RIP Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard (May 1, 1980 – January 13, 2010)
News came down today that Jay Reatard has passed away at the tender age of 29. Reatard was a controversial figure in rock, not just because of his name, but also his on and offstage antics, which involved picking fights with his audiences and firing his whole band at will, among others. However, Jay was a truly prolific artist who released tons of material, whether as a solo artist or member of tons of other bands. And it all just kept getting better and better. The man was surely in the prime of his artistic life, releasing killer song after song (many later released as singles compilations) and two brilliant solo albums (2006’s Blood Visions and 2009’s Watch Me Fall). It’s a shame to lose such a promising talent so young, and many rock fans will be left to wonder what greatness they have missed out on with his passing.
I only dedicated one short blog post to Jay Reatard back in 2008, but I aim to correct that soon. Watch this space for posthumous reviews of each of his solo albums as well as his singles compilations. RIP, Jay. To quote one of your song titles, “Oh, it’s such a shame.”