Big Black

American rock band

Big Black was an American punk rock band. The band formed in 1981 with Steve Albini playing all of the instruments and a drum machine for percussion.

Big Black
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Jeff Pezzati and Santiago Durango
Background information
OriginEvanston, Illinois, U.S.
GenresPunk rock, alternative rock, indie rock, noise rock, post-hardcore, post-punk
Years active1981 (1981)–1987 (1987)
LabelsRuthless, Fever, Homestead, Blast First, Touch and Go
Past member(s)Steve Albini
Jeff Pezzati
Santiago Durango
Dave Riley

Big Black's music was very loud and distorted. Many Big Black songs are about violence.


Studio albumsEdit

  • Atomizer (1986)
  • Songs About Fucking (1987)

Live albumsEdit

  • Sound of Impact (live, 1987)
  • Pigpile (live, 1992)


  • The Hammer Party (1986)
  • The Rich Man's Eight Track Tape (1987)


  • Lungs (1983)
  • Bulldozer (1984)
  • Racer-X (1984)
  • Headache (1987)


  • "Rema-Rema" (1985)
  • "Il Duce" (1985)
  • "Heartbeat" (1987)
  • "He's a Whore" / "The Model" (1987)
  • "In My House" (1992)