Nicky Tesco (The Members) RIPWe are sorry to hear of the death of former frontman of The Members, Nicky Tesco. Announced on his facebook page the death of the charismatic vocalist comes as a shock.

Nick  fronted the band who appeared at the tail end of punk rock with a brilliant bright and shiny fusion of punk and reggae and scored a huge hit with the eternal classic ‘Sound Of The Suburbs’.

The single and the much loved debut album were great favourites of ours and the witty and compelling tunes have never dated. After leaving the band during the tour for the second album Nicky became and actor and a well respected music and culture writer.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Solitary Confinement …An anthem . Lovely memories of Nicky . So many fab gigs etched , from Retford Porterhouse to Ladbroke grove …Great times . Enjoy the party buddy . X

  2. Nick Tesco was always willing to put the world to rights and will be sadly missed by us all especially fellow band Members his very supportive wife Francesca, Lucy & Ned his kids and fan base far and well wide they don’t make them like him no more RIP much love and understandings & final blessings Chris Payne xxxxxxx

  3. The Sound Of The Suburbs was probably an embarrassment to cool metropolitans kids back in 1978, but to us out in what they called the provinces, it was our anthem. It was about us. ABOUT US! 7-inch clear vinyl spinning around on a Fidelity UA10 record player. I loved the Clash when I was 14, but I didn’t have a clue what White Man In Hammersmith Palais was about (and still don’t, truth be told) but I knew exactly what The Sound Of The Suburbs meant. Same old boring Sunday morning, old man’s out washing the car. We were the CSE kids, two years from the building site. If you’re only going to have one hit, make it a good ‘un. The Members did that. Thanks Nicky Tesco. We got it.

  4. I met Nicky through Aki Kaurismäki in the mid nineties. He was an exceptional person, already a true hero of mine since I first bought “Sound of the Suburbs” in a record shop in Geneva. He was also a very astute man, an exceptional social commentator with an amazing wit and sense of humor. We had a fantastic time in Finland, Monsieur Tesco acted in my film “Iron Horsemen” in 1994. We will miss him beaucoup, beaucoup indeed.


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