Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ARSON ANTHEM) paid tribute to Seth Putnam, founding member of grindcore band ANAL CUNT, for an article that was published on the Decibel magazine web site.
Putnam, 43, died on June 11 of a suspected heart attack. He was known for his brutal screaming and lyrics that either shock, offend, or invoke morbid humor. Throughout his career, Putnam was involved in many side projects, including providing backing vocals on PANTERA‘s “The Great Southern Trendkill” album.
Said Anselmo: “I knew Seth pretty fucking well back in ’90s… He was hilarious, and an extremist. My favorite ANAL CUNT record was, and is, ‘Morbid Florist’. I still consider it as an underrated, original-sounding classic, even today. And that’s truthful. Seth had a bizarre, absurd sense of humor that pissed a lot of people off, but the way Seth saw it, that’s what they were, just ‘a lot of pissed-off people.’ I got his humor like the back of my fist. And truthfully, the dude was unbelievably creative and thrived within his little realm. What I mean by that ‘little realm’ is, that aside from a handful of bands, Seth didn’t give a shit about the majority, and that included all of my bands!
“But our friendship wasn’t based on pure music; it was the hilarious, drunken times of yore. Sure, we did some partying back in the day, but the thing is, that process of misery ran its course in my life. Obviously, it was different in Seth‘s. But if I can offer anything here, it’s that Seth would not want us pissing and moaning over his death, and that’s fucking true. He had worldwide success doing what he loved to do, period. It’s just sad the way it happened. If you were a fan, celebrate the guy’s life — he’d want you to. And if you weren’t, mind your own business…
“RIP, Putnam…The fight is over, so sleep well, brother.”
For more touching, thoughtful remembrances from Tim Morse (first and last drummer of ANAL CUNT), Mike IX Williams (EYEHATEGOD), Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED), Steve Austin (TODAY IS THE DAY), go to Decibel magazine.
Putnam was born on May 15, 1968, in or around Boston, Massachusetts to father Edward R. Putnam and mother Barbara Ann Donohue. Both he and his parents are divorced.
In the mid-1980s, Putnam played bass in the thrash metal band EXECUTIONER.
On October 12, 2004, Putnam was hospitalized after ingesting two months’ worth of Ambien sleeping pills. It was reported that he spent the previous day contemplating suicide, although exact circumstances surrounding the drug overdose are vague.
Putnam‘s reaction to the irony of his having been in a coma after previously writing the song “You’re In A Coma” was published in the Boston Phoenix. “Actually, it turned out it was just as gay as the song I wrote nine years ago — being in a coma was just as fuckin’ stupid as I wrote it was,” he was quoted as saying.
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