Johnny Crash, the original drummer for Models, has passed away.
Janis Friedenfelds, aka Johnny Crash, was the drummer for Models from 1978-1981. He played on the band’s first album ‘Alphabravocharliedeltafoxtrotgolf’ (1980).
Models frontman Sean Kelly announced the passing of Johnny Crash on the Models Facebook page.
Dear models friends and fans.
Here’s a few words from Sean on todays sad news of the passing of Johnny Crash, the original Models drummer:
Before I started working with Johnny Crash, I was already a big fan. When JAB moved across from Adelaide with their entourage all those years ago, they brought an impressive air of authenticity to the Melbourne punk scene.
Later with Models, when programming prototype electronic drums, or syncopating a groove, Johnny was the best going around. He also wrote some great songs for us, including Vanessa, Brave New World, and Uncontrollable Boy, his work with the Sacred Cowboys and The Slaughtermen was amazing too.
Will very much miss the occasional visit with Johnny, he was a very caring person and a loyal friend.
May he rest in peace.
– Sean Kelly
After Models Friedenfelds formed Sacred Cowboys in Melbourne with another ex-Model Mark Ferrie. He was with Sacred Cowboys until 1985. He also had a short stint in The Slaughtermen in 1984, again with Ferrie.
Friedenfelds stated his rock and roll lifestyle in Adelaide pink band JAB in 1975.
Details of the death of Johnny Crash have not been made public.
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