Steven Wells was one of the voices of my teenage years. A frustrating, infuriating, cajoling voice maybe, but also a fiercely intelligent one, never afraid to speak out against anything or anyone. Swells, as everyone called him, was openly gay in a world still not comfortable with homosexuality, and he never failed to let you know about it. In fact he never failed to raise his voice about anything. And whilst that could sometimes make him rather irritating, it also meant he said things that no-one else was saying – and often he was right.

Cheer up mate.

Cheer up mate.

What you got with Swells was honesty and integrity. You didn’t necessarily agree with everything he said – and you knew he was sometimes saying things just to wind people up (usually he’d say so) – but you knew it was coming from a real person, with real thoughts inside his rather mad head. I’ll miss him. I’m posting Husker Du’s “New Day Rising” in his honour, because I think it would annoy and enthral him in equal measure. I can see him up in the clouds, little angel wings on his back, shouting “PROPER ROCK made by A PROPER GAY MAN!”.

(Steven Wells died of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday 23rd June 2009).

Oh aye, and some other fella passed away too.

The world’s awash with tributes right now. All I’ll say is what I said a few months back – he was hugely talented, and hugely wasted. Rest in peace, old chap.

And Farrah Fawcett too? Bloody hell.

MP3: New Day Rising by Husker Du

MP3: Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough by Michael Jackson

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  1. oldrope

     /  June 26, 2009

    Sad to see the bastard go.

    For what it’s worth (fuck all, Swells would probably have no qualms in telling me), here’s me own Swells story that doesn’t really do the man justice:

  2. loftandlost

     /  June 26, 2009

    Everyone, go and read that article, it’s much better than what I wrote here.

  3. oldrope

     /  June 26, 2009

    Alhtough I disagree with you, thanks for the compliment. Looking to maybe compile some fave Swells ‘bits’ pure anecdotal, maybe get some actual articles up. Any personal faves (or fittingly, ‘hates!’) would be welcome man.

    By the way, read some of your other stuff, liked it, it’s a good blog!

  4. chicoframbuesa

     /  June 26, 2009

    I’m goin to miss Michael Jackson everyday of my life. I really liked him much.

    anyway. life goes on.

    ey loftandlost u have twitter? in case of 😉

  5. Thanks for a great reead

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