Some music enthusiasts and critics alike believe the band Death to be the precursors to punk rock. Jack White is quoted as describing them as "ahead of punk and ahead of their time." Mos Def says, "These dudes were pre-Sex Pistols, pre-Bad Brains, pre-all that shit, and nobody knows about them. I don't understand how the world could forget them."
The story of Death is the stuff of legend. It's all documented in the film, A Band Called Death, a must see for all fans of music history and punk fans alike. After uncovering master tapes in an attic from sessions in the early '70s, Death's music was finally getting its chance. In 2009, Drag City Records released a 7-song LP entitled ...For The Whole World To See. Soon after, a reformed Death took to the stage, almost 30 years after they formed. Death was alive again!
Our What's In My Bag? crew caught up with the members of Death when they performed at Amoeba Hollywood in support of the documentary film, A Band Called Death. These guys know good music and they love it all. They dig up a vinyl copy of Jamaican reggae singer Garnet Silk's Reggae Anthology. The guys keep it punk rock and pick up the Patti Smith classic, Horses, on vinyl. Of course they couldn't leave without taking back a little Motown. They manage to dig up Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations. Check out all their cool selections in this awesome What's In My Bag? episode.