Headache (EP)

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Big Black - Headache cover.jpg
EP by Big Black
Released 1987
Genre Post-hardcore, noise rock
Length 11:43
Label United States Touch and Go
United Kingdom Blast First
Big Black chronology
Sound of Impact
The Rich Man's Eight Track Tape
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]

Headache is a 1987 EP by Chicago post-hardcore band Big Black. The record generated some controversy due to a cover photograph of a shotgun suicide victim whose head was split in half; it only appeared on a very limited edition of the record and was later replaced with a drawing by Savage Pencil.[3]

Original pressings bore a sticker reading "Warning! Not as good as Atomizer, so don't get your hopes up, cheese!", not as a gimmick, but honestly to any fans as the band thought that Headache was not as strong as the band's previous release. This also came at a time when major labels were first starting to warn parents that albums contained "explicit lyrics", and while all of Big Black's records contained such lyrics, Headache's sticker was an ironic dig at mainstream music.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "My Disco" – 2:51
  2. "Grinder" – 2:22
  3. "Ready Men" – 3:50
  4. "Pete, King of all Detectives" – 2:40


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "allmusic ((( Headache > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Big Black". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 69, cited March 17, 2010
  3. ^ (English) Selected Savage Pencil Bibliography, Exhibitions, Discography, Record Covers

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