Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has announced the death of Seattle punk rock legend Mike Refuzor (Michael Lambert). Refuzor fronted The Refuzors and The DT’s (Delirium Tremens).
Jivetime Records discussed The Refuzors’ hey day in article a couple of years ago, “During the early to mid 1980s The Refuzors were A-list Seattle punk rockers. They were one of the best live bands around. Uncompromising, edgy and raw. They could have been lumped in with alot of hardcore bands from that era but for one thing. The songwriting, mostly by guitarist and vocalist Mike Refuzor set them far ahead of other great hardcore Seattle bands. And they were always unexpectedly fun.
The Refuzors started out as a trio, and it’s probably their original line-up or Mike Refuzor (Mike Lambert) Bass and Vocals, Danny Refuzor (Danny Barton) on guitar and Roach Refuzor Dan Bradshaw) on drums that is most memorable. Other incarnations included Ward Refuzor (Ward Nelson) on guitar, Al Dams, Mike Purdon on bass and Renee Refuzor (Renee Vazquez) doing some of the vocals.
The Refuzors never made it out of the confines of the Seattle/Portland alt vortex. They probably never made a penny, but the Refuzors were the real deal. Totally without guile or bullshit, their lives and music were undistinguishable. They were hombres, outside the lines, with fiercely loyal fans. By the late 80s, though, the band slowly unraveled from drugs, alcohol and limited recognition outside the Northwest. They called it quits in 1989.”
RIP Mike Refuzor. A Seattle punk rock legend.
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) March 10, 2018
It's a sad day. Seattle music legend Mike Refuzor has left us. Great bandmate and friend. RIP Mike pic.twitter.com/6PEyHhpb2c
— Tom Hansen (@tomhansenauthor) March 9, 2018