Monday, April 25, 2005

dead at 27

we watched a very good movie this weekend, 'basquiat'. it's the story of artist jean michael basquiat, and his metoric rise from street-wise grafitti artist to befriending andy warhol and becoming the darling of the new york art world. he died in 1988 at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose.
after the flick we started talking about all the other 'dead at 27' celebrities there were.
it seems to be a catagory only rock and roll could embrace. the deaths of
jimi hendrix, jim morrison, janis joplin, brian jones, al wilson and ron 'pig pen' mckernon in the late '60's and early '70's started what is the '27 club'. each died by drugs, alchohol or under bizarre circumstances, cut down in the prime of their careers, at the ripe old age of 27.
there were others of course . . .
robert johnson was a blues artist, but being poisoned by a jealous husband is oh-so-rock-n-roll.
d. boon of the minutemen, was killed in an auto accident.
kurt cobain, whose supposed suicide struck the world of grunge music.
kristen pfaff, bassist for courtney love's hole, of a suspect overdose shortly after the death of cobain, and in some circles her death is connected with his.
i can't think of anymore, if ya do let me know!
and here's some '27' songs:
jimi hendrix - izabella/machine gun (dec '69 rehersal) (real stream)
nirvana - smells like teen spirit
canned heat - wait and see
the rolling stones - jumping jack flash
robert johnson - 32-20 blues (real stream)
the doors - love her madly
the minutemen - a political song for michael jackson to sing
. . . and to top it off here is a band called 'dead at 27'
well, here's to those that lived/died out the line, 'hope i die before i get old'.


Devilfish said...

Jimmy McCulloch of wings died at 27 from a heart attack, not many more spring to mind though.

Devilfish said...

Love 32 - 20 Blues Robert Johnson one of the truly original rock n roll stars.

sleepybomb said...

oh yeah, i forgot to mention jimmy. and i found a few more 27's too.
jummy mculloch, (wings, thunderclap newman), heart attack, 1979.
chris bell, (big star), car wreck, 1978.
johnny kidd, (of the pirates), in a car wreck, 1966.
les harvey, (stone the crows), electrocuted on stage, 1972.
helmut koellen, (triumvirat), accidental poisoning, 1977.
gary thain, (uriah heep), overdose, 1976.
jason thursk, (pennywise), suicide, 1996.
jeesh, it was even worse than i thought!

nostradumass said...

A heart attack at 27 is rarely just a bad ticker. Glad I made it past 27... now I can rock with impunity. Nothing can stop me! Not death; not drugs; not Nixon! Not really sure what that last one meant, but... we'll just blame the drugs.
I actually remember a slight sense of relief on my 28th birthday. Then I gave up my musical aspirations.
Oh well.

sleepybomb said...

it's funny, after i passed 27 my career was all downhill. . . shoulda snuffed it then to see what would happen.

Snave said...

Heh! I'm 20 years past 27 and my rock and roll career hasn't started yet. I guess it's never too late!

Anonymous said...

We have a pretty solid webpage
with the accurate 27s. Thursk, Kidd & Mculloch were not 27 when they passed, but very close. And if you want to hear more, this winter we're publishing a book covering all of the 27s. (Approx 30 members) Have a great one & Thanks for letting me post, JH