Fugazi – Instrument
Pronto Toronto Series Pt.6: Fugazi – Instrument
I do love me some Fugazi. Check it:
“It is a mainly instrumental soundtrack for the documentary (Instrument) about the band produced by the band and filmmaker Jem Cohen. The soundtrack mostly consists of previously unreleased songs and studio outtakes culled from Fugazi’s history to that point, as well as seven demo versions of songs from their proper albums (six from 1998’s End Hits and one from 1993’s In on the Kill Taker). Of particular note is the song “I’m So Tired”, a piano ballad played and sung by Ian MacKaye, which is a significant departure from Fugazi’s usual post-hardcore sound.
“Shaken All Over” features the bassline of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates’ “Shakin’ All Over”, as well as MacKaye briefly singing the chorus line with heavy dub echo. The riff from “Lusty Scripps” was played in Fugazi’s final live show, in the break between the main set and the encore.” (Wiki)
With that out of the way, just know going into this that it’s not your typical listening experience. It sounds like Fugazi by way of some ’90s Matador Records band’s 4-track experimentations. Some of it is wacky, wonky instrumental oddity, or weirded out vocals over weirder music… but to be honest, that sort of thing is right up my street anyway. You’d be forgiven for thinking the band was just messing around with this stuff, maybe even wonder why some of it was recorded at all, but I think it was serious and, while I haven’t ever seen the film for which this is the soundtrack, I can totally see this stuff working perfectly as background music to whatever went on in the film.
Not recommended as a way to get yourself introduced to the music of Fugazi, but if you’re a fan and looking for some fun new stuff you maybe haven’t heard, this soundtrack is just odd enough to be a total diamond in the rough.