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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Remembering Diane Duncan

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Artist/musician/teacher Diane Duncan passed away a couple of weeks ago at the far-too-young age of 47. Duncan was best known in the local music scene as the vocalist for the boundary-pushing indie-rock quartet the Vivians in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The group’s 1989 EP Vivicide featured five tracks of the band’s unsettling music, fronted by Duncan’s feral howl. The band also released a single, “Spades,” in 1994. An underground pre-supergroup of sorts, the Vivians also included bassist Rae Martello, who went on to play with the Heathers, current Pere Ubu bassist Michele Temple on guitar and, at different times, two drummers who also went on to play with Pere Ubu — Scott Benedict and Steve Mehlman. Duncan, who had a PhD in philosophy, also taught at several colleges and universities, and most recently had been exhibiting her artwork under the name Diane Moira Duncan.

There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate the life of this brilliant if difficult woman at the B-Side Liquor Lounge (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.) from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, December 27. It’s free and all are welcome. — Anastasia Pantsios

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