Word is just now coming out that Randy "Biscuit" Turner, vocalist and performer supreme of Texan legends The Big Boys has passed away. You can read his obituary here, and visit what will surely become a tribute site in the future right here.
Not being from Texas and also being too young to have experienced the miracle of the Big Boys firsthand, they were a band I discovered -- like many great things -- through the pages of badly photocopied fanzines in high school. Luminaries like Byron Coley, King Coffey (Butthole Surfers), Charles Maggio (Rorschach), Jeff Nelson (Minor Threat), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) have all sung their praises over the years for being a band that effectively made unlikely connections between genres (going so far as to perform alongside DC go-go legends Trouble Funk, in addition to all the respected Texan punk bands of the day, who somehow appeared bigger and meaner than the bands from any of the other disconnected scenes I worshipped from afar.)
UPDATE: You can stream a whole mess of Big Boys tracks right here in Real Audio. Be captivated all over again.