Derf Scratch, the original bass player for influential Los Angeles punk band Fear has died. Scratch (Frederick Milner) passed away on July 28th, 2010 after a prelonged illness. Few bands merged the nihilistic humor, confrontational attitude and surprising level of musicianship like theoriginal Fear lineup did. Scratch was a versatile and accomplished musician who is rumored to have possessed a masters degree in music. The band’s riotous performance on Saturday Night Live at the behest of legendary cast member John Belushi showed the country just what chaos was coming their way. To read a strange and hilarious interview with Scratch, go here. To see a clip from the Decline of Western Civilization of Fear performing in 1980 go here.
• Fear: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_(band)