Unsane

Genius is rarely recognized in its own time. Brian Eno once said that not many people bought Velvet Underground records but everyone who did formed a band. Similarly, Unsane‘s discs never sold exceptionally well, but the band’s infamous “Scrape” video planted the seeds for everything from backyard wrestling to Jackass. Created for $200, the clip paired footage of nasty skateboard accidents, including plenty of crotch damage from botched railway ridings, with performance shots of the band screaming the song’s title. MTV voted “Scrape” one of its ten funniest videos of all time, but Unsane’s blend of undisciplined noise-rock and 4/4 punk-metal is no laughing matter. The band split in 2000 but recently reunited for a tour that will likely spawn a new generation of masochistic daredevils.

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