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Died On This Date (October 14, 2011) Kevin Mahoney / Singer For Siege

Posted by themusicsover on October 14, 2011

Kevin Mahoney
September 6, 1965 – October 14, 2011

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Kevin Mahoney was the lead singer for Boston, Massachusetts area thrashcore band, Siege.  Formed in the early ’80s, the band built a sizable local following before they broke up in 1985.  Although short lived, the band was later cited as a direct influence on the likes of Napalm Death and Dropdead due in part to their fiercely fast tempos and Mahoney’s wild screeching.  Siege’s earliest recordings were in 1984 for a demo produced by Lou Giardano (Husker Du, Goo Goo Dolls).  The oft-bootlegged record took on a life of its own throughout the thrash underground until it found its proper release by Relapse Records in 1994.  After the group split in 1985, Mahoney went on to do local live theater among other things.  In later years, he worked in IT at various local hospitals.  During the early ’90s, Siege briefly reunited, but with Seth Putnam of Anal Cunt fame on lead vocals.  As reported by Maximum Rock N Roll, 46-year-old Kevin Mahoney passed away on October 14, 2011.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (June 17, 2005) Karl Mueller / Soul Asylum

Posted by themusicsover on June 17, 2010

Karl Mueller
July 27, 1963 – June 17, 2005

Karl Mueller played bass for Minneapolis alternative rock band, Soul Asylum who came out of the same scene that gave us Husker Du and the Replacements. But while the latter were building critical and commercial success, Soul Asylum seemed to have a hard time getting out of their shadows.  But that all changed in 1992 with the release of Grave Dancers Union. The first single, “Runaway Train” became a worldwide hit thanks to a striking video that put focus on the plight of runaway teens.  The video struck a chord and suddenly, Soul Asylum became household names. The band even performed at Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Ball.  The band was on a lengthy hiatus by the end of the ’90s, and were beginning to work up new material when Mueller was diagnosed with throat cancer in May of 2004.  He would succumb to the cancer on June 17, 2005 at the age of 41.

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Died On This Date (February 18, 1995) Bob Stinson / The Replacements

Posted by themusicsover on February 18, 2010

Bob Stinson
December 17, 1959 – February 18, 1995

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Bob Stinson was the founding lead guitarist for influential Minneapolis alternative rock band, the Replacements.  And to some, he was the band’s true heart and soul.  The Mats (as they were known to their fans) was formed in 1979 by Stinson, his younger brother, Tommy Stinson, and Christopher Mars.  The following year, they added local songwriting genius, Paul Westerberg to the mix.  Over the next few years, the band would rise to the top of a thriving local scene that included Husker Du and Soul Asylum on the rock side and the Time and Prince on the R&B side.  In 1984, the group released their breakthrough album, Let It Be, an album which most respectable music sources rightfully include in their best or most influential rock albums of all time lists.  The following year saw the release of their major label debut, Tim, an album that further cemented the Replacements, importance to rock ‘n roll.   But it was more than just their music that endeared the band to critics and fans alike, it was also their “fuck all” attitude, one that made radio appearances and concerts highly unpredictable (to put it lightly).  On any given night, you could expect to see the greatest or absolute worst show you had ever seen.  But either way, it made for one of the greatest nights you ever had.  For good or bad, much of that could be traced directly to Stinson.  It was around the time of Tim’s release that infighting within the band and pressure from the label to produce more commercially appealing records lead Stinson and the band to part ways.  He continued on over the better part of the next decade playing in other groups, but was never able to recapture spark he found with the Replacements.  Bob Stinson struggled with alcohol and drug abuse through much of his life, so when he ultimately died at the age of 35, the official report didn’t cite the drugs or alcohol as the actual cause of death, but rather that his body just gave out after so many years of abuse.

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Died On This Date (February 7, 1987) David Savoy / Husker Du Manager

Posted by themusicsover on February 7, 2010

David Savoy
DOB Unknown – February 7, 1987

David Savoy was a close friend, fan, promoter, and defacto manager of influential Minneapolis alternative rock band, Husker Du.  As the band was about to launch their 1987 tour, Savoy jumped to his death off a bridge.  He was just 24 and apparently suffering from depression.

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Died On This Date (November 5, 1997) Epic Soundtracks / The Swell Maps

Posted by themusicsover on November 5, 2009

Epic Soundtracks (Born Kevin Godfrey)
March 23, 1959 – November 5, 1997

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Epic Soundtracks is best remembered as a founding member of UK experimental noise band, the Swell Maps.  Formed by Soundtracks and his brother, Nikki Sudden (real name, Adrian Godfrey), in 1972, the Swell Maps gained popularity only after the rise of punk, even though they weren’t a punk band.  They had more in common with T. Rex and Can and laid the foundation for such future noise merchants as Husker Du and Sonic Youth.  After the Swell Maps disbanded in 1980, Soundtracks went on to enjoy a modest solo career.  During the ’90s, he collaborated with the likes of Evan Dando, J Mascis, Kim Gordon, and Lee Renaldo.  On November 5, 1997, Epic Soundtracks, 37, was found dead in his bed.  Cause of death was never determined.

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