5 Nov 2013

How minimal can you get? #66

Big Black
“Big Black is a one-man band; Albini wrote the songs, sang/shouted the vocals, and played all the instruments (guitar, bass and a little organ), save a few yells and atonal sax blasts contributed by friends. He also recorded and mixed the disc, designed the cover, and came up with a bizarre variety of inserts – fishhooks, scary photographs, locks of Will Tizard's hair, etc, for the first 1,500 copies. Total cost: $1,870 and a case of beer for a friend who provided a four-track recorder. Albini picked up the tab using his college financial aid money. Jim Cress (Matter #1, January 1983)

“If a record takes more than a week to make, somebody's fucking up. Steve Albini

Big Black Lungs EP (Ruthless Records, 1982)

Big Black – Steelworker

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