Back in time
16 October 2021
Band: FUGAZI (Washington D.C.)
Active: 1986–2003 / 6 studio albums
Anniversary album: THE ARGUMENT
Their sixth and probably final longplayer. The band’s members still
make music, together now and then. Joe Lally and Brendan Canty play
together with instrumental act the Messthetics.
Released: 16 October 2001 – 20 years ago today
Stereogum says: “The Argument is a major work, a remarkable piece of music.
Very few bands could make something that powerful more than a decade after
their debut. Only one band could make an album like that while occupying a
cultural-figurehead position that must’ve made everyone in the band profoundly uncomfortable.” Full review here.
Turn Up The Volume: Some critics hated them by the time this LP came out, they
labeled the band as sell-outs and elitists. But most of the critics adored them and
praised them for their integrity and class. The Argument is iron cast heavy guitar
loaded post-punk. Both rowdy and reflective, both dynamic and at times melodic,
and always tackling social issues. For my greedy ears, there’s no argument
whatsoever to dismiss this remarkable Fugazi record.