Solger

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Solger was considered by many as the first hardcore punk band in Seattle. The name Solger was a misspelling of Soldier, coming from their anti-draft song Dead Soldier. Their five song self-titled 7" record and its super lo-fi sound become a collectors item, as well as setting the standard for comparison by other lo-fi punk recordings worldwide.

Paul Dana (guitar), also known as Paul Solger, started the band after meeting Kyle Nixon (vocals) in May 1980. The rhythm section on the Solger EP was Doug Rockness on bass and Seattle based multi-instrumentalist Tor Midtskog (later of Seattle's Colour Twigs, Nightcaps and currently MoonSpinners) on drums.

After leaving Solger, Paul joined up with the Fartz. He then started The Fags with Upchuck, he played with Ten Minute Warning a few years later. In 1984 Paul got back together with The Fags and the band moved to New York City. Paul Solger was an influence to both Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam and Steve Turner of Mudhoney. Paul Solger co-wrote "Rehab Doll" with Green River.

Doug Rockness (bass), started R.P.A. with former members of The Lewd and The Refuzors after Solger broke up - Doug died in Thailand while on vacation in May 2006 from a suspected but unconfirmed drug overdose.

Paul Dana was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 but was successfully treated and still lives in the state of Washington. Kyle Nixon was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in January 2001.

Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver & Guns N' Roses) has been known to use a white bass with "Solger" written in black marker across it to show his support for his long-time friend Paul Solger and his battle with cancer.

References[edit]

  • Kyle Nixon - cofounder of Solger along with Paul Dana.
  • Music of Seattle
  • American Hardcore - A Tribal History by Stephen Blush page 261, published in 2001 by Feral House, Los Angeles, CA ISBN 0-922915-71-7.
  • LOSER - The Real Seattle Music Story by Clark Humphrey page 49, published in 1995 by Feral House, Portland, OR ISBN 0-922915-27-X.
  • Encyclopedia of Northwest Music by James Bush page 43, published in 1999 by Sasquatch Books, Seattle, WA ISBN 1-57061-141-6.