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    Mazzy Starís David Roback Dead at 61

    The producer and instrumentalist also co-founded the bands Rain Parade and Opal

    David Robackóthe producer and multi-instrumentalist who co-founded Mazzy Star alongside Hope Sandovalóhas died, according to a representative for the band. A key figure in the Los Angeles Paisley Underground scene of neo-psychedelia in the 1980s, Roback also played in bands such as Rain Parade and Opal. He was 61 years old. The cause of death has yet to be announced.

    After co-founding Rain Parade and releasing one album with the band, Roback departed the group, citing a sense of limitations in the band. He spent time in Berkeley and New York before founding Opal with Dream Syndicate bassist Kendra Smith in the mid-1980s. After Smith departed the band in the middle of a tour where Opal were supporting The Jesus & Mary Chain, Hope Sandoval was tapped as her replacement. Roback and Sandoval would later form Mazzy Star.

    The first album from Mazzy Star, She Hangs Brightly, was released in 1990. The follow-up, 1993ís So Tonight That I Might See, featured what would be the bandís biggest hit, ďFade Into You.ĒIn addition to producing their albums, Roback also co-wrote all of Mazzy Starís songs alongside Sandoval, including 2013ís Seasons of Your Day, their fourth full-length album and first in 17 years. The bandís final release, the Still EP, was issued in 2018.

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    Maybe he is not well known, but I love this band.
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    i love mazzy star, they were a huge part of my 90s musical landscape. i hadn't listened to them in a long time and a few years ago i listened to their albums again and they have held up really well. just really beautiful, moody, dreamy pop with hints of psychedelia and the velvet underground. and listening to them it's obvious how influential they were on musicians who came after them.

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    I'm a closet Mazzy Star fan because a lot of people I know don't like them. I love a lot of music, good and bad, and I have a hard time navigating the seas of music snobs, good or bad, that I know. (But hey, I still don't like Rush.) I love Hope Sandoval's voice and the trippy music. I also love Hope Sandoval's name.

    I'm sorry to hear about this, though. RIP, David.
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    ^I love her voice and her name too!
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    Too young, apparently the cause was metastatic cancer.
    David Roback?s cause of death revealed; Opal reissues in the works
    'I had to get rid of the kid. The cat was allergic.'

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    ^That's very sad

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