Best known for his work in D.O.A. and The Four Horsemen Ken was the older brother of Chuck Biscuits who he followed into D.O.A. The brothers both played drums and whilst Chuck went on to play in Black Flag, circle jerks and Social Distortion Ken had the honour of being the stickman in the mighty Four Horsemen. Releasing their classic rock album ‘Nobody Said It Was Easy’ in ’91 Dimwit passed away on this day in ’94 of a Heroin overdose during the making of the bands follow up album ‘Gettin’ Pretty Good… at Barely Gettin’ By’ but the band seemed cursed as Dimwit was replaced by his younger brother to complete the recording. Later in ’95 frontman Starr was hit by a drunk driver and ended up in a coma with the album eventually coming out in ’96 with just Limzi as the sole remaining member. The album was dedicated to Dimwit.
Enjoy him at the peak of his powers on the magnificent ‘Tired Wings’
Clifford Lee Burton Born February 10, 1962 in California he was the youngest of three children first played the piano courtesy of his father Ray. Clifford started playing the bass at 13 and said he would become the best Bass player he could be for his brother who had passed away. Even after joining Metallica he was still understood to practice for up to six hours a day the usual suspects influenced his style and playing Lynott, Lee and Lemmy all styles that would have a bearing on the young Californian.
Playing on the metal giants first three albums ‘Kill ‘Em All’, ‘Ride the Lightning’ and ‘Master of Puppets’. He also received a writing credit for the song “To Live Is to Die” from the band’s fourth studio album, ‘…And Justice for All’.
On September 27, 1986, Burton was asleep as the tour bus he was travelling in was the centre of an accident in Kronoberg County, a rural area of Sweden. Metallica was supporting the ‘Master of Puppets’ album.
His passing was big news at the time for the tragedy that befell someone so young with so much going for him having the time of his young life. former bandmate Dave Mustain wrote ‘In My Darkest Hour’ about the news of his friend and fellow metal heavyweights Anthrax and Metal Church also dedicated records to their comrade Burton. Of the accident, Hetfield refuted the drivers claims that he hit black ice by suggesting he was under the influence.
Hetfield also stated that he walked long distances down the road looking for black ice and found none. When local freelance photographer Lennart Wennberg (who attended the crash scene the following morning), was asked in a later interview about the likelihood that black ice caused the accident, he said it was ‘out of the question’ because the road was dry and the temperature around 2 °C (36 °F), above the freezing point of 0 °C (32 °F). This was confirmed by police who – like Hetfield – also found no ice on the road. Ljungby detective Arne Pettersson was reported in a local newspaper to have said the tracks at the accident site were exactly like ones seen when drivers fall asleep at the wheel. However, the driver stated under oath that he had slept during the day and was fully rested; his testimony was confirmed by the driver of a second tour bus that was carrying the band’s crew and equipment. The driver was determined not at fault for the accident and no charges were brought against him. Regardless Burton wasn’t coming back and his memory lives on through his huge contribution to the birth and growth of a whole Genre and subsequent immense career of his bandmates. Rest in peace Ken and Cliff.