KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas: Tickets are SOLD OUT. Thanks for supporting Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center! Enter to win tickets HERE.

MGMT, Arcade Fire Pay Musical Tribute to Alan Vega

Others, including Debbie Harry and Ryan Adams, posted on social media.

By Jon Wiederhorn

He never had a platinum album, didn’t earn a Grammy and isn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Alan Vega, who died Saturday at age 78, was a major inspiration for generations of electronic, experimental and alternative musicians.

Related: MGMT Release ‘Your Life is A Lie”

Vega was best known as vocalist for the droning, confrontational New York duo Suicide, which formed in 1970 and recorded two influential albums, 1977’s Suicide and 1980’s Suicide: Alan Vega and Martin Rev. Vega also worked with other underground music pioneers, including Al Jourgensen, Lydia Lunch and Genesis P-Orridge.

During his life, Vega had a profound effect on contemporary artists, which explains why MGMT and Arcade Fire singer Win Butler posted musical tributes to the Suicide frontman. Over the weekend, MGMT posted a cover of Vega’s “Goodbye Darling,” which came out on his 1983 solo album Saturn Strip. Also, Butler released a cover of Suicide’s throbbing “Dream Baby Dream” under his DJ Windows 98 alter ego, dubbing it “K33p Ur Dr34ms,” reported Pitchfork.

A diverse range of other artists posted tributes on social media, including Blondie vocalist Debbie Harry and alt-rocker Ryan Adams.

More From The World Famous KROQ

HD Radio Sound Space
Kevin & Bean Podcast
Stream KROQ HD2

Listen Live