Album artwork for Saturn Strip by Alan Vega
Album artwork for Saturn Strip by Alan Vega

Alan Vega's work with Suicide is revered by just about every electronic music artist who's tapped a keyboard or moved a mouse; his snarling, rockabilly-styled vocals teamed with Martin Rev's ominous, repetitive soundscapes blazed a trail for post-punk, synth pop, industrial rock, techno...the list goes on. Vega's solo career substantially overlapped with his Suicide recordings; this 1983 release, his first for a major label (Elektra), was his bid for commercial success, enlisting Ric Ocasek of the Cars (who had produced the second Suicide record) to produce and recruiting a young Al Jourgenson (who had just founded Ministry) to play keyboards. Vega even trimmed down his notoriously long songs - however, his art still proved too idiosyncratic for mainstream success. But even if it didn't result in sales, the relatively accessible sound of Saturn Strip ended up garnering much critical acclaim; this is Vega's best solo album, highlighted by "Kid Congo," his tribute to Cramps/Gun Club guitarist Kid Congo Powers, and a cover of the disco hit "Every 1's a Winner" that sounds like White Light White Heat-era Velvet Underground. First-ever LP reissue!

Alan Vega

Saturn Strip

Real Gone Music
Album artwork for Album artwork for Saturn Strip by Alan Vega by Saturn Strip - Alan Vega
Album artwork for Album artwork for Saturn Strip by Alan Vega by Saturn Strip - Alan Vega
Album artwork for Saturn Strip by Alan Vega
LP+

$30.99$19.99

sale

Pink Marble Vinyl

Rough Trade Exclusive
Limited to 300 copies
Released 06/03/2022Catalogue Number

LP-RGM-1386RT

Album artwork for Saturn Strip by Alan Vega
LP+

$30.99

Highlighter Yellow Vinyl

Released 06/03/2022Catalogue Number

LP-RGM-1384C

Alan Vega

Saturn Strip

Real Gone Music
Album artwork for Album artwork for Saturn Strip by Alan Vega by Saturn Strip - Alan Vega
Album artwork for Album artwork for Saturn Strip by Alan Vega by Saturn Strip - Alan Vega
Album artwork for Saturn Strip by Alan Vega
LP+

$30.99$19.99

sale

Pink Marble Vinyl

Rough Trade Exclusive
Limited to 300 copies
Released 06/03/2022Catalogue Number

LP-RGM-1386RT

Album artwork for Saturn Strip by Alan Vega
LP+

$30.99

Highlighter Yellow Vinyl

Released 06/03/2022Catalogue Number

LP-RGM-1384C

Alan Vega's work with Suicide is revered by just about every electronic music artist who's tapped a keyboard or moved a mouse; his snarling, rockabilly-styled vocals teamed with Martin Rev's ominous, repetitive soundscapes blazed a trail for post-punk, synth pop, industrial rock, techno...the list goes on. Vega's solo career substantially overlapped with his Suicide recordings; this 1983 release, his first for a major label (Elektra), was his bid for commercial success, enlisting Ric Ocasek of the Cars (who had produced the second Suicide record) to produce and recruiting a young Al Jourgenson (who had just founded Ministry) to play keyboards. Vega even trimmed down his notoriously long songs - however, his art still proved too idiosyncratic for mainstream success. But even if it didn't result in sales, the relatively accessible sound of Saturn Strip ended up garnering much critical acclaim; this is Vega's best solo album, highlighted by "Kid Congo," his tribute to Cramps/Gun Club guitarist Kid Congo Powers, and a cover of the disco hit "Every 1's a Winner" that sounds like White Light White Heat-era Velvet Underground. First-ever LP reissue!