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SST Data Producer Glen ‘SPOT’ Lockett Useless at 72


Glen ‘SPOT’ Lockett, the in-house producer and engineer for legendary punk label SST Data, has died. The information was confirmed by former SST co-owner Joe Carducci, who revealed in a Fb publish that SPOT died at a healthcare facility in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He had been on oxygen in late 2021 after fibrosis had begun to impair his lung operate “and hoped for a lung transplant, however a stroke about three months in the past put him within the hospital.” SPOT was 72.

Born Glen Lockett in Los Angeles in 1951, SPOT was raised by a Tuskegee Airman father who flew British Spitfires and a Native American mom. He grew up listening to a variety of genres, from post-bepop jazz and surf rock to Motown and no matter was obtainable on AM radio. He began taking part in guitar at 12, and at one level auditioned for Captain Beefheart, but it surely wasn’t till he helped construct the Media Arts Studio in Hermosa Seaside, California that he discovered the ropes of recording and producing.

Whereas ready tables at a vegan restaurant, SPOT met Greg Ginn, who would later co-found SST Data and Black Flag. The 2 began jamming collectively in his band Panic, which ultimately grew to become Black Fag. After seeing a riot escape throughout an out of doors Black Flag efficiency, he determined he wished to work behind the boards, producing their 1980 EP Jealous Once more in addition to 1981’s Broken and 1984’s My Conflict.

SPOT went on to work on traditional information by the Minutemen (1981’s The Punch Line EP, 1983’s What Makes A Man Begin Fires?, and 1983’s the Buzz or Howl Beneath The Affect Of Warmth EP), Descendents’ (1982’s Milo Goes To School), Hüsker Dü (1983’s Every thing Falls Aside and Steel Circus, 1984’s Zen Arcade), Misfits (1983’s Earth A.D. / Wolfs Blood) Saint Vitus, Meat Puppets, Large Boys, and extra.

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Along with his work as a producer, SPOT was additionally a photographer and freelance author. He wrote report opinions for the Los Angeles newspaper Simple Reader, and printed a e book of his images titled Sounds of Two Eyes Opening in 2014.

In a 2018 interview with Simple Reader, SPOT mentioned: “Folks have at all times requested, ‘If you’re recording a band, how do you make that second occur?’ No, you don’t make that second occur. You simply set issues in movement that may enable the factor to occur. It’s like theater I assume: One thing goes to occur on that stage, however you’ve gotta make that stage invite the second. And when it occurs, you’ve acquired to acknowledge it.”

“SPOT was a musician and author and photographer who spelled his title in all caps with a dot in the course of the O,” Carducci wrote in his publish. “His principal sideline was as a report producer-engineer and an architect of the pure strategy to recording a band within the punk period. He began in Hermosa Seaside taking part in and recording jazz and he took the primacy of stay jazz taking part in into recording bands in opposition to prevailing makes an attempt to melt or industrialize a back-to-basics arts motion in sound. When approaching the blending board SPOT would assume an Elvis-like stance after which gesturing towards all of the knobs he would say in a Louis Armstrong-like voice, ‘That is going to be gelatinous!’”

Mike Watt wrote on Twitter: “Good folks, we simply misplaced my outdated buddy Spotski, a horrible blow. He recorded the Minutemen’s first stuff, I’m going manner again w/this man. Brother matt took this shot six years in the past when Spotski came over our Pedro city… man, this can be a horrible blow. I really like you Spotski ceaselessly.”

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