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Mojo Nixon, alternative ‘Elvis Is Everywhere’ hitmaker, passes away at 66

Feb 08, 2024 08:51 PM IST

Maverick alternative musician Mojo Nixon died at 66 while on a country music cruise.

Neill Kirby McMillan Jr eventually became known as the phenomenon Mojo Nixon throughout his professional career as an alternative musician. The unfortunate news of the actor, DJ and Sirius XM radio host's passing was revealed on Wednesday through a Facebook statement released by his family.

Mojo Nixon, the cult performer, actor and Sirius XM radio host dies at 66.(X / Twitter)
Mojo Nixon, the cult performer, actor and Sirius XM radio host dies at 66.(X / Twitter)

His prominent hit Elvis Is Everywhere earned him the title of a cult performer. He died at 66 while on a music cruise. Nixon was working as a performer and host onboard the annual Outlaw Country Cruise when he suffered from a cardiac arrest on February 7.

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Other reports confirmed that Nixon had delivered a blazing performance for the country music cruise hours before the unfortunate happened.

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More about Mojo Nixon

Deemed the cult hero of the MTV era, the Burn Down the Malls singer released many controversial tracks throughout his musical career. The 2022 biopic The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon is possibly the best resource that introduces him in the best way possible. Streaming on Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video, it unconventionally journeys to Nixon's destination of mainstream success during the "golden age of MTV".

The rockabilly singer was known for birthing songs centred around the bold theme of anarchy. His novelty song Elvis is Everywhere captures the essence of his humorous irreverence, which ultimately became his signature artistic expression. Nixon was born in North Carolina on August 2, 1957. Many may recognise him from his early '80s duo act shared with Skid Roper.

Nixon especially deified Elvis Presley, a sentiment which found vocal expression in his best-known track. Besides pushing the loud and frantic style of Mojo Nixon songs that resulted in a maverick blend of genres, he made his acting debut in the music biopic Great Balls of Fire in 1989.

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Ironically, which is possibly just as iconic, Nixon released the controversial song Don Henley Must Die, almost as if just to attack pop culture. This song was released in association with Enigma Records and was so outrageously outspoken that his own record label forbade its radio plays.

A few years later, Nixon, a man whose music had once been pulled off the radio, went on to work as a radio DJ. This life track eventually led the MTV stape to SiriusXM, where he again earned a boisterous platform, making him a household favourite of many.

As an X (formerly Twitter) user rightly said, “his enthusiasm will not be replaced”.

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