Dickie Hammond RIP…

Sad news reached us here at Louder Than War overnight; the premature death of Sunderland born guitarist Dickie Hammond;

Hammond has played with an array of punk bands over the years – Angelic Upstarts, Doctor Bison, Generic, H.D.Q., Hex , Leatherface, Stokoe, The Dipsomaniacs, The Jones, and Toy Dolls.

Dickie first made his mark with HDQ and was part of the line-up that recorded the bands debut album ‘Hung, Drawn And Quartered’ which was released back in 1985;

We are trying to establish the circumstances of his death, though at this time details are very sketchy. He had been in ill-health and had been admitted to hospital in mid August 2014.

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  1. I’m shocked and saddened at this news. Dickie was an ace punk guitarist, and got great tone out of that Gordon Smith and Marshall 4×12. My faves were always Grey World and These Remembered Times from the second HDQ album, and of course his contributions to Mush.

  2. Terrible news. I haven’t seen him for donkeys years-since making a leatherface video. I had fond ideas of meeting him again one day. He was a lovely guy and when he was playing guitar he looked like a big kid having the time of his life. As someone else wrote it sometimes sounded like there were three of him playing at once. Very sad.

  3. What a sad loss!
    I heard the horrible news only 2 weeks ago by my son Adrien, 16 and Leatherface fan, and could hardly believe it. A brilliant musician in a great band. Mush is clearly an acme in punk-rock music of all times.
    The first song I listened to was “Not superstitious” in September 91 on the French radio and it was a shock.
    Wiz, Dickie…Who’s next?
    We strongly think of friends and relatives.


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