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Jay Reatard


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Memphis, United States (2006 – 2010)

Having founded seminal Memphis punk outfit Reatards at the tender age of sixteen, Jay Reatard (May 1, 1980 - January 13, 2010) was a seasoned veteran of the scene. In the ’90s Reatards turned the Memphis underground rock scene upside down with a legendary live show so over-the-top that they were banned in a number of European countries.

Never content to stick to one genre, one project or one band, Jay also co-led the synth-punk Lost Sounds with Alicja Trout, played drums for The Final Solutions, pursued the solo project Terror Visions, co-fronted The angry angles and ran his own label, Shattered Records.

In 2006, In The Red announced the release of Blood Visions, Jay’s first album as a solo artist, which combined the aggressive approach of Reatards with a sensibility, and production recalling classic UK punk records — The Adverts (who he covered), Siouxsie & The Banshees, ATV, etc.

On January 13, 2010, Jay was found dead at the age of 29 at his home in Memphis. A statement was posted on the website of Goner Records that Reatard had died in his sleep. His autopsy reported he died of cocaine toxicity and alcohol as a contributing factor.

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  • Carpe4Diem

    Гаражная годнота.

    24 Aug 12:20pm Reply
  • Poebelgott

    "I always think of Bill Hicks' "play from your fucking heart" while listening to Jay" good one.

    2 Aug 11:01am Reply
  • Giygaszor


    20 Jul 5:03pm Reply
  • automatonomous

    I hope I'm able to afford some high quality blow to kill myself through intentional OD with someday as opposed to my current method of extremely sedintary squalor due life-long comorbid unipolar depressive squalor, cigarettes, vitamin deficiency and heartbreaking, nerve-rending, unrelenting night terrors and the subsequent insomnia they cause. But then my agoraphopbia, social anxiety disorder and crippling panic attacks would probably keep me from the required "leaving the house" involved in hunting down some of that non stomped on, high potency schneef I crave so as to ape the glamorous death this misanthropic punk rock puke was gifted by cruel chance...cruel chance which imbued Jay Reatard with the inate ability to write effortless garage gold while taking his morning dump 'n dope and left me bereft of a single redeeming quality other than an apparantly freakish resiliance to lengthy self neglect which, ironically, is the one thing I wouldn't have chosen. Yes, I'm jealous! RIP bitch!

    2 Jul 3:50am Reply
  • StephanieVallo

    <3 :-*

    22 Jun 10:48am Reply
  • J-a-m-e-s_R

    I remember my first beer

    10 Jun 5:32am Reply
  • Balfear1

    хорошую музыку делал

    26 May 1:44pm Reply
  • joshualameward

    good dude. died too young. that's a shame. he was an underrated musician and still is even though he deserved all of it

    25 May 8:17pm Reply
  • vintage_milk

    Oh, it's such a shame.

    18 May 4:31am Reply
  • Vovan95

    З днем народження! 34

    1 May 9:48am Reply
  • TheYoungAndre

    It was an Ugly Deaf for him.

    25 Apr 1:23am Reply
  • suntzutang

    I always think of Bill Hicks' "play from your fucking heart" while listening to Jay

    29 Mar 1:33am Reply
  • whitneyssauce


    26 Mar 9:50pm Reply
  • rampface

    Can anyone send me Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh?????

    14 Mar 7:15pm Reply
  • handrecks

    <3 sdds <3

    25 Jan 12:23am Reply
  • Rafflagniss

    rip in peace boo boo

    14 Jan 1:16am Reply
  • JetonP

    4 years.

    13 Jan 6:04pm Reply
  • theoryunearthed

    miss u

    8 Jan 1:35am Reply
  • metrokosmiko


    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • stellarrrr

    jay :(

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
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