In the beginning of the year new album ‘Lights, Camera... Revolution’ was released. In the first place it should be called Disco's Out – Murder's In according to one of it’s killer songs but because of some reasons the title was changed to more politically corrected. There were band members photo alongside cinema located in Hollywood on the cover.
Lights, Camera... Revolution happen to be one of the 'expect the unexpected' and it didn’t become something of genre: it is not traditional thrash-metal, not punk-rock, not funk but all the above at the same time. Heroes of that work were all the members but the work of new bass-man, Robert Trujillo was outstanding. His bass funk parts, slap-solo and other stuff, unusual for metal genders led the total sound on brand new level. The song, opening the album, titled You Can't Bring Me Down, became some sort of hymn of Suicidal Tendencies, which opens each concert from 1991, and Mike Muir, as he says, listens to this song every day and it is a reminder for him of how he should live through it.
For 1991 tour Suicidal Tendencies were called by prog-metallists Queensryche. It was quite unexpected thing to be done according to obvious for each person difference of music formats of Queensryche and Suicidal.
Meanwhile album Lights, Camera... Revolution is nominated for Grammy alongside with Judas Priest, Megadeth, Anthrax and Metallica, the ban for performances in Los-Angeles took off and Suicidal Tendencies after 8 years of break had a concert in Verizon Amphithetre; as for Sony Music, which started to have Epic Records in their family that year, published the compilation of video clips of the band under the title of Lights, Camera... Suicidal! The year showed up as a year full of events but that wasn’t it.
On Epic Records in the same 1991 the debut studio album of Infectious Grooves “The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move... It's The Infectious Grooves”, was published, on of which songs , Therapy, was made with company of Ozzy. Ozzy Osbourne liked Infectious, and he invited them to support his concerts on No More Tears tour. Before the end of 1991 drummer Ralph Herrera leaved the band.
Preforming with Queensryche, Mike and Co paid attention on high level of those concerts both from musical part and professionalism. As all the rest band-members were good enough as instrumentalist, they decided to lead Suicidal Tendencies on that new level. They entered the studio Ground Control in Santa Monica with new producers Paul Nortfield and Peter Collins. That were the same people who produced such bands as Queensryche, Dream Theater and Rush. Together with the line-up of Muir-George-Trujillo-Clark, in studio drummer Josh Freeze was working, who already happen to work with band The Vandals and for Dweezil Zappa before.
Album Art Of Rebellion actually had some ‘progressive’ sound. And again it became something band never done before. And again no one ever expected to hear songs like Monopoly On Sorrow, Asleep At The Wheel and Nobody Hears on the album. Last two went as singles for an album. Critics found album, gently speaking, questionable but on Billboard Top 200, it went up to 52d place that none of previous studio works archived and become second Gold album ever for the band at ones.
Josh Freeze took part in recording of next Infectious Grooves' album as well. In the history IG in 1992 happened a big event. Song Feed The Monkey joined the soundtrack of movie Encino Man, where band-members played themselves, being a band, preforming Feed The Monkey on the school disco.
As the previous year this one wasn't full with action. During that year 2 albums were published — Infectious Grooves “Sarsippius Ark” and Suicidal Tendencies “Still Cyco After All These Years”. For 'Still Cyco' the material was recorded back in 90-91 with Ralph Herrera and producer of Anthrax, Mark Dodson, however Sony Records didn't published those records saving them of 10-year anniversary of debut album of Suicidal. These were songs from debut album re-recorded with Robert Trujillo. The thought of publishing songs again came because in that moment of time the 1st album was republished with very limited edition but the abilities of major-label Sony gave a chance for old fans to hear Institutionalized and Subliminal again, and also to compare the original versions with band sound now.
To support the new album only Infectious Grooves went touring. Members of Infectious were:
- Mike Muir – vocals
- Robert Trujillio – bass
- Dean Pleasants – solo-guitar
- Adam Siegel – rhythm-guitar
- Brooks Wackerman – drums
As for Adam Sigel the same as in 1991 he drew the cover for Infectious Grooves “Sarsippius Ark”. From his childhood he was crazy about art-terroristic graffity and still he is a good artist but due to age he left dangerous way of bomber and tagger.
Within Suicidal Tendencies there was no full-time drummer so the 1st half of year the band wasn't able to have concerts. The situation changed only in summer of 1993. Young drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, formerly played in Y&T band, joined the the band. Suicidal Tendencies met the end of year with tight tour schedule: with Megadeth, later on – with Guns'n'Roses, after — small tour with Metallica and in the end of year, traditionally, — with Anthrax in Europe.
The same year Virgin Records published big but useless compilation of Suicidal Tendencies' song with unusual for ST cover and dull title : F.N.G. This were the compilation of tracks made in 1983-1988.
In the very beginning of the year clip Institutionalized in its new version in 1993 was nominated for Grammy. New album recorded in the beginning of year was called Suicidal For Life. It was the most mature album out of all the band history on Epic Records. Powerful and deep sound, complicated and interesting orchestration were the merit of same producer, Paul Northfield. Non-PC and rough texts of songs were too tough for Epic so its titles were not printed on the disk-cover.
Album got 82 position in Billboard Top 200, and to support it the band went touring with Metallica. And in the end of year – for the 1st time touring in USA – they play as headliners. As the supporters of Suicidal Tendencies show in that tour was Infectious Grooves, who just got new long play — 'Groove Family Cyco'. It was the same as work of Suicidal Tendencies, became very-very tough, non-compromising and interesting. Track 'Do What I Tell Ya' on that disk is diss for last year hit of Rage Against The Machine 'Killing in Time'.
December the 9th, during the gig in Santa Monica Civic, where band preformed for the 1st time in 13 years, Mike Muir announcied Suicidal Tendencies stopped acting. The decision was made for two reasons: 1st – Rocky George whose solo became the same big part of ST as soulful and mystic voice of Mike Muir left the band. And second (main) reason of splitting up the band were disagreement with label within contract of Suicidal Tendencies and Epic records.
Steve Jones, the guitarist of Sex Pistols, was introduced to Mike Muir by Mike's older brother Jim back in 80s. In 1995 Steve completely moved in Los-Angeles and Mike offered him to do the union project, which technically became his solo album. Project was called Cyco Miko (in high-school in Venice-Beach Mike had nickname Psycho or Cyco). For the recording despite Mike Muir and Steve Jones took part also the members of Suicidal Tendencies and Infectious Grooves, and different special guests such as Dave Kushner, who was already experienced with working on 1st recording of Infectious.
Cyco Miko – is already different music: archno-punk, street-punk, punk-rock - reminding of what Bad Religion did in 90s but with more interesting orchestration, Suicidal-melody and unique voice of Mike Muir. 11-numbered album was named Lost My Brain (Once Again) and it was relesed on Epic Records in the end of 1995. It was planned to name the album 'Nothing Left To Loose', but after all they found more appropriate title. Video-clip was filmed for title-song Lost My Brain and was actively rotated on music channels.
After finishing Suicidal Tendencies people accumulated around Mike Muir such as: guitarist Dean Pleasants and drummer Brooks Wackerman from Infectious Grooves; Mike Clark – rhythm-guitarist and Robert Trujillo (bass) from Suicidal Tendencies; Adam Siegel — guitarist from Infectious, made a band My Head in cooperation with Greg Saenz from Excel; and more over former guitarist of Neighborhood Watch and Beowulf – Mike Jensen who made a hip-hip band Creeper with Mike Clark joined the company. It was nice touring team of Infectious Grooves, Cyco Miko, My Head and Creeper.
The band sat into the touring bus, named themselves Bus Load Of Freaks and went for the tour: Europe, Japan, Australia, California, Hawaii and then again Europe and so on. During the tour all the company besides concerts made a lot of surfing in all the possible places and had tonnes of fun. At the same time apart of sports and touring, members actively jammed and recorded both live and studio. According to Robert's words, during 95-96 there were recorded more than 40 songs only by Infectious Grooves and still not published.
That was how third 5 years of Suicidal Tendencies end up, in the end of which band technically stopped existing. But the story of Suicidal Tendencies was not finished.
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PHOTOGRAPHER - Ross Halfin