Vancouver punk-rock legend Brian "Wimpy Roy" Goble has reportedly died.
News has spread across the Internet, with local author Chris Walter writing on his Facebook page "Much sadness here in Vancouver" and Stephen McBean of Pink Mountaintops tweeting "You were a huge inspiration Wimpy". Zulu Records posted on its Twitter account "Our condolences to family. One of Vancouver's finest rockers ever."
Goble played in countless local bands over the years, holding down bass duties in such acts as D.O.A., Rude Norton, and Evil Twang. But it was pioneering punk band the Subhumans that made him internationally respected in the underground music community.
One of the first punk bands in North America, the group was also one of the all-time best, releasing classic genre-defining songs like "Fuck You", "Death to the Sickoids", and "Slave to My Dick". The Subhumans initially broke up in 1982 but re-formed for periodic shows over the last decade. The band's debut full-length, Incorrect Thoughts, remains a punk-rock landmark.
Goble, who'd worked for the Portland Hotel Society for years, reportedly died as a result of a heart attack. He was 57. Known by everyone who met him as one of the good ones on the local music scene, he will be sadly missed.
Here's the Subhumans performing "Oh Canaduh" on legendary local cable show Soundproof back in 1978.