Oh how I loved Dave Insurgent., AKA Dave Reagan Youth.
He was THE coolest. The singer of Reagan Youth and a serious anarchist with
style and attitude and presents, how could you not love him. Dave dressed
great, had a beautiful face and was warm and funny. He was dead serious about
his band and politics, but not a serious bore at all, hamming it up for the
camera or just joking around with his pals, he very approachable for someone
who looked so great and had such strong opinions. Remeber him swaggering around on the Bowery in a sweater with too long sleeves and plaid pants, smiling like the teenager he was.
Dave thought up the perfect
band name because that’s what we were, stuck growing up with Reagan messing up
our world before we were all enough to vote.The first time I spotted Dave at the Decline of Western
Civilization screening I knew he was my peeps. One night we sat around singing
Rolling Stones songs on an acoustic guitar. I still have the fanzine he made
explaining anarchy to his troubled peers. On stage that guy commanded
everyone’s attention. He was one of the great front people and a pioneer of the
early hardcore scene, a great songwriter and vocalist. I will never forget the first
time I saw the band and was just in awe. Then later, as things were
changing fast, I will never forget the first time Reagan Youth covered a Black
Sabbath song at a CBGB’s matinee. Jerry Williams was at the soundboard and the
Paul played the first chord and the drummer started that slow sexy groove
before the band kicks in. War Pigs was a genius choice and Dave pulled it off
amazingly. That was the beginning of the long slow end, but still a great moment. What
fun we had. I miss you so, beautiful Dave. Rock on kids.