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13 January 2022
Reading of the death of Ronnie Spector, I was expecting her ex-husband's criminal conviction to be dragged up. Not that it needed to be included in her obituary; after all, it had nothing to do with her. The couple had divorced three decades prior to Lana Clarkson's murder. (more…)
Sally Ann Howes: no longer banging
22 December 2021
On the death of Sally Ann Howes, star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, her son, the artist Andrew Hart Adler announced her loss on his Instagram account: (more…)
Really record breaking
14 October 2021
I have no interest in athletics, so I'd never heard of Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop, until her murder was reported today. She was only 25. (more…)
Sean Lock: no laughing matter
18 August 2021
On the tragically early death of Sean Lock, I'm reminded of one of my favourite jokes ever. (more…)
Beginning of the end
25 July 2021
The end credits to one of the greatest films of all time, 1994's The Shawshank Redemption, start with IN MEMORY OF ALLEN GREENE. Strangely enough, this inspired a question on Quora as to whether Allen Greene was a real person. WTF? (more…)
Edged out
21 May 2021
M$ is finally retiring its venerable browser, Internet Explorer. It's the end of an era. (sad) (more…)
Nick Kamen, 'im done laundering
5 May 2021
Nick Kamen, model and singer, has died aged 59. He rose to fame in a 1985 commercial for Levi's 501s, in which he stripped to his underwear in a launderette to Marvin Gaye's I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Although the advert was for Levi's jeans, I think it did as much for sales of boxer shorts as anything. (more…)
9 April 2021
HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, best known for his bon mots and unenviable driving skills, has died at the tragically young age of 99. His death occurred just two months shy of his 100th birthday so, unfortunately, he never became eligible to receive the telegram from his wife. (more…)
Marion Ramsey: finally graduated
9 January 2021
Actress Marion Ramsey has died, aged 73. In its summary of her career, the BBC not only notes that she appeared in six of the Police Academy films, as if that was something to extol, but actually headlines the article with it: (more…)
God's right hand
26 November 2020
On the death of Diego Maradona, huge crowds in Argentina are in mourning. (more…)
"Bond, James Bond"
31 October 2020
RIP Sir Sean Connery, the quintessential James Bond. And legend of the silver screen. (more…)
26 July 2020
Dame Olivia de Havilland, one of the last survivors of Hollywood's Golden Age,* has died, aged 104. (more…)
Oh well
25 July 2020
Peter Green, legendary blues guitarist and co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, has gone to the Great Jam Session. He had the good fortune to leave the band before they became an AOR travesty; although the circumstances were, sadly, anything but fortunate. (more…)
How long is "long"?
30 September 2017
If you're Hugh Hefner, and you're referring to your future with your new bride, it would be less than five years. (more…)
Alvin Stardust: done rockin'
23 October 2014
Those of a certain age may remember Bernard Jewry's alter ego, Alvin Stardust—the one that he took on after abandoning Shane Fenton, that is. I'm unsure if this is a good thing or not. He never really appealed to me, being part of the early '70s UK glam rock scene that is such a shit stain on my memory. But, otherwise, he wasn't particularly offensive as such. (more…)
Rev. Ian Paisley: dun frothin'
12 September 2014
Ian Paisley, Democratic Unionist Party party leader and man of the cloth, if only touching it, is no more. (more…)
Doner card
27 October 2013
Kadir Nurman, a Turkish migrant to Germany who was credited with inventing the doner kebab, has died at the age of 80. Although grilled meat carved from a skewer was already popular in Turkey, Nurman added salad and served it in a flat bread; and thus was born a staple of fast-paced life in West Berlin, and drunken pub chuck-out time the length-and-breadth of England. (more…)
Reg Presley, done rockin'
5 February 2013
Reg Presley, who stepped out of his older brother Elvis' shadow* to establish that other great superstar group The Troggs, has passed on to a better place. Preferably one where everything about crop circles and UFO will become clear. (more…)
Dave Brubeck: 'im took five
6 December 2012
Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist extraordinaire, has turned in his last composition. Cut down in the flower of his youth at only 91. (more…)
Max Bygraves: 'im gonegrave
1 September 2012
Max Bygraves, alleged entertainer beloved by my grandparents' generation, has checked in his Equity card. (more…)
Scott McKenzie: 'im done lovin'
20 August 2012
Scott McKenzie, singer of San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) and nothing else of note,* is now pushing up the daisies. Grab a dandelion and celebrate the first Summer of Love. (more…)
Tony Scott: that's a wrap
20 August 2012
Tony Scott, director and brother of Ridley, jumped off a bridge and was later found dead. (more…)
Marvin Hamlisch: no longer the way he was
7 August 2012
So, farewell, Marvin HamlischFamous for The StingAnd A Chorus LineOnce you were composingBut now you're decomposing (more…)
Kidney damage
27 June 2012
Nora Ephron, writer of such smash hit drama-documentries as When Harry Met Sally…, Sleepless In Seattle, and You've Got Mail—did anyone actually watch that all the way through?—has turned in her quill and last parchment. (more…)
Earl Scruggs: gon dun pikkin'
29 March 2012
Who? I hear you cry. Only the Earl Scruggs; the man who pretty much invented modern country music single-handedly is no more. I'm not sure whether to feel relieved that he finally got his come-uppence, or robbed of knowing who to direct my ire towards until it was too late. (more…)
Andrea True: less, less, less
28 December 2011
Andrea True, disco diva and one-time porn actress, has gone to the great boogie in the sky. (more…)
Kim Jong-il: 'im gone-il
19 December 2011
Merry Christmas everyone, the funniest part of Team America: World Police has finally done the decent thing! (more…)
Billie Jo: 'er speared
15 December 2011
So, country singer Billie Jo Spears has gone to that great caterwaul in the sky—me not a fan of country music. So far, so boring. But then there's this comment on the BBC's news article: (more…)
Death of an artfag
16 August 2011
The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, has confirmed the death of Robert Breer. The American artist and pioneering film-maker was only 85. He had so much more to give. (more…)
Bobby Robby: combed over
15 August 2011
Robert Robinson, the king of the comb-over, has found the ultumate cure for baldness. (more…)
Bubba Smith: 'im gorn
4 August 2011
You know, the tall black one from the Police Academy travesty? He was found dead, aged 66, in doesn't-appear-to-be-suspicious circumstances. (more…)
Clarence Clemons: done tootlin'
20 June 2011
Bruce Springsteen's tootler is no more. Although I personally found Springsteen's music to be often unremarkable, or remarkably mawkish, Clemons' tootling redeemed at least some of it. (more…)
Michael Gough, 'im gorn (sad)
18 March 2011
Michael Gough, best known as Alfred to Michael Keane's Batman, has handed in his Equity card. (more…)
There are better things to be remembered for
9 February 2011
Death comes to all of us, supposedly, with the possible exception of travellers. (more…)
The wisdom of IMDb reviews
28 December 2010
Idly reading of those that passed on in 2010, I learned of Simon MacCorkindale's death in October. For some bizarre reason, they included Manimal in his career triumphs. Christ only knows why, I bet the poor sod would've preferred to forget it. (more…)
Teena Marie: done groovin'
27 December 2010
Who? Teena Marie, that's who! White R&B singer on the Motown label, who was noted for not having many hits in the UK, just squeezed onto the those we lost in 2010 compilations. (more…)
Danno: 'im booked!
29 October 2010
James MacArthur, best known as the recipient of Steve's final instructions to book 'em at the end of Hawaii Five-O, has gone to the great booking office himself. (more…)
Psychic Paul: 'im paella
26 October 2010
Paul, the octopus who gained fame as a world cup football pundit, has turned up all eight of his toes. I bet he didn't see that one coming. (more…)
Tom Bosley, 'im gone to The Angels
20 October 2010
Tom Bosley, apparently better remembered by the BBC for Happy Days and The Father Dowling Mysteries, but jealously remembered by some of us, from our adolescence, for his proximity to Farrah Fawcett-Majors' breasts in Charlie's Angels, has gone to ogle that chest again. (more…)
Tony Curtis: wigged out
30 September 2010
The star of Spartacus, Houdini, Some Like It Hot, and Monte Carlo or Bust! has hung up his toupée. He was the people's father of Jamie Lee Curtis. Or something. (more…)
Stuart Cable, 'im gorn
7 June 2010
Stuart who? Drummer with Stereophonics and doin' lots of other stuff, that's who, is dead at 40 of no suspicious circumstances. Is that a euphemism for drugs? (more…)
RJD: 'im rock'n'rolled over
19 May 2010
My two favourite Black Sabbath albums are Heaven & Hell and Mob Rules, so I was saddened to read of the death of Ronnie James Dio from stomach cancer. He was only 67, which is no age really. (more…)
Charlie, 'im gorn to the angels
2 April 2010
John Forsythe, the disembodied voice that told some bints-with-attitude what to do with their spare time away from the coiffure, has gone to a better place. Or Alexis Carrington's boudoir, the old dog. (more…)
Fred Morrison, pretender to Xena's crown
13 February 2010
Fred Morrison, self-styled inventor of the Frisbee, has died aged 90. He claimed to have invented the flying toy disc while playing with a tin lid with his girlfriend. (more…)