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Charlie Cooper of Telefon Tel Aviv, RIP (1977-2009)

January 27, 2009

We here at Remix have been longtime fans of Chicago-based electronic duo Telefon Tel Aviv, and we''re terribly saddened to learn of the death of Charlie Cooper. The following is an excerpt taken from the band''s MySpace page, written by bandmate Josh Eustis:

It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22nd.

We have been friends since high school, and began making records together a decade ago. We have been so fortunate to tour the world together, while at the same time having a massive amount of laughs at one another's expense...


Read the entire blog post here.

It seems that Cooper and Eustis have been flying under the radar for about 10 years, while each album kept getting better than the previous one. From Telefon''s debut, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, on Hefty Records in 2001, to the recently released Immolate Yourself on BPitch Control, we''ve loved the band''s brand of spacey, dreamy electronic music.

We''d love for you to write us (see Comment tool below) with your stories of TTA shows, your favorite TTA song...anything you''d like to share with us.

Note that Remix interviewed Charlie and Josh last month about how they created Immolate Yourself, scheduled for our upcoming spring issue (out March 1). We still plan on running this story, along with a tribute to Charlie. He was an excellent musician and, with Josh, a major contributor to electronic music. He will be sorely missed.—The Remix Staff.

*Pictured, from left: Charlie Cooper, Josh Eustis.

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