Before Punk Was Punk, The Music Of……. Death

deathFor the last 10 days, Nick has been asking me to watch the Documentary about this band called Death. Well last night I finally watched the movie and all I can say is, “why hasn’t anyone told me about this band before”. What a crazy story, if for some reason your like me and your just hearing about this for the first time… read on….

from Death…Wiki

Death is a garage rock and protopunk demo band formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1971 by brothers Bobby (bass, vocals), David (guitar), and Dannis (drums) Hackney. The African American trio started out as an R&B band but switched to rock after seeing The Who play (A Band Called Death-interview with band members (film)). Music critic Peter Margasak (incorrectly denoting the youngest brother) retrospectively wrote of their musical direction: “The youngest of the brothers, guitarist David, pushed the group in a hard-rock direction that presaged punk, and while this certainly didn’t help them find a following in the mid-70s, today it makes them look like visionaries.”[1] The band broke up by 1977 but reformed in 2009 when the Drag City label released their 70s demos for the first time.[2]

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