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« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2019, 01:44:21 AM »

Oh man, how sad.  He was my favorite part of the backing band.  He brought a real distinct and authentic style, and skillfully walked that fine line between making you notice him and making sure it wasn't all about him. 


That summed him up perfectly
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« Reply #26 on: August 08, 2019, 03:06:28 AM »

If Mars..., that's a lovely story.

I always thought Nicky's talents were so integral to the sound and that he was underrated for what he did. His guitar was always perfect to recapture the magic of Pet Sounds, Smile etc...

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« Reply #27 on: August 08, 2019, 09:23:15 AM »

  As I walked out on cloud nine, I accidentally knocked over Brianís Diet Coke and it spilled everywhere!

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« Reply #28 on: August 08, 2019, 09:39:44 AM »

I suppose now itís time to ask... what was the hat all about?

RIP Nicky
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« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2019, 12:56:15 PM »

Nick was a true original, but yet that description doesnít quite do him justice either. As part of Wondermints, he was a strong singer/songwriter who travelled where his muse would take him. 60ís styled harmony pop? No problem! Jazz-tinged lounge? Why not? Beautiful folk pop? Cool! If Darianís songs often wore their hearts on their sleeves, Nickís songs often had that mischievous twinkle.  When they got the gig with Brian Wilson, Nick often supplied those Carl Wilson-worthy guitar tones that hadnít been heard on live performances of Beach Boys music since Carl Wilson had stopped using a Fender Jazzmaster. Watching Nick play the solo melody on the PET SOUNDS title track was always a treat because of how much he put of his own into it.

Anyone who loves pop music owes it to themselves to seek out the 4 albums Wondermints made between 1994 and 2002. And after that, offer up an Excelsior to Nicky Wonder.
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« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2019, 03:39:58 PM »


The perfect share. Thanks so much! In a horrible coincidence, I was traveling to and from, and attending my husband's memorial service on 8/7, so I'll try to take this in as a can. I guess we can find out if we run out of tears.

What terrible losses we are experiencing. I hope this indicates that we can join them at some special place (if we behave ourselves)...and that Nicky will be there with his guitar.
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« Reply #31 on: August 08, 2019, 06:01:36 PM »

Gotta pay my respects to Nicky. RIP friend. The greatest backing band in the world is a little less great without you... but you will live on in the music. Really enjoyed hearing you perform these songs I love dearly and damn, you not only did them justice, but elevated the music to another level. Thank you for the amazing memories.
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« Reply #32 on: August 08, 2019, 06:07:09 PM »

http://floodmagazine.com/65965/remembering-nick-walusko-1960-2019/
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« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2019, 06:13:39 PM »


The perfect share. Thanks so much! In a horrible coincidence, I was traveling to and from, and attending my husband's memorial service on 8/7, so I'll try to take this in as a can. I guess we can find out if we run out of tears.

What terrible losses we are experiencing. I hope this indicates that we can join them at some special place (if we behave ourselves)...and that Nicky will be there with his guitar.

Very sorry you lost your husband, Debbie. Sending good energy your way.
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« Reply #34 on: August 08, 2019, 06:25:11 PM »


The perfect share. Thanks so much! In a horrible coincidence, I was traveling to and from, and attending my husband's memorial service on 8/7, so I'll try to take this in as a can. I guess we can find out if we run out of tears.

What terrible losses we are experiencing. I hope this indicates that we can join them at some special place (if we behave ourselves)...and that Nicky will be there with his guitar.

Very sorry you lost your husband, Debbie. Sending good energy your way.

Seconded, Debbie. Sending much love your way
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« Reply #35 on: August 08, 2019, 06:50:42 PM »

I'm so sorry, Debbie. Sincere condolences.  Sad

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« Reply #36 on: August 09, 2019, 08:41:27 PM »


Wonderful  article, sad days.  Thank you sir for the great music and spirit.
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« Reply #37 on: August 09, 2019, 08:49:12 PM »

Agree, that's a great tribute to Nick.

Debbie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
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« Reply #38 on: August 09, 2019, 09:24:56 PM »

I suppose now itís time to ask... what was the hat all about?

Fashion, that's all. If you're talking about the furry hat he wore sometimes, I'm sure his Russian roots (his name is Walusko, after all) have something to do with it.
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« Reply #39 on: August 10, 2019, 01:50:48 PM »

Such incredibly sad news. Loved watching him play with his array of guitars (the danelectros and jazzmasters etc). RIP Nicky. Must have been very hard for the band to play so soon after.
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« Reply #40 on: August 19, 2019, 07:03:52 PM »

There's a GoFundMe now to raise money for:

  • Nick's funeral
  • Finishing his album Memories of Tomorrow
  • Donations to the SPCA in honor of his rescued chihuahua Ringo

URL: https://www.gofundme.com/f/aqwfm-nicky-wonder-nick-walusko-memorial-fund


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