Seth Putnam

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Seth Putnam
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Putnam in 2007
Background information
Birth nameSeth Edward Putnam
Born(1968-05-15)May 15, 1968
Newton, Massachusetts, United States
DiedJune 11, 2011(2011-06-11) (aged 43)
Years active1986–2011
Associated actsAnal Cunt

Seth Edward Putnam (May 15, 1968 – June 11, 2011)[1] was an American musician who was the founder, vocalist and occasional guitarist of grindcore band Anal Cunt. He was known for his high-pitched screamed vocals and lyrics that either shock, offend, or invoke morbid humor. Throughout his career, Putnam had also been involved in several side projects.


Early years[edit]

Putnam was born on May 15, 1968, in Newton, Massachusetts[2] to father Edward R. Putnam and mother Barbara Ann Donohue. His parents are divorced. Seth was married to his first wife, Alison, from December 1998 through June 2001. He married Julie, his second wife, in 2008. In the mid-1980s, Putnam played bass in the thrash metal band Executioner.


Despite his shock humor and turbulent lifestyle, Putnam was often described by fans and peers as a warm, intelligent, sensitive man. Putnam saw himself as a comedian and used music as an outlet.[3]

In school, classmates who knew Putnam described him as intelligent and stern, but unmotivated, apathetic and often an underwhelming student. Putnam skipped a grade in school and became a very bright student, tutoring his classmates. In his own words, Putnam often blamed brutal fights with Catholic school nuns for helping to shape his cynical personality. When he reached high school after eighth grade, he had lost interest in excelling in education or academics, becoming more of a slacker and underachiever.[4] By the time he had graduated school, Putnam had left the Catholic religion in which he was raised. After graduation, Putnam showed no interest in attending college or university.

The 2019 grindcore documentary Slave to the Grind explores Putnam in detail, with his peers expressing the duality of his nature:[5] former bandmates Tim Morse and Scott Hull describe Putnam often being personable and relaxed, but Hull also notes that he'd often get arrested causing trouble on the street.[5] Discordance Axis singer Jon Chang notes that he was really close to Putnam for years, but describes him as a "really disturbed guy" and a "backstabbing piece of shit at the end of his life". Chang also recounted an incident after a show when Putnam introduced his mother to Chang, he remarked that they had met earlier when he pulled Putnam's mother out from the show's moshpit, causing Putnam to become aggressive and threaten Chang, much to the confusion to everyone present.[5] Putnam was also good friends with Pantera frontman, Philip Anselmo.

Drug overdose and coma[edit]

On October 12, 2004 Putnam was hospitalized after ingesting a cocktail of crack-cocaine, alcohol, heroin, and two months' worth of Ambien sleeping pills.[6] It has been reported that he spent the previous day contemplating suicide,[6] though exact circumstances surrounding the drug overdose are vague.

Anal Cunt's 1997 album I Like It When You Die contained the track "You're in a Coma". Putnam's reaction to the resulting irony of being in a coma was published in the Boston Phoenix: "Actually, it turned out it was just as gay as the song I wrote nine years ago – being in a coma was just as fuckin' stupid as I wrote it was."[6] Anal Cunt kept performing the song during live shows after the coma, with Putnam sharing anecdotes with the audience before the song.[citation needed]

Feud with Chris Barnes[edit]

There was friction between Putnam and Six Feet Under vocalist Chris Barnes. According to Putnam's defunct website, Putnam heckled Barnes during a Six Feet Under set, leading to an altercation between the two, ending with Six Feet Under's roadies ganging up on Putnam while Barnes fled to his tour bus and hid there. Putnam released the song "Chris Barnes Is a Pussy" as retaliation to the incident.[7] According to Putnam in an interview with Capital Chaos TV several years later, Six Feet Under went out of their way to avoid playing in the same city as Anal Cunt several years after the incident. Putnam stated "I guess he (Chris Barnes) is still afraid of me". Despite the feud, Putnam stated that "Murdered in the Basement" was his favorite song by Six Feet Under.[8]


On June 11, 2011, Putnam died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 43.[1][9]

Putnam's grave is located within Newton Cemetery in Newton, Massachusetts.[2]

Side projects and former bands[edit]

Angry Hate[edit]

The idea of the band came up when Seth and Larry Lifeless (Kilslug vocalist) were drunk one night watching Jerry Springer and Larry said "That guy looks like he should be in an old punk band called Angry Hate or something". The first recording was in January ,1999, of Larry hammering a fence against some lady's garage which was put on at the end of the song, "M.P." on the first release. That summer, they recorded 4 songs. all of them were old Sickness songs. "Blinking Blue Lights" was actually recorded by Kilslug, but never released. The other songs that were done originally by the Sickness never got released either. They made another E.P. called "Bad Mood" that had a certain amount of copies pressed but were never officially released. Seth and Lee Suniga (owner of Menace To Sobriety Records) sold them on eBay. Angry Hate did 2 live shows in March and April of 2002.

Satan's Warriors[edit]

Satan's Warriors started in February of 1986 after Seth and his friends made up a fake death metal fanzine with fake band names as a joke, Seth eventually admitted to doing it, in April of that year. There was an opening for a band to play live over the radio so Seth got a lineup together and made a 4 song demo with him on drums and vocals and his cousin Drew on guitar. Their final show was on July of 1988. They were supposed to get back together in 2003 and re-record some songs written between 1986 and 1988. The lineup was supposed to be with Seth on guitar & vocals, Paulie Kraynak on second guitar, and John Gillis on drums.

Impaled Northern Moonforest[edit]

In early 1997, Seth and Josh Martin came up with the idea of starting a joke black metal band and decided to record a demo, they didn't use actual drums because someone was sleeping in the room next to them so Josh played his acoustic guitar while Seth did vocals and percussion by slapping his leg and a mattress, they did a few shows and sold copies of their first demo, the titles on the demo are different from the ones on the 7" vinyl release due to Seth and Josh losing their copies of the demo and forgetting the titles.

Shit Scum[edit]

Shit Scum formed in 1988 after Seth saw an ad looking for musicians, Seth chose to call after seeing Cryptic Slaughter as the only influence because not many people in Boston were into that band. Seth eventually invited Fred Ordonez to see Satan's Warriors (which was their last show), Anal Cunt was also playing what was supposed to be their last show but Fred and his friends never showed up, so Seth did another show with Anal Cunt so Fred could see them, Shit Scum also did their first show on the same day. Seth was eventually invited to a studio to play bass on their first demo called "Self Mutilation", they later did a show in 1990, Seth and Fred (without Wayne who was their drummer) went to a studio that college rock bands mainly performed at. The engineer didn't like them and tried convincing them to quit, the record was eventually finished and they ended up owing the studio money so the studio kept the master reel. Anal Cunt did a tour in Germany and did some Shit Scum covers. Matthias Weigand (head of Ecocentric Records) liked the cover of the song "Shit Scum" and wanted to put out a 7". Seth called the studio and asked about the reel, the guy on the phone said "it's right here, pick it up whenever you want", not knowing they owed money to the studio. Seth mixed all the songs and sent them to Ecocentric Records. Fred never had a cover for the record so Matthias made one up. The record was eventually called "Manson Is Jesus". Fred wanted the record to be called, "I Wish this Record Could Punch You in the Face", and have a fist on the cover. Shit Scum had already broken up by the time the album was released.

Full Blown A.I.D.S.[edit]

Full Blown A.I.D.S. started in 1997 while he was jamming with his friend and cousin. In 1998 he wrote some songs and recorded a demo of "No One Cares" with Nate Linehan on drums. In 2002 he moved to Texas for a while but eventually moved back to Boston. In 2003 the band went into the studio and recorded some songs and mixed them in a day. They eventually put out 2 E.P's and put out a compilation CD in 2008[10] with both E.P's and the song "Throwing Cars At People On Coke With Thor".

Death's Head Quartet[edit]

The Death's Head Quartet was a Jazz/Noise improv. band that featured Seth on bass and vocals, Chris Joyce on guitar, Robert Williams on drums, and Jim Hobbs on saxophone[11]. Their first release was called "Live on the Joint" which was a radio broadcast from November 1st, 2001. Their second release was recorded on April 9th of 2001 and wasn't released until 2003.


Cuntsaw started in 1989 with Seth on vocals and guitar and Tim Morse on drums. They usually practiced after Anal Cunt shows. They did one demo called "Concerned" and did one show at Brandeis University with Fred Ordonez on second guitar. They eventually broke up. The Anal Cunt Song "Foreplay With A Tree Shredder" was originally a Cuntsaw song that had a different title.

You're Fired[edit]

You're Fired started in 2002. Within 2 months they had a 9 song demo recorded which eventually became the Warning E.P and was released in 2002. After Seth passed away, they made an E.P. called "The End" with Paulie Kraynak on guitar. Most of the riffs were written by Seth and the album was also recorded with Seth's Gibson SG and Marshall amplifier that were also used on the Warning E.P. "The End" was released in 2012 on vinyl and it also can be purchased on BandCamp along with the Warning E.P.[12]


In 1996, Putnam did guest vocals on Pantera's The Great Southern Trendkill for their songs,"The Great Southern Trendkill", "War Nerve", "13 Steps to Nowhere", and "Suicide Note Pt. II".

Adolf Satan[edit]

Adolf Satan started in 2002 after Upsidedown Cross broke up. Seth played drums for the band for a brief period of time. He eventually quit and Nate Linehan joined. They made a demo in 2003 and eventually made a self titled studio album. They made another demo in 2006 and broke up 2 years later.

P.O.D.D.A. (Pile Of Drunks & Drug Addicts)[edit]

Not much is known about this band but they had only 1 recording session in 2007 which eventually surfaced onto YouTube, the band had Seth on vocals, Dejan Podobnik(Patareni, Millions of Dead Cops...) on drums and Chomi on guitar. Mickey Offender from D.R.I., Offenders, was supposed to lay a bass track but it never happened.(rip)

Sirhan Sirhan[edit]

This band started in December of 1990 and Seth and Tim Morse were trying to think of a christmas gift for Mike Mahan who recently moved to Indiana, they recorded a demo and got a band picture in a $2 photo booth. They sent it to Mike who eventually lost his copy, the demo was released as a split album with a Cuntsaw.


Insult started in 1992 and decided to record an album in 1997, it was going horribly for them so they got Seth to come in and produce their album, the album was called "I Wanna Be A Burn Victim", Seth eventually became their bass player and did a west coast tour with them in 1998 as well as a live show over the radio which was released on a split with Anal Cunt, he quit in 1999.

Person Killer[edit]

Person Killer was a one man project Seth started around 1995, he made a demo and sent it to Earache Records along with a t-shirt, a pin, and a letter that didn't reveal the sender's name. It was planned to be released on a 2 LP set called "The Worst Of Seth Putnam" but it hasn't been released.

According to Seth, "GG Allin asked me if Anal Cunt wanted to be his backing band in February 1989. I said yes, but we never ended up getting together because he was living in Chicago at the time which is about 1,000 miles (1,600 km) away from where we were from."[13]


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  2. ^ a b "Seth Edward Putnam". Find a Grave. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  3. ^ Macomber, Shawn (June 28, 2011). "Seth Putnam Remembered". Decibel. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  4. ^ Fisher, Jason (January 5, 2011). "Seth Putnam from Anal Cunt discusses growing up". The Gauntlet. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Slave to the Grind, Death by Digital, 2019
  6. ^ a b c Carioli, Carly (October 12, 2004). "Coma chameleon - Seth Putnam's near-death experience". Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on December 17, 2005. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "Seth Putnam Frequently Asked ?'s". Wicked Sick Records. April 16, 2003. Archived from the original on March 30, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  8. ^ "Anal Cunt's Seth Putnam: 'Chris Barnes Is A Pussy'". November 4, 2003. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  9. ^ Swash, Rosie (June 13, 2011). "Seth Putnam, the 'GG Allin of grindcore', dies aged 43". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  10. ^ "Full Blown AIDS". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  11. ^ "SP FAQ's". Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  12. ^ "The End (E.P.), by YOU'RE FIRED". YOU'RE FIRED. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  13. ^ "Wicked Sick Records FAQs". Retrieved May 2, 2019.

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