Alan Vega: 1938 – 2016

Alan Vega, lead singer of the proto-punk band Suicide, passed away peacefully in his sleep last night.  When the band was starting, Elvis Costello billed them as the opening act on his European tour.  One of those concerts was released as the track “23 Minutes over Brussels” with the crowd hazing the band relentlessly, and the band continuing to play in spite of the crowd’s displeasure.

Perhaps what most people remember of the show is where Alan Vega shouted to the crows “Shut up!  This is a song about Frankie!”.

And now ladies and gentlemen, a song about Frankie, though not from that show…

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