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David McComb
David McComb
February 2, 1999
Age 36

Heroin / Mysterious Circumstances?
 
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  A letter from a visitor
Feb. 9, 2000
        Hello Gordon, 
        re: David McComb 
        It is absolutely safe to include David as a Heroin Overdose, That definitely killed him. The piece you have published refers to a car accident. The car accident has been ruled out as a cause of death.  On Feb. 14th the coroners finding will be released and it  will all be on the public record -- then I have a copy of the Post Mortem report so I am not making this up!!! 

        Regards,   
        A friend and fan of D McC

 
    On Saturday 30th January Dave was involved in a car accident. He was not badly injured but spent the night in St Vincent's Hospital. He was released on Sunday and went home to recuperate. On Tuesday at about 6pm he died suddenly. Everyone who knew Dave either personally or through his music will always remember him. He is sadly missed.  

Phil Kakulas   
Graham Lee   
Rob Snarski  
    
 

 
ABC Online
Triffids' singer dies

It has been confirmed that the former lead singer of the defunct Australian band The Triffids has died. 

David McComb died earlier this week, after suffering for years with a heart condition. 

On Triple J in the mid-1980s, McComb was asked to recount the band's early days. 

"It was a totally ramshackle thing, I thought that if you had to be a musician you had to start when you were seven-years-old, and I was 14, 15, I thought there was no way that I'd be a musician, you know, it was too late, I was already an old maid."

 
 
Hi Gordon, 

I have emailed you a couple of times already re: the can of worms opened by the death of David McComb.  This matter is still under investigation. 

yes, it is true that he died of 'heroin toxicity" but let me tell you - this was NOT a 'typical' overdose, if you know  the circumstances. ...the actual mechanism of what killed him  is less relevant than you might think, given that he was already in fragile health, and had suffered a car accident as well.  The reason being, that One person, in particular was RESPONSIBLE for killing him. 

       
 

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Heisted from someone who lifted a Usenet message by Graham Lee.
Original from Black-eyed Susans Site

David McComb 17/2/62-2/2/99  

On Wednesday night Paul Kelly dedicated his entire show at the Prince of Wales to the memory of  David McComb. The bookend songs of the evening were McComb compositions. Paul also combined with Chris Bailey at the recent Mushroom Concert of the Century to perform a version of Dave's "Wide Open Road" to make sure one of his favourite writers was represented. This indicates the esteem in which Dave was held by his peers.  

The youngest of four sons, Dave was born into a medical family; his father, Harold, is a plastic  surgeon and his mother, Athol, a geneticist. He grew up in Perth and attended Christ Church Grammer School. A gifted student, Dave consistently won prizes throughout high school in English Literature and Divinity. Whilst still in high school he formed his first band, Dalsy, with Alsy MacDonald. Ambitious from the start, Dalsy was a multimedia project that saw the boys producing music, books and photographic images.  

His early musical influences reveal an adventurous and discerning taste- the Velvet Underground,  David Bowie, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen- McComb was naturally drawn to the wordsmiths though his eclectic tastes would soon see him developing an interest in early electronica, country music, girl groups and hip hop. His early songs demonstrated a keen melodic ear combined with a witty, often sardonic approach to lyrics. By the end of his high school years, Dalsy had become the Triffids.  

Dave continued his education at Curtin University, studying journalism and literature while still developing his musical craft. The Triffids first single, "Stand Up", was released in 1980, the result of winning a band demo competition. The lyrics of the chorus exemplify a tone that Dave would pursue throughout his work. "...Stand up for your rights Grab your baby and hold  her tight If she don't love you well it's OK We're all gonna die anyway..."  

After graduating in 1981 Dave moved to Melbourne before eventually settling in Sydney with the Triffids. There they recorded their debut album "Treeless Plain" bringing the band to national attention. Now a full time concern the Triffids released numerous records before relocating to London and making the landmark album "Born Sandy Devotional" which  spawned the quintessential single "Wide Open Road". They had finally made it on Countdown.  Like so many artists before them it was as if McComb and the Triffids could only see the Australian experience clearly from afar. The album's descriptions of open spaces and beaches suggest an environment filled with light and optimism but also a wilderness vast enough to get lost in. Dave had succeeded in introducing a new vocabulary to Australian music.  Wide Open Road? A  metaphor for the journey within.  

The albums "In The Pines", "Calenture" and "The Black Swan" followed as the Triffids continued to  expand their following abroad, returning to Australia each summer to tour. A sensation in Scandinavia, playing to 70,000 people at festivals in Belgium, being involved in a huge rock riot in Athens, selling out the Town and Country in London and appearing twice on the front cover of prestigious rock journal the New Musical Express- these things were all very well but commercial success still eluded the band and in 1989 they took an extended break which turned out to be terminal.  After completing one of their last annual summer tours McComb co-founded The Blackeyed Susans and recorded and performed with them over subsequent years whilst pursuing a solo career.  

In 1994 Dave's long awaited solo album "Love Of Will" was released as evidence of his unwaning  potency. A band was assembled, The Red Ponies, to tour Europe. A fabulous time was had by all and Dave was heartened to see that his fans, in such old stomping grounds as Belgium and Sweden, had not forgotten him. On his return Dave traveled to New York on a songwriting expedition. He was taken ill and immediately flew home where he was admitted to a  cardiac ward. The prognosis was not good and he was put on the heart transplant waiting list. In early 1995 a donor was found and a successful operation performed.  

Dave commenced studies at Melbourne University and formed a new band, costar, (named after one of his dogs) to perform his ever accumulating collection of great songs. Although his health made performing difficult, costar played sporadically around Melbourne, audiences impressed with the quality of the songs and the undeniable stage presence of the band leader. Recordings had begun and a single was ready for a limited release.  

On Saturday 30th January Dave was involved in a car accident. He was not badly injured but spent the night in St Vincent's Hospital. He was released on Sunday and went home to recuperate. On Tuesday at about 6pm he died suddenly. Everyone who knew Dave either personally or through his music will always remember him. He is sadly missed.  

Phil Kakulas  
Graham Lee  
Rob Snarski 

 
 
  
 
 

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