I bring you very sad news

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Postby melvyn harris » Sat Mar 13, 2004 7:33 pm

i'm deeply sorry for everyone's loss. my thoughts go out to dave, his
friends and family. i have many great memories of listening to your music.
thank you.
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So saddened by the news!

Postby Kerry » Sat Mar 13, 2004 8:20 pm

I could not beleive it when I heard that Dave Blood took his own life:(
I went to see the Dead Milkmen play 2 or 3 times in Providence, and he was just awesome. The first time, I was blocking his path to the stage. He was walking toward me with his bass and he said, "excuse me, I need to get to the stage."
My condolences to the family, and all the fans who will miss him.
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Sorry to hear about Dave

Postby Filet of Soul » Sat Mar 13, 2004 8:39 pm

I remember the exact day a friend and I discovered "Big Lizard." The awesome cover caught our eye and we just howled with laugher for hours when we got it to the turntable. We wore the damn record out the first week! Dave's bass line in Bitchin' Camaro was the Bitchin' part of the song!

I had the pleasure of interviewing the boys on several occassions for my college radio show, and the DM were gracious with their time. I even got them to judge a talent show and I can't apoligize enough for putting them through that! I ran into Dave a few times and the mall and he didn't hold that Talentless show against me!

The Milkmen remain my favorite Philly band.

Dave, you will be missed.
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RE: I bring you very sad news

Postby Danmeister » Sat Mar 13, 2004 8:47 pm

This is deeply saddening.

I grew up with Dead Milkmen. From probably 16yrs old on, it was not only what me and my friends listened to, it was our standard reference, our "in" jokes, it was what inspired us to start our own band, and a soundtrack for our lives. Dave was the reason I learned bass. As much as this leaves his story far too short, I think that Dave has become an immortal part of who we all are, and will never be gone.

My condolences to Dave's family and friends - and *Thank you Dave*, for all of it.

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Postby Alexandra Z. » Sat Mar 13, 2004 9:07 pm

I have no words to express my sorrow.
I'm proud that I "knew" David... He was important part of my life.

As always for you, dearest....
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this sucks

Postby jbudd » Sat Mar 13, 2004 9:18 pm

So sorry to hear this terrible news. Got me remembering all the good times had going to DM shows and listening to the music.
Jeez, they were the first show I ever went to.

Your friends and family will be in my prayers.

Thanks for the good times Dave.

super dooper pooper.
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Postby Donno » Sat Mar 13, 2004 9:21 pm

I can't believe how hard I've been taking the news, especially considering
that the only time I "met" Dave was a quick handshake on the way into the
Troc for the last DM show. But in a very real way it's like losing a friend.
The Milkmen have been a huge part of my life, and are still in heavy
rotation in my home and (especially) in my car.

Kathy, I truly feel for you. I actually met your mother at the Troc that
night, too. I was sitting next to her in the balcony, and she was wearing a
shirt that said, "My Mom Hates The Dead Milkmen". I laughed and told her
how cool I thought the shirt was, she gave me a huge smile and pointed to
the stage and said, "That's my son!" At the time I wasn't sure if she was
pointing at Dave or Joe, but a couple of weeks ago I told Joe about it and
he confirmed that it was Dave's mom, not his. She really seemed proud
and happy.

I've had several good friends commit suicide- it's one of the hardest things
in the world. One good friend's mother told me that the most comforting
thing for her was to hear all of her son's friends telling stories about him
that she had never heard before. I hope that in some small way this thread
has been a comfort for you.

I have literally thousands of great memories revolving around the Dead
Milkmen. I grew up at the Jersey shore (listening to crappy classic rock
stations) and the first time I heard Bucky Fellini, something inside me
changed. My perspective on what was out there shifted 180 degrees. My
friends and I would drink Jolt cola and skateboard all night listening to that
album over and over, stuck in Ocean City in the off season. It was a
revelation. Within a week of getting Bucky, I went to the record store with
one of my friends and I bought Big Lizard, he bought Eat Your Paisley, and
we would swap 'em back and forth cuz neither of us had enough money to
buy both albums. (I guess we spent too much $ on Jolt) And my best
friend, who was the best man at my wedding, about a year before I met
him his sister showed me a video tape of him lip-synching "Stewart" and
cracked me up. Another good friend of mine was the manager at a
Strawberry Records back in the day. One day a guy was in there buying
CDs and noticed all the autographed photos on the wall of performers who
had done in-stores there. He offered my buddy one of his photos to hang
up. My friend said, "Who are you?" He said, "I'm so and so, the bass player
for Crystal Ship." "CRYSTAL SHIT?!? No kidding! Hey, have you ever heard
of the Dead Milkmen?" "Yeah." the guy said, put his photo back in his bag
and walked out without another word. There have been so many things in
my life that have been made better, or wouldn't even have happened at all
without the Dead Milkmen's influence. I'm always grateful for that.

So even though I didn't know him personally, I've lost a very important
friend. Philadelphia has lost a very important friend, and the world, it
seems, has lost a very important friend.

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RIP Dave

Postby Mutha Teresa » Sat Mar 13, 2004 9:23 pm

Loved the band, will always love the music.
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Postby squirrel girl » Sat Mar 13, 2004 10:05 pm

very sad news. I saw The Dead Milkmen many times in Chicago in the late
80's. I heard them play on my highschool's radio station and thought they
were hilarious. Their shows always rocked and gave us little punkers
someone to look up to.
my best to his family.
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Postby Set_them_on_fire » Sat Mar 13, 2004 11:06 pm

I did not know Dave Blood. I never met him in person. the most of him I have seen are pictures and his awesome music. Me and my friends found out about the news on the radio and we were hoping that it was some other Dave or that it wasn't true at all. When we came home we immediately checked the internet. I came here right away and sadly we found out it was true. Me and my friend are extremely sad, we have only been Dead Milkmen Fans for maybe a year but even in a years time the Dead Milkmen were in our list of all time heros. Their music makes us laugh and gives us something to sing to when we are in boring classes. We bring our deepest sympathy for Rodney, Joe Jack, and Dean and for Dave's family.

Dave Rocked until the grave and is most likely still rocking.
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just joined

Postby KillerQueen » Sat Mar 13, 2004 11:10 pm

I'm not reallyinto message boards but i joined so i could say THIS FUCKING SUCKS!
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Postby Funkmaster » Sat Mar 13, 2004 11:22 pm

The first time I picked up a guitar, my friend showed me how to play a bass riff from "Surfing Cow"; it was simple, yet it had something in it - some sort of vibrancy that made me attempt to play it over, and over, and over again. Dave is gone now, but he created an eternal legacy for himself through this band and this music.
You use to be so cool humanity - what happened?
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Postby ynnhoj » Sat Mar 13, 2004 11:28 pm

i've been flipping through this thread the past few days; i eventually registered a screenname, and tried to say something. but i'm still sort of shocked, i guess. this just seems so wrong. the milkmen are one of my most favourite bands, who released some truly classic albums.. and it's kind of distressing to know that one of the milkmen is no longer alive.

good luck with whatever lies ahead, Dave. and thanks for helping to provide me, and so many other DM fans, with such great music.
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Dave's Death

Postby cromlech » Sun Mar 14, 2004 12:22 am

I am a member of a late eighties punk rock band from Salt Lake City that never "made it." I'm sorry to hear of Dave's death. The punk scene was important to us all, but after it fell apart, and we went off to get our bachelors or masters degrees, or just jobs screwing caps on toothpaste tubes, we all lost a part of ourselves, and lost touch with something that made us truly alive.
As a person who played in a band, and who knew, somewhat, of what Dave went through, I just want to say that my heart goes out to his friends and family, and I hope that Dave will one day find his peace in the universe.
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Postby Laethyn » Sun Mar 14, 2004 12:43 am

I grew up in a small town in Eastern Ontario Canada. (population 150) I got my first skateboard on my fifth birthday. August 20th, 1983. The same day my older bestfriend gave me a radio recording of this cool new band he heard. Since that day, your music has always been not far from my stereo. I heard the news a few days ago, but was unable to respond. How does one go about summing up the feelings this sort of news has on a person, when they have never known him?

My deepest condolences to those who were close to him. The world lost a great musician, and I am sure, a great friend. He will be missed.

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