RIP Rowland S Howard

Posted in Music by downwithprince on December 30, 2009

We have lost a true musical genius today with the reported death of Rowland S. Howard, former member of Australian post-punk bands Young Charlatans, These Immortal Souls, and The Boys Next Door who later became The Birthday Party, among others, and debuted as a solo artist with the release of the album “Teenage Snuff Film” in 1999. His second solo album, “Pop Crimes”, was released this year to wide acclaim. He was famous for writing the iconic hit “Shivers” and for his distinctive guitar sound, which seemed able to bury the dead you could not bury yourselves, and inspired a generation to come. Howard passed away this morning, aged 50. You will be missed.


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  1. nadia said, on April 4, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    So sad that he passed. I used to live on the same street as him, and see him all the time…not sure where you’re from, and if by any chance it’s Melbourne then you might have seen this… but shortly after his death his face and name were stenciled all over St Kilda (the suburb in which he lived). Quite a nice tribute, as the stencils will probably stay there for a while. RIP.

  2. downwithprince said, on April 5, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    I’ve googled for images of the stencils you’ve mentioned. What a great tribute to Howard. He was indeed a man of genius worthy of being honored in such way.

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