Most music fans probably have never heard of Nash The Slash whose real name was Jeff Plewman, But for those in the know he was a very talented musician from Canada. I was lucky enough to see him perform just the once, probably in his prime too supporting Gary Numan on the Telekon tour back in 1980. Best known for the cover of Jan & Dean’s great track ‘Dead Man’s Curve‘. But this multi instrumentalist married electronic music with classical instruments like his favourite violin. Live he was bandaged wearing a white suit, you just couldn’t miss him even though you couldn’t see him, so to speak.
He never really troubled the charts but I’m sure if you look at all the tributes now online for him you’ll see whom he influenced. Even to this day I often play his album ‘Children Of The Night‘ because it never seems to date really. Maybe he was ahead of his time or just a maverick no one really understood. But his legacy is his fine collection of work, no doubt more will again be made available now. Have a listen and when you have to bandage up a wound maybe think of Nash. Someone who tried to put the fun back into electronic music and for me he managed just that. RIP!
Nash The Slash quote: “The man with no face has no disgrace“.