John Napier (aka Wee Wee) of Ethyl Meatplow has died. Napier's former bandmate Carla Bozulich writes on her Facebook: "Like with so many of our friends it was drugs that got John."
Ethyl Meatplow released one full length album titled Happy Days, Sweetheart and a number of 12"s and 7"s. Napier also played in Incest Cattle, Neon Veins and Here Eat This, among other groups, and ran a small label called Basura! which released a handful of titles in the 90s. After Ethyl Meatplow disbanded Napier went back to school and became a social worker.
Bozulich goes on to say: "John was the most dynamic performer I've ever known. Sick, scary and loving. The cat that knew the best books and records and shortwave channels. He would pull things out of nowhere. I shiver to think what I would have missed and maybe someday I'll make a list! That was John. Same with tons of stuff. He just found things."
A memorial will be held at The Echo in LA on 2 December, 3pm–9pm. A Facebook group has been set up here.