Tim Smith (Cardiacs) RIPWe are sorry to hear of the death of one of the most original British musicians of past few decades, Tim Smith – the visionary leader of the highly influential Cardiacs. After his heart attack of a few years ago he had had difficulty in speech and movement and his death at 59 will be mourned by a very wide cross section of the music scene.

Read this great piece on him 

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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. My musical hero from the age of 17 until this day, 32 years. I will miss him a lot, but his music will be alive with me for the rest of my life. Thank You Tim!

  2. So, we say a fond farewell to Tim Smith, frontman of Cardiacs. I had so hoped he’d eventually get better, having had both a heart attack and multiple strokes. I’ll never forget seeing the band live, way back when. Never, have I seen so much energy radiating from a stage and doubt I ever will again. I was an instant fan and finally managed to get a few albums, this year (36 years after the aforementioned performance). I imagine the remaining members of the band will call it a day now and their final, unfinished album will probably stay that way. It’s a similar situation to Motorhead without Lemmy, really. Thanks for being so musically different – we need a lot more of that. Sleep well, Tim. Heaven Born and Ever Bright…

  3. This unbelievably unrelentingly shitty year has just got even shittier.
    There was / is, and will forever always be, only one maverick Tim Smith. :(

  4. The man changed my life in so many ways.
    He will be so very missed.
    Thank you pal.
    You are the very best x

  5. Cardiacs often defined the line between irritation and stimulation, and order and chaos, and ‘f*ck it’ and ‘yes!’- the line of irony, the spine of life – which is one way they always made me feel more alive. Too few realise how much they’ve lost in Tim Smith.

  6. It’s hard to believe that prime Cardiacs began more than thirty years ago. There is still no music that comes anywhere near it for originality, complexity and sheer wonderfulness. RIP you Leader of the Starry Skies. Your legacy will live on with your friends in the pond.


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