"Fugazi" is a rock band from Washington, D.C., formed in 1987. Their evolution of the hardcore punk genre, combined with their dedication to touring earned them an international audience by the end of the 1980's, despite little recognition in mainstream circles.
The band name alludes to a Vietnam-era GI slang backronym for a particularly bad combat situation, which stands for ""F"ucked "U"p, "G"ot "A"mbushed, "Z"ipped "I"n". In ''Our Band Could Be Your Life'', the group reported that they chose the name because of its ambiguous and vaguely exotic qualities.
Perhaps just as well known as Fugazi's music is their ethical stance and manner of business practice. They stand as a rare example of a band that have achieved a level of mainstream success while remaining loyal to independent recording and distribution values, following through in the spirit of the original "DIY punk ethic". They have rarely charged more than $5-10 admission to their live shows (and furthermore insist that their performances be open to persons of all ages; MacKaye in particular remembers the sting of being kept out of clubs during his teen years), have kept their album prices at about $10, and do not ...
|music genre||Alternative rock, Post-hardcore, Indie rock|
|current members|| Ian MacKaye|