rest in peace...
March 10, 2004 8:55 AM   Subscribe

John McGeogh dead at 48. A founding member of Magazine, guitarist for "Kaleidoscope"-era Siouxsie and the Banshees and Public Image Ltd in the late '80s, McGeogh died in his sleep last night.
posted by jann (13 comments total)
Souxsie and the Banshees and John Lydon's Public Image Limited
Wow, practically have every album he played on.

McGeoch's distinctive guitar sound featured on the Banshees' hits Happy House, Christine and Spellbound
Which were well liked.
posted by thomcatspike at 9:04 AM on March 10, 2004

Like the joke in PIL's site, first paragraph...good one Johnny:D
posted by thomcatspike at 9:10 AM on March 10, 2004

Died in his sleep? Thats no way for a punker to go.

poor guy.
posted by FeetOfClay at 9:27 AM on March 10, 2004

Today maybe a good day to listen in to Steve Jones show on the new LA station 103.1. He has been remarkably candid about his music friends in the short time he has been on. He is also very funny.
They have a live feed.
posted by stuartmm at 9:29 AM on March 10, 2004

Whoa. This is a bizarre connection, if you'll permit the following (it was the night that kind of cured this interest in meeting rockstars anyway) - but as a kid I got backstage at Lollapalooza (the first or the second one) in Red Rocks, Colorado. I was this totally awkward punko-teenager. And in the whole room was this awkward star-fest of Perry Farrel (however you spell that) and his whole zoo. All the acts. And a camera crew documenting. I was thrilled to get back there (denver was a small scene so it wasn't too hard) but once backstage it was so uncomfortable for me. Anyway, the guitarist from Siouxsie's band - this John guy - just came up to me and started talking, really fucking cool guy, very at ease and cool. I'm pretty sure it was him, and I'm certain he only came up to talk because it was so clearly obvious how uncomfortable I was.

It was one of the most awkward feeling moments of my life. I was back there alone, no friends, pimple faced and stammering in a whole room of wealthy cock-stars. I just started yammering, speaking with him for about ten or twenty minutes, sort of making up shit about how much I liked his music, the sad truth being the only Siouxsie music I really liked was from years ago, before he was in the band. But I liked Peepshow, if he was on that. Anyway, He could tell I was full of shit (it wasn't hard to figure that I was full of shit) but I think he found me relatively funny enough to continue the conversation, and even gave me a adolescent-fantasy-fulfilling moment to meet and talk with Siouxsie (clinging to her was her blonde boytoy, wahtshisname - the percussion guy) It's one of the funnier memories from the teenage times. I really thank him for it.

From then on it was just hollow people after hollow people (musicians and hipsters, all older than me). But I wouldn't have eased up if he hadn't been cool enough to go and say hello. At the end of the night, I was only fifteen or something (maybe sixteen, I think I drove there) but I remember thinking the only genuine person in that whole room was him. Granted I was really young, but it was a cool memory - and had a lasting very sincere impact on me, and helped to put a measure on whether or not a famous person is a jerk or not when you meet them. I figure I'd share it. Thanks for the memory man, and rest in peace.
posted by Peter H at 9:45 AM on March 10, 2004

ha (RED FACED) i was going off of thomcat's SPELLBOUND reference.

i just realized the album I triggered this memory off of was SUPERSTITION, not SPELLBOUND!

ha, i never met the guy i guess! (blushing, cracking up to self) well, the memory aint what it used to be, now that I'm approaching the thirties. ha. sorry sorry sorry. hope you can see the comedy in this error, tho. OOPS. god i'm an idiot. this is the funniest fuckup i think i've ever done. A eulogy to the wrong person! how fuckin punk rock is that!!

well rest in peace regardless man!

p.s. I'm an idiot!
posted by Peter H at 9:57 AM on March 10, 2004

How funny, I went to listen to that Indie 103.1 feed, and realized that their station manager used to be a DJ here in the Detroit area back in the late '80's. I had a mad crush on him back in the day. How odd...

I'm also really sorry to hear about McGeoch's death. Man, seems like my music heroes are dropping like flies these days.
posted by greengrl at 10:21 AM on March 10, 2004

For the sake of accuracy and respect, John actually passed last Thursday.
posted by punilux at 10:24 AM on March 10, 2004

d'oh. sorry, first I heard of it was this morning.
posted by jann at 11:04 AM on March 10, 2004

Apologies jann, no snark intended. That's for you. I did have the pleasure of (briefly) meeting John on the Magazine 'Secondhand Daylight' tour, and he was delightful; self-effacing and very indulgent of a star-struck 17 year old. I still have the plectrum he gave me.
posted by punilux at 11:46 AM on March 10, 2004

Died in his sleep at 48?!

Life is a cruel, heartless bitch.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 12:18 PM on March 10, 2004

posted by tr33hggr at 12:55 PM on March 10, 2004

Bittersweet that his work continues to be played and cared about, I'm looking forward to Siouxsie's upcoming tour.

Wed 19 May, Seattle, WA - The Showbox
Fri 21 May, San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
Sun 23 May, Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Mon. 24,25 May, West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
Thu. 27 May, Dallas, TX - Gypsy Ballroom
Fri 28 May, Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q
Sun 30 May, New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Tue. 1 Jun., Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
Thu. 3 Jun., Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Fri. 4 Jun., Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theater
Sun. 6 Jun., Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Tue. 8,9 Jun., New York, NY - B.B. King

posted by roboto at 1:22 PM on March 10, 2004

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