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Bobby Sutliff of 1980s jangle-rock band The Windbreakers – has died

Bobby Sutliffe; WC Don’s Jackson Mississippi 1986; Photo via Tim Lee

Bobby Sutliff – co-founder of 1980s jangle-rock band The Windbreakers – has died. Sutliff died on August 29e cancer was announced on social media by longtime friend and former Windbreakers partner Tim Lee (Tim Lee Three, Bark.).

The Lee/Sutliff duo launched the Windbreakers in Jackson Mississippi, and they were soon spoken in the same breath as popular Southern college rock bands in the 1980s and early 90s – REM, Let’s Active, Guadalcanal Diary , The Connells, as well as the jangle-pop of The db’s, Marshall Crenshaw and Byrdsy-like band The Long Ryders.

Sutliff’s discography includes 4 albums with The Windbreakers and 5 solo discs (Recommended: Only ghosts remain; 1987, and a wonderful mix of covers and originals titled All kinds). Although most of the early Windbreakers albums and CDs are sadly out of print, Time machine (1982-2002) – a compilation of some of their best songs was released in 2003 on the Paisley Pop label, and can still be found.

Here is music in memory of the life and career of Bobby Sutliff:

“Same Way Tomorrow” from Bobby Sutliff’s solo record Only ghosts remain

The Windbreakers “Girl from Washington”, written by Sutliff:

“I can’t go on like this” – The Windbreakers

And here is the “Our Great Divide” – evoking Roger McGuinn & the Byrds:

Tim and his wife/Bark band member Susan Bauer Lee have set up a Go Fund Me page in Bobby’s honor and all funds go to Sutliff’s wife, Wendy Lena Lee. LINK HERE

Tim Lee added: “If you’re looking for other ways to contribute, please visit You can purchase downloads of either an unreleased live recording from the 1989 Windbreakers’ At Home with Bobby & Tim tour, or from the tribute collection, Skrang, Sounds Like Bobby Sutliff, sold out for ten years.

Fans of Sutliff and the Windbreakers should stop by Tim Lee’s facebook page where a memorial of sorts began – with reminiscences from many of Bobby’s musicians and friends – LINK HERE.