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ReleasedJuly 3, 1990
RecordedDecember 1989 – April 1990 at Rumbo Recorders,
Canoga Park, California
Amigo Studios,
Hollywood, California
Label Epic
Producer Mark Dodson, Suicidal Tendencies
Suicidal Tendencies chronology
Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu
The Art of Rebellion
Singles from Lights...Camera...Revolution!
  1. "You Can't Bring Me Down"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Send Me Your Money"
    Released: 1990
  3. "Alone"
    Released: 1991
  4. "Lovely"
    Released: 1991

Lights... Camera... Revolution! is the fifth studio album by American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, which was released in 1990. This was the final Suicidal Tendencies album to feature the Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu lineup, which many fans feel was technically the strongest lineup the band has had to date. Drummer R.J. Herrera would leave before the recording of their next album.

Crossover thrash is a fusion genre of thrash metal and hardcore punk. The genre lies on a continuum between heavy metal and hardcore punk. Other genres on the same continuum, such as metalcore and grindcore, may overlap with crossover thrash.

Suicidal Tendencies American crossover thrash band

Suicidal Tendencies is an American crossover thrash band formed in 1980 in Venice, California by vocalist Mike Muir, who is the only remaining original member of the band. Along with D.R.I., Corrosion of Conformity, and Stormtroopers of Death, they are often credited as one of "the fathers of crossover thrash". Their current lineup includes Muir, guitarists Dean Pleasants and Ben Weinman, bassist Ra Díaz and drummer Dave Lombardo. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include guitarists Rocky George and Mike Clark, bassists Louiche Mayorga, Robert Trujillo, Josh Paul and Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner, and drummers Amery Smith, Jimmy DeGrasso, Brooks Wackerman, David Hidalgo Jr., Thomas Pridgen and session musician Josh Freese.

<i>Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu</i> 1989 studio album / Compilation album by Suicidal Tendencies

Controlled by Hatred/Feel Like Shit...Déjà Vu is the fourth album by American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, released on October 17, 1989 by Epic Records.


Music and lyrics

This album shows the band straying further away from their roots as a crossover thrash band and beginning to solidify themselves more and more as a thrash metal band. At this point, it could be argued that the band had moved from crossover thrash to thrash metal. The song arrangements are more complex, as are the lyrics. This was also the first Suicidal Tendencies album to display heavy funk influences, which can be attributed to the input of new bassist Robert Trujillo.

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. The lyrics often deal with social issues and criticism of The Establishment, using direct and denunciatory language, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Funk is a music genre that originated in African-American communities in the mid-1960s when African-American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and rhythm and blues (R&B). Funk de-emphasizes melody and chord progressions and focuses on a strong rhythmic groove of a bass line played by an electric bassist and a drum part played by a drummer. Like much of African-inspired music, funk typically consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments playing interlocking grooves. Funk uses the same richly colored extended chords found in bebop jazz, such as minor chords with added sevenths and elevenths, or dominant seventh chords with altered ninths and thirteenths.

Robert Trujillo American bassist known for his role as the current bassist of Metallica

Roberto Agustín Miguel Santiago Samuel Perez de la Santa Concepción Trujillo Veracruz Bautista better known as Robert Trujillo, is an American musician and songwriter. He has been the bassist of the American heavy metal band Metallica since 2003. He was also a member of crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies, funk metal supergroup Infectious Grooves, heavy metal band Black Label Society, and has worked with Jerry Cantrell and Ozzy Osbourne.

Release and reception

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Singles off this album included "You Can't Bring Me Down", "Send Me Your Money", "Alone" & "Lovely". The video for "You Can't Bring Me Down" received much MTV airplay, and was largely responsible for the success of this album. It was certified gold a few years later. It was also nominated for the "Best Metal Performance" Grammy Award in 1991, losing to "Stone Cold Crazy" by Metallica, whom Trujilo would join in 2003. Loudwire ranked Lights...Camera...Revolution! at number seven on their top ten list of "Thrash Albums NOT Released by the Big 4". [4]

MTV American pay television channel

MTV is an American pay television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks and headquartered in New York City. The channel was launched on August 1, 1981, and originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys" (VJs). At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is primarily teenagers, particularly high school and college students.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

The main riff from "Send Me Your Money" is the same as in "You'll Be Sorry" (part 2 of "Suicide's an Alternative" from Suicidal's eponymous album.)

<i>Suicidal Tendencies</i> (album) 1983 studio album by Suicidal Tendencies

Suicidal Tendencies is the debut studio album by American crossover thrash band Suicidal Tendencies. The album was released on July 5, 1983, through Frontier Records with the catalog number FLP 011. It became one of the best-selling punk albums at the time and launched the band into its future success. Suicidal Tendencies has received positive reviews from music critics, and by 1993, the album had sold at least 400,000 copies. "Institutionalized" was released as a single to promote the album.

Album cover

The album cover was taken at the Vista Theatre located at 4473 Sunset Drive in East Hollywood. [5] [6] It shows Mike Clark, R.J. Herrera and Robert Trujillo standing on top of the theater behind the "Vista" sign, while Rocky George and Mike Muir appear on the top right window of the building.

Los Feliz, Los Angeles Neighborhood of Los Angeles

Los Feliz is a hillside neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California, abutting Hollywood and encompassing part of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Mike Clark (guitarist) American musician

Mike Clark is an American heavy metal and punk rock guitarist. He is best known for being the rhythm guitarist with Suicidal Tendencies, a band he played with from 1987 to 2012, and was the only member besides Mike Muir to return to the band when it reunited. He originally played in the thrash metal band No Mercy of which Muir was also the vocalist. During Suicidal Tendencies' hiatus he was a member of the thrash band Creeper.

Ralph J. (R.J.) Herrera is a heavy metal drummer. He is best known for being the drummer of Suicidal Tendencies between the years of 1984 and 1991. After Suicidal Tendencies, he joined Uncle Slam, a crossover thrash band featuring ex-Suicidal members. While in Suicidal he used double bass drum kits, a feature often associated with metal music as opposed to the hardcore punk Suicidal was associated with when he joined. Herrera, along with Rocky George and Mike Clark, was largely responsible for the band's transition to thrash metal. He left in 1991 due to unspecified personal differences, but was thanked in the sleeve of the band's next album The Art of Rebellion for "8 outstanding years". Herrera has done several guest jams and in 2002 was seen playing with old band mate Rocky George and guitarist Anthony Gallo at the Kit Cat club in Hollywood on Sunset, where other drummers included Nick Menza of Megadeth.

Track listing

1."You Can't Bring Me Down" Mike Muir, Rocky George 5:50
2."Lost Again"Muir, George5:16
3."Alone"Muir, Mike Clark 4:24
4."Lovely"Muir, Clark, Robert Trujillo 3:45
5."Give It Revolution"Muir, Clark, R. J. Herrera 4:22
6."Get Whacked"Muir, Clark4:23
7."Send Me Your Money"Muir3:24
8."Emotion No. 13"Muir, George3:43
9."Disco's Out, Murder's In"Muir, Clark, Herrera3:07
10."Go'n Breakdown"Muir, Clark4:39


Mike Muir American musician

Michael Allen "Mike" Muir is the lead vocalist of the Venice, California crossover thrash bands Suicidal Tendencies, Los Cycos and the funk metal band Infectious Grooves. He has also released several solo albums under his nickname Cyco Miko. Muir's trademark is wearing bandanas, jerseys with the number 13, and hats with block style letters that read "suicidal."

Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Rocky George American musician

Leonard F. George, best known by his stage name Rocky George, is an American guitarist who has been a member of several notable musical acts, including Suicidal Tendencies, where he was their lead guitarist from 1984 to their first breakup in 1995, and was the first African-American member of the band. After Suicidal Tendencies, George played with 40 Cycle Hum and Cro-Mags, and in 2003, he joined Fishbone. George was also a member of a local punk rock band called Pap Smear.


Chart positions

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