Randy Bewley

  • "I am so sorry to learn of Randy's death. Looking at his..."
    - Sandra (Kirk) Hassler
  • "Listening to "Dub" right now, this priceless, discordant, ..."
    - Matt Pierard
  • "My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I was..."
    - Patty Bennett
  • "Robin, I am so saddened by the news of Randy's death. I..."
    - Kathryn Bruce
  • "I met Randy when my band was able to open for Pylon in..."
    - Bill Bartling

The Athens music scene lost a respected and influential player Wednesday, when Randy Bewley — guitarist for legendary Athens band Pylon — died two days after suffering a heart attack. Bewley and bassist Michael Lachowski founded Pylon in Athens in 1978, recruiting drummer Curtis Crowe and Vanessa Hay — then Vanessa Briscoe — as vocalist. The band debuted in 1979 at a party above an Athens record store just about a year after the B-52's played their first show. R.E.M. formed a year or so later. Pylon's music was distinct — a punk aesthetic that couldn't be categorized. It earned members the respect of their peers and many Athens bands that followed them and, according to the All-Music Guide, repeated plugs from R.E.M. that Pylon was a major influence on their alternative pop music. Pylon released its debut recording, the 7-inch single "Cool/Dub," in 1979. The band released four original full-length albums — "Gyrate" in 1980, "Chomp" in 1983, "Hits" in 1988 and "Chain" in 1990. In October 2007, Pylon reissued "Gyrate" on DFA Records to renewed critical acclaim. Pylon enjoyed a quick trajectory, playing a gig in New York shortly after forming, opening for Gang of Four and U2 soon after. In 1983, the band was invited to open for U2 on a full tour. But members had never thought much of playing outside their hometown, and decided to turn down the offer and call it quits.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald from Feb. 25 to Mar. 2, 2009
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