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Edward J. Kurdziel II
Edward "Eddie" Kurdziel
June 6, 1999
Age 38
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Redd Kross Guitarist Found Dead 

Edward "Eddie" Kurdziel, guitarist for the kitschy, Technicolor glam-rock outfit Redd Kross, was found dead of an apparent overdose on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles.  

Kurdziel was not an original member of the band, which was formed in 1978 by brothers Steve and Jeff McDonald (at the ages of 11 and 18, respectively). He joined the lineup in 1993 and debuted on the band's breakthrough album, "Phaseshifter."  

Kurdziel was 38. 

Eddie Kurdziel, former guitarist for Redd Kross is dead. Eddie was found at his apartment by his landlord after friends started to question his whereabouts. 
  
The LA coroner ruled on Monday that he had died of  a drug overdose. 

Kurdziel joined the band for  Phaseshifter in 1993 and also guested on Belinda Carlisle's "Real" album. 

A service is expected next week.  He was 38.  ~ http://www.undercover.net.au/rn070699.html 
 

LOS ANGELES _ Edward J. Kurdziel, 38, formerly of Beloit, died Sunday in his Los Angeles home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Rosman, Uehling, Kinzer Funeral Home, 1125 Cranston Road. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. today in the funeral home.  
~ http://www.beloitdailynews.com/699/dead15.htm
Tue Jul 13 22:14:49 1999 

     From: Jeremy <ajaanchaa@aol.com> 

     Message:  

          Just a quick update on why there might be less Icky postings than normal. Icky's friend, Eddie Kurdziel of Redd Kross fame, died last month. Out of respect for Eddie, his family, and his friends, I'm not going to get into the specifics of what happened. It's a tragic loss. I saw Icky, Roger, the McDonald brothers, and Brian Reitzel at the memorial...just thought you folks might want to know about that. Best wishes to Icky...I knew him too bro and miss him very much... Jeremy 



Thu Jul 22 17:31:04 1999 

             I'm BAAAAAAAAAAAACCK!!! Sorry I was gone for so long. An awful lot has been going on as of late.  Most recently, sadly, as I'm sure you've all heard, my buddy Eddie Kurdziel "past away" this past month. That was very hard to take, as you can probably imagine. Everyone who ever knew him will miss him, greatly. I will always remember him as not only one of, if not the best guitarists I have ever set ears on, but as an amazing person as well. I only knew him for a brief five years, but they were a great five years. If you would all honor him by playing a track off "Phaseshifter" by Redd Kross and listening to his genius guitar playing, or thinking of him next time you hear a Ted Nugent sone (his favorite guitarist, ever!), I'm sure he would definitely appreciate it, as I know I would! His service at the Griffith Park merry-go-round a couple of weeks ago was really nice. It was really great to see all the people he touched in his all too brief life. We all just sat around & listened to Ed's favorites (Cheap Trick, The 'Nuge, etc.), 

~http://www.imperialdrag.com/chatter/read.html
 
 
 
       
 

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 http://www.surrealistic.org/reddkross/promo/bandbio.html
     Eddie Kurdziel 
     Full Name: Edward J. Kurdziel II  
     Date of Birth: September 25th 1960  
     Birthplace (born/ raised): Philadelphia/ Beloit, WI  
     Died: 6/6/1999, Los Angeles, CA  
     Favorite Redd Kross song/ album? "What They Say"/ Phaseshifter  
     First record bought? Cheap Trick (self-titled)  
     First concert? Blue Oyster Cult  
     Favorite color? Red  
     Favorite holiday? Summer  
     Favorite cartoon? Simpsons  
     Favorite thing(s) to do on off days? Swim, hike, record  
     Something you just learned tonight? We play tonight  
     If you could choose the acts, who would your fantasy concert consist of?  
     Gigolo Aunts, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Blue Oyster Cult  
     Favorite ice cream flavor? Vanilla  
     Best childhood memory? Being de-flowered  
     Hero/ Heroine? Paul Newman/ Patricia Arquette  
     Favorite CheapTrick album? Why? First three!! If you don't know, there is no hope for you  
     First crush? Hayley Mills  
     Favorite movie(s)? Dazed & Confused, Patti Rocks, Slapshot, Blue Velvet, Over The Edge, Full Metal Jacket  
     What's the difference between a real camera and a fake one? Fake ones can't rock and look cool at the same time  
     What one word best describes you? Vociforous!!!!!  

  

Redd Kross Bio 

Inspired as much by breakfast cereal and kiddie TV as by rock music, the punk-pop cult band Redd Kross was the brainchild of Steve and Jeff McDonald, brothers from the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne (also home of the Beach Boys) who began playing music together before either had hit puberty. Fueled by a series of dubious visits to famed area rock clubs like the Roxy and the Whiskey-a-Go-Go, they formed their first band, the Tourists, in 1978; Jeff, then 15, handled vocal duties while Steve, 11, took up the bass. 

After rounding out the group with schoolmates Greg Hetson on guitar and Ron Reyes on drums, the Tourists played their first gig, opening for Black Flag. Following a name change to Red Cross, they issued their self-titled EP debut in 1980. After the departure of Hetson and Reyes (for the Circle Jerks and Black Flag, respectively), the McDonalds enlisted a revolving line-up of underground musicians for their full-length follow-up, 1981's Born Innocent, which found the group's pop-culture obsessions bubbling over on tributes like "Linda Blair" and "Charlie" (about Charles Manson, whose "Cease to Exist" they also covered). 

 Following the album's release, the band was threatened with a lawsuit from the real International Red Cross; as a result, they became Redd Kross, and returned in 1984 with Teen Babes from Monsanto, a collection of covers of artists ranging from David Bowie to the Rolling Stones and the Shangri-Las. That year, they also appeared in and composed the music for the no-budget film Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, which included their transcendent cover of the Brady Bunch's "(It's A) Sunshine Day." 

 Complete with new guitarist Robert Hecker and drummer Roy McDonald (no relation) 1987's Neurotica, with songs like "Frosted Flake, " "The Ballad of Tatum O'Tot and the Fried Vegetables" and "Janus, Jeanie and George Harrison, " appeared primed to push the band out of the underground; shortly after the album's release, however, their label Big Time folded, and legal hassles prevented Redd Kross from recording any new material under its own name for three years.  

 Instead, as the Tater Totz, the McDonald brothers corralled Three O'Clock member Michael Quercio and former Partridge Family kid Danny Bonaduce for 1989's Alien Sleestaks From Brazil, the title a nod to the Sid and Marty Krofft children's series Land of the Lost. A collection of satiric and surreal covers, the LP included renditions of "Give Peace a Chance, " "We Will Rock You" and Yoko Ono's "Don't Worry Kyoko." Prior to another Tater Totz effort, 1989's Sgt. Shonen's Exploding Plastic Eastman Band Mono! Stereo (recorded with ex-Runaway Cherie Currie and future Foo Fighter Pat Smear), the McDonalds detoured into another side project, Anarchy 6, for the 1988 mock punk tribute Hardcore Lives! 

Finally, in 1990 Redd Kross landed a deal with Atlantic, issuing the surprisingly straighforward Third Eye. After an appearance (alongside David Crosby) in the kitschy 1991 film Spirit of 76, the band issued a handful of singles before 1993's Phaseshifter, augmented by guitarist Eddie Kurdziel, keyboardist Gere Fennelly and drummer Brian Reitzell. Minus Fennelly, Redd Kross returned in 1997 with Show World. 
-- Jason Ankeny, All-Music Guide 

 

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