Rick Froberg was the perfect punk vocalist

Rick Froberg’s voice was the ideal mix of snarl and shrill.

Among male punk vocalists, some had the back-of-the-throat resonance of a Joey Ramone or the guttural depth of numerous hardcore bands.

But Froberg’s voice was unmistakable — not trying to sound tough on purpose, it just ended up that way. The voice that somehow always sounded like a skinny old man who smoked too many cigarettes and drank too much whiskey.

Froberg died on Friday of natural causes, according to John Reis, his musical collaborator of more than three decades. He was reportedly 55. READ MORE

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