Only a month after his punk pioneering band was honored with a
career retrospective album, Dicks founding member Glen Taylor has died from
liver and kidney failure, following years of alcohol abuse.
He was said to
be in his early 40s.
According to his record company, the guitarist, who
suffered from alcoholism, passed away on or around May 9 in Austin, Texas.
Along with the Butthole Surfers, the Dicks were the torch bearers for punk
in the Lone Star state during the early 1980s. Singer Gary Floyd said of his
former bandmate, "Glen was one of the sweetest people I ever met. I truly feel
like I've lost a brother."
Dicks 1980-1986 is a 21-song history of
the band released by Alternative Tentacles in April. As the label's 200th
release, the album was expected to be a celebration. Now "the timing is sad,"
said Jennifer Fisher, an Alternative Tentacles representative.
notes for 1980-1986 contain memories of the Dicks from such notable
punks as Bob Mould, Mudhoney's Mark Arm, and the Big Boys' Tim Kerr. Wrote Ian
MacKaye of Fugazi, "They were scary, they were great, they were for real. And,
as I found, nice folk to top it off."
Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE) said
he "considered them contemporaries like Black Flag, Meat Puppets, Husker Du,
etc., and dug their style."
The Dicks released two full-length albums of
their punk blues hybrid, Kill From The Heart (SST, 1983) and These
People (Alternative Tentacles, 1985), as well as a live split album with
the Big Boys, Recorded Live At Raul's Club (Rat Race, 1980). The band's
first single "Hate Police" was later covered by Mudhoney.
Taylor left the
Dicks in 1983 when Floyd moved the band from Austin to San Francisco. The band
stayed together for three more years, until Floyd and Lynn Perko split to form
Sister Double Happiness.