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Guro Skumsnes Moe (MoE) on Dream Baby Dream

Suicide, 'Dream Baby Dream' (Blast First Petite, 2008)

In 2008, when MoE started, I was heavily into reading about and listening to all bands I came across from the No Wave era in New York from the late '70s into the '80s. Bands like DNA, Theoretical Girls, and Suicide. Suicide especially caught my attention and I read all I could find about them. I think it was in 2010, at Amoeba in San Francisco, that I came across this split 10" of Bruce Springsteen doing a cover of Suicide. I would never have guessed that I would be the owner of a Bruce Springsteen vinyl. And least it be the one record I would mention when being asked which record changed my life. And in many ways it was not Bruce Springsteen that changed my life either.

What changed my life was Suicide and how they, being pioneers for all other No Wave bands, being godfathers for an era of music and art which has been so crucial to me, and made me start the band MoE. Nevertheless, there back home in Oslo, I put on this record having no expectations, and the next minute finding myself weeping and feeling that the time had no end. Bruce Springsteen's passionate, repetitive chanting wanting me to dream, open up my eyes, my heart, dream baby dream. I believed it. It was deadly serious. And it knocked me out with its honesty. Kind of ashamed and not quite aware of what had happened, I don't think I listened to the other side until a week or so later. Dancing to [Suicide's] Alan Vega and Martin Rev's confrontational and friction-based sound, that sounds like nothing else but them, which opened up my heart as well. On MoE's new album, 3, the song "Let Them Dance," pays tribute to Suicide.

And to me this record was powerful in other reasons also. Here is this dude playing for thousands of people on every tour, being kind of the voice of a whole nation, and he chooses "Dream Baby Dream" of Suicide as his own core song. To bring something from the underground scene into the mainstream so naturally, with such obviousness and so wholehearted, to me that brings hope. More people should do stuff like that.

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