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May 23, 2007


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Mike -

I was doing overnights at 97X at the time, and I distinctly remember choosing and playing playing 'Radio Apeshot' that evening before I learned of Tim's death. Once I found out, I was floored.

One of the best shows I've ever seen was Brainiac at Sudsys. As usual the show was an overpacked mess... but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

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Matt: I wish I could remember exactly where I was, but I can't. I do remember that next day calling a local news channel to tell them they should say something about it because it was a big deal. To my shock, they did (though they never asked who I was and they pretty much just ran with what I told them without checking the story out first). And amen on those Sudsy's (R.I.P., again) shows.

Action: Great, great find. Thanks so much for posting that. I lost a lot of my old Brainiac albums years ago in a move/divorce, so it's very cool to revisit. I think a lot of those albums are out of print (though eMusic probably has most).


my first local show was at sudsy's. i believe the lineup was ass ponys, my friend kevin, and brainiac. i remember two feelings quite distinctly: i was not cool enough to be there and i just couldn't *get* brainiac. i also remember it being packed to the gills and hot and sweaty.

now i'm able to appreciate brainiac. now i *get* it. thankfully a coworker at the time steered me towards some great music i'd never heard, like ass ponys and the smiths. i have to credit him for that. it still makes me sad that someone so young and on the verge died in such a horrible way. at least we still have the music.

an aside: i'm glad to see a mention of bunny. that bunny/readymaid/mallory show at top cat's way back in 2002 was probably one of the best shows i've ever seen in my life. the energy was incredible. i don't think the recorded material ever quite did them justice; you had to see them live.

they have some stuff on myspace, btw. ( some of the members went on to form neon plastix, who are doing quite well at the moment and opening shows for huge UK groups like the klaxons.

okay, forgive my aside.
RIP, tim. you were clearly ahead of your time.


Hey, Mike,

I have the Brainiac albums on CD if you want to borrow them.

I was actually at a party at the Greenhornes' old house on Ludlow the night Tim died. The news was surreal to say the least.

And I too saw their final show at Sudsy's, Sledge. I recall the place being especially packed. I also recall drinking way too much before, during and after the show.



This is my favorite post, ever.

Living in Daniels Hall and trekking over to Sudsy's to see Brainiac when I was 18 years old is a precious, formative moment of my life. People talk about their first "rock and roll" experience, and that was it for me.

There was a little period where it was so cool to be from Dayton!


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I saw Brainiac at a (normally quiet) coffeehouse in East Lansing in 1996ish. They knocked Cafe Latte into gear and the place took off. Incredible! What a loss to the music world!


Tim was a fantastic guy. He regularly baby sat a friend of mine (her dad was a radio DJ in Dayton) and she said he'd always bring and play Prince records all evening. On stage he was an enigmatic and unstoppable presence who nearly took the head off a friend of mine in 1996 at the Union in Athens. He felt so bad about cracking my buddy's skull that he came of stage mid-song to make sure he was OK. And he always remembered me, whether I was seeing him in Dayton, Athens, Columbus or Cleveland. He is truly one of the unsung musical geniuses of our time...I know that the dudes from the Wrens and Jason Pettigrew at A.P. agree.


I met Tim 15 years ago. I had discovered "Smack Bunny Baby", and was an instant fan. I only knew him for 3 years, but he was not only a great artist, but an unforgetable person. He would send me postcards that were so random an hilarious. He was and is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. It is truly a great loss, even 12 years later.


Brianiac, just change my entired life, i get into this music about a year ago, and i gotta say that i've never listen something like this. It twist my brain, and put me in another level. I met a couple of person who went to see the band play live at Austin, Tx, and they still amazed.
I'm so glad i get into brainiac, specially çause i live in Mexico and just a few cares about rock music as i do, so its really hard to be in touch or met bands like this one.

Rip Tim Taylor, the best front man ever


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I was lucky to live in Dayton when Brainiac was blowing up. Every time I saw them live, it only got better. They were insane live and I remember talking to Timmy at the local bar/club in Dayton 1470's about trying different song processes with their last ep and how he was inspired by doing it differently. We were only acquaintances at hsi shows and in dayton and talked music and thrift store fashion finds (he always had sick 70's shirts). I always felt like he was truly interested, he was a wonderful person and way ahead of his time sonically. It's weird b/c the night he died was teh last night of that bar so in essence we all saw him that night. rip timmy.


Someone just uploaded FULL FOOTAGE of a Brainiac show on youtube last month!!!

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