Anton Fier

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Anton Fier
Fier at the Moers Festival, 2011
Fier at the Moers Festival, 2011
Background information
Born(1956-06-20)June 20, 1956
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedSeptember 21, 2022(2022-09-21) (aged 66)
Zürich, Switzerland
GenresExperimental rock, jazz, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, bandleader
Instrument(s)Drums
LabelsTzadik, Avant, Island

Anton Fier (June 20, 1956 – September 21, 2022) was an American drummer, producer, composer, and bandleader. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

Fier was an early member of The Lounge Lizards and The Feelies.[1] He was in The Lodge (with John Greaves), worked with Pere Ubu,[2][1] was briefly in the Voidoids, and founded The Golden Palominos.[2] The 1978 Pere Ubu EP titled Datapanik in the Year Zero was dedicated to Fier.

Fier collaborated extensively with Bill Laswell[1] and also toured and recorded with Hüsker Dü guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Bob Mould.[3] He also played with bassist Jack Bruce and Japanese guitarist Kenji Suzuki on the 1987 album Inazuma Super Session – "Absolute Live!!"

Fier played and recorded on the John Zorn-led album Locus Solus in 1983. They recorded a live album for Zorn's 50th birthday celebration: 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 3 of the 50th birthday series on Tzadik Records.

In 1984 he played on Laurie Anderson's Mister Heartbreak.

Fier also produced several albums, such as the 1988 album of Drivin' N Cryin', Whisper Tames The Lion,[4] a 2009 album by guitar virtuoso Jim Campilongo titled Orange,[5] and Lianne Smith's Two Sides of a River, on which Fier also played drums.[6]

Syd Straw, a member of the Golden Palominos, posted on Facebook on 11 October 2019 that Fier was no longer playing drums.[7]

Fier died on September 21, 2022, at the age of 66.[8][9][10]

Partial discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Reid, Graham (June 7, 2010). "ANTON FIER PROFILED (1988): A new career in a new town". Elsewhere. Archived from the original on March 1, 2021. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Linhardt, Alex (January 8, 2004). "Anton Fier: Dreamspeed/Blind Light (1992-1994) Album Review". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on June 1, 2021. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
  3. ^ "Anton Fier Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Archived from the original on January 29, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
  4. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1999). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Heavy Rock (First ed.). Virgin Books. pp. 142/3. ISBN 0-7535-0257-7.
  5. ^ "Jim Campilongo – Orange (2009, Orange Vinyl, Vinyl)". Discogs. Archived from the original on November 14, 2021. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
  6. ^ "Two Sides of a River". Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  7. ^ "Syd Straw - golden palominos in prime form, featuring my..." Facebook.com. October 11, 2019. Archived from the original on February 26, 2022. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Gallagher, Alex (September 22, 2022). "Anton Fier, Golden Palominos founder and early Feelies drummer, has died". NME. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  9. ^ Breihan, Tom (September 22, 2022). "Drummer Anton Fier (Lounge Lizards, Feelies, Golden Palominos) Dead At 66". Stereogum. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  10. ^ Arcand, Rob (September 22, 2022). "Drummer Anton Fier, Drummer for the Feelies and Lounge Lizards, Dies at 66". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 23, 2022.

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