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Mojo Nixon, Who Mixed Roots and Punk Rock, Dies at 66

Mojo Nixon, Who Mixed Roots and Punk Rock, Dies at 66


“All of it was carried out in most overdrive on a mattress of rockabilly, blues, and R&B, which earned Nixon some associates within the roots rock group however had sufficient punk angle — in its personal weird manner — to make him a school radio staple throughout his heyday,” the All Music Guide wrote.

“I’m a rabble-rouser who does humorous social commentary inside a rock-and-roll setting,” he informed The New York Times in 1990. In one other interview with the paper, he described himself as a voice of “the doomed, the damned, the bizarre.”

Born Neil Kirby McMillan Jr., on 2 Aug, 1957, in North Carolina to a father who owned a soul music station, Mr. Nixon was drawn to music from a younger age as a result of, he stated in 2017, “it’s thrilling, it’s harmful, and it makes the church individuals nervous.”

In the Nineteen Eighties, he started performing with Richard Banke, higher often known as Skid Roper, in San Diego. Their third album, “Bo-Day-Shus!!!” was the primary to make the nationwide charts, due to the satirical track “Elvis Is Everywhere.” The track, which posited that Elvis was liable for every little thing from constructing the pyramids to creating ships disappear within the Bermuda Triangle, and its music video, obtained the eye of MTV, which made him an occasional host in 1988.

He went on to document a number of extra albums, each solo and with different collaborators, together with with the backup band the Toadliquors, and in addition labored as an actor and radio D.J. In latest years, he turned a radio host on Sirius XM, the place he hosted the afternoon present on the Outlaw Country channel underneath the identify “the Loon within the Afternoon.”

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