Stefan Cush, who was a lead vocalist for folk-punk band The Men They Couldn’t Hang, died Thursday at the age of 60 from a heart attack.
A statement on the group’s Facebook page said: “With unbearable sadness, we must all let you know that our brother, friend, inspiration, party life and group soul Stefan Cush died of a sudden heart attack on Thursday. . We are more than devastated. Our love goes to his family… We loved him.
Billy Bragg was among those who remembered Cush’s contributors. “He played a big part in their loud show and always had a smile for everyone. He will be sorely missed.
Cush formed the group in 1984 while serving as a roadie for the Pogues. He joined songwriter Paul Simmonds, Cush’s fellow singer Philip “Swill” Odgers, Odgers ‘brother Jon and Shanne Bradley (who was later replaced on bass by UK Subs’ Ricky McGuire).
Their biggest hit on the charts came with the 1989 album. Silver Town, which reached 39th place on the UK charts. The band also supported David Bowie in 1990 during his outdoor concerts at Milton Keynes Bowl.