David Knight - 30th June 2009

Steven, aka Seething Wells, aka Swells, was renowned for his iconoclastic and vituperative writings in the NME and elsewhere from the Eighties onwards. His high-octane ranting prose and provocative punk attitude made his work unmistakeable - and that attitude was much in evidence when he formed the directing partnership Gob TV with Nick Small in the early Nineties.

Gob TV set about the British music video industry with gusto, with videos for the Manic Street Preachers, The Wildhearts, Skunk Anansie, and many more. And Swells wanted to make them as 'punk' as possible: that is, anarchic, scurrilous and lots of fun.

His friend David Quantick writes in Steven's obit in The Guardian "the Gob TV style - in-yer-face visuals and quick edits, but with an underlying political agenda and humour - is still evident in music videos today."

More recently Steven was living in Philadelphia with his wife Katherine. He chronicled his illness - Hodgkins lymphona - in several pieces for the Philadelphia Weekly. He was an uncompromised ranting punk to the end - but Swells's final blog for the magazine ends with a quote from a Jackson 5 song. He died last week, a couple of days before Jacko.

David Knight - 30th June 2009

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