Remastered By Steve Albini And Bob Weston At Chicago Mastering
Big Black was started by Steve Albini in 1982 while he
was living in Evanston, Illinois, and attending Northwestern
University. Lungs, the first Big Black release, was recorded by
Steve in 1982 on a borrowed 4-track. 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) to help him out on bass.
Santiago Durango (Naked Raygun) joined them on guitar. In
1983, together with live drummer Pat Byrne, they recorded the
Bulldozer EP. It was initially released in a limited edition
galvanized metal album jacket on Fever Records. By 1984, the
band had done some touring and signed a deal with Homestead
Records, releasing the Racer X EP, the Il Duce 7", and their
first full-length Atomizer as well as The Hammer Party CD.
Shortly after those releases, freed from their Homestead deal,
Big Black came to Touch and Go. In 1992, Touch and Go re-released the Bulldozer EP.
By 1987, Big Black released two additional 7"s, The
Headache EP, as well as their second full-length Songs About
Fucking. They toured extensively (for Big Black). And they
broke up. To quote the album insert in Songs About Fucking:
"Hey, breaking up is an idea that has occurred to far too few
groups. Sometimes to the wrong ones."
When they broke up, Santiago Durango decided to go
to law school and is now a lawyer. While in law school, he released two EP's on Touch and Go Records as Arsenal. Steve
Albini went on to form Rapeman and then Shellac. He also
owns and operates Electrical Audio recording studio in Chicago.
2. Pigeon Kill
3. I'm a Mess
6. Jump the Climb