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Swells Dies. Caps Lock Buttons Sigh In Relief
Steven Wells , June 25th, 2009 20:36

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Our good friend and Quietus writer Swells died on Tuesday after finally losing his fight against cancer. (To extend the metaphor — it was 30 rounds of bloody boxing and the Grim Reaper just edged it on points. We think a bung from a betting syndicate was involved.)

I won't be the first or last to say this, but Steven Wells was one of my main inspirations to become a journalist. And it was a pleasure to work with him when I finally became one.

Some of the best writing he did came in the last few years of his life and concerned his illness. His last ever column for the Philadelphia Weekly was published here.

I guess because he was still writing for us even a few weeks ago, I hoped his sheer force of personality would somehow carry him through. We'll miss you Swells.

There'll be a full obituary tomorrow.

Andy D
Jun 25, 2009 10:38am

From a recent Philadelphia Weekly column - "I have already planned my own funeral. I will sit up in the coffin, sporting a huge embalmed grin, my right hand waving with animatronic enthusiasm as my left hand furiously pumps an embalmed and cosmetically enlarged erection."

RIP Swells.

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Luke Turner
Jun 25, 2009 12:50pm

A tribute from our man Adam. Their argument about beards that he's reprinted from PlayLouder is superb:
http://www.akirathedon.com/2009/06/rip-steven-wells-the-best-that-ever-did-it/

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John Doran
Jun 25, 2009 2:53pm

Good on those Los Campensinos! youngsters:

http://loscampesinos.com/2009/06/25/heart-swells-rip-steven-wells/

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