Come For The Band Name, Stay For The Hilarity. Anal Cunt Frontman Dead at 43.
It was reported today that Seth Putnam of Anal Cunt has died of a heart attack at the age of 43. In a statement from the bands PR firm:
“Yes, it’s true. Seth Putnam, one of the most infamous musicians that extreme metal has ever seen, the grindcore GG Allin, has passed away due to a heart attack.
I handled all the promotion for Anal Cunt‘s last album, Fuckin’ A, and Seth was always happy to oblige any request I sent his way. The band had been working on a new album before his passing, so chances are his musical career’s epitaph has yet to be inscribed.
I want to remind everyone that no matter how outrageous and controversial his musical career has been, Seth was still a human being with friends and family that loved him. I’m hoping that the internet will remember that. This is a very sad and trying time for those that knew him, and the last thing they need to see is an outpouring of messageboard hate. The man lived and died by his own rules; if anything, respect him for that.”
Seth has left a huge mark in the metal world with how insensitive to downright hilarious his lyrics were, which makes him a role model to a lot of assholes just like me in the metal world. He created more than a band; he created an image and framework for the grindcore/extreme metal world. Just having the balls to name your band Anal Cunt guaranteed not one sliver of mainstream success, which is a pretty huge risk to take. His idea of the band was originally just to create noise not resembling music and a violent live show with an offensive name that somehow spawned into an over two decade career. His plan worked masterfully since metalheads everywhere latched onto them and had to hear it as soon as somebody else mentioned such a crazy, offensive band name. As soon as you went home to find out who the fuck they were, you were punched in the face with short, heavy as fuck songs with themes ranging from ‘Hitler Was A Sensitive Man’ to ‘Limp Bizkit Think They’re Black, But They’re Just Gay’. It was also then that you realized the Marilyn Manson shock rock was pretty lame, childish, and really pretty gay in comparison.
Whether you loved them or hated them, the man was a musical genius who played every instrument, and had his hands in the music of many other bands even if you didn’t know it. If you listen to Pantera, Eyehategod, Buzzov-en, Napalm Death, Corrosion Of Conformity, or Arson Anthem, then odds you’ve heard his work. The metal community will miss your poetic insanity Seth. If nothing else, the mental image of you shooting up while getting a blowjob circulating the internet will never leave our brains.