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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Legacy of Jerry Finn

In heartbreaking news, record producer Jerry Finn passed away on August 21 at the age of 38. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in July and was eventually taken off life support Aug. 9. Sadly, he never regained consciousness.

Finn contributed his many talents to the landscape of Pop/Punk's sonic playground over the years and helped lead the genres to what they are today.

His final work, Morrisey's Years of Refusal , is slated for a Feb. 09 release.

Mark Hoppus (Blink 182/ +44) posted this:

“Today the world became a lot less musical. One of my best friends passed away today. Jerry Finn was one of the most talented, funniest, coolest, smartest and honest people I have ever known.

“He worked on many of my favorite albums of all time, and helped shape the sound and direction of Blink-182 from Enema of the State all the way through to the end and into +44. He was into Family Guy, South Park and Mr. Show before anyone else had even heard of those shows. And when my son was born, while everyone else was sending us baby blankets and teddy bears, Jerry and his girlfriend gave him a tiny extra small black leather jacket covered in metal studs and Ramones pins."

Not only did he produce one of my favorite albums of all time-- Marvelous 3's Ready, Sex, Go-you'll also recognize his name on these albums:

Green Day - Dookie (1994) (mixed)
The Muffs - Blonder and Blonder (1995) (engineered and mixed)
Pennywise - About Time (1995)
Rancid - ...And Out Come the Wolves (1995)
Jawbreaker - Dear You (1995) (mixed)
Green Day - Insomniac (1995) (mixed)
Fastball - Make Your Mama Proud (1996)
The Daredevils - Hate You (1996)
Smoking Popes - Destination Failure (1997)
Coward - Self-Titled (1997)
Superdrag - Head Trip in Every Key (1998)
Rancid - Life Won't Wait (1998) (mixed)
The Vandals - Hitler Bad, Vandals Good (1998) (mixed)
The Living End - The Living End (1998) (mixed)
blink-182 - Enema of the State (1999)
Madness - Universal Madness (1999) (mixed)
Fenix*TX - Fenix*TX (1999)
blink-182 - The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!) (2000)
MxPx - The Ever Passing Moment (2000)
The Marvelous 3 - ReadySexGo! (2000)
Fenix*TX - Lechuza (2001)
Sum 41 - All Killer No Filler (2001)
Alkaline Trio - From Here to Infirmary (2001) (mixed)
blink-182 - Take Off Your Pants And Jacket (2001)
Green Day - International Superhits! (2001) (co-produced)
Bad Religion - The Process of Belief (2002) (mixed)
Box Car Racer - Box Car Racer (2002)
MxPx - Ten Years and Running (2002)
Sparta - Wiretap Scars (2002)
Vendetta Red - Between the Never and the Now (2003)
AFI - Sing the Sorrow (2003) (co-produced and mixed)
Alkaline Trio - Good Mourning (2003) (co-produced and mixed)
blink-182 - untitled (2003)
Morrissey - You Are the Quarry (2004)
Marjorie Fair - Self Help Serenade (2004)
The Vandals - Hollywood Potato Chip (2004) (mixed)
Eisley - Room Noises (2005) (mixed)
The Offspring - Greatest Hits (2005)
Alkaline Trio - Crimson (2005)
blink-182 - Greatest Hits (2005)
AFI - Decemberunderground (2006)
+44 - When Your Heart Stops Beating (2006) (co-produced and mixed)
Tiger Army - Music from Regions Beyond (2007)
Morrissey - Greatest Hits (2008)
Morrissey - Years of Refusal (set for February 2009)

* By Joelle, who thinks you should all go listen to one of these records in honor of Finn.


Lori said...

"Dookie" has always been one of my anthem albums ever since Freshmen year of HS. Such an unfortunate loss. :(

Brian said...

I am a distant cousin of Jerry's and I'm deeply shocked by his sudden and tragic passing. Most of my time with Jerry was spent in childhood during the holidays and I can remember at an early age thinking how clever and witty Jerry was and how I wanted to be like him. I knew he had a deep interest in music and it didn't suprise me later in life he had achieved so much success. R.I.P Jerry. God Bless