The Hackney brothers (David, Bobby, and Dannis) started out as a funk band, but upon being introduced to acts like Alice Cooper, MC5 and the Stooges, they turned to hard rock. Often described as "proto-punk," Death preceded the Ramones and has a legitimate claim as the world's first punk band.
Bobby Hackney Sr.
“The first time the stereo played ‘Politicians in My Eyes,’ I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When I was told the history of the band and what year they recorded this music, it just didn’t make sense. Ahead of punk, and ahead of their time.”
Jack White on first hearing the band Death
Legendary music executive Clive Davis funded the recording sessions for Death's first LP, but he wanted them to change their name to something with a less negative connotation. David Hackney refused.
Now that's punk.
One of the most potent live acts in music.
Rock's most innovative and imitated guitarist.
Banned in D.C.
All about the groove.
It went from the underground club scene to the mainstream.
Polished sound and sophisticated production.
A genre unto himself.