‘Love Canal’/‘Ha Ha’, on Subterranean Records, the group released its debut and b Read more

Swans - 60% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Like many early 80s American bands determined to stretch the boundaries of musical cacophony, the Swans were drawn to the thriving New York underground that also produced Jim Thirlwell (Foetus), Lydia Lunch and Sonic Youth. Although the band endured numerous line-up changes, the Swans always centred on Michael Gira (1954, California, USA; bass/vocals) and, from 1986’s G Read more

Butthole Surfers - 57% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock Adult Video Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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It is difficult to be indifferent about the Butthole Surfers; it’s a simple love or loathe. Tagged as the sickest band in the world, they thrive on their own antics, which include simulated sex, urinating and masturbation on stage. This tends to mask their musical ability and commercial potential. Read more

Minutemen - 47% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Hüsker Dü - 45% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, in 1979, this post-punk trio comprised Bob Mould (16 October 1960, Malone, New York, USA; guitar/vocals), Grant Hart (drums/vocals), and Greg Norton (bass). Their melding of pop and punk influences inspired thousands of UK, US and European bands. Indeed, it is hard to think of a single other band having such a profound impact on modern Read more

The Birthday Party - 40% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the most creative and inspiring ‘alternative’ acts of the 80s, this Australian outfit had its roots in the new wave band Boys Next Door. After one album, the band relocated to London and switched names. In addition to featuring the embryonic genius of Nick Cave (Nicholas Edward Cave, 22 September 1957, Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia; vocals), their ranks Read more

Wipers - 39% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Sonic Youth - 37% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock Documentaries Electronic & Ambient Music & Radio Adult Video
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A product of New York’s experimental ‘no-wave’ scene, Sonic Youth first recorded under the auspices of avant garde guitarist Glenn Branca. Thurston Moore (25 July 1958, Coral Gables, Florida, USA; guitar) and Lee Ranaldo (b. 3 February 1956, Glen Cove, New York, USA; guitar) performed together on Branca’s Symphony No. 1. With the addition of Kim Gordon (b Read more

Wire - 37% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Suicide - 34% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US duo was an important influence on Birthday Party, Soft Cell, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Nine Inch Nails and the Sisters Of Mercy with their potent fusion of rockabilly and electronic music on cheap equipment. Singer Alan Vega and multi-instrumentalist Martin Rev polarized audiences in Max’s Kansas City and other New York clubs in the early 70s, remaining unheard on vinyl Read more

The Dismemberment Plan - 34% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Alternating between angst and cool melody, the Dismemberment Plan was one of the shining examples of the strength of the emo (emotional hardcore) genre. Hailing from Washington, DC, USA, the band was formed on New Year’s Day 1993 by Joe Easley (drums), Travis Morrison (1972, USA; vocals/guitar), Jason Caddell (guitar), and Eric Axelson (bass) - the latter three of which Read more

Chrome - 33% match to Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Formed in San Francisco, California, USA, in 1976, Chrome were one of the earliest and most influential American new wave/punk/industrial bands. Their first recording line-up featured John L. Cyborg (John Lambdin; vocals, guitar, bass), Gary Spain (vocals, guitar, bass), Mike Low (guitar, synthesizer, bass) and Damon Edge (guitar, synthesizer, drums). Only Cyborg had any pre Read more

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