I won’t pretend that the death of Jay Reatard rattles me to my core, but wow, this was a rare “new” musician whose work I found interesting and full of life.
A couple of years ago Townsman kpdexter directed me toward his music, thinking it may appeal to the Buzzcocks and tuneful Guided By Voices side of my tastes. Sure enough the collection of singles I bought sounded like the Buzzcocks through the tuneful side of GBV! At times the “in your faceness” of his delivery wore me out, but whenever those songs pop up on my iPod I feel like there’s still hope for raw nerves to energize rock ‘n roll music.
I checked out Reatard’s latest album and didn’t find it as exciting, but I meant to take some time to read up on the guy and see what made him tick. Now it won’t be the same. My condolences to his friends and family.