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Acid house legend DJ Spank-Spank of Phuture dies



One of the pioneers of Acid House has died.

DJ Spank-Spank aka Earl Smith Jr was one of three founders of Chicago house legends Phuture, alongside DJ Pierre and Herb J, who released the groundbreaking 12-minute single Acid Tracks in 1987.  He also worked under the alias Spanky, releasing ‘United States Of Acid’ in 1994 and ‘Track 23 Part 1 & 2’.

DJ Spank-Spank suffered a stroke in May, but the cause of his death was not apparent. It was confirmed on Phuture’s official Facebook page with the message below

The post read: “To our Acid House family and Music family at large we are very sorry to say that our friend and partner DJ Spank Spank has passed away. Spank is (was) a legend. We will for certain continue the work he’s started on his final album project and his innovations in music. Please for now: Pray for his family and DJ Pierre his brother. Allow them time to grieve. We will come back with news. Much love.”

Want to know more about Phuture, check out our Interview with them here

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