3 Feb 2018

Grant Fell: "He was the thing that all creative scenes need."

From RNZ Music, 1:45 pm on 3 February 2018

The long-time bassist for the Headless Chickens, Grant Fell, has died after a battle with cancer, aged 56.

Grant Fell, long-time bassist and founder for the Headless Chickens.

Grant Fell, long-time bassist and founder for the Headless Chickens. Photo: Superteam Studios

The band won five New Zealand Music Awards in the 1980s and 90s.

They released three albums and their best-known songs included Cruise Control, Juice and George.

Fell also published the magazine Black with his wife.

Grant Fell was not only the band's bass player but also its founder and manager.

He was also a magazine publisher, founding Planet and the fashion magazine Black.

Planet's former editor, Russell Brown, said he had a special ability to pull people together.

"He was this thing that all creative scenes need and that's the person who forms communities and pulls in people around him. He was remarkable for just doing things and then getting everyone else to follow him," he said.

Friends have been paying tribute to him on social media.

Grant Fell talks about his love of skating

The AudioCulture page for Grant Fell can be found here

For an extended conversation about Grant’s life you can hear more of Russell Brown here courtesy of the Spinoff.