Very sad news: Tony Sly, the singer and chief songwriter for California punk band No Use For A Name, has passed away. He was 41 years old.
Tony joined No Use For A Name in 1989, when he was 18 years old, as the vocalist and lead guitarist. Their first record, 'Incognito', came out the following year. Over the years, the band put out nine full-length records. Their last album was 2008's 'The Feel Good Record Of The Year'. In the last few years, Tony was focused on his solo career, creating acoustic music both alone and with Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape. His latest album was called 'Sad Bear'.
In a posting on the Fat Wreck Chords website, Fat Mike of NOFX said "One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone away too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed." No cause of death has been released.
Here are a few of the great tunes Tony created with his band and solo:
No Use For A Name - Dumb Reminders
No Use For A Name - International You Day
Tony live in Drummondville - Not Your Savior
Tony Sly And Joey Cape - 'Chasing Rainbows'