[#408] Cease to Exist — 2020 Obituary

In a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic devastated societies across the globe, the passing of a number of musical greats may have gone unnoticed. In this episode, your DJs pay tribute to a few of the brilliant musical artists who left us in 2020. Features tracks from the Psychic Ills, Gang of Four, Misfits, and (sadly) plenty more. Oh and holy shit, Eddie Van Halen died!


McG and Eric Bensel – Your Presenters Speak
Gang of Four – Love Like Anthrax
Unwound – Corpse Pose
The Oscillation – Endless Oblivion
Power Trip – Soul Sacrifice (Live)
Misfits – Horror Business
Supersuckers – I Want The Drugs
Psychic Ills – Cease To Exist
Ivy – Disappointed
Kraftwerk – Pocket Calculator
Van Halen – Somebody Get Me A Doctor

Musicians who died in 2020

Lexii Alijai, 21
5th Ward Weebie, 42,
Neil Peart (Rush), 67
Martin Griffin (drummer for Hawkwind, Hawklords)
David Olney, 71
Joe Payne (Divine Heresy, Nile), 35
Sean Reinert (Cynic, Death), 48
Reed Mullin (Corrosion of Conformity, Teenage Time Killers), 53
Andy Gill (Gang of Four), 64
Davey Poland (Betty and the Bullet)
Andrew Brough (Straitjacket Fits)
Josh Pappe (D.R.I. / Gang Green), 53
Andrew Weatherall, DJ, 56
David Roback (Mazzy Star), 61
Bryan Dilworth, (Philadelphia, PA music promoter) 51
Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle), 70
Kenny Rogers, 81
Tres Warren (Psychic Ills), 41
Bill Rieflin (Ministry, R.E.M., Revolting Cocks, Nine Inch Nails, King Crimson), 59
Alan Merrill (“I Love Rock n Roll”), 69, Covid-19
Wallace Roney (jazz trumpeter from Philly), 59 – Covid-19
Cristina Monet Zilkha, 61 – Covid-19
Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne, Ivy), 52 – COVID-19
Ellis Marsalis Jr., 85 – Covid-19
Bill Withers (“Lean On Me” “Ain’t No Sunshine”), 81
John Prine, 73 – Covid-19
Matthew Seligman (Thomas Dolby, Thompson Twins), 64 – Covid-19
Derek Jones (Falling in Reverse), 35
Scott Taylor (Then Jerico), 58
Dave Greenfield (The Stranglers), 71 – Covid-19
Florian Schneider (Kraftwerk), 73
Sweet Pea Atkinson ((Was) Not Was), 74
Ty, 47, British rapper, COVID-19
Brian Howe, 66, English rock singer (Bad Company)
İbrahim Gökçek, 41, Turkish bass player (Grup Yorum), suicide by starvation
Helin Bölek, 28, Turkish singer (Grup Yorum), suicide by starvation
Little Richard, 87
Phil May, 75, (The Pretty Things)
Lucky Peterson, 55
Steve “Thee Slayer Hippy” Hanford, 50 (Poison Idea)
Joey Image, 63, American drummer (Misfits)
Steve Priest, 72 (Sweet)
Paul Chapman, 66, (UFO, Lone Star)
Ennio Morricone, 91
Charlie Daniels, 83
Ken Chinn, 57, Canadian punk rock vocalist (SNFU)
Judy Dyble, 71, (Fairport Convention)
Emitt Rhodes, 70
Peter Green, 73 (Fleetwood Mac)
Denise Johnson, 56, English singer (Primal Scream)
Malik B., 47, American rapper (The Roots)
Steve Holland, (Molly Hatchet, Gator Country)
Tony Costanza, 52, American metal drummer (Machine Head, Crowbar)
FBG Duck, 26, American rapper, shot
Vern Rumsey, 47, (Unwound, Fitz of Depression, Household Gods)
Belle du Berry, 54, French singer (Paris Combo), cancer.
Pete Way, 69, English rock bass guitarist (UFO, Waysted, Fastway)
Ron Heathman (Supersuckers)
Todd Nance, 57, American drummer (Widespread Panic)
Frankie Banali, 68, American drummer (Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P., Heavy Bones), pancreatic cancer.
Jack Sherman, 64, American guitarist (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Walter Lure, 71, American guitarist (The Heartbreakers)
Justin Townes Earle, 38, American singer-songwriter
Tom Relleen, 42 (The Oscillation, Tomaga, Autotelia)
Riley Gale, 34–35, American metal singer (Power Trip)
Simeon Cox, 82 (Silver Apples)
Sid McCray, 63 (Bad Brains)
Lee Kerslake, 73, English drummer (Uriah Heep, Ozzy Osbourne, Toe Fat)
Mac Davis, 78
Helen Reddy, 78
Johnny Nash, 80
Eddie Van Halen, 65
Pierre Kezdy, 58 (Naked Raygun, Pegboy, Strike Under)
Spencer Davis, 81
David Lander, 73 (Lenny and the Squigtones, Laverne and Shirley)
Harold Budd, 84, COVID-19
Sean Malone, 50 (Cynic)
Charley Pride, 86, COVID-19

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