13 Songs (Fugazi album)

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13 Songs
Fugazi - 13 Songs cover.PNG
Compilation album by
ReleasedSeptember, 1989
RecordedInner Ear Studios and Southern Studios, June and December, 1988
GenrePost-hardcore, art punk
ProducerTed Niceley, John Loder
Fugazi chronology
Margin Walker
13 Songs
3 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
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
The Great Rock Discography8/10[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[5]
MusicHound Rock4.5/5 stars[6]
Music Story5/5 stars[7]

13 Songs is Fugazi's most successful release, with total worldwide sales over 3 million.[8]

In 2005, 13 Songs was ranked 29 in Spin's "100 Greatest Albums, 1985–2005".[9] NME ranked it #284 in their list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" in 2014.[10] Paste ranked it at #57 on their list of "The 80 Best Albums of the 1980s".[11] In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked it 35th on their list of the "40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time".[12]

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. Ska band Mustard Plug recorded the song for a split 7" and continue to cover it live. Atom & His Package have recorded a cover of the song.[13] It has also been played live by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire,[14] Billy Talent,[15] and TV on the Radio.[16] Chimera used "Waiting Room" in their composition 'My Guitar Hangs Itself'.[17][full citation needed] Both MC Lars[18] and Girl Talk[19] have sampled the song on their tracks "No Logo" and "Let It Out" respectively. The song is also frequently played at Washington Redskins football games at FedExField.[20]

Prong covered "Give Me the Cure".[21] Pearl Jam covered "Suggestion" in various concerts in the early 1990s, usually as a tag to another song or an improvised jam.[22] The track was also covered by Jonah Matranga.[23] "Margin Walker" was covered live by Wild Flag.[24] "Provisional" was covered by The Dirty Nil as a b-side to their "No Weaknesses" single.[25] Ryan Adams covered the track "Promises" live.[26]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Waiting Room"MacKaye2:53
2."Bulldog Front"Picciotto2:53
3."Bad Mouth"MacKaye2:35
5."Give Me the Cure"Picciotto2:58
7."Glue Man"Picciotto4:23
8."Margin Walker"Picciotto2:30
9."And the Same"MacKaye3:27
10."Burning Too"MacKaye2:50



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  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Canongate Books. ISBN 1-84195-615-5.
  4. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Fugazi". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 315–16. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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  15. ^ "Billy Talent – The Ex". Discogs. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  16. ^ "10 Covers of Fugazi's "Waiting Room"". Verbicide. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
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  18. ^ "A conversation with MC Lars". Alternative press. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  19. ^ "GIRL TALK REVEALS HIS FAVORITE ALL DAY MOMENTS". MTV. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  20. ^ "Football Goes Hardcore With Fugazi's Waiting Room". Chart Attack. 15 November 2001. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
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