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 Jason Matthew Thirsk

Jason Matthew Thirsk

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Death 29 Jul 1996 (aged 28)
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 10503944 · View Source
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Rock Musician. A native of Hermosa Beach, California, he was the bassist for the rock band, 'Pennywise.' The group was formed in Hermosa Beach, California, in 1988, by high school students that included lead vocalist Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Byron McMackin, and bassist Jason Thirsk. Known for there style of funk-metal and skate-punk sound the group helped to bring back the punk style in the 1990s. In 1989, they released there debut album, "A Word From The Wise," on the Theologian Records Label. A local college disc jockey was impressed by the album, and a year later the group was signed to a recording contract on the Epitaph Records Label. In 1991, the group then released there full-length debut and began there first national tour. A few months later, bandmember Lindberg left the group due to the band's lack of motivation and the lack of security in rock groups. He was replaced by Randy Bradbury, while Thirsk became the group's vocalist. The group then released there next works, the unissued "Wildcard EP," and 'A Word From The Wise,' in a CD release. In 1992, Lindberg rejoined the group, just in time to help the group with the release of there second album, "Unknown Road." The album which was released in 1993, sold more than 200,000 copies. By the summer of 1995, the group were being offered several record deals by other labels, due to the successes of other groups like Green Day and Offspring, but they decided to stay with there Epitaph Record Label. The same year they released big indie hit, 'About Time,' and also began to tour more and give popular live shows. At one of these shows Dragge became notorious for his vomiting on stage and on audience members, notably at one show in particular when he vomited on a popular DJ named Ricki Rachtman of the KROQ radio station. In 1996, the members began working on the fourth album, but by the summer Thirsk took a leave of absence from the group to try to control his personal problems he was having, including contant alcoholism. He was replaced by Randy Bradbury fist temporarily and then for good following his death. On July 29, 1996, following a drinking binge, Thirsk committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Although the group was terribly shaken and upset by the sudden and untimely death of there friend and bandmate, the group decided to stay together. The group released there fourth album, "Full Circle," in 1997, there fifth album, "Straight Ahead" in 1998, a live album, "Live At The Key Club" (recorded in front of over 600 fans at the club in Los Angeles, California), "Land Of The Free?" in 2001, "From The Ashes" in 2003, and "Fuse," which was relased in 2005. Other songs by 'Pennywise' are, 'Try,' 'Not Far Away,' 'Perfect People,' 'Peaceful Day,' 'Freebase,' and 'It's What You Do With It.'

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  • Originally Created by: Joe Garcia
  • Added: 20 Feb 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10503944
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jason Matthew Thirsk (25 Dec 1967–29 Jul 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10503944, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.