Nash the Slash
Nash the Slash
Nash the Slash was born James Jeffrey Plewman on March 26th, 1948, in Toronto. He was known for being a multi-instrumentalist, beginning a solo career in 1975 and forming the progressive rock band FM in 1976, keeping both sides of his career active on and off through the years. Nash was also known for his stage attire, particularly his tendency to wear facial bandages on stage: this started as a statement he was making at a gig in 1979 about the effects of the Three Mile Island Disaster, and became part of his stage persona.
After a number of very experimental albums and composing music for silent films, Nash the Slash decided to pay homage to a number of great American classics, including Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” and Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” (though the latter were formed in Canada, this song can be argued to be a huge part of American culture, thanks in part to its inclusion in the soundtrack of the Dennis Hopper film “Easy Rider,” which is now a cult classic.)
The resulting album, “American Band-ages,” was released in 1984 through Heavy Metal America, with a preceeding single, “Bandstand Boogie,” released through FM-Revolver to promote the album. While it is not Nash’s most successful album, he personally expressed the opinion that it had never got the attention that it deserved, suggesting a certain personal fondness of it from the man himself.
Nash the Slash announced his retirement in 2012, stating that his eccentric style had no place in the scene of today, and also attributed the theft of his music through the internet to his wish to no longer work in the industry. A suspected heart attack took Nash’s life in May 2014, at age 66: with that, the world lost one of its most intriguing artists.