Bassist Tim Wright, of Pere Ubu and DNA, Dies

Pioneering punk also worked with Brian Eno and David Byrne

August 7, 2013 10:35 AM ET
Tim Wright A Taste of DNA
The back cover of DNA, 'A Taste of DNA.'
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Tim Wright, bassist in the pioneering punk-era bands Pere Ubu and DNA, died Sunday, former Pere Ubu bandmate David Thomas posted on Facebook. The cause of death and Wright's age weren't available.

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Wright was a founding member of Pere Ubu in 1975 and played on the Cleveland group's early singles, including "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" and "Final Solution." He also appears on a pair of songs on Pere Ubu's 1978 debut LP, The Modern Dance, though he left the self-described avant-garage band that year and moved to New York, where he joined Arto Lindsay's no-wave group DNA – but not in time to play on Brian Eno's influential No New York compilation of no-wave acts.

The sound of DNA changed when Wright joined the band – he played bass, while his predecessor in the group was a keyboardist – and the trio influenced subsequent punk and underground rockers, including Sonic Youth. Wright was a member of DNA until the band broke up in 1982. He also worked with Eno and David Byrne on their 1981 album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Prior to his death, Wright was writing songs and working as a musician and tour technician. 

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