Seth Putnam, founder of Anal Cunt, is Dead at 43

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Seth Putnam (1968-2011)
Seth Putnam, the 43-year-old founder of long-running shock-rock grindcore band Anal Cunt, died yesterday of a heart attack.

Kim Kelly, Anal Cunt's PR rep, released a statement via Tumblr, that eulogized the notorious vocalist and preemptively defended the often instigative and offensive Putnam from critics who might enthusiastically cry, "Good riddance!"

As the name of his band might suggest, Seth Putnam was a raunchy, vuglar asshole, and a flagrant addict to boot. For more on the death of the man who was Anal Cunt, check the jump.

The Anal Cunt legacy is dark and embarrassing, so it's incredible that anyone would willingly manage Seth Putnam's Public Relations. Evidently, Kim Kelly is the woman with enough fortitude and patience to take on the role of babysitting one of punk and metal's biggest shitheads. As such, Kelly had the official word on Putnam's death:

Yes, it's true. Seth Putnam, one of the most infamous musicians that extreme metal has ever seen, the grindcore GG Allin, has passed away due to a heart attack. I handled all the promotion for Anal Cunt's last album, Fuckin' A, and Seth was always happy to oblige any request I sent his way. The band had been working on a new album before his passing, so chances are his musical career's epitaph has yet to be inscribed.

I want to remind everyone that no matter how outrageous and controversial his musical career has been, Seth was still a human being with friends and family that loved him. I'm hoping that the internet will remember that. This is a very sad and trying time for those that knew him, and the last thing they need to see is an outpouring of messageboard hate. The man lived and died by his own rules; if anything, respect him for that.



If Kelly had learned anything by scrubbing Seth Putnam's smeared shit off the walls, she'd realize that an internet-led celebration is inescapable for a man who made his name and living writing songs titled, "Your Kid Committed Suicide Because You Suck" and "You Quit Doing Heroin, You Pussy."

Since 1988, Anal Cunt were an open sore on the crusty lips of aggressive, macho, and extreme rock music. Originally a flippant noise-grind improv group, the band slowly evolved into a more straightforward punk-tinged grindcore sound with a great emphasis placed on Putnam's outrageously offensive lyrics and stage show. Over time, Anal Cunt ventured into straight-up parody, like on 1998's Picnic of Love which featured sensitive, soft rock compositions in a distinctly un-Anal Cunt style, and goof tracks like "I Just Saw The Gayest Guy On Earth" and "Hitler Was A Sensitive Man."

Putnam was still blaring at full speed when New Times interviewed him at Churchill's Pub in 2007. After openly snorting cocaine, the frontman was carried to the stage where he collapsed and then performed a set filled with heckling and lunged beer.

With Putnam's open, self-righteous history of abuse, Crossfade can't help but wonder about the details surrounding his heart attack.

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18 comments
Tyler Harris
Tyler Harris

Respectable organizations keep their obituaries seperate from their Op-Ed pieces.

Xander
Xander

How fucking dare you disrespect the dead.

Xander
Xander

Matt Preira, you disgust me. Seth Putnam was an absolute legend. Not a role model, but his parodies showed the true hatred and generalisations that modern society has. You are one of the sheep Seth had the pleasure of putting down. Are you really so butthurt that you can't respect the fact that he's dead and not able to defend himself? You sicken me. RIP, Seth, everyone worth something misses you.

Big Red
Big Red

Seth was an abhorrent human being. He punched women, he used racial slurs, was homophobic, an avid drug user and a drunk. You guys are dumb as shit. He'd call you all "gay" if he was alive. 

Robert W
Robert W

Well it seems abundantly clear that Mr. Preira, aside from being a "journalist" of no appreciable skill, was also quite jealous of Seth.

As to why the New Times keeps such an obviously inept person, as Mr. Preira has shown himself to be in that above piece of sub hack work, in their employ is beyond me.

Austin McCree
Austin McCree

Anal Cunt is a joke. You didn't get it. That's all. Don't be butthurt about it, just say to yourself, "This stuff isn't for me" and move the fuck on instead of (seriously, not jokingly) disrespecting a man after he's too dead to defend himself.

Slasches
Slasches

Fuck Matt Preira, he's gay

saywha
saywha

Kim Kelly's a woman. Yeah, guess youre a misogynist for overlooking that. LOL

Facts are useless. RIP

GetBent
GetBent

Kim Kelly is a woman, a fact she makes fairly plain in multiple places on her Tumblr. Get your facts straight, you embarrassment.

Joedirt
Joedirt

I was at the gig at Churchill's ( I'm one of the ones that carried him to the stage) and outside that detail you're a fucking liar. No one heckled them, or threw beer. The one totally drunk weirdo that roamed the stage was punched( by me) and thrown out of the club by the guy who set up the show. He didn't give any interview to you, or anyone else that night. Stop making things up for christ sake. Hell everyone there that night loved the set. If you didn't have the guts to say these things when he was alive keep it down now that he is dead.

Manners
Manners

You are exactly the kind of sanctimonious jackass Seth prided himself on trolling. I'm glad that even in death he can push your easily manipulated buttons.

Robert W
Robert W

Seth was superior to you in every respect. Please mind your manners when dealing with your betters from now on.

Dumb
Dumb

I was at that gig too. I can vouch for everything Joedirt said. Whoever wrote this is a straight up liar.

Matt Preira
Matt Preira

My source is the New Times review of the show by Jason Handelsman, which is linked in the article above. I have also reposted it below. Seth Putnam was interviewed by Handelsman at Churchill's before the show. The review mentions at least one very specific heckle, and a bottle thrown at his head. 

No one ever said anything about people not enjoying the performance. 

ANAL CUNT INVADES CHURCHILL'S: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com...

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