Dannie passed away on January 10th, 2010 due to complications brought on by AIDS. He had officially retired from Wax Trax! as well as music business in 2002, moving back to Arkansas to be close to his siblings in 2005.
The Lincoln Ave. store is now a nondescript dental office and the building that housed the label, as well as Jim & Dannie’s apartment, is just another three-flat in the now trendy and over gentrified Wicker Park neighborhood. Sadly, any physical signs of Wax Trax! and what cultural significance they had on the world, has been wiped clean from both locations.
TVT Records has since been dissolved through their own bankruptcy, and the Wax Trax! recordings were absorbed into the large digital distribution company, The Orchard. As with anything underground, when the fringe inevitably moves to the center, the electronic music that once started out as experimental and exciting has become ubiquitous and mainstream.
Although Dannie survived 15 years after the death of Jim, he never fully got over the loss. They were much more than partners. It was a story of together, piloting a rotating cast of insane and marginalized characters including transvestites, punks and outcasts through uncharted cultural territories. The two pushed further into the unknown, for no other reason than to have fun and to do what they loved.
Jim & Dannie, accomplished so much in such a short amount of time here. They were always on the cusp of music, fashion and art culture that later defined a generation.
Dannie, you are dearly loved and we miss you both.