I bring you very sad news

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Postby MWD » Sun Mar 14, 2004 12:58 am

I am deeply saddened by the lost of one of my Uncle's close friends, and my friend too. I still clearly remember the day when i was 7, and I met Dave. Dave was incredibley kind to me, he treated me like an adult, and talked to me like a real person.

Dave was a great man, and the world feels different without him. Lately, I've been noticing a gloomy type of air around. I suppose the entire earth is grieveing.

In order to sort of say goodbye, and pay tribute, my instrumental band will be playing a show next Saturday, and we will be dedicating the set in his memory. We will observe a moment of silence, and play for the good times in his life.

I thank you for the time you took reading this.

-Shain of Marley Was Dead
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a sad day indeed

Postby AbsyntheUnderground » Sun Mar 14, 2004 12:59 am

I cant believe the news, it is so sad that david resorted to suicide. i myself suffer from depression and have been there - i've almost killed myself numerous times, and i know how it feels to lose the love for life. i was lucky enough to get help, david was not. i just wish that wherever he is, he is happy. the dead milkmen were an amazing band, and david was an integral part of it, not only that but an amazing human being. my thoughts are with his family right now, as well as his bandmates, but most of all david has a place in my heart. you arent gone if we never forget you, and david you will never be forgotten...
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love to dave

Postby inputmodule » Sun Mar 14, 2004 2:45 am

you know that many religions believe that after you die, your soul hangs around for a week or so before it goes to a better place
i have never seen such an outpouring of love for anyone
I'm sure Dave knows this
how much people that he has touched throughout the years
how our lives would not be the same if he had not been there
i will not cry anymore- i will just remember
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good times

Postby steadygal » Sun Mar 14, 2004 2:51 am

I grew up listening to the dead milkman, the music has always brought me good memories of past times and friends, thanks for everything.
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Postby OuttaTheKaje » Sun Mar 14, 2004 4:04 am

I feel somewhat out of place, posting here with his family and longterm friends, but I feel that I owe it to him to share how I feel.

To be honest, I've been alive probably fewer years than many of the people here knew Dave. I never saw him, never talked to him, and never tried to tell him how he impacted me. It feels strange to feel tears in my eyes that I haven't felt for even my dearest friends who departed. I never felt the need to tell him before he left us how he helped me, so I'll say it now in hopes that somehow he'll get the message.

Three years ago when I was 12 years old, I sort of stumbled into the world of real music of various sorts. I became interested in guitar, started playing piano (mostly just because I could), and expanded my musical horizon tenfold. It was somewhere in all this expansion that I stumbled upon the Dead Milkmen, and it wasn't long before I took up trying to mimic them... particularly the bass lines. After years of listening to, mimicing, and loving the music, my brother (who introduced me to it) asked if I'd ever done any research into the band. I'd never thought of that, to be honest. I had a single white cd with a cow in the direct center. No case, no booklet... just a cow. After he asked that, it took over my mind. I had to find out more about these people, learn about the minds that had created this beautiful madness. I remember finding this website (at least I think it was this website...), and having my eyes opened to practically a whole new world.

Dave was the one I seemed able to find the least about, which most thoroughly sparked my curiosity. I sort of kept that curiosity in the back of my mind, and still do. This isn't the first time I've seen people discussing his wonders and eccentricities, and again I wish that I'd had the chance to know him, or at least that I'd tried to contact him somehow. The mind that man had to have had could've been nothing short of amazing, and though I never really knew him, I feel the world is half as full now as it was a week ago.

As cliche as it is, I hope now that his friends and family can see through their tears and pains well enough to be glad for his life. Yes, he's gone now... but he's left his mark on so many people that he could never truly die. Despite his efforts, Dave is in this world now and will be for as long as that little white disc with a cow on it sparks the curiosity of the young and lost. He, along with the rest of the band, gave me something to feel when I most needed it, and that's something that can't and won't die. Through myself alone, at least a dozen new DM fans have arisen, not counting those that my recruits shared the beauty with. Just think of how many of them could have gone down the same road I did.

If he helped to so deeply impact me, a random little girl in Indiana who never even met him, I can only imagine the marks he left on those who knew him well. The world will go on turning with hundreds of people at least changed for the better because of him, and we can only hope that he sees it all. It's a shame that he ended it when he could have gone on changing the world, but I can't even begin to imagine the hardships he must have faced.

My love and deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends. I'm willing to make any possible contributions to those who loved him and anything in his memory. If anyone is willing to share memories about him... just for the sake of remembering him, I'd like to hear them. I still want to know more about him, and would like anyone willing to help me with that quest to contact me via email, AIM, MSN, whatever works.

RIP, Dave. We love you.
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The Dead Milkmen

Postby DudeURwasted » Sun Mar 14, 2004 4:36 am

I just wanted to pass my condolences on to Daves family.

I introduced my daughters to The Dead Milkmen a few years ago.
I remember taking them to school, (ages 6 and 13 ) and they would request for me to play "Punk Rock Girl", or should I say "DEMAND" That I play "Punk Rock Girl!"

You were a part of something in this world that was special.
You were part of an institution and a legend of music that will be passed on from generation to generation by people who recognized originality and embraced it head-on.

You and The Dead Milkmen have given us many memories of our own lives, that we remember when we hear your music.

And for this, I thank you.

See you on the other side.

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For Dave

Postby mind_boggler » Sun Mar 14, 2004 4:43 am

I don't want to make this long, it doesn't need to be. My message should be clear. Your fans, friends, and family will remember and appreciate you forever, Dave. It is your choice to remember us, as it was your choice to leave this world. But carry with you the gift of our tears, joy, and memories, in favor of your life and inspiration. Have a peaceful rest.
Memories fade, but you still have them.
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to dave...

Postby Dang-o-heen » Sun Mar 14, 2004 5:20 am

man. I really can't think of any good words right now. Dave rocked alot of folks.... his bass was the soundtrack of all my good times man. he won't be forgotten.
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So sad.

Postby MissSatanicaSzandor » Sun Mar 14, 2004 6:42 am

Dave was such a cool guy. Really smart, and of course, super funny. He
taught me how to make a really great prank phone call.
My condolences to Joe, Kathy, Joe Jack, Rodney, and Dean.
My favorite memory of Dave was when he took me to South Street for my
20th birthday. We had so much fun tearing through a metaphysical
bookstore looking at all of the astrology books and then he bought me a
cobalt blue glass.
Thanks for making my birthday so much fun, Dave. You were a great guide
and an awsome character.
I gotta go bawl my eyes out now.
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Postby hoser » Sun Mar 14, 2004 9:02 am

I went out to the bar last night and people were Karaoking. Ive never done it before but I saw punk rock girl as a selection. So I had them put it on and I did a tribute for dave, im sure it sounded like crap but I felt alot better afterwards. Then I preceeded to drink a couple for you dave! The end.
Life is way too consuming.
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Postby cribbage » Sun Mar 14, 2004 9:03 am

all of these memories are amazingly beautiful, thank you to everyone who stopped by to pay respects. it's quite obvious that his talent and wonderful personality reached far beyond that of most people.

i've just been at a loss for the last few days trying to figure this out. i'm still at a loss for words; but dave will always live on. always.
infinity sprials out creation
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Postby lurchbag » Sun Mar 14, 2004 10:59 am

i can't believe this. i've been a DM fan for 17 years. this is truely a sad day for me.
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Postby djsuiciety » Sun Mar 14, 2004 11:10 am

The Dead Milkmen were and is one of my favorite all time bands. Their clever lyrics and fun music used to make me laugh when I was so pissed or depressed I could kill or be killed. Its another sad day in the chapter of punk and once again I have to say good bye to one of my "heroes" even though I don't believe in them as per punk. Dave, if there is an afterlife we all hope you found something better.

respect and peace-dj suiciety
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Sorry for the loss

Postby redwolf » Sun Mar 14, 2004 12:23 pm

I am terribly sorry for the loss of Dave...

The DEAD MILKMEN is one of my few influences to getting me started in music...I am a drummer fro a local punk band in savannah GA called LYSISTRADA and as I said these guys are one of my main influences to getting into playing music...

This is truely a terrible loss to the music industry...

My regards to the family, friends,and fans !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby Rodney » Sun Mar 14, 2004 12:49 pm

Once, after finishing a radio interview, Dave and I were crossing the
campus of the University of Georgia - on our way back to our hotel - when
Dave spotted a line of 400 students and immediately talked me into joining
it with him. If anyone in line made eye contact with Dave, he would
immediately cock his head to one side and, in a high-pitched nasal voice
say "My name is Peeeetor! Will you be my friend?" No one took him up on the
offer and I had to bite a hole in my lip to keep from laughing out loud.
Dave never so much as cracked a smile. Since Dave looked like a collage
freshman well into his thirties, we managed to be escorted, along with the
students into an auditorium for what turned out to be Freshman Orientation.

Dave picked out two seats smack in the center of the auditorium and we
settled in. Questionnaires were passed around and we informed that "the
skits would not start until ALL of the questionnaires were filled out. Dave
greeted this information by turning to the student seated to his right and
saying, again in a high-pitched nasal voice, "Goody. Skits. Goody.
Questionnaires!!!" Dave then introduced himself as "Peeeetor" and asked the guy what his name was. I guess the guy was stunned by Dave because he the told Dave his name - his whole name. To which Dave replied "That's a gooood name." and proceeded to write the guy's name at the top of his questionnaire in spidery, child-like letters. I was watching this whole thing like it was some kind of magic act. Which, in a way, it turned out to be.

The questionnaires were designed to help the University spot students who might have psychological problems. It was loaded with questions like "Do you think the people on the news are making those stories up" and "Do you feel that hidden cameras are filming you." all which Dave answered "yes" to - not only by thickly circling the word "yes", but also by saying "yes" aloud in a voice that sounded like a hiccup.

Once all the forms had been filled out, we were asked to pass the questionnaires to our left. Dave loudly thanked the guy on his right for his questionnaire and - when the guy quickly looked away - pocketed it. Dave passed in the questionnaire that he'd been working on - the questionnaire with the other guy's name on it. The questionnaire with all the crazy questions answered boldly with "yes"

Watching that was like watching a magician saw a woman in half while juggling live tigers.
_ . _

I've spent the last few days trying to make sense of how someone so clever, someone so smart and funny could no longer be with us. Ever few minutes my eyes well up with tears and then I think about some crazy stunt that Dave pulled or how he would answer the door wearing pajamas with feet and carrying a stuffed bunny - and I smile and laugh. I'll miss him for the rest of my life - but for the rest of he'll continue to make me smile and laugh.
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