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Monday, January 31, 2011

Poison Idea - RIP Pig Champion

Five years ago today, Pig Champion, whose real name was Tom Roberts, died.  Pig was the huge guitarist for one of the best and most underrated punk bands in America- Poison Idea.  Poison Idea is one of my favorite bands, so it really sucked to have one of only 2 constant members of the band die.  Pig died at 47- he was 450 lbs and was known for his use of drugs and alcohol.  In fact, Poison Idea was sometime referred to as the heaviest band in hardcore since the band as a whole weighed in at approximately 1300 pounds.  Regardless of their size or their drug and alcohol use, they are one of the best bands you've never heard.  I wrote about PI in my blog back in August, so I'm not gonna go through their history again.  My favorite PI records are:  Record Collectors are Pretentious Assholes, Kings Of Punk, War All The Time, Feel The Darkness, and Latest Will and Testament.  In my opinion, just about everything they've done is fantastic.  Anyway, RIP Pig Champion - Punk Rock will never be the same without you- have a drink with Joe Strummer.

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