Jay Reatard: In Memoriam

Total bummer. Jay Reatard, born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., was found dead at his home in Memphis Wednesday morning. He was 29.

According to this listener’s ears, Jay was one of the most naturally gifted songwriters of my generation. His prolific nature blessed rock n’ roll fans with 22 full-length albums and over 100 releases in his short career, which began at 15 when his bedroom recordings caught the ear of Gonor Records.

Jay Reatard was the sound of man who felt there just wasn’t enough time.

mp3: Jay Reatard – Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (Nirvana cover)

mp3: Jay Reatard – Gamma Ray (Beck cover)

-curt

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2 thoughts on “Jay Reatard: In Memoriam

  1. Definitely a total bummer. I did a little write-up myself about an interesting interpretation of “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me” for the top tracks of 2009…

  2. I like your write-up. I agree, there has always been a really sharp, morbid contradiction in Jay Reatard’s music that is almost funny. I think “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me” is the fullest realization of this.

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