13 Songs

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13 Songs
Compilation album by Fugazi
Released October, 1989
Recorded Inner Ear Studios and Southern Studios, June and December, 1988
Genre Post-hardcore
Length 40:10
Label Dischord
Producer Ted Niceley, John Loder
Fugazi chronology
Margin Walker
13 Songs

13 Songs is a compilation of all the songs from the American post-hardcore band Fugazi's first two EPs. It was released in September 1989.


The EPs compiled were Fugazi (1988), which was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in June 1988 with Ted Niceley & Don Zientara, and Margin Walker (1989), which was recorded in December 1988 at Southern Studios in London with John Loder handling production duties.

The EPs had been on Ian MacKaye's Dischord Records as numbers 30 and 35, respectively. 13 Songs was number 36. A remastered version was released in February 2003.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[3]

13 Songs is Fugazi's most successful release, with total worldwide sales over 3 million.[4]

In 2005, 13 Songs was ranked 29 in Spin's "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005".[5]

Influence on Pop Culture[edit]

"Waiting Room" was featured on The Wildhearts covers album Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before Vol 1. Atom & His Package has recorded a cover of the song. It has also been played live by the Red Hot Chili Peppers during the mid-1990s, Billy Talent, and TV on the Radio. Both MC Lars and Girl Talk have sampled the song on their tracks "No Logo" and "Let It Out" respectively. Lyrics from the song are used in Soul Coughing's "Casiotone Nation". The song is also frequently played at Washington Redskins football games at FedEx Field.

Pearl Jam covered 'Suggestion' in various concerts in the early 1990s, usually as a tag to another song or an improvised jam, most notably on the song "Saying No".

Track listing[edit]

(Lead vocals in parentheses)

Tracks from Fugazi (1988)[edit]

  1. "Waiting Room" – 2:53 (MacKaye)
  2. "Bulldog Front" – 2:53 (Picciotto)
  3. "Bad Mouth" – 2:35 (MacKaye)
  4. "Burning" – 2:39 (Picciotto)
  5. "Give Me the Cure" – 2:58 (Picciotto)
  6. "Suggestion" – 4:44 (MacKaye)
  7. "Glue Man" – 4:23 (Picciotto)

Tracks from Margin Walker (1989)[edit]

  1. "Margin Walker" – 2:30 (Picciotto)
  2. "And the Same" – 3:27 (MacKaye)
  3. "Burning Too" – 2:50 (MacKaye)
  4. "Provisional" – 2:17 (Picciotto)
  5. "Lockdown" – 2:10 (Picciotto)
  6. "Promises" – 4:02 (MacKaye)

Recording details[edit]


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "allmusic ((( 13 Songs > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Fugazi". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 315, cited March 17, 2010
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Fugazi". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
  4. ^ Perlah, Jeff. "The Independent". Guitar World. March 2002.
  5. ^ http://www.spin.com/articles/100-greatest-albums-1985-2005