“Gonna get high ’til the day I die…”

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Denise Johnson 1963- 2020

This poxy year just gets better. So sad to hear of Denise Johnson’s untimely passing.

Heard the news a few days back and thought it was wind up like when the news of Andrew Weatherall’s death hit. It wasn’t.

Just 56, (like The Guvnor) when she died, Denise was the voice of Screamadelica. No question.

She owned those songs on that long player and made the Scream soar – yes, really. It was Denise and Andrew Weatherall who took that band out of the indie ghetto.

Not forgetting how she brought shining soul to A Certain Ratio, whom she collaborated with for nearly three decades. Denise played a critical part in reinstating ACR’s long overdue position as post-punk pioneers.

So another one gone way too soon.

Rest in power, Denise.