[artist id="2021208"]Jay Reatard[/artist] (real name Jeremy Lee Lindsey Jr.) may not have sold very many records in his all-too-brief career, but he picked up plenty of high-profile and extremely talented admirers and collaborators. Many of those musicians took to the Web to pay tribute to Reatard, who was found dead early Wednesday at the age of 29.
The Pixies, who brought Reatard along as the opening act on several dates of their recent Doolittle tour, paid tribute to the late Memphis rocker via their Facebook page. “We want to express our condolences to the friends and family of Jay Reatard, on his sudden passing today,” the band wrote.
Beck also tipped his hat to Reatard on his Web site. The singer posted Reatard’s cover of “Gamma Ray,” a single from Beck’s album Modern Guilt. Beck originally commissioned the cover as a B-side to the U.K. version of his own “Gamma Ray” single, and in typical Reatard fashion, it takes the original tune’s minimalist pathos and turns it into a loud, joyous, gutter-punk stomp.
Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox posted a lengthy tribute to Reatard on his band’s blog. “Jay was what few people have the capacity to be,” Cox wrote. “He created an undeniably classic album that contained so much pain transfered (sic) to tape in such an explosive way that it made you feel different after hearing it. He was transgressive and honest. His flaws were something he focused on and overdubbed and distorted until they made you forget who he really was: a person with feelings and a good heart. He loved music and worked hard from a young age to pursue it. He was a self-made and unmade man. I am truly sickened to see him go.”