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Swells, RIP

Discussion in 'music' started by sideshowbob, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob 47 Lab Rat

  2. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Aye he was a good 'un.
  3. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

  4. joel

    joel mojo working

    Farrah Fawcett RIP. A terrible loss. I'll miss her. MashaAllah.
  5. Engels

    Engels pfm Member

    I remember Susan/Steven/Seething Wells when the NME was compulsory weekly reading for me. Had lost track of him, but the articles linked to above brought back familiar memories of his writing style.

    "The doctor and his assistant are nervous--really nervous.

    "Growths consistent with cancer," I'm told.

    How do I feel?

    We've just bought a house, signed the contract. X-rays reveal massive amounts of fluid around my lungs caused by dripping cancerous lymph nodes, probably. Cue ER and the drugged-up draining. Then a surgeon and half a dozen baby surgeons prod me and ask me questions, and we get a date for the surgeon to slash my neck open and take out a lymph node.

    We're let out of our contract by the couple selling the house--the first of many acts of utterly unselfish kindness I will experience, all of which stun and amaze me. (We really are an okay species.)"
  6. Marmite

    Marmite tea jenny

    His writing always gave me a good kick up the arse and a reality check when I tended to get carried away with the latest fad/trend/fashion in music. I need people like him around, still.
  7. jackbarron

    jackbarron Stamford Bridge KGB

    I used to work with Swells on NME.

    He was as loud, stroppy and funny as his writing.

    He accompanied me when i did a couple of interviews and argued about politics a lot.

    He always thought he was right and I was wrong.

    I stayed around his London flat a couple of times. We smoked spliffs and told bad jokes.

    Beneath all the bluster, he was a true gent.

    Check out the writing he did for the Philadelphia Weekly about being treated for cancer.

    It is moving, painful and very funny to read. It is some of his best writing.

    Try the Cell Out and The English Patient stories found here:


    A bunch of fellow-journalists are getting together in London on Tuesday to have a drink to his memory.

  8. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

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