Tuesday, March 06, 2007

sadness

I've been trying to think of something to say about this since I heard, but I've been coming up pretty short. But here's what I got.

Charles Gocher of the Sun City Girls died of cancer. He was 54. Calling Charlie a "drummer" is like saying Stanley Kubrick made a movie or two. Charlie was extraordinarily creative, talented artist. Unfortunately, much of the Girls' recorded output is out of print or extraordinarily difficult to find. Some of Charlie's finest work can be found on the double-disc (triple-lp) set Dante's Disneyland Inferno. Seek it out.

This excellent blog has posted a ton of hard-to-find SCG mp3's.

I was fortunate enough to see the Girls twice. Probably the most memorable moment involved Charlie leaving the kit, grabbing a mic, scat singing, then leaping over his kit and landing on the downbeat to join back into the song. Words don't adequately describe how amazing he was. He'll be missed.

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