Thursday, January 31, 2008

Chuck Schuldiner And His Sweet Shirt With Kittens On It



Chuck Schuldiner, it would seem, was a very likable guy. Yes, I know that the high-heel women's boots he wears in the Dynamo DVD are laughable, as was the way he parted his hair during the "Human" album.

I know that some think he was lame because he changed the inverted cross on the Death logo to not be inverted (some said it was because he became a Christian, which is unlikely as he was raised in a non-religoius Jewish family, and he even said he did it to do away with the connection between his band and Satanism). More importantly I have noted that very few, if any people comment on the disappearance of the little skull guy on the "H", a far more important and significant omission.


All of this may be true, but Chuck made one contribution that is far more important than any other for the world of metal. That contribution is that he wore a dope t-shirt with kittens on it for this interview. Not only that, but he often wore it live and was photographed wearing it in Metal Maniacs.


One last Chuck note....during the time that my family and I lived in Miami, he lived in a nearby storage space. In Florida, living in storage spaces was common practice for people who were in bands, as has been discussed in great length by Richard Christy of the Howard Stern show (Richard played drums for Death, and is now a full time member of the show.) I remember the weekly Miami newspaper doing an interview with Chuck in 1992, where he talked about living in the storage space, and how during the recording of "Human", his old piece of crap car had caught on fire due to electrical problems.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that being in a death metal band is not exactly a fantastic money-making proposition, but living in a storage space in Miami during the summer months seems like the most depressing thing on earth. I picture Chuck singing the lyrics to "Pull The Plug" as he showered under a water hose in the back of the building.

20 comments:

  1. i remember when chuck died, and his mom had that website dedicated to him, and it was full of people berating chuck for supposedly being gay and christian. it was pretty embarrassing.

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  2. oh its still going on.

    http://www.emptywords.org/

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  3. Mind you that Death got rid of the spider dangling on the D when they brought out Human. I guess groundbreaking death metal & spiders don't mix.
    Sincere compliments on the blogs!

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  4. metal inquisition is gayyyyyy, fuck you, fucking gayyyyssssss

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  5. "metal inquisition is gayyyyyy, fuck you, fucking gayyyyssssss"

    Oh find your inner gay and shut up, douchebag.

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  6. Who cares if he was gay? Why does what someone else does in private both others so? The man was an awesome guitar player, song writer and I don't care if he wore a pink bow in his hair. He was great!!!

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  7. You are an ignorant person who doesn't understand NOTHING about true music.

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  8. SO he he liked Cats i like cats i have 3 does that make me gay ? And who cares if he was gay asshole bashing a dead man like that what a douche you are !

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  9. you are the gay, fuckk you, you don't know about real music

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  10. This is stupid Chuck was just a nice guy and didnt try to be some macho asshole. His music is all about ignorant judgemental people just like who ever posted this....

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  11. Hi I'm a big fan of death and chuck was a kick ass guitar player and song writer I don't think he was gay in anyway ...

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  12. This is article is so pathetic and pernicious to all who reads it. Chuck was a good guy and a real person. These misconceptions of the man has no tact or basis. Completely unfounded and foolish!

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  13. With Every Thread about a God Of death Metal You will also Find a Shit Load of Jelous Haters.. This Man Not only Pioneered Death Metal he also Put Technical Death Metal On The Map Hopefully His Music Continues to Inspire Real Death Metal Bands..

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  14. u homos need to jam mutilation

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  15. if chuck was gay, these people who keeps on blabbing about his sexual preference either envied what this gay man can do or just kept to themselves that "oh, later on i'll be gay and show these people that i'm better than chuck!"

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  16. Chuck was not gay he had a girlfriend named Kim that he dated for 2 years. She helped run the death fan club and selling death merch. Chuck was not jewish his mom was from the South and his dad was Austrian who studied the jewish religion. Does Schuldiner sound fucking jewish to you um no it's Austrian plus chuck don't look jack shit at all like a jew.

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  17. Holy Shit was that last comment ignorant. Chuck Schuldiner was as Jewish as anyone. His Dad is Jewish (the name is indeed common among Jews), and his Mom is a convert to Judaism. Chuck never denied being Jewish or having a Jewish connection. Who the fuck cares? And the rumors about being gay are ridiculous - I'm not gay, and I slept with Chuck many, many times on tours, promotional trips, on floors, in cars, etc. He had girlfriends, like Kim (who he actually dated longer than 2 years) Fuck, some of this shit is just too silly to even deal with. ;) ERIC GREIF (lawyer for Chuck's Estate & former manager of DEATH)

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  18. Thank you Eric. These people need to join the human race and stop being so fucking juvenile.

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  19. Chuck had a big peen. (BEFORE CALLING ME AN IDIOT,LOOK UP PEEN DEFINITION)

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  20. So many Anonymous cowards. I bet that none of you cowards would make comments like that if your names or IP addresses were leaked. Bashing someone like Chuck is absolutely sickening and it disgusts me that my own species would sink that low.

    Also, nice to see you post the reality Eric. So many immature kids around these days that never knew Chuck.

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