This Day in Death

11.8.12: Electronic Music Composer Pete Namlook – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 9:42 pm November 19, 2012

Is that Photoshopped?

German electronic music pioneer/real-life Dieter from “Sprockets” Pete Namlook is dead today of “unspecified causes,” which is strange to me because I thought all German artists just died from existential torment. Hazard of the job, man, hazard of the job.

The man born Peter Kuhlmann (“Namlook” is his name pronounced backwards) was an incredibly prolific artist from the ’90s on, releasing some 130 albums over the course of his career. These included numerous collaborations with artists like Richie Hawtin, Uwe Schmidt (as Atom Hart), Biosphere and Move D among many others. He also ran his own label, FAX +49-69/450464 (often known simply as Fax), which released more than 100 CDs and records in its first year of operation.

Jesus, that is postmortem Tupac levels of output. You see that, Jack Gilbert? Maybe if you would’ve spent less time carefully describing boobs and more time mainlining Ecstasy at the Electric Daisy Festival you’d have secured enough residuals to allow your loved ones to, I don’t know, purchase a boat on which to live out the rest of their days in nautical luxury. I have a lot of good life ideas.

Annnnd now the German ravers hate me, too. Bring it on, schlechter verlierer; I’ll see your glowsticks from a mile away.

Source: Resident Advisor

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11.5.12: Composer Elliott Carter – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 12:43 pm November 7, 2012

Hey, you know what’s a really good song? “Saturday in the Park.” Man, that song is catchy. I think it’s the horns that really do it for me, but honestly the whole thing is just great. People should write more songs like that one. I think people would like that. Anyway, this guy is dead.


Composer and old man who gives out pennies on Halloween Elliott Carter is dead today, making this the second musician I’m covering this week after Blaque’s Natina Reed. Great, now it’s gonna be even harder for me to tell them apart.

Most composers’ biographies bear out the adage that geniuses are born, not made. With Carter the reverse was true. There was no revelation in early childhood of unusual gifts, to be eagerly seized on by the world. What distinguishes Carter’s early years is not precocious musicality but precocious maturity and unshakeable self-belief.

The next 15 years [after college] were ones of slow maturing, revealed in a trying-out of various idioms that to the world must have seemed oddly tentative. In retrospect, these years take on an awesome quality of self-possessed, unhurried progress toward a goal whose essence was glimpsed, but for which the technical means were as yet lacking.

See? Elliott was a late bloomer and everyone called him a goddamn genius. Suddenly a guy in his late 20s who wrote a rock opera about his cat doesn’t seem like someone to be ashamed to be seen in public with anymore. SO GET OFF MY BACK, MOM! I just haven’t hit my creative stride yet!


Source: The Guardian

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8.6.12: Composer Marvin Hamlisch – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 9:36 am August 10, 2012

So… no one else is gonna say it, huh? Fine, I’ll do it: Lesbian Colonel Sanders. Great, now I just feel bad about myself.

Composer Marvin Hamlisch is dead, and that’s kind of important because apparently people still listen to this music stuff. Pfft. What was wrong with sitting alone in a quiet room waiting to die of scurvy? We did that for ages and it worked out perfectly fine in the imaginary reality I just thought up.

Mr. Hamlisch had a long association with Barbra Streisand that began when, at 19, he became a rehearsal pianist for her show “Funny Girl.” Yet he told Current Biography in 1976 that Ms. Streisand was reluctant to record what became the pair’s greatest collaboration, “The Way We Were,” the theme from the 1973 movie of the same name in which Ms. Streisand starred with Robert Redford.

Mr. Hamlisch had his second-biggest pop hit with “Nobody Does It Better,” the theme from the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me,” written with the lyricist Carole Bayer Sager. Carly Simon’s recording of the song reached No. 2 in 1977. Thom Yorke, the lead singer of the band Radiohead, which has performed the song in concert more recently, called it “the sexiest song ever written.”

“Uh, I’m standing right here,” said “I Wanna Sex You Up.” Boy, this just got really awkward.

Hamlisch also composed “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows,” which was specifically designed to be the song that your brain would blare inside your head to let you know when you’ve finally lost your mind. I’m all for that, personally. I was really getting sick of the guesswork.

Source: The New York Times

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7.16.12: Deep Purple Founder Jon Lord – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 9:50 am July 19, 2012

Well, sure, I’d assume keyboard players *would* “do it with their organs,” but I hardly think that’s the kind of information that needs to be on a bumper sticker.


Break out your most solemn bull shirt, because Deep Purple founder and keyboardist Jon Lord is dead today of pancreatic cancer. Lord’s best-known composition is Deep Purple’s stoner rock anthem “Smoke on the Water,” and if you’re currently in your late 30s it’s probably the song you were conceived to. And I bet it was nasty as all hell that night. Just a disgusting buffet of damp, stringy hair, sallow skin, buttplugs drenched in bongwater, all taking place under the watchful eye of a PBR-stained grim reaper black light poster. Good luck keeping that little mental time capsule from forcing its way back into your frontal lobe while you’re trying to watch “The Dark Knight Rises” this weekend.

Lord also worked with Whitesnake, who— and this is just coming down the line right now— were terrible. That news again: Whitesnake, 80s rockers and drifters who were born to walk alone— just an awful, awful band. Rest assured, I’ll be up all night chasing down the details of this exciting and controversial development!

Source: LA Times

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4.29.12: Sci-Fi Composer Joel Goldsmith – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 9:30 am May 3, 2012

Goldsmith challenged the stereotype that all sci-fi fans are cut-up gym rats who practically drive their Jaguar XJs straight into your sister’s vagina.


As we’ve covered before, cancer is kinda a dick. It’s also the second-to-worst zodiac sign, right behind Sagittarius. Seriously, a “centaur”? You’re just a regular freaky manhorse. That shit happens all the time and it creeps everyone else out. You’re even worse than that pussy Pisces and his stupid poems about the water. By reading the preceding lines, you now legally have an astrology degree. Congratulations!

Stargate and Star Trek composer Joel Goldsmith died on April 29 from cancer. Goldsmith was 54. A three-time Emmy nominee, Goldsmith composed music for over 330 episodes of the long running Stargate sci-fi franchise, created by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. Goldsmith’s music appears in Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate Universe, as well as two direct-to-DVD 2009 films, Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Continuum.

Goldsmith also composed the music for Call of Duty 3, which I’m sure is a game that looks absolutely nothing like every other FPS on the market and is definitely a better use of your time than reading a book. Because if Gone with the Wind is such a great wartime novel, how come nobody gets mowed down with a FlaK 88 while the guitarist from Nickelback lets out a sweet solo on top of the Statue of Liberty? Did Margaret Mitchell do *any* research at all?


Source: Deadline Hollywood

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