Jay Reatard

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In the late 90s, 15-year-old Jay Lindsey, living right outside Memphis,
played all of the instruments on a demo tape by his newly-minted
performing moniker of “The Reatards.” This cassette was sent to Eric
Friedl of the Oblivians, who had used the “Goner Records” imprint on a
couple of releases.  His next would be a 7” by The Reatards, followed
shortly by a full length LP, Teenage Hate (Goner, 1998).

After
quickly building a reputation for an anything-goes live set, and
releasing another excellent full length Grown Up, Fucked Up (Empty,
1999), Jay Reatard shoved what was previously a side project to the
forefront and started raising eyebrows with something other than live
mayhem:  Songwriting and an ear for breaking ground.

Jay’s first title under the solo “Jay Reatard” moniker, Blood Visions
was released in early 2006 on In The Red, and it politely sat on the
shelves for over six months until the live act brought up the rear and
things started to happen. More singles for more labels, a handful of
mind-bending SXSW performances, nonstop touring, a bidding war…that’s
right, a bidding war…and the first quarter of 2008 found Jay Reatard on
Matador Records.

News

Jay Reatard: 1980 - 2010

2010-01-13

We are sad to report that Jay Lindsey, better known as Jay Reatard, died in his sleep early Wednesday morning.  Jay is a recent addition to the Fat Possum catalog with the reissue of his record "Blood Visions".  Read more at the New York Times.

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Jay Reatard - Blood Visions, Now On Fat Possum

2009-11-24

Jay’s first title under the solo “Jay Reatard” moniker, Blood Visions
was released in early 2006 on In The Red, and it politely sat on the
shelves for over six months until the live act brought up the rear and
things started to happen.

Fat Possum has now acquired the record and it is available in stores now

Look for the 180 gram vinyl in January

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