FAT Village Celebrates Day of the Dead; We Remember Musicians Who Passed Away in 2012

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5. Nick Curran
I'm just going to start right off the one that hit me the hardest. Nick

Curran was 35-years-old when cancer took him just a few weeks ago. He

played a type of music that geeks might call jump blues, but he really

was in a category of his own. He melded blues, punk, garage, and

rockabilly into a hybrid of ass-kicking rock 'n' roll, and wasn't one bit

afraid to cite an influence others might think uncool.  

He sang like a 1957 Little Richard on the Specialty label, and played guitar like an

Angus Young/B.B. King cocktail. Curran recorded five solo albums in

addition to residencies with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ronnie Dawson,  and Kim Lenz. Anyone that saw him play live won't soon forget him.  

4. Adam Yauch

Adam Yauch was another one that passed way too soon. Although I would

have guessed he was also in his 30s, he was a Beastie Boy for that long. Yauch made it to 47 before succumbing to cancer.  

Being in a group of

white rappers in the '80s couldn't have been easy. And street cred was a

little bit tougher to come by in New York. As simple as it would have

been to sell a few rap albums and be a footnote in the rap craze history book, the Beastie Boys hit their high water mark for me in 1994

with their single "Sabotage."

3. Hubert Sumlin

It's a shitty state of affairs when one of the most influential blues

guitarists is remembered, in a modern context, for shilling dick pills. But that is Hubert Sumlin's guitar riff that you have stuck in your

head everytime you see an ad for Cialis. The song is called "Smokestack

Lightning" by Howlin' Wolf, released on the Chess label in 1956. Sumlin

played for Wolf his whole career and was still playing live up to his

death at age 80.  

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