August 1st, 2012, 1:16 pm · · posted by KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Tony Sly, vocalist and guitarist for punk rock outfit No Use for a Name, has died. Various sites posted scant, sad news Wednesday morning that the 41-year-old had passed away, but no cause of death has been given.
Sly’s longtime friend “Fat Mike” Burkett, of NOFX, issued a statement via his label, Fat Wreck Chords:
“It is with great sorrow that we must say goodbye to Tony Sly of No Use For A Name. We received a call earlier today of his passing, and are devastated. We have lost an incredible talent, friend, and father – one of the true greats. Fat Mike had this to say: ‘One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed.”
No Use for a Name formed in 1989 in San Jose, releasing two discs, Incognito and Don’t Miss the Train, before signing with Fat Wreck Chords in 1993. The band went on to release seven more albums with the independent label, up through The Feel Good Record of the Year in 2008. More recently Sly had been performing solo – his second band-free effort, Sad Bear, arrived last October – and made numerous stops at local venues, including the Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen in Fullerton. He also issued a couple of solo EPs and a split album with Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape.
In 1995, when I was 13, I stole my uncle’s copies of No Use for a Name’s Leche con Carne along with the Offspring’s Smash, both on cassette. I wore them out in my cheap player to the point where one sad day black tape came spewing out of the top of it, spilling onto the floor. I was devastated. That album, Leche con Carne, had been the gateway into the rest of the Fat Wreck Chords roster, just as Smash would be my introduction to the Epitaph Records lineup.
I remember seeing No Use for a Name at Chain Reaction in Anaheim when The Feel Good Record of the Year came out. It was a great return, and I left that night feeling like the band and I had grown up together.
Rest in peace, Tony Sly.
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