MGMT have covered Alan Vega’s ‘Goodbye Darling’ after he passed away last week (July 16).
Taken from Vega’s 1983 album ‘Saturn Strip’, MGMT shared their cover on soundcloud, stating it was “in loving memory”.
The singer of the New York protopunk band Suicide passed away peacefully in his sleep according to a statement from his family. Henry Rollins broke the news on his website, Pitchfork reports.
“With profound sadness and a stillness that only news like this can bring, we regret to inform you that the great artist and creative force, Alan Vega has passed away,” reads a statement from Vega’s family.
“Alan passed peacefully in his sleep last night, July 16. He was 78 years of age. Alan was not only relentlessly creative, writing music and painting until the end, he was also startlingly unique. Along with Martin Rev, in the early 1970’s, they formed the two person avant band known as Suicide.
Almost immediately, their incredible and unclassifiable music went against every possible grain. Their confrontational live performances, light-years before Punk Rock, are the stuff of legend. Their first, self-titled album is one of the single most challenging and noteworthy achievements in American music. Alan Vega was the quintessential artist on every imaginable level. His entire life was devoted to outputting what his vision commanded of him.”
Earlier today, Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler released a cover of Suicide’s ‘Dream Baby Dream’. The frontman – who have covered the song before live – took to Twitter under his producer pseudonym DJ Windows 98 to post the track, prefacing the link with the words “Sad day”.
You can listen to MGMT’s cover of ‘Goodbye Darling’ below: