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Eric Fournier, pictured here in front rockin' the mic with his bandmates Harry Burgan and David Fortney in the great mid-80s Bloomington HC band the Blood Farmers, passed away last Thursday, 2/2510. Eric was a central personality in the mid-80s Bloomington punk scene. I wasn't as close to Eric as others from that scene, but I knew him as a boundlessly creative and truly hilarious dude. He'd been living in Southern California since the early 90s, and the only communication I've had with Eric in recent years has been through MFT. Though I remember Eric very fondly and I'm deeply saddened by the loss, it's my hope that some of you who knew him well will use this forum (among others) to pay tribute to Eric. Eric channeled much of his creativity in recent years into amazing short films, many of which are posted on You Tube. It would be great if someone could post some links so that MFT members can see some of his work. It's always been sort of amazing to me that he's not a household name.

Our circle has been hit hard by the early passing of some of the brightest among us.

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Comment by Eloid on February 28, 2010 at 2:45am
Comment by Eloid on February 28, 2010 at 2:25am
It's a little hard to grasp, I can't believe he is gone.
Comment by John P. Strohm on February 28, 2010 at 1:55am
Thanks, Mike. I just spent a half-hour watching most of those videos. Some I've seen; some I haven't. All brilliant. I'd like to see some of those ones he made with Andrew, Glenn, etc. back in the 80s too. Those were great fun.
Comment by mike whybark on February 28, 2010 at 12:54am
Blood Farmers EP on 7 Inch Punk:

Eric's film character, Shaye St. John's LiveJournal and website (crazy autoplay v/o, speakers down)

Comprehensive roundup on the character (embedded links to places to buy the DVD and tons of videos, pullquotes fromcritis on the project):

YT linkdump on search for "Shaye St. John":

Please note, while those of us who knew Eric generally think these videos are the funniest things we've ever seen, there are a LOT of YT comments describing them as disturbing and frightening. I think they are hilarious; YMMV.

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