Suicidal Tendencies are an American crossover thrash band founded in 1980 in Venice, California by vocalist Mike Muir, who is the only remaining original member of the band. Their current lineup includes Muir, guitarists Dean Pleasants and Jeff Pogan, bassist Ra Díaz, the band is often credited as one of the fathers of crossover thrash. To date, Suicidal Tendencies have released twelve albums, one EP, four split albums, four compilation albums. The latter of the two were certified Gold by the RIAA and their 1992 follow-up album The Art of Rebellion was also very successful, and included three of their biggest hits Asleep at the Wheel, Nobody Hears and Ill Hate You Better. After releasing two studio albums, the band broke up and severed ties from Sony and Epic in 1995. However, they reunited a year later and have continued to perform, Suicidal Tendencies formed in 1980 as a punk band in Venice, California. The original lineup of the band consisted of Mike Muir on vocals, Mike Ball on guitar, Carlos Egie Egert on drums, after the recording of their first demo, Carlos Egert left the band and was replaced by Dunnigans brother, Sean. Muir, at the time a student at Santa Monica College, originally only intended Suicidal Tendencies as a party band, Suicidal Tendencies had a rough start including being voted Worst Band/Biggest Assholes in Flipside in 1982 but the following year were voted Best New Band. There were many rumors of the members as well as their friends and followers being involved with gangs, with Muirs trademark blue bandanna. Though there were probably a handful of V13 members who also became ST fans, Amery was not a member of V13, Suicidal Tendencies quickly gained a following and began performing at larger gigs. They recorded a demo in 1982 and were featured on the Slamulation compilation LP on Mystic Records, the song featured was I Saw Your Mommy, which was later featured on their self-titled debut album. The Dunnigan brothers quit after these recordings, with Mike Dunnigan later joining Tony Alvas band the Skoundrelz to be back with Mike Ball on guitar, Ball stayed in the band for 2½ years before joining the Skoundrelz and was replaced by Dunnigan. Guitarist Rick Battson recorded the demo before the first album, Grant Estes learned that demo replacing him on guitar and playing on Suicidals first record. All this controversy helped the band gain label attention, and in 1983 Suicidal signed with the independent label Frontier Records and it was described by critic Steve Huey as Fast, furious, and funny. Mike Muir proves himself an articulate lyricist and commentator, delving into subjects like alienation, depression and it contained the song Institutionalized, which featured a music video that became one of the first hardcore punk videos to receive substantial MTV airplay, and greatly expanded the bands fan base. Soon after the release of their album in 1983, Estes left the band and was replaced by Jon Nelson. The latter ending up on the compilation record Welcome to Venice. Though Nelson never appeared on any of the Suicidal releases, there are live recordings of the song War Inside My Head as well as others
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Vocalist Mike Muir formed Suicidal Tendencies in 1980, and is their only remaining original member.