RIP saw them once when was in teens and never quite got them. Know people who were absolutely fanatic about them.sad loss
I still believe Is this the life is one of the best songs I've ever heard but on listening to their other stuff I couldn't get into it. Years later I came across another track that I liked ans after some perseverance I absolutely got it. Not everyone's cup of tea but a fabulous innovative, original band.
RIP Tim. Seen the cardiacs several times, once at Keele. Abiding memory was a chap having bought 4 beers carrying through the mosh pit before the band started. Suddenly the band kicks in as does said pit. Chap emerges the other side with no beer whatsoever!
Always loved this cheeky update on his illness from the Cardiacs website.
History update August 2013
And so for five years, history ceased to be created by Cardiacs. Unless we consider the undignified shenanigans of Tim Smith who ‘fell’ into a pool filled with shit and is still crawling and scratching his way out of it. The ALPHABET BUSINESS CONCERN wishes it to be known that, whilst maintaining complete control of his artistic output, they disassociate themselves ENTIRELY with his recent illness and, in fact, fail to recognise it as an excuse for not fulfilling his duties.