Adrian Borland: in loving memory


L’immagine di un volto malinconico. Il volto di Adrian Borland, a quattordici anni dalla prematura, quanto tragica scomparsa. Il 26 aprile 1999 Borland si toglieva la vita a Londra, gettandosi sotto un treno alla stazione di Wimbledon. Non aveva ancora compiuto 42 anni. Una profonda depressione unita a dei seri disturbi mentali, le cause del suicidio. Adrian Borland rivalutato dopo la morte. Come spesso, quasi sempre, accade agli incompresi in vita. I Sound sono stati tra i più grandi gruppi dell’era post punk/wave britannica. Puri. Difficile etichettarli oggi, come ieri. Difficile racchiuderli in un genere. E il lirismo di Borland l’autentica arma in più. Ma la storia e il destino sono a volte il ritratto della perfidia e del cinismo. Impresa ardua elencare gli odierni new waver che devono dichiaratamente la loro ragion d’essere ai Sound. Non ne abbiamo voglia. Abbiamo solo voglia di ricordare Adrian, per non dimenticare uno dei più grandi della sua epoca. Inimitabile. Con gli occhi lucidi e lo sguardo rivolto all’insù.

Parents blame police for son’s train tragedy

Grieving parents of a cult punk rocker who threw himself under a train are to take the case to the Police Complaints Authority.

Robert and Winifred Borland, Hillview, Wimbledon decided on the action after the inquest into their 41 year old son’s death this week. Mrs Borland, a 65 year old retired English teacher blamed police for not detaining Adrian under the Mental Health Act – even though he had a history of psychiatric problems and had tried to commit suicide before. Adrian Borland, a founder member of the cult group The Sound, was described by critics as one of the most creative and mature writers of the post-punk scene. His two albums ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘From the Lion’s Mouth’ established him as a leading UK influence. Westminster Coroner’s Court heard this week that horrified commuters watched as Borland jumped under a train at Wimbledon station eariy on April 26. The night before his death police were called and Borland was brought home by officers. Early the next morning he threw himself under the train. Mrs Borland, a 65 year old retired English teacher said: “He didn’t have to be brought home. Everything pointed to the fact that he needed medical attention.” Pathologist Dr Robert Chapman gave the cause of death as multiple injuries. Mr Borland became involved in the London music scene in the 1970s when his band The Outsiders was the first of the punk groups to produce a full-length album on their own label As a solo artist, Mr Borland developed a cult following in Holland, Belgium, France and Germany and his songs often reflected a melancholy state of mind. A jury returned a verdict of suicide while his mind was mentally disturbed.

[Wimbledon, Morden & Mitcham Independent 15-7-1999]

IN PASSING (A. Borland)

These yellow lights are not enough
To illuminate this night
These streets all have a hollow ring
Sounding down inside
This town got our wild years
Now it’s quiet here, and still
What good is life without the few
Who lived it to the full?

This yellow glow
Is gonna show me home
Down rivers made of stone
But if you miss old friends tonight
Then you are not alone