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R.I.P. Buffalo Guitar Legend

Joe Bompczyk, guitarist of pioneering 1980’s Buffalo punk band the Enemies, has died at the age of 55.  “Disconnected” a song written by Bompczyk and The Enemies, was covered, 15 years after it was written, by The Goo Goo Dolls on their hugely popular album A Boy Named Goo. Since his days in the Enemies Bompczyk has played in several other influential, Buffalo based acts including The Restless and Fredmann’s Curve. Goodbye to a Buffalo guitar legend.

“Disconnected” as performed by Fredmann’s Curve, Mohawk Place 2/6/10


  • Buddy

    Very sad news; he was such a nice guy. I only met him earlier this year and greatly admired his songwriting skill and his unique, singular guitar style, which was definitely his and his alone. Go and listen to some of the recordings he left behind… he made some great rock ‘n’ roll! He also had a lot of great stories about different facets of the world of music in Buffalo and beyond and it was my privilege to hear some of them. He will be missed by many, me included. My condolences to his family, friends and bandmates. Godspeed, Joe…

  • http://sophiesclub.org Pauline Digati-DuFrane

    I remember Joe walking into McVans with his giant yellow moon-boot clogs,leather biker jacket and teddy bear smile. He would pick me up and carry me on his shoulder like a sack of flour. I had no choice. Just like his songs. I loved them. I had no choice. Much love and unending hugs to his beautiful family.

  • Joe Rafter

    Sincere condolences to Joe’s family, loved ones, and friends. I was lucky enough to see The Enemies at McVan’s and enjoy Joe’s guitar playing and songs many times over the years. Talking about music at the clubs or life in general during a few (too few) fishing trips, Joe’s company was always a pleasure. Incredible talent from an unassuming man. An artist and friend who will truly be missed.

  • Paul Wright

    My condolences to his family and friends. I enjoyed the time I spent playing with him and will miss that. Will never forget the show (I think it was at the Masthead) when Joe set off the flash pod in the TV while Fred’s head was inside of it.
    God bless.

  • Jef Allen

    As someone who remembers Joe fondly from “the old days,” this is a sad day for all friends and fans of Buffalo music. Joe was a true original. He will be missed.

  • http://buffaloroots.blogspot.com Kevin J. Hosey

    What a great guitarist, songwriter and person. Joe will be greatly missed and warmly remembered by many of us.

  • John Dickrson

    Stayed tight with Joe, right up til the end. When I was in 9th grade, he brought The Enemies PA system to our school’s talent show for my band to use. My time playing with him in F.B.T. was great. I wish I could make it to Buffalo to say goodbye one more time. RIP Joe.

  • paul licata

    Hardly knew him at Riverside High School but saw many gigs. What great guitar playing on Secret Agent Man!!

  • Frank Vigilante

    The Enemies were a great force in the Buffalo Music scene of the eighties and Joe was the main reason. I knew him a little, admired him a lot, and from what I remember you couldn’t find a nicer guy. Heavens got a hell of a band now!!! Take care pal.

  • terry sullivan

    although time is an awkward bird,
    my memories of joe fly high, and unsurpassed.
    we traveled far, and wide with our trials, and similarities of sound,
    always ending up with a good laugh.

    never to be forgotten.

  • Peter Secrist

    …Very sad I can no longer play music or talk with Joe…

  • Bob James

    I loved Joe.
    His music was soul music.
    I am proud to have shared the stage, studio, stories and songs with him…
    He made a one-of-a-kind sound that No One will ever replace…

  • fred

    yeah but not enough to show for face for vthe last few days…terry your a legend in your own mind………stay away

  • http://atomicguitarist.com Guitar

    This is a good music
    Joe was good i liked him the most.
    Im gonna share this video

  • guy pelino

    Joe had the biggest guitar sound of all no matter what guitar he was playing or what amp he happened to favor at the time. Its been an honor and a pleasure to play with and just to know good ole joe…

  • loretta

    terry did not deserve that. everyone deals with their grief in their own way. if you had a problem, call him.

  • cdog

    Joe was a one man sonic guitar army.

  • Paul Ipolito

    I am shocked to hear this and very sad.Joe was one of a kind and a true Buffalonian.Sorry to find out about this so late.