Glen ‘Spot’ Lockett, Producer Who Helmed Key SST Records Releases by Black Flag and Husker Du, Dies at 72
05.03.2023 - 05:55
Chris Willman Senior Music Writer and Chief Music Critic Glen Lockett, better known professionally as Spot, a producer and engineer of some of the most crucial crucial punk and post-punk records of the early 1980s, has died at 72, friends have confirmed. Spot was behind the boards for most of the essential SST Records releases that put that L.A.-based independent label on the map between 1980-85, including such scene-changing recordings as Husker Du’s “Zen Arcade” and “New Day Rising,” Black Flag’s “Damaged” and “Jealous Again,” and albums by the Minutemen, the Meat Puppets, the Descendents, Saccharine Trust and the Misfits. Joe Carducci, a co-owner of the SST label during the period when Spot was the imprint’s unofficial house producer, announced the death in a Facebook post, saying Spot had been found dead shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday at a health care facility in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. According to Carducci, Spot had suffered from fibrosis and was on oxygen for impaired lung function, and “was hoping for a lung transplant” prior to his condition worsening when he was hospitalized after a stroke three months ago.
Mike Watt, of Minutemen fame, posted on Twitter: “Good people, we just lost my old buddy Spotski, a terrible blow. he recorded the Minutemen’s first stuff, I go way back w/this man. Brother matt took this shot six years ago when Spotski came to visit our Pedro town… man, this is a terrible blow. I love you Spotski forever.”good people, we just lost my old buddy spotski, a terrible blow. he recorded the minutemen's first stuff, I go way back w/this man. brother matt took this shot six years ago when spotski came to visit our pedro town… man, this is a terrible blow. I love you spotski forever.
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