Acid house progenitors Phuture have announced via their Facebook page that founder Earl Smith Jr., aka DJ Spank Spank, has died:
MGMT:::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.
Phuture, formed by Smith, DJ Pierre and Herb J in Chicago in 1985, released Acid Tracks in 1987, transforming the Roland TB-303 from an also-ran bass accompaniment machine into the heart of a new sound: