Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis.
by Jon Davis, Published 2020-09-09
Coxe was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1938 and grew up in New Orleans. Silver Apples came together when Coxe and drummer Danny Taylor left the Overland Stage Electric Band to pursue music with Coxe's home-made electronic instrument, dubbed the Simeon, which consisted of oscillators, foot pedals, effects devices, and various electronic gear salvaged from World War II equipment. They produced two albums before 1970, when the controversy over their second album's artwork (depicting a Pan Am airline cockpit on the front and a plane crash on the back) curtailed their ability to play and record.
The group remained inactive until 1996, when renewed interest in their music led Coxe and Taylor to resume music-making, this time joined by Xian Hawkins. After Taylor's death in 2005, his sampled drums were used to carry on.
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