Death - "Look At Your Life"
What’s a legacy to a legend? For some, it’s a thing to be actively patrolled: endless tours, obligatory records, the noblesse oblige of the bassist getting to do the occasional side project. Constant existence, in other words. For others, it’s an ambient gift. You’ll always have a band to join; awestruck journalists will check o… More »
Death occupy a puzzling slot in the patchwork of modern music history. When the Detroit band’s early-’70s recordings were rediscovered decades later, the songs sounded anachronistically punk, despite the genre being in its blastula stage at the time. Drag City’s 2009 release of Death’s primitive output helped bring the band to the public’s ear, and… More »
1970s Detroit protopunk trio DEATH went dark for a good long while — around three decades — but returned to prominence following their 2009 reunion and the release of forgotten ’70s demos via Drag City. DEATH didn’t garner too large a following in the ’70s, but are now seen as visionaries, thanks in part to… More »
If you thought Arsenio Hall’s return to late-night TV was a blast from the past, what about Death? The Detroit trio, whose 1970s proto-punk excellence was rescued from obscurity by the 2013 film A Band Called Death, dropped by Arsenio last night to herald the release of III, their latest collection of unreleased material. Watch… More »
The new documentary A Band Called Death tells the story of Death, a recently-reunited black proto-punk band from early ’70s Detroit. Recent reissues of the band’s work have generated a ton of interest in their music and their story, and the movie features a 12-minute version of the band’s anthemic “Politicians In My Eyes,” which… More »
As the legend goes, Detroit’s Hackney brothers were wooed by Clive Davis in the ’70s based on the strength of their no-holds-barred, somewhat-soul-influenced punk. For the group to be signed, however, Davis ordered that their name be changed, but Death refused, thus sealing their fate as underground heroes. Though brother David passed away a while… More »
These days Bono is really into overblown metaphors that once unpacked mean nothing. During their tenure, Death — the Detroit trio of David Hackney, Bobby Hackney, Dannis Hackney — were more about cutting to the chase, punk-rock style. I bring them up because their 1975 album …For the Whole World to See, engineered by Jim… More »