I met Seth a few times. I think the first one was at the Fleet's Fest of Freaks show at Babyhead. He was a raving asshole. Not content to sully a conversation by adding to it with inflammatory rhetoric - no.... He had to toss a beer into the face of a man who would want to kill him. He had to piss on a nun. He had to scream that he was being raped by the FBI, and then cackle as anyone who looked at him in the confusion was now open to his ridicule and derision.
It was pretty tough to be around the guy.
He got his ass kicked more than times than not, and there was nobody that had his back. Too many stories float around where the last punch thrown in his ragged face came from his own bandmates. And Seth was ok with it. Truth, as it is, Seth was often fond of self abuse (and not the good kind) as well - Hard drinking, drug abuse, and everything from punching himself in the face to smashing his groin with the closest persons head.
And all of this was funny - sad - amazing and hopelessly boring to him.He wanted nothing more than to be this way, and he hated every second of it as it happened. He longed for the chaos, and he dreaded the passing of each second into the next.
Seth Putnam is dead, and so many people are glad of it. He REALLY was an asshole of the highest order. His passing, I have to assume, will be mourned by some - They will say nice things, and MAYBE they will realize that Seth would have mocked them as being "So fucking gay." This whole write up? It would bring down a hail of heat from the lead troll of Anal Cunt. - And I can handle that.
Seth Putnam is dead, and he left a legacy. He was a part of a scene that is defined by music that is cartoonishly over the top. Some people say that he was the GG Allin of the Grindcore scene - That he was the Billy Milano of Boston - And I say that those people are complete idiots.
Seth Putnam was Seth Putnam. We was nothing more and nothing less. He was an antagonist that was lucky enough to have a chance to have an audience and an outlet for his outrageousness. Maybe the other two were the same story, in their own way - but Seth was just Seth. To say otherwise means that you are thinking about it too hard.
Seth Putnam is dead.