Fugazi Recording Sessions
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Songs Recorded Released
January or February 1988 Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA Merchandise, In Defense of Humans, Break-In, Song #1, Bad Mouth, The Word, Furniture, Waiting Room, And The Same, Joe #1, Turn Off Your Guns "In Defense of Humans" is on the State of the Union compilation; all others can be found on various commercial bootlegs.  Strangely, no single bootleg includes all eleven songs.  These songs became Fugazi's first demo -- they supposedly handed out tapes of this demo on their first American tour.
who knows?
Glue Man Demo, Burning Demo The sound track version of "Glue Man" can be found in the Jem Cohen short film of the same name -- it combines a demo of the song with a remixed portion of the album version.  I've heard a tape of a really weird, slow version of "Burning" so let's just say that it was recorded at this session, too.
June 1988 Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA Burning, Waiting Room, Give Me The Cure, Bad Mouth, Bulldog Front, Suggestion, Glue Man Fugazi EP and 13 Songs CD.  The band used the rough mix of the EP as their second demo; it includes little things like Ian tuning his guitar before "Waiting Room", a false start to "Bulldog Front", and an extended fade-out ending to "Suggestion" with Guy singing "we are all guilty of it" plus an instrumental coda.
November 12, 1988 Hippodrome, London, England Waiting Room, Merchandise, Break-In, Glue Man John Peel session broadcast January 11, 1989 on Radio One.  Available on various bootlegs, most notably GG MacKaye & the DC Funazis and Function Is The Key.
December 1988 Southern Studios / Greenhouse Studios, London, England Margin Walker, And The Same, Burning Too, Provisional, Lockdown, Promises, The Word, Link Track (multiple versions), four other songs Drums were recorded at one studio and everything else was recorded at the other.  The first six songs are on the Margin Walker EP and 13 Songs CD; "The Word" was included on the 20 Years Of Dischord box set; "Link Track" and four other songs remain unreleased. Fugazi and Margin Walker were both supposed to be full-length albums, but the band wasn't satisfied with all of the songs recorded, so they had to be whittled down to EPs.
July 1989 Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA Song #1, Joe #1, Break-In 3 Songs 7" and Repeater + 3 Songs CD.
September 1989 Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA Turnover, Repeater, Brendan #1, Merchandise, Blueprint, Sieve-Fisted Find, Greed, Two Beats Off, Styrofoam, Reprovisional, Shut The Door, Link Track, Long Division (instrumental version)? "Link Track" is on the Instrument Soundtrack; the version of "Long Division" played in Instrument may be from this session; all others are on Repeater and Repeater + 3 Songs.
September 5, 1990 VPRO Studios, Hilversum, the Netherlands interview and some songs
January 1991 Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA Exit Only, Reclamation, Nice New Outfit, Stacks, Latin Roots, Steady Diet, Long Division, Runaway Return, Polish, Dear Justice Letter, KYEO Steady Diet of Nothing.
April 1991 Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA Shaken All Over Instrument Soundtrack.
October 14, 1991 JJJ Studios, Sydney, Australia jam, Two Beats Off, Styrofoam, Dear Justice Letter, Reclamation, Exit Only, KYEO, Long Division, Blueprint 
January 1992 Guy's bedroom at Pirate House, Washington, DC Rend It Demo Instrument Soundtrack.
1992? Guilford House, Guilford, CT Facet Squared, Public Witness Program, Returning The Screw, Smallpox Champion, Rend It, 23 Beats Off, Sweet And Low, Cassavetes, Great Cop, Walken's Syndrome, Instrument, Last Chance For A Slow Dance Unreleased demos.
July 1992 Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA Instrument Unreleased -- probably the "noisy guitars" version.
4 days in late 1992 Steve Albini's basement studio, Chicago, IL Facet Squared, Public Witness Program, Returning The Screw, Smallpox Champion, Rend It, 23 Beats Off, Sweet And Low, Cassavetes, Great Cop, Walken's Syndrome, Instrument, Last Chance For A Slow Dance The results of this recording session with Steve Albini have not yet been released, and sadly, they probably never will be.  All of the songs from In On The Kill Taker were recorded, some in slightly different forms.
December 1992 Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA Facet Squared, Public Witness Program, Returning The Screw, Smallpox Champion, Rend It, 23 Beats Off, Sweet And Low, Cassavetes, Great Cop, Walken's Syndrome, Instrument, Last Chance For A Slow Dance In On The Kill Taker.
February 1994 Guy's parents' basement, Broad Branch Road, Washington, DC Afterthought, Swingset Instrument Soundtrack.
April 1994 Guilford House, Guilford, CT Version Red Medicine.
May 1994 Guilford House, Guilford, CT Lusty Scripps, Me And Thumbelina, Little Debbie, I'm So Tired, Forensic Scene (multiple versions), A Bed For The Scraping, Gravity, Chicken Parade, Fell Destroyer (multiple versions), Son Of A Gun, Joe Testifies, Na Na Na "Lusty Scripps", "Me And Thumbelina", "Little Debbie", and "I'm So Tired" all appear on the Instrument Soundtrack.  "Son Of A Gun" might appear on End Hits as the first part of "F/D".  All others remain unreleased.
January 15-27, 1995 Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA Do You Like Me; Bed For The Scraping; Latest Disgrace; Birthday Pony; Forensic Scene; Combination Lock; Fell, Destroyed; By You; Target; Back To Base; Downed City; Long Distance Runner Red Medicine.
August 1996 Guy's parents' basement, Broad Branch Road, Washington, DC Pink Frosty Demo, Floating Boy Demo, Guilford Fall Demo, Slo Crostic Instrument Soundtrack.
January 1997 Pirate House Studios, Washington, DC Arpeggiator Demo, Closed Captioned Demo These two songs appear on the Instrument Soundtrack.  This same session yielded the song "Golden Vanity" by Guy and Brendan's side project, the Black Light Panthers.  "Golden Vanity" appears, in a vastly remixed form, as the end part of the "Closed Captioned Demo".
February 1997 Pirate House Studios, Washington, DC Trio's Instrument Soundtrack.
March 1997 Dischord House, Arlington, VA Turkish Disco, H.B. Instrument Soundtrack.
March 1997 Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA
Some of the songs recorded at this session ended up on End Hits, but most were scrapped in favor of the versions recorded in September of 1997.
September 1997 Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA Recap Modotti, several others Most if not all of the songs recorded at this session ended up on End Hits.  There may be some unreleased songs as the band recorded as many as seventeen songs for possible inclusion on End Hits.
Summer 1998
Have You Never Been Mellow This as-yet-unreleased song (an Olivia Newton-John cover) was recorded with folk singer Vic Chesnutt, who has expressed interest in doing an entire album with Fugazi. I am not making this up.
December 2000 Washington, DC
The band recorded some demos (unreleased, of course) in preparation of the recording of The Argument and Furniture + 2, probably in Joe Lally's basement.
January and February 2001 Inner Ear Studios and Dischord House, Arlington, VA Cashout, Full Disclosure, Epic Problem, Life And Limb, The Kill, Strangelight, Oh, Ex-Spectator, Nightshop, Argument, Furniture, Number Five, Hello Morning The Argument and Furniture + 2.  Piano on "The Kill" and "Strangelight" recorded at Dischord House; everything else recorded at Inner Ear.
March and April 2001 Inner Ear Studios, Arlington, VA
Mixing sessions for The Argument and Furniture + 2.

 

Non-soundtrack songs from Instrument:
Break demo
No Surprise demo
Long Division demo
D-Tuning (Guy: acoustic guitars, keyboard, and drums)
noisy song after Lusty Scripps
"Little Flags" song
 

A list of songs recorded in Guilford, CT in 1994:

FUGAZI - IN THEIR COUNTRY ESTATE   4/94 TAPE 1
   GUILFORD HOUSE
 
1
DRUMS LEFT
2
DRUMS
RIGHT
3
SNARE
 
4
BASS
5
GUY
GUITAR
6
IAN
GUITAR
7
VOX
8
PIANO [?]
CLAR [?]

0000 - WHATEVER   TALKING AND SO FORTH
1.30 - FORENSIC SCENE
(4.34)
4.50 - A BED FOR THE SCRAPING
(8.01)
8.13 - GRAVITY (W/ "VOCAL") SLOW AND BAD
(11.16)
11.30 - CHICKEN PARADE
(13.03)
13.10 - FELL DESTROYER VERSION RAMBLES
(15.34)
15.45 - FORENSIC SCENE (W/ VOCAL)
(18.45)
19.03 - FELL DESTROYER VERSION II
(21.21)
21.27 - SON OF A GUN / FELL DESTROYER III
(24.05)
24.10 - JOE TESTIFIES
(24.30)
24.35 - LITTLE DEBBIE'S MOM GONE CRAZY (GUY'S GUITAR DIDN'T RECORD)
(27.37)    FELL DESTROYER BIT
27.45 - I'M SO TIRED DEMO PIANO/VOCAL/DRUM
(29.41)
29.49 - NA NA NA (CUT'S OFF) W/ VOCAL  

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