Mar 26, 2019

Ahead Of His Time and Gone Too Soon


Ranking Roger passed away earlier today at 56 after a battle with lung cancer and brain tumors.  The brilliant British singer of The Beat and General Public was decades ahead of his time with music that fused ska, punk and new wave in the late 70's and throughout the 80's and 90's.

I was lucky enough to see him perform with The Beat on the Retro Futura tour in 2017 and I was absolutely blown away by his energy and the passion of his performance that continued to shine many years after he first took the stage with music that had become part of the soundtrack of my life.

Rest in peace, sir, and thank you.