Frank Navetta

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Frank Navetta
Born (1962-03-06)March 6, 1962
Died October 31, 2008(2008-10-31) (aged 46)
Genres Punk rock, hardcore punk, pop punk
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, fisherman
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1978–1983
Labels Orca, New Alliance, SST
Associated acts Descendents

Frank Navetta (March 6, 1962 – October 31, 2008) was co-founder and original guitarist of the Southern California punk rock band Descendents. He formed the Descendents with Tony Lombardo and Bill Stevenson in 1979[1] and released the single "Ride the Wild"/"It's a Hectic World". The Descendents were then joined by vocalist Milo Aukerman, and recorded the Fat EP in 1981 and the band's debut album Milo Goes to College in 1982. The band took a hiatus when Aukerman went to college before they began recording their second album I Don't Want to Grow Up in 1985. He moved to Eugene, Oregon to become a full-time fisherman and was replaced by Ray Cooper.[1]

Navetta joined Tony Lombardo and Bill Stevenson in the spring of 2002 for a reunion of sorts at ALL's quasi-annual festival Stockage in Fort Collins, Colorado. The group played songs as the original three-piece line-up that briefly existed before Aukerman joined the group. His early guitar style was heavily rooted in surf music, somewhat similar to that of East Bay Ray, but as time went on, came to resemble the heavier sound of Greg Ginn's more, but with more full and open chords and less, if any, soloing. His songwriting had a darker and more negative side to it, both lyrically and musically, than his bandmates, focusing more on his parents, his father especially, ("My Dad Sucks", "Parents"), and America ("Statue of Liberty"). He did, however, share Stevenson's themes of fishing ("Mr. Bass"and "Catalina") and unfulfilled romantic desires ("Ride the Wild" and "Marriage").

Navetta died on October 31, 2008 after a short bout of illness.[1] His death was announced in a message posted on the Descendents' official web site.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Thissen, Brock (November 3, 2008). "R.I.P. Descendents Guitarist/Co-Founder Frank Navetta". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  2. ^ News. Retrieved December 7, 2008.