Barring a Dwarves-like PR prank, the news seems all over various garage boards that Hideaki Sekiguchi, a.k.a. Billy, a.k.a. Bass Wolf of Japan's legendary Guitar Wolf has passed on of a heart attack. He died in Tokyo yesterday and was only 38. In a mountain of garage punk combos hitting the road these days, few have totally risen to the bar set by these guys, whose basic Ramones/MC5-inspired formula became a mere tip of the iceberg of the pure insanity one was sure to experience at each and every show attended. Besides being the live rock equivalent of a screaming monkey being put into a boiling pot, their first album sounded like someone playing through gauze down a hallway, and the "quality" of the production over on ensuing LPs on Matador, Narnack etc. dipped and rose to confound you even more.. I wish I saw them more than I did over the years; my fondest memory is from a 1996 Mondo Kim's instore back when I was a buyer there where the leather-clad maniacs in full force with Billy tattooed up and holding it all down while guitarist Seichi was leaping off of display counters and racks, going totally ballistic before busting into the back office and collapsing under the desk as if completely dead. Today's news is sad indeed. Here's an interview from Motor City Rocks, and a Real Audio snippet of a track from their Loverock CD, played on Stefan's Belly of the Beast. Sure hope they carry on.