That fact makes Dave McArtney all the more interesting, because he was both a significant participant in NZ’s rock and roll life, and a top bloke. So much so that his unexpected death at 62 on April 15, 2013, unleashed a torrent of tears and a blanket of sorrow amongst his extended family of friends, admirers and fans.
The working title of Gutter Black was Sickness Benefit.
McArtney’s near-death experiences were legendary. Graham Brazier gave him CPR in 1975 when his heart stopped after getting a shock from faulty gear – an experience that inspired the song I’m In Heaven.