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Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü), 1961-2017

Posted Sept. 14, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

Grant Hart, one of three co-founders of Hüsker Dü, passed away this morning at the age of 56. Hüsker Dü released albums on SST and Warner Bros, with Hart later releasing material with Nova Mob and as a solo artist. At present, his cause of death is unconfirmed. Pitchfork reports that Hart was suffering from a form of cancer. Condolences to Hart's family, friends and music fans everywhere.

Check out a 1QI SPB conducted with the St. Paul-based musician back in 2013.

For details about Hart's musical history and background, check out this write-up at The Current.

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Bill Paxton of Martini Ranch Passes Away

Posted Feb. 27, 2017, 1:07 a.m.
Bill Paxton of Martini Ranch Passes Away

As a child, I was fortunate enough to grow up with a father who emphasized the importance of 1980's sci-fi/horror. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I possessed the tacit advantage of having no referential perspective. To me Predator 2 and Weird Science were every bit as import as The Terminator and Aliens. By virtue of that, Bill Paxton was a staple of cinema. For his role as Private First Class William L. Hudson in James Cameron's Aliens, Paxton danced between comedic relief and military machismo perfectly. His performance of that character was a crucial component to me enjoying that film to the level I did then and still do to this day. And on account of his extensive filmography, there will be no shortage of people whose lives were affected by Paxton in some capacity.

However, given the nature of this site, it seems more appropriate to highlight Paxton's work alongside Andrew Todd Rosenthal in new wave outfit, Martini Ranch. The stuff is a qunitiseetial-1980's sythn driven weirdo-pop style reminiscent of Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me with Science" and principal new wave act Oingo Boingo. I would recommend spending some time with their 1988 album Holy Cow to those who have any interest in Devo or The B-52’s, as Mark Mothersbaugh and Cindy Williams both contributed to the records production. Linked below is their music video for the track "Reach", directed by frequent Paxton collaborator, James Cameron.

Bill Paxton- prolific actor, modest new wave artist- passed away on February 26, 2017 due to complications stemming from heart surgery. He was 61. As 2017 progresses I’m almost certain it is not far from literally raining shit.

 

Martini Ranch - "Reach" Music Video

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Obituaries Phife Dawg reportedly passes away

Posted March 23, 2016, 4:17 p.m.

A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg reportedly died at the age of 45. Self-dubbed as "the Funky Diabetic," Phife has been battling health issues, including diabetes, for several years and received a kidney transplant ...

Obituaries Jon Bunch (1970-2016)

Posted Feb. 6, 2016, 11:24 a.m.

Jon Bunch (1970-2016)

Jon Bunch passed away last week at the age of 46. The musician was best known as the vocalist of Reason To Believe, Sense Field, and Further Seems Forever, as well as War Generation and ...

Obituaries Rob Mcallister (ex-Iron Chic)

Posted Jan. 13, 2016, 9:20 p.m.

Rob Mcallister, former guitarist in Iron Chic and Capital, passed away last week on Jan. 9, 2016. Mcallister is survived by his partner Marisa and daughter Ramona. The McAllister Family Memorial Fund has been started ...

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Obituaries Brandon Carlisle (Teenage Bottlerocket)

Posted Nov. 10, 2015, 9:20 p.m. in Obituaries by Loren

Brandon Carlisle (Teenage Bottlerocket)

Teenage Bottlerocket drummer Brandon Carlisle died on Sunday Nov. 8 after falling into a coma earlier last week. As noted in a tribute written by ...

Obituaries Razorcake writer Chris Pepus passes away

Posted July 31, 2015, 11:08 a.m. in Obituaries by Aideen

Razorcake writer Chris Pepus tragically passed away in early June after taking his own life. Pepus was best known for advocating for social and economic ...

Obituaries Brian Goble suffers heart attack, passes away

Posted Dec. 11, 2014, 12:19 p.m. in Obituaries by Loren

Brian Goble suffers heart attack, passes away

Brian Goble, also known as "Wimpy," passed away at the age of 57 after suffering a heart attack earlier this week. Goble has played in ...

Brian Goble Eulogy RIP by Joe Keithley, D.O.A.
Brian Goble aka Wimpy aka Sunny Boy aka Sunny Boy Roy has left us and this world is much poorer because of that. Brian, just 28 days short of his 58th birthday died of a heart attack on Sunday December 7th, 2014. I am writing this because of the loss and heartache I feel out of losing a lifelong friend, but also to remember what a vital and amazing person Wimpy was. The toughest part is the thinking about the children he has left behind, his son Dylan, his daughter Sarah and his step son Cole, who Brian helped raise. My most heartfelt condolences to them and to Brian's older brother Roger.
I first met Brian in 1963 walking home from Lochdale Elementary School in Burnaby, BC. Around the same time I also met Gerry Hannah (Gerry Useless) who lived very near Brian, they were six years old and I was seven and we all lived on Burnaby Mountain. About four years later the three of us befriended Ken Montgomery (Dimwit), whose family had moved to the Lochdale area. From elementary to high school our friendship grew, through our collective love of music and social/political consciousness till we became the best of friends and inseparable. It occurred to me later on in life that we truly were "The Four Amigoes".
The four of us started our first high school band called Misty Grey and we were terrible, but we were learning. In 1975 when we were around 18 and 19 years old we left Vancouver in an attempt to "get back to the land". We were kind of junior hippies in a sense in the small BC towns of Lumby and Cherryville, that was a lot of fun but ultimately that fizzled out. We moved back in Vancouver and started a cover rock band called Stone Crazy, Brian on bass, Gerry on vocals, Dimwit on drums and Brad Kent and I on guitar. We got our first booking in Merritt BC and promptly got fired and our collective asses kicked out of town before "the locals cut you guys in two with their chainsaws".
Well that unfortunate booking led us to abandon that predictable approach to rock n' roll and to take on the new ground breaking style of punk rock, which we did with an unparalleled zeal. We started Vancouver's second punk band in the summer of 1977, we called it The Skulls. Brian was becoming a stalwart on bass, Dimwit was well on his way to becoming one of Canada's greatest drummers ever and Simon Werner was an ace on guitar. That left just me, by default I became Joey Shithead, "That maniac on vocals".
We were soon dubbed "Vancouver's most hated band by Tom Harrison of the Georgia Straight. We played around Vancouver for awhile, then in October 1977 we all moved to Toronto to join the "scene" there. Gerry Hannah, looking for adventure, moved to Toronto with us and this is how the legend of "Wimpy" was born. Gerry was writing songs but had no band, so we had Gerry play bass, Wimpy sang, Simon played guitar and I drummed, we called this obnoxious outfit Wimpy and the Bloated Cows. Thus Brian finally had a great punk rock nickname and also the tradition of "fuck bands" was born, where people traded instruments and made up instant bands.
At the start of 1978 Wimpy and Simon moved to the U.K. with a plan to have The Skulls invade London! Good plan but Dimwit and I screwed up the plan by moving back to Vancouver, Wimpy was broke and freezing in London, so he soon followed. When he got back, Wimpy started the early Subhumans along with Dimwit and Brad Kent. (this was about the same time I started D.O.A.). That line up soon merged with The Stiffs, solidifying the Subhumans classic line up of Wimpy on vocals, Gerry Useless on bass, Mike Graham on guitar and Dimwit on drums. Notably left out of the arrangement were good pals Zippy Pinhead, Sid Sick and Brad Kunt. But one of Canada's greatest bands were on their way.
Featuring the great songwriting of Wimpy, Gerry and Mike, the powerhouse drumming of Dimwit, the Subhumans were led by Brian Wimpy Roy Goble, the most original front man as you could find this side of Iggy Pop. It's not totally clear but I do believe that Wimpy invented "crowd surfing" when Mike would start playing lead Wimpy would jump into the crowd, then one night the crowd caught him and held him up, I had never seen anything like it. Brian was a powerhouse vocalist, our old soundman Hutch believed he had a special power to fire out vocals louder than any human ever had! The Subhumans put out two sterling albums as well as a number of singles and a four song EP, before they broke up in 1982. They later reunited (with Jon card replacing Dimwit) and released two albums.
So in March 1982 Brian joined D.O.A. along with Dimwit (RIP). They replaced Chuck Biscuits (Dimwit's little brother) and Randy Rampage as our rhythm section. Exceptional they were and the two of them, along with Dave Gregg (RIP), myself and producer Thom Wilson recorded in Los Angeles for five days and cut D.O.A.'s 3rd album "War on 45" (some call it an 8 song EP) in any case I would rate that album in D.O.A.'s top four. On that record you hear just how innovative that Brian was on the bass.
Brian was a huge part of D.O.A. from 1982 -1996, we went through personnel changes that included great musicians like Jon Card, Chris Prohom, Ken Jensen (RIP), Ford Pier, Brien O'Brien, John Wright amongst others. I recorded seven albums with Brian: War on 45, Let's Wreck The Party, True North Strong and Free, Murder, 13 Flavors of Doom, Loggerheads and The Black Spot and a number of other releases. After well over a thousand shows around the world, Brian quit D.O.A. after 14 years, making him the second longest serving member of D.O.A.
There are some things I'll never forget, when were both about 11 or 12 Brian introduced me to hockey, we played on the street in our rubber boots with golf balls, boy did that hurt when he would take a slapshot at my net and I got it right on the ankle. Brian and I also played minor hockey together in Burnaby and he later became a devastating hard hitter playing right wing for the D.O.A. Murder Squad. There was the time in Germany when Italian army deserters tried to steal his passport and he ran out of the bar with only one shoe, yelling "Hans Peter help me! Hans Peter help me!". Or on an early tour in Europe when him and I had never seen a mini bar in a hotel bar before, so on my advice we drank the bar dry and in the morning we had to make a run for it from the hotel staff when they wanted the dough! Or the time he was two fisting bottles of wine at a gig in Slovenia and the ride back to the hotel ended up with a Technicolor yawn on the side of the van! There was also the sense of self preservation when Brian, Dave, Dimwit and I barely escaped L.A.P.D billyclubs at a couple of different police vs. punks riots in Los Angeles. This is indelible stuff that I shared with Brian, that is now part of my very soul and being.
Brian was a humanist, a great father, an incredible singer and bass player, he believed in free speech, was always against war and he would speak up against bullshit. He was also one of my best friends and I'll miss him forever.
Long live the spirit of Wimpy!!! Rest in Peace.
- Joe Shithead Keithley

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Obituaries Memorial fund for Jonathan Athon (Black Tusk)

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 12:08 p.m. in Obituaries by Loren

Memorial fund for Jonathan Athon (Black Tusk)

Surviving Black Tusk membres have issued a statement on behalf of the passing of bassist Jonathan Athon, as well as initiated a memorial fund. Their ...


We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the overwhelming amount of support received in the past week. Many of you have been inquiring about Athon's medical bills and how you can help. As of now, they are covered. However, we would still like you to contribute if you can. Athon was a very giving person, and he thoroughly enjoyed helping others with his endless skill sets. Athon played a very large role in the renovation of fellow bassist and friend Jason Statts' home after he was paralyzed from a gunshot wound, and he regularly checked in on Jason to listen to music, grill out, or just provide company. Athon and his friend Keith Kozel worked together over the last decade every October to prepare the Jinx bar for their annual Halloween extravaganza. Keith was recently diagnosed with a degenerative kidney disease, and he is in dire need of a transplant. While Athon's medical expenses have been covered, his girlfriend Emily's have not. She has undergone surgery and faces a long road to recovery both physically and emotionally. So in the spirit of Jonathan Athon, we ask that you contribute to this fund that will split the proceeds among Emily, Keith, and Jason. Help Athon keep helping people. We have set up a PayPal at AthonFund@gmail.com if you care to donate.

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Obituaries Tommy Ramone dies at 62

Posted July 12, 2014, 9:01 a.m. in Obituaries by Loren

Tommy Ramone dies at 62

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Tommy Ramone, born as Erdelyi Tamas, has died in his home in Queens, NY following treatment for bile duct cancer. He was 62 years old ...

Source: variety.com

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Obituaries Dave Gregg (DOA, Real McKenzies) dies at 54

Posted April 3, 2014, 9:08 p.m. in Obituaries by Loren

Dave Gregg, formerly of D.O.A. and Real McKenzies, has passed away at age 54. Gregg played with Vancouver, BC punks D.O.A ...

Source: punknews.org

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Obituaries Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) of GWAR found dead

Posted March 31, 2014, 7:25 p.m. in Obituaries by Loren

Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) of GWAR found dead

Dave Brockie of GWAR, also known as Oderus Urungus, was found dead inside his Richmond, VA home last week. The cause of dead remains undetermined ...

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