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Died On This Date (November 20, 2013) Nick Babeu / Lead Singer Of Trigger Effect

Posted by themusicsover on November 20, 2013

Nick Babeu
DOB Unknown – November 20, 2013

nick-babeuNick Babeu was the lead singer for Montreal, Canada punk band, Trigger Effect.  Formed in 2003, the band built a sizable following thanks to their energetic live shows and the three albums they have released.  Their most recent album, What’s Left To Eliminate? came out in early 2013.   Nick Babeu passed away on November 20, 2013.  Cause of death was not immediately released.


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Died On This Date (October 8, 2013) Phil Chevron / Guitarist For The Pogues

Posted by themusicsover on October 8, 2013

Phil Chevron (Born Philip Ryan)
June 17, 1957 – October 8, 2013

phil-chevronPhil Chevron was an Irish singer, songwriter and musician who was considered to be one of the most influential musicians in all of Irish punk rock.  Born outside of Dublin, Chevron first gained exposure as a member of the Radiators From Space, widely regarded as Ireland’s first punk band.  In 1984, Chevron joined the Pogues, initially as a temporary banjoist but soon moved over to guitar when leader, Shane MacGowan decided he wanted to focus more on singing. Chevron stayed in the band until leaving to focus on his health in 1994.  During his first run with the Pogues, he played on their now legendary album,  Rum, Sodomy and the Lash among others.  He is also credited for writing the band’s iconic “Thousands Are Sailing.”  During his break from the Pogues, Chevron reformed the Radiators From Space and released the critically acclaimed LP, Trouble Pilgrim.  In 2001, he rejoined the Pogues and stayed on board until the time of his passing.  In 2004, in the unofficial capacity of lead spokesman for the band, Chevron oversaw the reissues of the Pogues entire back catalog.  In 2007, it was announced that he was suffering from esophageal cancer. The following year, believing he had beaten it, Chevron joined the band for a US tour.  In May of 2013, the cancer returned with a vengeance and ultimately took his life on October 8, 2013.  He was 56.

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Died On This Date (September 24, 2013) Bill Bartell / AKA Pat Fear of White Flag

Posted by themusicsover on September 24, 2013

Pat Fear (Born Bill Bartell)
DOB Unknown – September 24, 2013

pat-fearPat Fear is best remembered as the singer and guitarist for the influential Los Angeles-area punk band, White Flag.  Formed in 1982 as a sort of antithesis to the angrier local punk outfits, White Flag members took on the parodiable monikers of Jello B. Affro, Mike Mess, and of course, Pat Fear.  The band released two seminal albums over the next couple of years, R is for Rocket and S is for Space while performing countless shows throughout California.  Over the next three decades, the band released more than a dozen albums as well as numerous EPs and singles. Throughout the band’s run, its lineup included several members who went on to play in other notable bands. The list includes Jim Laspesa (The Muffs, Dave Davies, Bob Cowsill), Greg Hetson (Redd Kross, Circle Jerks), Steven Shane McDonald (Redd Kross), Kim Shattuck (The Muffs, The Pandoras), Ken Stringfellow (The Posies), Eric Erlandson (Hole),  A lifelong fan of music, Fear was known to lend his support and even champion other up-and-coming musicians and bands.  Two of his early favorites were Os Mutantes and Shonen Knife, both of whom he helped bring to the United States for their first American tours. During breaks from White Flag, Fear worked as a police reservist and bull rider.  On September 24, 2013, Pat Fear was found dead in his home at the age of 52.  Although his death came as a surprise, reports indicate that he had been in ill health in recent years.  Initial coroner findings attribute his death the natural causes.

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Died On This Date (June 18, 2013) Alastair Donaldson / aka William Mysterious of the Rezillos

Posted by themusicsover on June 18, 2013

Alastair Donaldson
April 27, 1955 – June 18, 2013

Alastair-DonaldsonAlastair Donaldson is perhaps best remembered as the bassist – though under the moniker William Mysterious, for the Scottish punk/new wave band, the Rezillos.  Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Donaldson picked up the bass at an early age and in 1975, joined Silly Wizard, a folk band.  He soon left the group to join the Rezillos, one of punk rock’s first generation bands.  Initially working as the group’s saxophonist, Donaldson soon switched to bass.  One Donaldson disciple, J Mascis once noted that his contributions to Can’t Stand The Rezillos could very well be the best bass playing ever from any recording from the storied Sire Records catalog.  That album – the band’s first and only studio release – reached #16 on the UK charts and has been called one of the best 50 punk albums from the original era. The LP spawned three charting singles in England. Following its release, the Rezillos landed the opening slot for the Ramones UK tour after which, Donaldson left the group.    The Rezillos broke up on 1978 but quickly regrouped with new members as the Revillos and released Rev Up in 1979.  Donaldson played on that album put parted ways with the band for good in 1980.  He went on to release one single under the name, William Mysterious with Alastair Donaldson, in 1982, but stayed semi-retired from music for the remainder of his life.  Alastair Donaldson was 58 when he passed away on June 18, 2013.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (June 8, 2013) Arturo Vega / Ramones Logo Designer

Posted by themusicsover on June 8, 2013

Arturo Vega
1948 – June 8, 2013

Arturo-Vega1Arturo Vega was a graphic designer who is best remembered for his 20+ years of creative service for the Ramones.  Originally from Mexico, Vega emigrated to the United States during the ’70s, and settled in New York City.  He soon became friends with the band and even let Joey Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone live in his loft for at time.  As the band’s artistic director since 1974, Vega created many of the band’s logos including their iconic “Hey Ho Let’s Go” shield logo.  For many years, t-shirts that were adorned with the shield where the main source of income for the band.  His handy work can be seen on such albums as Ramones, Leave Home, and Ramones Mania as well.  Vega also worked as the Ramone’s lighting director and claimed to have been at all but two of the their 2200+ shows.  In later years, he managed the band’s website.  Arturo Vega was 65 when he passed away on June 8, 2013.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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