I just watched the documentary on the Detroit punk band called Death from the early 70s, claimed to be the first punk band.
I was surprised, they were great, very tight and great musicians. Unfortunately the visionary of the band David Hackney, refused to compromise in changing their name to make then marketable, even refusing a big recording deal with Clive Davis.
They ended up fading into obscurity, only recently rediscovered by a new audience.
A cool song.
I saw a documentary on them a while back. Funny the name Death wouldn't raise a eyebrow today.
I think they're an amazing re-discovery. The surviving members just played here last month. Good for them finally getting some recognition. Too bad David Hackney isn't around to enjoy it. Besides the heavy music, I think it was his refusal to compromise his vision for the band (like the name) that made them one of the first punk bands.
i LOVE this band. if you're not familiar with them, my suggestion is to get the album. love it, live it, fully digest it.
then, and only then, watch the documentary.
it's a good documentary, but it adds a whole dimension to the music that would have turned me off from it had i known about it when i first heard the album...
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