Published Feb 26, 2009Founding Pylon member and guitarist Randy Bewley (pictured left) died Wednesday (February 25) following a heart-attack Monday in his hometown of Athens, GA.
As previously reported, the new wave pioneer was driving Monday when he drifted off the road and tipped his van, according to a Facebook posting from the band. Rescue workers performed CPR at the scene and Bewley was soon taken to the ICU at Athens Regional Medical Center where he died shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Athens-Banner Herald reports.
Bewley formed Pylon in 1978, alongside bassist Michael Lachowski, when the pair of art students met at the University of Georgia. Soon, drummer Curtis Crowe and vocalist Vanessa Hay were brought into the fold, and the foursome released four albums together and toured with the likes of Gang of Four, Mission of Burma, the Talking Heads and U2 before disbanding in 1983.
The band have since reunited several times and played periodic shows over the last several years. In 2007, perhaps Pylon's biggest achievement, Gyrate, was reissued as Gyrate Plus courtesy of DFA, which also has plans to reissue the group's 1983 album Chomp.
Among Pylon's many admirers and followers were bands such as R.E.M., the B-52's and Deerhunter.