Ten Songs By Musicians Who Died Too Soon

Great topic of debate here at Matadornights: Ten Songs By Musicians Who Died Too Soon. Their list includes:

Elliot Smith “Needle In The Hay”

Metallica “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth” (featuring the late Cliff Burton)

Jeff Buckley “Halleluja (live at Sin-e)”

Nirvana “Drain You (live in Seattle, WA, October 31, 1991)”

Buddy Holly “Everyday”

Chris Bell “I Am The Cosmos”

Matthew Jay “Please Don’t Send Me Away”

AC/DC “Let There Be Rock (Live)” (featuring the late Bon Scott)

Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

Robert Johnson “Sweet Home Chicago”

I would add: John Lennon’s “Cold Turkey,” The Minutemen’s “Cohesion” and Johnny Ace‘s “Please Forgive Me.”

What would you add?

8 thoughts on “Ten Songs By Musicians Who Died Too Soon”

  1. Not to be too much of a classic rocker, but it seems like you’ve got to include something from Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin. And Brian Jones.

    Also: how about Eazy E, Tupac, and Biggie?

    Oh shit, how could I forget Hank Williams?

    Remember: rock stars die young because “the years of the wicked shall be shortened” (Proverbs 10:27).

  2. I’d switch the Buckley song to “Last Goodbye”

    Sublime, “Jailhouse”

    Nick Drake, “Fly”

    Biggie, “Juicy”

  3. Material Issue, “Going Through Your Purse” (Jim Ellison, suicide)

    The Who, “Go To The Mirror, Boy!” (Keith Moon, overindulgence)

    School Of Fish, “3 Strange Days” (Josh Clayton-Felt, cancer)

    The Clash, “Clampdown” (John Mellor, heart attack)

    The Exploding Hearts, “Sleeping Aides and Razorblades” (most of the band, van accident)

    The Bar-Kays (mk I), “Soul Finger” (most of band, plane crash in Monona, WI… that plane crash)

    Otis Redding, “Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)”

    Booker T. & The MG’s, “Hip Hug-Her” (Al Jackson, Jr., murder)

  4. Ooops, two more to make mine an even ten…

    Queen, “Tie Your Mother Down” (Freddie, AIDS-related complications)

    The Heartbreakers, “Chinese Rocks” (Johnny T, ultimately unknown causes; Jerry Nolan, “natural causes” accelerated by hard living)

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