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Died On This Date (April 23, 1991) Johnny Thunders / New York Dolls

Posted by themusicsover on April 23, 2010

Johnny Thunders (Born John Genzale Jr.)
July 15, 1952 – April 23, 1991

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Born in Queens, NY, Johnny Thunders formed his first band while in high school.  At the time, he went by the name Johnny Volume, and that band was Johnny and the Jaywalkers.   By the late ’60s he was hanging out down around Bleeker Street where he hooked up with Arthur “Killer” Kane and Billy Murcia.  Their first band together was called Actress, but when David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain came on board a couple of years later, the name was changed to New York Dolls, Johnny Volume became Johnny Thunders, and the rest is history.  The Dolls released two albums that were virtually ignored by the public (including most of those that now claim to have been fans back in the day…you know, just like the Ramones).  By 1975, the band had broken up, but they would continue to strongly influence bands like the Sex Pistols and Guns ‘n Roses, and whatever crawled out of the gutter in between.  Thunders went on to form the Heartbreakers with former Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan and Richard Hell.  They recorded on and off until 1984, at one point moving to London where they were very popular with the up-and-coming punk bands.  Thunders also recorded a few solo albums during this time, including the awesome So Alone, which featured a stellar cast of allegedly drug-fueled guests including Phil Lynott, Steve Marriott, Paul Cook, Steve Jones, and Chrissie Hynde.  The album featured the beautifully sad and perhaps autobiographical  “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory.”  All the while, Thunders himself was falling deeper into the clutches of heroin abuse.  In 1991, while in New Orleans, Johnny Thunders was found dead in his hotel room.  Although the cause of death was never stated in the autopsy, it was widely assumed that he died of a methadone abuse.  Not without controversy, others have sworn that foul play was involved, pointing to strong evidence that he was killed perhaps by drug dealers who were after his large stash of methadone.  It was also reported that the autopsy revealed he was suffering from advanced stages of leukemia.  Whatever the case,  local police never bothered to open a criminal investigation.

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Died On This Date (February 2, 1979) Sid Vicious / Sex Pistols

Posted by themusicsover on February 2, 2010

Sid Vicious (Born Simon Ritchie)
May 10, 1957 – February 2, 1979

sid-viciousSid Vicious is best remembered as the bassist for the enormously influential and equally notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.  Vicious’ music career began in 1976 with a band called The Flowers of Romance in which he sang and played the saxophone.  He also played drums for Siouxsie & the Banshees at their first ever gig, 1976’s 100 Club Punk Festival.  It has alson been reported that Vicious was once considered to be the lead singer of the Damned.  He was asked to join the Sex Pistols in early 1977, not necessarily because of his bass skills – he didn’t have any – but because of his punk attitude.  Besides, he had been to every one of the band’s shows thus far.  He played his first gig with the band on April 3, 1977, but what many don’t realize, he did not play on Never Mind the Bullocks.  It was Steve Jones playing the bass parts.  In November of 1977, Vicious met American music lover, Nancy Spungen, with whom he began a stormy relationship that many feel lead to the disintegration of the Sex Pistols along with his own life.  At the very least, she was his enabler as he spiraled deeper and deeper into drug addiction.  After the Sex Pistols broke up during their disastrous 1978 U.S. tour, Vicious tried to mount a solo career with a series of shows at Max’s Kansas City in New York City.  On October 12, 1978, Vicious, according to his own recollection, awoke in the morning after a night of heavy drug use to find Spungen dead of a stab wound to her abdomen.  She had bled out in the bathroom of their Chelsea Hotel room.  Vicious was arrested and charged with the murder after making conflicting statements along with comments that implicated himself.  It should be noted that he was in a drug induced stupor.  Ten days later, he tried to kill himself by slicing his wrists.  Although on the surface, it seemed like an open and shut case against him, there is a strong possibility that Spungen was killed during a robbery or drug deal that turned bad. On December 9, 1978, Vicious was involved in an altercation that lead to his arrest and incarceration.  On February 2, 1979, he posted bail and went to celebrate at the home of a friend.  By this time, he was clean due to his time in a psychiatric hospital following his suicide attempt.  In an unbelievable turn of events, his mother had some heroin delivered to their celebration. Not being able to resist, Vicious took part and died of an overdose early the next morning.  He was just 21 years old.

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