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Fugazi – Steady Diet Of Nothing (Reissue)
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Fugazi – Steady Diet Of Nothing (Reissue)


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From the opening swarms of Exit Only, you can tell Steady Diet of Nothing will differ from Fugazi's earlier records. Repeater's excellence can't be denied, but the band stood in danger of stagnating it's sound. To it's benefit, Fugazi made some changes, employing more herk-a-jerk rhythms and dub influences, and changing up the lyrical focus. Actually, the lyrics get a bit vague - bordering on equivocality at times - which has it's advantages and disadvantages. With Steady Diet, Fugazi get more economical and less forceful. Though not nearly as neck-gnawing as Repeater, Steady Diet still packs a sizable wallop, but with slower tempos and less deliberate instrumentation. As always, a poison-tipped dart is pointed at the government, media, and major entertainment outlets. Ian MacKaye's "destroy your television" rant on Polish is one of the more direct and simple songs. His KYEO comes straight from the rice paddy or homefront, depending on interpretation. It urges the listener to always remain aware, whether awaiting the enemy's next battle move or remaining blissfully unaware of how people can be taken advantage of by others. As with the rest of the band's catalog, lyrics are provided in the booklet. This makes things much easier on the intent listener, as both Picciotto and MacKaye have weird voices that become unintelligible when howled over their instrumental din. The lyric sheet is most useful on Picciotto's Latin Roots. He's not warning you that "it's time to meet Jamaicans," as it sounds, but rather "it's time to meet your makers." Not quite lending itself to Purple Haze-like levels of butchery, but important to point out nonetheless.


Tracklisting
 

A1 Exit Only
A2 Reclamation
A3 Nice New Outfit
A4 Stacks
A5 Latin Roots
A6 Steady Diet
B1 Long Division
B2 Runaway Return
B3 Polish
B4 Dear Justice Letter
B5 KYEO

 

Reissue Release Year: 2009

Originally released on   1 July 1991

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