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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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  • Teh_Zombie

    don't think I'll ever stop wishing he was still around

    27 Feb 8:14am Reply
  • thaberl

    14 Jan 4:05am Reply
  • thisrdo


    13 Jan 8:31pm Reply
  • gaz_

    5 years now. weird.

    13 Jan 5:42pm Reply
  • nervoustremors

    Just check out that shout down there. Damn son

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • joshualameward


    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Harry_01

    This is really good, too bad I discovered his music so late.

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Carpe4Diem

    Гаражная годнота.

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Poebelgott

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

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Giygaszor


    20 Jul 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • StephanieVallo

    <3 :-*

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • J-a-m-e-s_R

    I remember my first beer

    10 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Balfear1

    хорошую музыку делал

    26 May 2014 Reply
  • vintage_milk

    Oh, it's such a shame.

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • Vovan95

    З днем народження! 34

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • TheYoungAndre

    It was an Ugly Deaf for him.

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • suntzutang

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

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • whitneyssauce


    26 Mar 2014 Reply
  • rampface

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

    14 Mar 2014 Reply
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