By Jon Wiederhorn
He never had a platinum album, didn’t earn a Grammy and isn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Alan Vega, who died Saturday at age 78, was a major inspiration for generations of electronic, experimental and alternative musicians.
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Vega was best known as vocalist for the droning, confrontational New York duo Suicide, which formed in 1970 and recorded two influential albums, 1977’s Suicide and 1980’s Suicide: Alan Vega and Martin Rev. Vega also worked with other underground music pioneers, including Al Jourgensen, Lydia Lunch and Genesis P-Orridge.
During his life, Vega had a profound effect on contemporary artists, which explains why MGMT and Arcade Fire singer Win Butler posted musical tributes to the Suicide frontman. Over the weekend, MGMT posted a cover of Vega’s “Goodbye Darling,” which came out on his 1983 solo album Saturn Strip. Also, Butler released a cover of Suicide’s throbbing “Dream Baby Dream” under his DJ Windows 98 alter ego, dubbing it “K33p Ur Dr34ms,” reported Pitchfork.
A diverse range of other artists posted tributes on social media, including Blondie vocalist Debbie Harry and alt-rocker Ryan Adams.
Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) July 17, 2016
damn rest in peace Alan vega : (—
el-p (@therealelp) July 17, 2016