Artists from such bands as Radiohead, Metric and Flaming Lips have sent statements to Pitchfork in response to the death of Mark Linkous (also known as Sparklehorse), who shot himself in the heart in a Knoxville, Tenn. alley this weekend.
Colin Greenwood of Radiohead said:
“His first two records were very important to me, and I carried his music from the tour into my life, and my friends’ lives too … Mark wrote and played some beautiful music, and we’re lucky to have it.”
Producer and Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla said, alluding to the Sparklehorse song “Someday I Will Treat You Good, “I always hoped that someday you would treat you good too.”
It’s troubling to wonder whether Linkous would have created his music without the psychological problems that led to his suicide. It does seem like some music wouldn’t have been made without a certain degree of turmoil. Kurt Cobain and Elliott Smith also wrote music inspired by dark rumination before killing themselves. Are they martyrs? Was Linkous?