Dave Riley

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Dave Riley is most well-known as the bassist for Big Black. Dave's first Chicago punk band was Savage Beliefs, and he also performed with End Result. Riley suffered a stroke in 1993 and passed away from lung cancer in late 2019. Riley documents the period immediately after his stroke in a well-written blog.


  • Moved to Chicago in 1982, from Detroit
  • Played in a Detroit band called Static for about two weeks, with John of Negative Approach
  • While in Detroit, he worked as an audio engineer for bands such as Parliament
  • Steve asked him to join Big Black in 1984, finally started practicing in February 1985
  • First time he met Santiago Durango was in the Cubby Bear bathroom while Durango was throwing up.
  • Produced End Result's 12" EP Ward
  • Riley has written many short stories and released one book - Blurry and Disconnected
  • After Big Black, Riley was in Bull and Miasma of Funk
  • In 1990 he played bass, piano and percussion on the Algebra Suicide album Alpha Cue

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