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The Wire Tapper 50

Track 14

Algebra Suicide: Lydia Tomkiw (left) and Don Hedeker


From Still Life

Active between 1982–94, Algebra Suicide were the Chicago duo of poet and visual artist Lydia Tomkiw and musician Don Hedeker. Their self-styled avant garage music was characterised by Hedeker’s stark, haunting guitar, Casio keyboards and minimal electronic percussion, which created a moody, atmospheric backdrop for Tomkiw’s deadpan-delivered poems.,