Talk:Big Black

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Patrick Byrne?[edit]

Who is he? When was he a member? I can't find any information. --Rsm99833 20:57, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

According to Touch and Go Records website [1], Pat Byrne was the drummer on the Bulldozer EP. --Joelmills 03:36, 5 September 2006 (UTC)
Pat Byrne did play drums on "Bulldozer". He also, later, drummed on Urge Overkill's debut, "Strange, I...". Steve Albini spoke about Byrne in a Big Black interview with Forced Exposure magazine (issue # 9). I don't have it on hand, but it should be easy to look up. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 08:05, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

Byrne was the drummer in Urge Overkill at the time, and he was brought in to play drums on Bulldozer as accompaniment to the drum machine. He was never a "member" of Big Black per se, just a studio drummer on the one EP. His role is mentioned in Our Band Could Be Your Life as well as the liner notes of The Hammer Party. --IllaZilla (talk) 07:37, 29 March 2010 (UTC)


What happened to genres on wikipedia? --Gmags2003 (talk) 19:34, 14 October 2008 (UTC)

The "genre" field was temporarily removed from {{Infobox musical artist}} but was restored not long after. --IllaZilla (talk) 07:37, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
Kudos on the prompt response. ;) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jasper420 (talkcontribs) 21:59, 30 March 2011 (UTC)
Kudos on signing your post. ;) --IllaZilla (talk) 23:03, 30 March 2011 (UTC)
Kudos on a fantastic zing. ;)Jasper420 23:55, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

Roland vs. EMU Drumulator[edit]

Is it relevant to indicate that while Roland is credited for drums, on some records the actual drum machine used was a EMU Drumulator? -- (talk) 08:58, 21 November 2009 (UTC)

Do you have a source for this claim? I've been extensively rewriting the article lately and all the sources I've found only mention a Roland TR-606. There is no mention of an "EMU Drumulator". --IllaZilla (talk) 07:37, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

Sound sample[edit]

In my rewriting of the article I've created a section on the band's musical style, focusing on their use of the drum machine and their unconventional guitar sounds. I'd like to add a sound sample that exemplifies these aspects, but I don't have a good enough ear to choose a song that best represents what I'm looking for. If anyone has any ideas, please make some suggestions. I have all of the band's recordings except for a handful of rare tracks, so I should be able to create a sample from pretty much any song. I'm looking for something that covers these 3 bases:

  1. The drum machine accents the first and third beats of the bar, rather than the second and fourth.
  2. The guitar has the "clanky" Albini sound and the "double-clank" effect of his notched guitar pick, as well as the "vroom" of Durango. Basically something that "alternately slices like a machete and grinds like a dentist's drill", as the quote in the section says.
  3. Albini's vocals are aggressive but low in the mix (this will tie in to the "Lyrics" section once I've written it). One of the characteristics of Big Black's sound was that Albini tended to mix his vocals low, focusing on the "noise" and less on the lyrics.

Any suggestions are welcome. --IllaZilla (talk) 20:11, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

I saw that you already have one for Kerosene (no song could represent better their guitar sound, personally), but in case you're looking for another one with these characteristics: Colombian Necktie (from 0:20 to 0:50, maybe a little later at the start and a little later during the ending so perhaps a fade out could be done) -- (talk) 06:50, 23 March 2011 (UTC)


Any help in identifying more exact release dates for the timeline would be greatly appreciated. Most of the dates are best-guess estimates, and that's decidedly less than ideal. Sagerange (talk) 21:15, 7 August 2016 (UTC)

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