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TSOL Singer Jack Grisham Has New Book Out; Exploring Run for Senate in 2012

Posted in Announcements, Music, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2011 by Ro

This is Jack. In my car.

Jack Grisham, lead singer for the popular 80’s punk/goth band TSOL, has a new book out.

“An American Demon: A Memoir” is a sometimes touching, mostly cringe-worthy book  detailing the evolution of Grisham’s life. Between dysfunctional family issues, the 80’s punk scene, religion, surfing, addiction, and cross-dressing, Jack’s neurotic story-telling combined with his unabashed hilarity makes this a “must-read” even for non-punk fans. Buy the book at Amazon.com.

In other Jack news, our hero is exploring the possibility of running for the senate in 2012 under the social-democrat platform. In 2003, he ran for governor of California but lost to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Old punks remember that during the the early years of TSOL, Grisham was an outspoken anarchist, and his lyrics were often highly critical of the government. Songs such as “Abolish Government/Silent Majority,” “Peace Thru Power,” and “Property Is Theft” were standard in TSOL’s song sets. Grisham later changed his anti-government stance, stating, “What I realized about anarchy is that we are not responsible enough to be anarchist. There’s no way possible. We’re not responsible enough to be that. That’s a heavy concept.” For those paying attention, yes this came straight from his Wikipedia article, but I wrote most of his Wiki it so it’s cool.

LA/OC folks… go check out Jack’s book release party in Long Beach on May 1st. Details here.

Here is a young Jack with TSOL making a fashion statement. Now decades later, he still dresses with flair and still has that crazy head of hair!

That Guy Who Played That Dude On That TV Show Died. He Was Only 33.

Posted in Deaths with tags , , , on April 6, 2009 by Ro

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Actor Andy Hallet, who played a demon on the television show ‘Angel’, died at the age of 33 from congestive heart failure. Link

Andy Hallett, who portrayed a charming, karaoke-singing demon on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff show Angel, has died at the age of 33.

Hallett was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Sunday after suffering breathing problems. He died there, following a five-year battle with congestive heart disease, his agent, Pat Brady, said Tuesday.

Born in Osterville, Mass., Hallett moved to Los Angeles at the age of 23. He worked as a messenger at a talent agency and eventually scored a job as an assistant to the wife of Buffy and Angel creator Joss Whedon.

After seeing Hallett perform karaoke, Whedon asked the lanky young man to audition for a new character on Angel, which starred David Boreanaz as the titular brooding vampire with a soul.

Described by his father as “a very gregarious, happy young man,” Hallett became a fan favourite on the show as Lorne, the red-horned, green-skinned, lounge lizard-inspired owner of a demon karaoke bar.

Lorne, who could deduce elements of the future for those he heard sing, soon joined Angel ‘s group of do-gooders. The show ended in 2004.

According to Brady, Hallett was diagnosed with his heart condition as the show came to an end and had been in and out of hospital over the past five years.

The actor is survived by his parents, Dave and Lori Hallett.