“Proof that punk was more about attitude than a raw, guitar-driven sound.”
The new Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’ advert starring Kaia Gerber, promotes the fashion designer’s ‘Daisy’ fragrance. The music playing in the ‘Daisy’ advert is a song from 1978 called ‘Cheree’ by the band ‘Suicide’.
“Cheree” is a song by the synth punk band Suicide, written by its members Martin Rev and Alan Vega. It was released as a single in 1978 by Bronze Records. Since its initial release, it has been covered by a number of artists, most notably by ? and the Mysterians on their 1999 album More Action.
The song is up amongst the top garage/cult recordings ever. It was included in NME’s – 100 Best Indie Singles Ever, number 56 in Mojo’s – 100 Punk Scorchers, number 2 in Q’s – The 1001 Best Songs Ever, and number 36 in Blow Up’s – 100 Songs to Remember.
“Cheree, Cheree Oh, baby Oh, baby I love you
Cheree, Cheree My comic book fantasy Oh, I love you Oh, baby
Cheree, Cheree Shut the door, baby Oh, I love you Oh, come play with me
Oh, baby Oh, baby I love you I love you, baby
Oh, I love you Cheree, Cheree Cheree, Cheree My black leather lady
I love you Oh, I love you”
(Alan Vega / Martin Reverby 1978)
Suicide is the classic proto-punk duo. Their first single, Cheree, was originally released in England just months after their landmark self-titled LP. The A-side, a sparkling remix of the group’s first proper song, features the brilliant juxtaposition of Vega’s yearning voice and Rev’s swirling synth textures. Non-album track “I Remember” is another urban hymn rescued from the Suicide sessions. Truly greater than the sum of its parts, Suicide remains the most controversial and confrontational band ever to come out of New York City.
Suicide – Cheree (Original 1978 recording)
Question Mark & the Mysterians – Cheree (1996)
Absolut Body Control – Cheree (1983)
“Cheree” was used by director Edo Bertoglio for his film Downtown 81, a film shot in the early 1980s but not completed until 1999.