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
Allston, 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 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; one of the more notable ones was the racist grindcore band Vaginal Jesus.

There were uncertain rumors as to whether or not he was a member of Vaginal Jesus, originally saying he was just "friends" with the band. However, he later retracted this claim and publicly admitted to being a member in an interview found in the white power music magazine Resistance.[2][3]

Early years[edit]

Putnam was born on May 15, 1968, in Newton, Massachusetts[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.

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.[7] It has been reported that he spent the previous day contemplating suicide,[7] 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."[7] Anal Cunt kept performing the song during live shows after the coma, with Putnam sharing anecdotes with the audience before the song.

Feud with Chris Barnes[edit]

There had been 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.[8] 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.[9]


On June 11, 2011, Putnam died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 43.[1][10]

Putnam's grave is located within Newton Cemetery in Newton, Massachusetts.[11]

Side projects and former bands[edit]

  • Vaginal Jesus
  • Angry Hate
  • Satan's Warriors
  • Impaled Northern Moonforest
  • Shit Scum
  • Full Blown a.i.d.s.
  • Death's Head Quartet
  • Cuntsaw
  • You're Fired
  • Adolf Satan
  • Upsidedown Cross (note: Although Putnam is credited playing guitar on their split with Sloth, the album was actually recorded years before he joined the band)
  • Executioner
  • Post Mortem
  • Siege
  • P.O.D.D.A. (Pile of drunks & drug addicts)
  • Sirhan Sirhan
  • Insult
  • Person Killer


  1. ^ a b "Anal C**T Frontman Seth Putnam Dead At 43". June 11, 2011. Archived from the original on June 14, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  2. ^ Resistance magazine // issue no. 25, Winter 2005/2006
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  4. ^ "Seth Edward Putnam". Find a Grave. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  5. ^ Macomber, Shawn (June 28, 2011). "Seth Putnam Remembered". Decibel. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  6. ^ Fisher, Jason (January 5, 2011). "Seth Putnam from Anal Cunt discusses growing up". The Gauntlet. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Seth Putnam Frequently Asked ?'s". Wicked Sick Records. April 16, 2003. Archived from the original on March 30, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  9. ^ "Anal Cunt's Seth Putnam: 'Chris Barnes Is A Pussy'". November 4, 2003. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  10. ^ Swash, Rosie (June 13, 2011). "Seth Putnam, the 'GG Allin of grindcore', dies aged 43". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  11. ^ "Seth Edward Putnam". Find a Grave. Retrieved 18 March 2018.

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