Seth Putnam

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Seth Putnam
Seth Putnam.jpg
Putnam in 2007
Background information
Birth name Seth Edward Putnam
Born (1968-05-15)May 15, 1968
Allston, Massachusetts, United States
Died June 11, 2011(2011-06-11) (aged 43)
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 1986–2011
Associated acts Anal Cunt

Seth Edward Putnam (May 15, 1968 – June 11, 2011)[1] was an American musician who was the founder of grindcore band Anal Cunt. He was known for his brutal screaming and lyrics that either shock, offend, or invoke morbid humor. Throughout his career, Putnam had also been involved in several side projects.

Early years[edit]

Putnam was born on May 15, 1968, in or around Boston, Massachusetts to father Edward R. Putnam and mother Barbara Ann Donohue, his parents are divorced. Seth was married to his first wife, Alison, from December 1998 through June 2001, he married Julie, his second wife, in 2008. In the mid-1980s, Putnam played bass in the thrash metal band Executioner.

Despite his shock humor and turbulent lifestyle; Seth Putnam was often described by fans and peers as a warm, intelligent, sensitive man. Putnam saw himself as a comedian and used music as an outlet. [2]

In school, classmates who knew Putnam described him as intelligent and stern; but unmotivated, apathetic and oftentimes an underwhelming student. Putnam skipped a grade in school and was a very bright student, tutoring his fellow classmates, he learned to fight people and receive violence from a young age. In his own words, Putnam often blamed brutal fights with Catholic school nuns for helping to shape his cynical personality. When he reached High school after eighth grade, he had lost interest in excelling in education or academics; Becoming more of a slacker and undergraduate.[3] By the time he had graduated school, Putnam had a falling out with the Catholic religion he was brought up in, after graduation; Putnam showed no interest in attending college or university.

Drug overdose and coma[edit]

On October 12, 2004 Putnam was hospitalized after ingesting a cocktail of crack-cocaine, alcohol, heroin, and two months' worth of Ambien sleeping pills.[4] It has been reported that he spent the previous day contemplating suicide,[4] though exact circumstances surrounding the drug overdose are vague.

Anal Cunt's 1997 album I Like It When You Die contained the track "You're in a Coma". Putnam's reaction to the resulting irony of being in a coma was published in the Boston Phoenix: "Actually, it turned out it was just as gay as the song I wrote nine years ago – being in a coma was just as fuckin' stupid as I wrote it was."[4] Anal Cunt kept performing the song during live shows after the coma, with Putnam sharing anecdotes with the audience before the song.

Feud with Chris Barnes[edit]

There had been friction between Putnam and Six Feet Under vocalist Chris Barnes. According to Putnam's defunct website, Putnam heckled Barnes during a Six Feet Under set, leading to an altercation between the two, ending with Six Feet Under's roadies ganging up on Putnam while Barnes fled to his tour bus and hid there. Putnam released the song, "Chris Barnes Is a Pussy" as retaliation to the incident.[5]

According to Putnam in an interview with Capital Chaos TV several years later, Six Feet Under went out of their way to avoid playing in the same city as Anal Cunt several years after the incident. Putnam stated "I guess he (Chris Barnes) is still afraid of me".

Despite the feud, Putnam stated that "Murdered in the Basement" was his favorite song by Six Feet Under.[6]


On June 11, 2011, Putnam died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 43.[1][7]

His grave-site is at Newton Cemetery, Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA, he was also born in this city. [1]

Side projects and former bands[edit]

  • Vaginal Jesus
  • Angry Hate
  • Satan's Warriors
  • Impaled Northern Moonforest
  • Shit Scum
  • Full Blown a.i.d.s.
  • Death's Head Quartet
  • Cuntsaw
  • You're Fired
  • Adolf Satan
  • Upsidedown Cross (note: Although Putnam is credited playing guitar on their split with Sloth, the album was actually recorded years before he joined the band)
  • Executioner
  • Post Mortem
  • Siege
  • P.O.D.D.A. (Pile of drunks & drug addicts)
  • Sirhan Sirhan
  • Insult
  • Person Killer

Some bands Putnam filled in for (live and/or on recordings)[edit]

  • Bad Mouthed Bandits (guitar)
  • Bratface (guitar)
  • Eyehategod (vocals)
  • Buzzoven (vocals)
  • Fear of God (from Switzerland) (drums)
  • Flächenbrand (Drums on 1 song)
  • Haggis (vocals)
  • Kilslug (guitar, drums)
  • Necrophiliacs (bass on 1 song)
  • Nightstick (vocals)
  • Sickie Wifebeater's 4F Club (vocals)
  • Seven Minutes of Nausea (drums/backup vocals on Disobedient Losers)
  • Pantera (Additional vocals on the 1996 release The Great Southern Trendkill)
  • Vaginal Jesus (drums)

Guest vocal appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b "BLABBERMOUTH.NET – ANAL C**T Frontman SETH PUTNAM Dead At 43". Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
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  4. ^ a b c "Coma chameleon - Seth Putnam's near-death experience". 2004-10-12. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  5. ^ "SP FAQ's". Wicked Sick Records. April 16, 2003. Archived from the original on March 30, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net – Anal Cunt's Seth Putnam: 'Chris Barnes Is A Pussy'". Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  7. ^ Swash, Rosie (June 13, 2011). "Seth Putnam, the 'GG Allin of grindcore', dies aged 43 | Music |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 

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