Tuesday, 13 May 2014
R.I.P. : Nash The Slash
I spent my youth listening to a lot of Nash The Slash. I was too young to a big fan, and did not own any of his albums, however he was a favourite of my brothers, and he used to play his music almost every day. When you are a kid, though, and you see a man playing music dressed like a mummy, you become very intrigued.
If you are not familiar with Nash The Slash, aka Jeff Plewman, he was a Toronto experimental musician, who made a name for himself in the 1970's with the Prog rock band FM, and in the eighties as a solo artist. He was probably best known in Canada as that weird, avant grade rock star, who wrapped himself in bandages, wore a top hat, and played an electric mandolin. But he was more than just an odd musician. Nash the Slash was an electronic pioneer, who had an influence on Gary Numan. and he was a performance artist who's live shows were a spectacle to behold.
Sadly, Nash The Slash passed way last weekend at the age of 66.
Chart magazine did a really good interview with Plewman in 2012 and they re-posted it today. Read it here.
Watch him below do a live version of "Children Of The Night" from just a few years ago.