Cleveland Music Scene

R.I.P. Jay Reatard by ClevelandBloggers
January 15, 2010, 12:59 am
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Yesterday it was announced that Jay Reatard has passed away. He was only 29 years old, and was found in his bed early Wednesday morning. Jay’s given name was Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., but he often said it wasn’t suitable for his music. Jay Reatard had a garage punk sound similar to bands like The Strokes and Turbo Fruits. He was just beginning to be discovered for his talents, and had his new single “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me” given away for free on IndieFeed and Urban Outfitters LSTN.

Jay Reatard was extremely talented; more than many people gave him credit for. He was in many different bands, some of which included The Lost Sounds and The Reatards. He was even asked to cover Beck’s song “Gamma Ray”. Some of Reatard’s best songs are “See/Saw”, “Let It All Go”, “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me”, “No Time”, “Wounded”, and “Tiny Little Home”. Most of these songs can actually be found for free on his website: What I really love about Jay Reatard’s music is that the songs are really fast paced and the lyrics are often silly or mean…but occasionally sweet. Like in the song “See/Saw”, Reatard sings: “She creeps me out…she grabs me in again.” Jay Reatard has a really unique voice that matches well with his garage-band style guitar playing.

This is a devastating loss for the music industry. Jay Reatard brought back much-needed good ‘ol rock ‘n roll. His care-free attitude was also very refreshing. In August, Jay Reatard said “I’m just trying to get the idea out before the inspiration is gone. Everything I do is motivated by the fear of running out of time.” Unfortunately, he ran out of time far too soon. R.I.P., Jay…you will be missed.

Check out these Jay Reatard videos here:



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Jay will definitely be missed.

Comment by hearn

Poor guy.

Comment by halyna.

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