Fugazi Albums Ranked

Fugazi (/fuˈɡɑːzi/; foo-GAH-zee) is an American rock band that formed in Washington, D.C. in 1986. The band consists of guitarists and vocalists Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto, bassist Joe Lally, and drummer Brendan Canty. It is noted for its style-transcending music, DIY ethical stance, manner of business practice, and contempt for the music industry. Fugazi has performed numerous worldwide tours and produced six studio albums, a film, and a comprehensive live series, gaining the band’s critical acclaim and success around the world. Fugazi has been on an indefinite hiatus since 2003. Here are all of Fugazi Albums Ranked.

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10. Furniture (2001)

“The first song, ‘Furniture’, is cool with Ian Mackaye’s typically angsty singing, and a nice catchy chorus motif. The second song, ‘Number 5’, is a cool instrumental that sounds like The Shadows and Dead Kennedys meeting, getting along swell… and writing a punk song together. Third song, ‘Hello Morning’, is your token Guy Piccioto whining but cool stormer, and leaves you gasping for more.”

9. Instrument Soundtrack (1999)

“Obviously all Fugazi albums are fantastic! But this one appeals to me most on a personal level as it reflects my taste for a slightly more experimental rock sound. The instrumental tracks are on another level and listening to Fugazi never ceases to make me want to start a band. They are seriously good at playing their instruments. It won’t rock your socks off as much as some of their earlier albums, but for me its a more interesting listen, having said that Red Medicine is also interesting and rocks your socks off.”

8. End Hits (1998)

“The band is loud as ever, but they remind me just as much of Captain Beefheart as they do Minor Threat here. They use hardcore textures, but only as a framework to play with layered guitars, shifting time signatures, creepy vocal experiments, and weird electronic utterances. They are constantly locking together for insane rhythms, scraping amazingly controlled feedback out of their amps and mics, and adding codas to songs when you least expect them.”

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7. Steady Diet Of Nothing (1991)

“This album strikes you immediately because, as others have pointed out, the production is different from their previous (and subsequent) releases. Basically, this is a Fugazi that has matured. The distortion is less a visceral, more refined texture, and the mix is more even (compared to the guitar dominated Killtaker and Repeater). Even the songwriting is restrained, focused and direct.”

6. Fugazi (1988)

“This band after minor threat has been highly influential in punk rock and punk pop in the 90s as well as the ska punk that brought rancid shortly after and as a consequence of subsequent bands, it is practically a direct derivative of hardcore punk of the 80s as in the band that played Ian MacKaye before it. It does not bring greater additions of inserts or anything nor is it gatefold, it is not colored vinyl either, but I think the important thing is the legacy and that if it is in its greatest splendor, I think it is quite good the quality achieved here so I would recommend it 100% for fans of the genre or the band.”

5. In On The Kill Taker (1993)

“”In on the Kill Taker” gets off to a flying start, the first five songs are some of the best punk/hardcore anyone has ever released. The songs are a little more unhinged than anything on band’s first three albums but that doesn’t mean the virtuoso musicianship is in any way diminished, this is after all the most skilled quartet of rock musicians around.”

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4. Red Medicine (1995)

“Red Medicine occupies a special place in Fugazi’s discography–the righteous indignation that fuelled rampaging early classics like Repeater was giving way to a more complex, technically advanced approach, but the polished machine that showed up on the band’s swan song The Argument wasn’t yet in full effect. Fortunately, this crossroads managed to merge the best of both worlds, resulting in what I consider to Fugazi’s most consistently compelling effort.”

3. 13 Songs (1989)

“”13 Songs” is Fugazi in their finest hour in my opinion. It’s rare when a band’s last album (The Argument) is of the same caliber as this one in my opinion. There are a couple songs that aren’t good as the many classics found on here (Waiting Room, Suggestion, Promises, And the World is Burning, Bulldog Mouth,etc etc).”

2. The Argument (2001)

“It just hits me that these guys knew exactly what they were aiming aesthetically. This is a genuine punk album, and probably the definitive emo record of all time. They used heavy weapons here, I think it is their masterpiece, actually one of the most notorious and accomplished albums of that period and why not, of ever.”

1. Repeater (1990)

“Repeater is easily the most important album of the 1990s. Forget Nevermind or anything else that comes to mind, Fugazi’s repeater hands down takes the cake. While it was far from the commercial success of albums by Nirvana or Pearl Jam, or even that of Sonic Youth it had something all those albums didn’t have. The talent is stronger in Fugazi for both musical ability and songwriting, but most importantly because the band had heart.”