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The CD omitted track 9 "Strange Things", as well as the artwork and liner notes from the original records. Additionally, Atomizer and all post-Atomizer releases by the band do not feature the TR-606, instead opting for the E-mu Drumulator. Reviewing for The Village Voice in September 1986, Robert Christgau wrote that, "Though they don't want you to know it, these hateful little twerps are sensitive souls—they're moved to make this godawful racket by the godawful pain of the world, which they learn about reading everything from textbooks to bondage mags. One song from the album, "Big Money", was released as a B-side to the " Il Duce" single prior to the release of Atomizer.

Big Black always credited Roland along with the band's members, though Roland is a brand of drum machine and not an actual person. My copy (bought new in '86) has white labels, plain white inner sleeve with a printed insert, so make of that what you will. That same year Atomizer was compiled onto compact disc along with the Headache EP and the band's "Heartbeat" single under the name, The Rich Man's Eight Track Tape. He played everything on the EP himself, except the sax bleating courtesy of pal John Bohnen and the drums courtesy of Roland.Soon after, Steve recruited Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun) on bass and Santiago Durango (also Naked Raygun) joined them on guitar. Atomizer was originally planned for release sometime in late 1985 – however, the band ran into some legal issues with the album cover, which originally featured Marvin the Martian. By 1984, the band haddone some touring and recorded the ‘Racer X’ EP andthe start of the ‘Il Duce’ 7”. Big Black was started by Steve Albini in 1982 while he was attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

In addition to the ones mentioned below, the album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.The song "Kerosene" has been covered by Kerbdog (as a b-side to their single " End of Green" [22]), Pitchshifter (on the "enhanced" version of their album Deviant [23]), Lamb of God (on their album Legion: XX, under their original name Burn the Priest [24]) and St. The album gained immediate notoriety due to its stark lyrics discussing the seedier, more disturbing aspects of human life – child sex abuse, corrupt cops, domestic abuse, volunteering at a slaughterhouse to kill cows for fun, or just growing up in a rural town and finding your only joy or entertainent in setting things on fire and fucking – so you get the bright idea to combine the two and see what happens. It's also Albini at his most plainspoken and bleak: "Stare at the wall/Stare at each other and wait 'til we die. The label sent the promo 12" to radio stations, then sold extra copies outside of Big Black's native Chicago, hoping the band would never find out.

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