It’s been half a decade since NYC-based rockers Puny Human released their third album, Universal Freak Out, and still not a week goes by that I don’t wind up with “Number of the Beauty” in my head at one point or another. Small Stone sent out word just a bit ago that Puny Human vocalist Jim Starace passed away last night, Nov. 10, 2012, due to complications from lung cancer. In all my dealings with Starace over the years and the few conversations we had, he was never anything but a good dude, and one only had to see him on stage for 30 seconds to know he had a pervasive sense of humor that became one of Puny Human‘s defining aspects over the course of their three Small Stone albums, 2000’s Revenge is Easy, 2003’s It’s Not the Heat, it’s the Humanity, and the aforementioned 2007 outing, Universal Freak Out. He’ll be missed.
Here’s the announcement from Small Stone. It begins appropriately:
FUCK! We have just been given the word that one of the coolest guys in rock, and in general, Mr. Jim Starace front man of NYC’s Puny Human (the handsome guy on the left in the photo below), passed away last night due to complications from Lung Cancer… Mr. Starace was a fantastic individual who also displayed some of the best dancing moves on stage. Jim, you will be very missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends.
Former Puny Human drummer Iann Robinson had this to say via Facebook:
Peaceful journey to my friend, bandmate and brother. The world shines less brightly without you in it.
Bassist Jason Diamond concurred:
The world is less bright today. Especially Queens, NY.
On behalf of myself and this site, condolences to Jim‘s family, friends and bandmates.Tags: New York City, Puny Human, Sad shit