Listen: MGMT, Win Butler and More Tribute Alan Vega

Reflecting on a synthpop idol

Alan Vega, protopunk icon, has passed away at the age of 78 leaving a very distinct imprint on many of today’s artist. Covers and tributes to honour the life of the Suicide frontman have started hitting Soundcloud and Bandcamp accounts:

Arcade Fire’s Win Butler released a five minute solo of the single “Dream Baby Dream” under his Soundcloud handle dj-windows98.


Bruce Springsteen, who famously covered the 1979 single, had this to say about the passing of Vega:

“Over here on E Street, we are saddened to hear of the passing of Alan Vega, one of the great revolutionary voices in rock and roll. The bravery and passion he showed throughout his career was deeply influential to me. I was lucky enough to get to know Alan slightly and he was always a generous and sweet spirit. The blunt force power of his greatest music both with Suicide and on his solo records can still shock and inspire today. There was simply no one else remotely like him.”


MGMT shared their rendition of “Goodbye Darling” from Vega’s 1983 solo-album, Saturn Strip.


Former Majical Cloudz singer Devon Welsh released “Me and Alan Vega,” a track he wrote in 2011 but never released.


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