RIP: Hardy Fox, Co-Founder and Composer for The Residents Dies at 73




Hardy Fox - Courtesy photo

By JOHN DALY

Hardy Fox, co-founder of the band The Residents, passed away from brain cancer. He was 73.

Fox was the primary composer for the group, known for its performance art and timely, often anti-establishment songs.

Fox grew up in Texas and attended college in San Francisco in the late 1960s.

Hardy had not played with The Residents since 2015, when he retired. He did continue to write music until his passing.

A lover of music aside from his work with The Residents, Fox also recorded under other pseudonyms, including Sonido de la Noche, TAR, Chuck, Charles Bobuck among others.

The Residents in 2016 - Photo © Donna Balancia
The Residents in 2016 – Photo © Donna Balancia

A statement on The Residents website said Fox was a “source of joy to those around him.”

It also reads: “As president of the corporation from 1982-2016, the company benefited from Hardy’s instinct for leadership and direction, but his true value came from his longtime association with The Residents. As the group’s producer, engineer, as well as collaborator on much of their material, Fox’s influence on The Residents was indelible; despite any formal training, his musicality was nevertheless unique, highly refined and prolific.

“Blessed with a vital sense of aesthetics, a keen ear, and an exquisite love of the absurd, Hardy’s smiling face was a constant source of joy to those around him. He will be missed. After a series of recent health problems, Hardy succumbed to a brief illness. He is survived by his husband, Steven Kloman.”