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Name  Darcy Clay

Role  Singer
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Died  March 15, 1998, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
Albums  Jesus I Was Evil, Songs for Beethoven
Similar People  Th' Dudes, Blam Blam Blam, Voom, Chris Knox, New Gum Sarn

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Darcy Clay (b. Daniel Robert Bolton, 5 December 1972 – 15 March 1998) was an Auckland, New Zealand singer/songwriter, who was made famous in 1997 for his Number 5 hit "Jesus I Was Evil", in which he recorded all instruments in his bedroom on a 4-track recorder. He was signed to Antenna Records.


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Darcy lived in Birkenhead while a youth, when 14 years old he spent 9 months living in Atlanta, Georgia and he later lived in the Blue Mountains in NSW, Australia for 18 months with his Aunt, Che, her husband, Peter, and his cousin, Madelaine.

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Darcy Clay's favourite bands were Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, ACDC, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, and a variety of other metal bands and a broad variety of country and other western music. He very much enjoyed "The Highwaymen" and had a deep appreciation of the Beatles and Bob Dylan. All of his songs on the EP "Jesus I was Evil" were written (except "Jolene"), played (all instruments and vocals), recorded, and produced by Darcy Clay alone.


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Clay's entire career output consisted of two six track EPs, Jesus I Was Evil and (posthumously) a live EP Songs For Beethoven, recorded on DAT tape when he opened for Blur's 1997 New Zealand performance (including a solo performance of Candle in the Wind, the tribute to Marilyn Monroe written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin who later re-recorded it as a tribute to Princess Diana, who had died less than two months beforehand). The two EPs were reissued back to back as an album entitled Darcy Anthology, featuring a bonus CD of QuickTime, all Darcy Clay music videos, interview footage and press clippings created before his death in 1998.

His music has been described as "country-fried punk rock" - his Jesus I Was Evil EP featured a cover of Dolly Parton's Jolene, amongst other somewhat country-flavoured rock songs.

Clay's song "All I gotta Do" was covered by the English rock band "Hot Leg" (formerly named "The Darkness") and released on the b-side of their hit single "Cocktails".


Darcy Clay committed suicide on 15 March 1998. At the time of his suicide Clay was scheduled to perform on 9 April 1998 at the Levi's Life Festival, a suicide prevention and awareness event.


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