Hardy Fox, one of many co-founders of the long-running experimental artwork rock collective The Residents, has died at 73.
A press release posted by the band confirmed the information in The Residents' signature bemused, arms-length vogue within the guise of a proclamation from their nameless Cryptic Corporation. "It is with with nice sorrow and remorse that The Cryptic Corporation pronounces the passing of longtime affiliate, Hardy Fox," it learn.
"As president of the company from 1982-2016, the corporate benefited from Hardy's intuition for management and course, however his true worth got here from his longtime affiliation with The Residents. As the group's producer, engineer, in addition to collaborator on a lot of their materials, Fox's affect on The Residents was indelible; regardless of any formal coaching, his musicality was nonetheless distinctive, extremely refined and prolific. Blessed with an important sense of aesthetics, a eager ear, and an beautiful love of the absurd, Hardy's smiling face was a relentless supply of pleasure to these round him. He will likely be missed." The assertion didn’t specify Fox's reason for loss of life, however talked about that he had suffered from a "collection of current well being issues."
In 1969, Fox helped discovered the San Francisco group greatest identified for conserving their identities a secret due to artistic costumes, together with their iconic eyeball heads. According to Hardy's website, the Texas-bred musician retired from his function as main composer for The Residents in 2015, however continued to create music for the the group by this yr; the positioning has the phrases "mind most cancers" on its homepage, although no reason for loss of life was introduced at press time.
In addition to his work with The Residents, Fox recorded music as a solo artist beneath quite a lot of stage names, together with Charles Bobuck, Combo de Mechanico, Sonido de la Noche, Chuck and TAR. In conserving with the band's prank-filled, dada-style impishness, Hardy appeared to leap the gun by saying his loss of life on Facebook greater than a month in the past in a farewell message in which he wrote his personal (cheeky) obituary.
"Hi from, me, Hardy," he wrote beneath the ominous headline, "Our hearts are heavy however allow us to have fun our brother, our pal, Hardy Fox," which was accompanied by an unmasked picture of the gray-haired musician. "Yes obtained sick, making my go out of this world, however it’s 'all' okay. I’ve one thing in my mind that may final to a short finish. I’m 73 as you would possibly know. Brains go down. But possibly right here is my mind functioning as I'm nearly a useless individual only a little bit of go but. Doctors have put me on medication, LOL, for proper now. Anyway. Probably the final of seeing me. Thanks for checking in."
Over 5 a long time and greater than 50-plus albums, The Residents pushed the boundaries of artwork rock, reveling in complicated and stunning their followers with albums that fused rock, discovered sounds, noise and elaborate backstories for works resembling 1979's Eskimo, which they claimed was recorded on do-it-yourself devices as accompaniment to a collection of fictional "historic" tales and sounds from the Arctic. Focused as a lot on commenting on well-liked tradition, politics and social mores as in making their typically difficult music, the collective additionally had a deep curiosity in brief and feature-length movies and multimedia tasks, releasing tons of psychedelic, trippy imagery through the years.
As one of many musical drivers of The Residents, Fox is credited with serving to to form their distinctive musical aesthetic, which drew on the avant jazz sounds of Sun Ra and Harry Partch, in addition to parts of choral and classical music, rock, digital and a Frank Zappa-esque kitchen sink strategy to blurring style boundaries whereas enjoying with difficult preparations. Their nameless visible aesthetic was highlighted by their well-known large eyeballs, which saved the members' faces obscured, whereas permitting them to have a public voice the wink-wink missives from the ominous-sounding Cryptic Corporation.