The frontman of the British rock band Cardiacs Tim Smith has died recently at the age of 59 and fans are sad to see such an influential legend gone.
Before he died, Tim Smith was well known for his time in Cardiacs, but he was also a record producer and music video director. Born in 1961, Tim began his influential musical career in 1975, as the guitarist of a nameless instrumental band with his school friends.
Tim then began the British rock band Cardiac Arrest in 1977 with his brother named Jim and in 1980 they released their first album titled ‘The Obvious Identity’, they then changed their name to Cardiacs shortly afterward.
Cardiacs went through many line-up changes over their first three decades as a rock band, but Tim with Jim always remained the sole constant members.
Most recently the line-up included Tim Smith on lead vocals, keyboards, guitar, organ, production, with his brother Jim Smith on vocals and bass, then Bob Leith on drums, Kavus Torabi on vocals and guitar, Melanie Woods on percussion and backing vocals and Cathy Harabaras on percussion and backing vocals.
Tim Smith took a break from Cardiacs during the 1990s to work on several other projects, such as during 1989 and 1991 he wrote songs for a solo album titled ‘Tim Smith’s Extra Special OceanLandWorld’ which eventually released in 1995.
Cardiacs had been on hiatus since Tim Smith’s 2008 hospitalisation, which caused him to step back from music as he was developing rare neurological disorder dystonia. The condition left his dexterity impaired as well as his ability to speak, which came about as a result of hypoxic brain damage from a heart attack.
Sadly Tim succumbed to the condition last night. His brother Jim confirmed the news on the band’s website, stating: “I’m sorry, on such a glorious day, to tell you the news that my dearest brother Tim passed away suddenly last night.”
Jim added: “Sorry it’s a brief message but I don’t have it in me to speak at length just now. Love to you all. Be safe. With respect, Jim.”
Tim had previously opened up about his condition in an interview with tQ in 2017.
He told tQ: “I’ve got the luck of the worm that never dies. After all, who would be as lucky as I to have a bunch of people who have just waited ten years for news of my recovery. In my book, that show of faith would be the fattest lump of faith what anyone could endure.”
Tim went on to say: “Some days I can cope with it, if I’m mentally able to. I’ve not even told the kids which I’m pretty ashamed of and all I can say is that I’m sorry. I had no idea how much I actually meant to all these incredible people and have been trying to know what they mean to me.”
“The only way I can try and let you know how I feel at the moment is… imagine if you were wearing a skintight bodysuit made of fishnet all around you with electrical pulses going all the time. This is what my body feels like unless I fall asleep.” – Tim added.
Now that Tim has died he can rest in peace and with his influential legacy left behind, he will not be forgotten anytime soon.
Fans took to social media to mourn the death of Tim Smith, here are posts from Matthew Wright, Rhodri Marsden, and The Magic Numbers. ‘
Just been told Tim Smith of Cardiacs fame is no longer with us. He’s singing to god in person I guess. My deepest condolences to his loved ones, his many friends and countless fans. A sad day for music
— Matthew Wright (@Matthew_Wright) July 22, 2020
Incredibly sad to hear about the passing of Cardiacs' Tim Smith. A unique musical mind, a wonderful man. What a shit day. But he'll always be the dazzling light at the centre of a huge musical family. 💙
— Rhodri Marsden (@rhodri) July 22, 2020
RIP Tim Smith
Thank you for creating a very different world of music 🚀 pic.twitter.com/QvFiXyYNjd
— The Magic Numbers (@themagicnumbers) July 22, 2020