Anton Fier  

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"It is worth noting right off that the band that made this record doesn’t exist. Never did and never will. The Golden Palominos aren't a band at all, really, but an idea in the mind of drummer Anton Fier. The idea is to get all these great, inventive musicians to collaborate in different line-ups on a bunch of songs. Fier’s idea of great musicians are people like Michael Stipe, Richard Thompson, John Lydon, Bill Laswell, Jody Harris, Bernie Worrell and Michael Hampton from the P-Funk mothership, Chris Stamey, Carla Bley, Arto Lindsay, Jack Bruce and Syd Straw. This method of making rack records as if they were jazz career retrospectives is a bit out of the way, but it’s one of the ways they do things at Celluloid, where Phillip Wilson has his Deadline, Laswell and Michael Beinhorn have Material, and Afrika Bambaataa has Time Zone."--John Leland for Spin, December 1985

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Anton Fier (1956 – 2022) was an American composer, drummer, producer, and bandleader, best known for his band The Golden Palominos and his association with Bill Laswell.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Fier was an early member of The Lounge Lizards and The Feelies. He was in The Lodge (with John Greaves), worked with Pere Ubu, was briefly in the Voidoids, and founded The Golden Palominos. The 1978 Pere Ubu EP titled Datapanik in the Year Zero was dedicated to Fier.

He has collaborated extensively with Bill Laswell and also toured and recorded with Hüsker Dü guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Bob Mould. He also played with bassist Jack Bruce and Japanese guitarist Kenji Suzuki on the 1987 album Inazuma Super Session – "Absolute Live!!"

Fier played and recorded on the John Zorn-led album Locus Solus in 1983. They recorded a live album for Zorn's 50th birthday celebration: 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 3 of the 50th birthday series on Tzadik Records.

He was a also drummed with Herbie Hancock, Gil Scott-Heron, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Arto Lindsay, Mick Jagger, Electric Eels, Material, Rhys Chatham, Matthew Sweet, Los Lobos, Joe Henry, Jeff Buckley and Swans.

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50th Birthday Celebration Volume 3, A Dead Horse, A Good Country Mile, A History (1982–1985), A History (1986–1989), Akasha (album), Alfred 23 Harth, Alive and Living Now, Amanda Kramer, Andy Hess, Arto Lindsay, Avant Records, Bad Vibes (Lloyd Cole album), Bernie Worrell, Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere), Big Science (Laurie Anderson album), Bill Laswell discography, Billy Martin (percussionist), Black Sheets of Rain, Blast of Silence (Axed My Baby for a Nickel), Bob Mould, Buckethead discography, By the Light of the Moon (album), Chapter One: Book of Entrance, Chris Brown (Canadian musician), Clark Gayton, Crazy Rhythms, Danny Blume, Danny Ray (saxophonist), Datapanik in the Year Zero, David Moss (musician), David Van Tieghem, Days and Nights of Blue Luck Inverted, Dead Inside (album), Deaths in 2022, Desire Develops an Edge, Distill (album), Drivin N Cryin, Drunk with Passion, El Cancionero Mas y Mas, Erik Sanko, Evan Lurie, Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud, Filmworks 1986–1990, Forever Burned, Fred Frith, Funkcronomicon, Gestalt et Jive, Glenn Mercer, Heaven Sent (Paul Haig song), Here Before (album), Jack Bruce, Jakko Jakszyk, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Jane Scarpantoni, Jody Harris, John D Morton, John Greaves (musician), John Lurie, John Medeski, John Zorn discography, John Zorn, Just Another Night (Mick Jagger song), Karen Mantler, Kenny Wollesen, Kevn Kinney, Knox Chandler, List of 2020s deaths in rock and roll, List of people from Ohio, Locus Solus (album), Lori Carson, Lounge Lizards (album), Marc Ribot, Massacre (experimental band), Mauro Refosco, Mirrors (Ohio band), Mister Heartbreak, Never Give Up (Party Party), Nicky Skopelitis, Nicole Blackman, No Pain for Cakes, Now and Again (The Grapes of Wrath album), One Big Day, Only Life, Oren Bloedow, Paul Haig, Pere Ubu, Peter Zummo, Phew (singer), Poison Years, Psychonavigation 2, Pure (The Golden Palominos album), RēR Quarterly, Rhythm of Life, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Richard Thompson (musician), Roy Nathanson, She's the Boss, Somethin Els, Song of the Bailing Man, Songs to No One 1991–1992, Sound-System (album), Starpeace, Steven Bernstein (musician), Stina Nordenstam, Strange Angels (Laurie Anderson album), Swans (band), Syd Straw, The Big Gundown (album), The Burning World (album), The End of Law, The Feelies, The Golden Palominos (album), The Golden Palominos discography, The Golden Palominos, The Good Earth (The Feelies album), The Grapes of Wrath (band), The Lodge (band), The Lounge Lizards, The Sound of the Sand and Other Songs of the Pedestrian, The Styrenes, This Is How It Feels (album), Thundering Herd: The Best of The Golden Palominos, Time for a Witness, Tony Scherr, Variations on a Theme (David Thomas album), Victoria Williams, Vincent Signorelli, Visions of Excess, Voice of Chunk, White Light from the Mouth of Infinity, Wolf Tracks – Best of Los Lobos, Workbook (album), X X (band)

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