Crazy Town's Shifty Shellshock has reportedly died aged 49

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Shifty Shellshock - whose birthname was Seth Binzer - has reportedly passed away at the age of 49.

The news was reported by the Daily Mail, with the outlet stating that the Los Angeles medical examiner recorded Binzer's death on June 24.

As of this writing, no cause of death has been provided.

Binzer - aka Shifty Shellshock - is perhaps best known for his role in the band Crazy Town, who enjoyed hits like 'Butterfly' and 'Revolving Door'.

GettyImages-1579710534.jpgCredit: Jerod Harris / Getty

Sadly, following his height of fame, Binzer had a widely reported battle with substance abuse over the years, and was even left in a coma back in 2012. His journey against addiction was also the focus of reality shows like Celebrity Rehab 1 and 2, as well as Sober House 1 and 2.

More recently, Binzer had been open with his inner "fight", writing on Instagram just eight weeks ago: "I’m a lover than a fighter …but the one I need to love more Instead of fight with is myself .. mr shifty true Love # Sober alive and grateful [sic]"

Binzer's musical journey began in 1992 when he met Bret Mazur, and together they formed the group initially known as Brimstone Sluggers.


In 1999, they established Crazy Town, and their prominence led to an invitation to join Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's Ozzfest tour in 2000.

Their breakout single 'Butterfly' released in 2000 soared to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and achieved number one status in multiple countries, featuring a sample from Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Pretty Little Ditty' from their 1989 album Mother's Milk.

GettyImages-450901841.jpgCredit; Jim Spellman / Getty

Crazy Town's debut album, The Gift of Game, went on to sell over 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Despite initial success, their 2002 follow-up Darkhorse struggled commercially, leading to the band's temporary dissolution.

In 2007, Crazy Town reunited and resumed performing, culminating in their third album The Brimstone Sluggers - a nod to their former incarnation - released in 2015.

The band faced significant changes in 2017 with Mazur's departure, prompting Binzer to add an 'X' next to the band's name.

In November 2019, tragedy struck when Crazy Town's tour van collided with a moose in Ontario, Canada, resulting in injuries to Binzer and other members.

GettyImages-1212655923 (1).jpgCredit: Medios y Media / Getty

Recent years saw Binzer and Crazy Town touring, including a 2023 stint with (hed) PE, though marred by a public altercation with vocalist Bobby Reeves in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Beyond Crazy Town, Binzer pursued a solo career and collaborated with British producer Paul Oakenfold on the hit 'Starry Eyed Surprise' in 2002. His solo debut album, Happy Love Sick, was released in 2004.

Sadly, Binzer's career was often overshadowed by legal issues, including incidents of attempted burglary and involvement with recreational drugs.

Additionally, in 2010 during a domestic disturbance incident with Jasmine Lennard. In 2022, his relationship with childhood friend and actress Soleil Moon Frye took a turn when he was arrested in Los Angeles for driving under the influence.

Binzer is survived by his two children: a son named Halo from his marriage to Melissa Clark, and another son named Gage with Tracy.

Our thoughts go out to Binzer's family, friends, and loved ones at this time.

Featured image credit: Jerod Harris / Getty

Crazy Town's Shifty Shellshock has reportedly died aged 49

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Shifty Shellshock - whose birthname was Seth Binzer - has reportedly passed away at the age of 49.

The news was reported by the Daily Mail, with the outlet stating that the Los Angeles medical examiner recorded Binzer's death on June 24.

As of this writing, no cause of death has been provided.

Binzer - aka Shifty Shellshock - is perhaps best known for his role in the band Crazy Town, who enjoyed hits like 'Butterfly' and 'Revolving Door'.

GettyImages-1579710534.jpgCredit: Jerod Harris / Getty

Sadly, following his height of fame, Binzer had a widely reported battle with substance abuse over the years, and was even left in a coma back in 2012. His journey against addiction was also the focus of reality shows like Celebrity Rehab 1 and 2, as well as Sober House 1 and 2.

More recently, Binzer had been open with his inner "fight", writing on Instagram just eight weeks ago: "I’m a lover than a fighter …but the one I need to love more Instead of fight with is myself .. mr shifty true Love # Sober alive and grateful [sic]"

Binzer's musical journey began in 1992 when he met Bret Mazur, and together they formed the group initially known as Brimstone Sluggers.


In 1999, they established Crazy Town, and their prominence led to an invitation to join Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's Ozzfest tour in 2000.

Their breakout single 'Butterfly' released in 2000 soared to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and achieved number one status in multiple countries, featuring a sample from Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Pretty Little Ditty' from their 1989 album Mother's Milk.

GettyImages-450901841.jpgCredit; Jim Spellman / Getty

Crazy Town's debut album, The Gift of Game, went on to sell over 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Despite initial success, their 2002 follow-up Darkhorse struggled commercially, leading to the band's temporary dissolution.

In 2007, Crazy Town reunited and resumed performing, culminating in their third album The Brimstone Sluggers - a nod to their former incarnation - released in 2015.

The band faced significant changes in 2017 with Mazur's departure, prompting Binzer to add an 'X' next to the band's name.

In November 2019, tragedy struck when Crazy Town's tour van collided with a moose in Ontario, Canada, resulting in injuries to Binzer and other members.

GettyImages-1212655923 (1).jpgCredit: Medios y Media / Getty

Recent years saw Binzer and Crazy Town touring, including a 2023 stint with (hed) PE, though marred by a public altercation with vocalist Bobby Reeves in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Beyond Crazy Town, Binzer pursued a solo career and collaborated with British producer Paul Oakenfold on the hit 'Starry Eyed Surprise' in 2002. His solo debut album, Happy Love Sick, was released in 2004.

Sadly, Binzer's career was often overshadowed by legal issues, including incidents of attempted burglary and involvement with recreational drugs.

Additionally, in 2010 during a domestic disturbance incident with Jasmine Lennard. In 2022, his relationship with childhood friend and actress Soleil Moon Frye took a turn when he was arrested in Los Angeles for driving under the influence.

Binzer is survived by his two children: a son named Halo from his marriage to Melissa Clark, and another son named Gage with Tracy.

Our thoughts go out to Binzer's family, friends, and loved ones at this time.

Featured image credit: Jerod Harris / Getty