Ric Parnell, who appeared as a drummer in This Is Spinal Faucet, has died. His Spinal Faucet bandmate Harry Shearer shared the information on-line, writing, “Nobody ever rocked tougher.”
Parnell was a part of Spinal Faucet’s finest identified gags, showing within the movie as Mick Shrimpton, one of many band’s many doomed drummers. Memorably, he explodes on stage throughout a efficiency with Spinal Faucet in Japan. Parnell continued to seem with Spinal Faucet after the film’s launch in 1984, sustaining the mythos by showing as Mick’s brother, Ric Shrimpton.
Parnell maintained a busy music profession within the years surrounding Spinal Faucet. Previous to becoming a member of the band, he was a member of the progressive rock group Atomic Rooster from 1970 by means of 1973. He later joined Toni Basil for her 1981 debut album Phrase of Mouth, together with her mega-hit single “Mickey.”
Together with appearing in This Is Spinal Faucet, Parnell joined the band on their 1984 self-titled album and its follow-up, 1992’s Break Just like the Wind. Past Spinal Faucet, Parnell labored on the 1985 album 3 Ships by Sure’ Jon Anderson and collaborated with singer-songwriter Deniz Tek regularly all through the remainder of his life. Parnell spent his later days residing in Missoula, Montana, the place he had an area radio present dubbed Spontaneous Combustion.