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Posts Tagged ‘Mudhoney’

Died On This Date (July 7, 2012) Dennis Flemion / The Frogs; Smashing Pumpkins

Posted by themusicsover on July 7, 2012

Dennis Flemion
June 6, 1955 – July 7, 2012

Keyboardist Dennis Flemion, along with his brother Jimmy Flemion made up the Milwaukee, Wisconsin lo-fi duo, the Frogs.  Formed in 1980, the band wrote and performed short pop songs that tended to invite controversy for their lyrical themes dealing with homoerotica, race, and religion.  Although they never really broke out of their cult status, that cult was very loyal and  included some of rock music’s most influential figures.  During the early to mid ’90s, the Frogs were invited to open for the likes of Pearl Jam Smashing Pumpkins, and MudhoneyKurt Cobain was said to be a big fan as well. Flemion appeared on three Smashing Pumpkins songs from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and Adore.  In 1996 and 1997, after the death of Pumpkins touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin, Flemion was invited to fill in for him on the road.  On July 7, 2012, Dennis Flemion was boating with his family on Wind Lake in Racine County, Wisconsin. During the afternoon, Flemion went for a swim but never resurfaced.  His body was recovered three days later in water that was 42 feet deep.  He was 57.

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Died On This Date (October 23, 2010) Andy Kotowicz / Record Company Executive

Posted by themusicsover on October 23, 2010

Andy Kotowicz
DOB Unknown – October 23, 2010

Andy Kotowicz was a beloved music industry executive who is best known for his many years working at indie giant, Sub Pop Records.  At the time of his passing, Kotowicz was the Vice President of Sales and Director of Marketing.  He also dabbled in A&R, bringing such acts as Mudhoney and Pissed Jeans to the label.  Prior to Sub Pop, Kotowicz worked briefly at Spongebath Records.  Kotowicz was involved in a car accident on October 21st, 2010 after which he was taken to a local hospital where he was placed on life support.  His young daughter, who was also in the car, was pulled to safety.  On October 23, Andy Kotowicz was taken off life support and passed away from injuries sustained in the accident.  He was 37 years old.

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Died On This Date (July 7, 1993) Mia Zapata / The Gits

Posted by themusicsover on July 7, 2010

Mia Zapata
August 25, 1965 – July 7, 1993

Member of the 27 Club

Mia Zapata was the powerful lead singer of the highly influential Seattle punk band, the Gits.   As a child growing up in Louisville, Zapata was exposed to music by some of the greatest voices in America, Hank Williams, Ray Charles, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.  While at a Ohio college during the mid ’80s, Zapata co-founded the Gits.  In 1989, the band moved to Seattle to be closer to what was quickly becoming a scene of like-minded bands like Nirvana and Mudhoney.  The band quickly built a local following partly due the release of a handful of solid singles and their critically acclaimed debut album, Frenching The Bully.   Things appeared to be on the verge of taking off for the band when tragedy struck.  In the early morning hours of July 7, 1993, Zapata left a friend’s apartment to presumably walk or catch a cab home.  She never made it.  Police reports indicate that she was beaten, raped and strangled at approximately 2:15 am, her body left in a “Christ like” pose in the middle of the street.  Her murder would go unsolved for ten years until a DNA match linked a Florida man to the crime.  He was convicted of Mia Zapata’s murder on March 25, 2004

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