This Day in Death

7.9.12: Frogs Co-Founder Dennis Flemion – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 9:50 am July 11, 2012

“Fuck/Marry/Kill: 90s Alt. Rock Edition” is the hardest game since Contra.


Pitchfork is reporting that Dennis Flemion, percussionist and co-founder of influential weirdo rock act The Frogs, is dead. And you know they were influential because the news forced Pitchfork’s editors to break their strict policy of only publishing stories about Frank Ocean. Because eventually you’re gonna love that guy whether you want to or not, America.

Dennis Flemion of cult heroes the Frogs is missing and presumed dead, Matador Records’ Matablog has announced. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the 57-year-old resident of West Allis, Wisconsin went missing after going for a swim on a lake in Racine County on Saturday. (Thanks to Joseph Kyle for the tip.)

Alright, well, it turns out he *was* dead, but keep in mind the Pitchfork article was posted before that was confirmed, and I maintain that they were jumping to conclusions there. Odd disappearances seem totally in keeping with Flemion’s entire lifestyle. The fact that a guy in a Bee Gees wig and blackface who wrote songs about golden showers went out one night and didn’t come back for a few days is about as much of an unsurprising non-story as my stealing batteries from the display tv remotes at Best Buy; It’s just something that’s gonna happen and generally the smartest thing to do is just let it take its natural course. A guy like Flemion could’ve been busy planting unicorn seeds or building a rocket ship powered by homoeroticism to fly to the planet Zlig14, a magical world of abandoned inhibitions where anything goes. Those things can take up whole months of your time if you’re not careful. Believe me.

By the way, if you’d like to purchase my new children’s book, “Let’s All Go to Planet Zlig14: A Child’s First Homoerotic Space Adventure,” then there’s something fucking wrong with you, man.

Source: Pitchfork (who are totally denying that they ever liked Lana Del Ray. We’ve got six months’ worth of articles to the contrary, motherfuckers!)

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6.17.12: Rodney King – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 3:44 pm June 18, 2012

I thought it’d be a little less of a bummer if the whole incident had taken place at Disneyland. I was right, but not by enough.


Here at the TDiD, we have a little rhyme. It goes, “Your beliefs are stupid and wrong/and you should do everything in your power to never share them.” I’m sure all you Pedantic Petes out there are complaining about how that doesn’t actually rhyme, but that’s where you’re wrong: It *does* rhyme in the original Mandarin. So right there you’re proving my point. With that in mind, Rodney King was found dead in his pool in Rialto, California this weekend. Take it to the YouTube comments section if you wanna feel good about your poorly written racist rant and/or crackpot conspiracy theory.

In 1991, King was pulled over by the LAPD and severely beaten. The incident was secretly recorded from a distance, and when the footage entered the public consciousness it set off a firestorm of debate about racism and police brutality. When three of the four officers involved were acquitted of any wrongdoing, it sparked the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. If that all seems like a pretty complex situation with a lot of important issues to consider before coming to a conclusion about what really happened and who was truly at fault, you can just do what I did and form your opinion by watching season four of In Living Color instead. Without the King incident it basically would’ve been 22 minutes of Fire Marshal Bill every week. The Fly Girls had never been so socially relevant. Or fly.

Says the NY Times:

There was no evidence of foul play, the Rialto police said.

Mr. King, whose life was a roller coaster of drug and alcohol abuse, multiple arrests and unwanted celebrity, pleaded for calm during the 1992 riots. More than 55 people were killed and 600 buildings destroyed in the violence.

In a phrase that became part of American culture, he asked at a news conference, “Can we all get along?”

He then added, “Except for, you know, that dude I hit with a pole and then robbed. I’m cool with not getting along with that guy.”

One thing we can all agree on is that the incident was a huge blow to the public perception of law enforcement as a benevolent force that exists to serve and protect. It was only through the combined efforts of the release of Paul Blart: Mall Cop and this picture of a dog wearing a policeman’s uniform that we were finally able to begin healing our national wounds. Godspeed, Commissioner Sniffles! Our collective innocent rests in your adorable little paws!

Source: The New York Times

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