Here’s a blog post from Kurt Reighely at the Stranger about the passing of Lydia Tomkiw, the singer and poet who fronted the Chicago duo Algebra Suicide in the late 80s and early 90s. When I first moved here in 1992, Hope, my roommate, was fascinated with their album The Secret Like Crazy, particularly the song Little Dead Bodies. She played it all the time, and I never stopped liking it—it’s got such a light touch with its wry morbidity. Tomkiw and her partner at the time, Don Hedeker—yes, that Don Hedeker—had a sort of Dave Stewart/Annie Lennox vibe. You’d never mistake them for anything other than an 80s band now, but still, it was lovely stuff. A shining moment.

Tomkiw moved to New York in the early 90s and wound up collaborating with Edward Ka-Spel and the Legendary Pink Dots on some songs for her 1995 solo album, Incorporated. She was living in Phoenix when she died. To learn more about her, check out this terrific article about her by Bart Plantenga.