This Is Not A
Goodbye, Our 4-Track Hero
Musician, songwriter and artist
b. 15/11/77, d. 3/12/06
Logan Whitehurst was a drummer and keyboard player for a number of
Californian groups in the late 1990s and beyond, but his outstanding
contribution was his solo material, which combined gloriously quirky
ideas with a shrewd ear for a good sound and, above all else, a
child-like delight in creating. Be it the inspired rap of Robot
Cat, the slightly dark undertones of Ice Cream Man, or
the wonderful oddness of the Very Tiny Songs project (his
final work), they made the world a bit more fun for a while.
Having twice fought off cancer of the brain and spine, the wretched
disease returned for a third time, and took him and his joyfulness from
the world yesterday at the age of just 29.
It may seem in poor taste in the light of that fact, but my
favourite Logan Whitehurst track really is called Your Brain Fell
Out (from his 2003 album Goodbye My 4-Track. Click here
to hear a clip from it). It combines modern ideas of how to put a
recording together (and Logan's own off-beat soundscapes) with a
respect for melody and harmony which reminds me of the best of the late
Goodbye, Logan, and thanks for all the fun.