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« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2004, 14:03:48 PM »
I haven't yet found a single picture of him.  It is now up to you lot to find a photo of him and submit it. ;D

Meanwhile, I'll just put on a photo of Musical Youth as a group.

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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2004, 14:26:19 PM »
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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2004, 14:32:54 PM »
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y'know, there really should have been a band called The Inevitable Groin . . .

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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2004, 15:45:40 PM »
It was Morrissey on the marvellous Smiths song "Paint A Vulgar Picture" who sang about the sickening greed of record companies seeking to profit over the death of rock stars.


"At the record company meeting
On their hands - a dead star
and oh, the plans that they weave," noted Moz.


I think he possibly had Marc Bolan in mind for that song.

Since Marc died in a car crash, record companies have sought to cash in with endless T Rex greatest hits albums.

It was once suggested that "Death is a good career move" - meaning that for pop stars their status as 'rock gods' grow if they die prematurely.


Billy Mackenzie, lead singer with 80's new wave band The Associates, is one guy that hasn't so far been mentioned on this thread.

Mackenzie, from Dundee, had a striking falsetto voice which he used to good effect on top 20 hits like 'Party Fears Two' and 'Club Country'.









The precise reasons for his tragic suicide are unclear, although the earlier death of his mother was said to be one factor. Shortly before his 40th birthday, Billy became withdrawn and depressed - only venturing outside his house to walk the greyhounds that he loved.

There has since been a biography written called: "The Glamour Chase: The Maverick Life of Billy Mackenzie" ,  which I haven't yet read myself, but which may shed some light on Billy's depression.


The book can be seen at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0747536155/ref=ase_wwwlink-software-21/202-2610371-7191859



(I know that you shouldn't really speak ill of the dead - but personally I thought that 'Divine' - who was mentioned by AndrewR on the opening post of this thread was quite dreadful as a singer. His/Her Top 40 hits "Walk Like A Man" and "You Think You're A Man" were in my opinion two of the worst records of the 1980's. I thought they were ghastly.)









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« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2004, 15:49:08 PM »
Fair does SoftCell - but Divine and Sylvester were part (the front?)of a large group of people who created their own little world which probably helped a lot of future bands and styles to be accepted ...

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« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2004, 16:29:25 PM »
His/Her Top 40 hits "Walk Like A Man" and "Think Like A Man" were in my opinion two of the worst records of the 1980's

Just got a title slightly wrong there - his biggest hit was 'You Think You're A Man' (reaching #16) 8).

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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2004, 16:41:32 PM »
Woops!   I made a mistake there - but the records were so bad that I've been doing my best to forget them!

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« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2004, 16:52:18 PM »
(I know that you shouldn't really speak ill of the dead - but personally I thought that 'Divine' - who was mentioned by AndrewR on the opening post of this thread was quite dreadful as a singer. His/Her Top 40 hits "Walk Like A Man" and "Think Like A Man" were in my opinion two of the worst records of the 1980's. I thought they were absolutely ghastly.)

Although the tracks weren't brilliant, I don't think I'd go as far as to say they were ghastly.
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« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2004, 16:54:39 PM »
Gallery updated with suggested names

(Those who had hits in the 80s anyway ;D)

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« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2004, 21:58:55 PM »
Excellent thread, Billy Mackenzie will be always special to me , if i had to pick my fave song from the 80s i wld defo pick "party fears 2" by "the Associates" he is very sadly missed.

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« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2004, 22:35:00 PM »
What about a mention for Gene Anthony Ray (Leroy in Kids from Fame) who sadly died not too long ago.   :'(

He featured on the Kids from Fame singles 'Hi Fidelity', 'Starmaker' and anothe one I can't quite recall, but I did actually buy all the singles.  Must dig the old 45s out tomorrow! ;D
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« Reply #26 on: June 04, 2004, 22:46:46 PM »
Good idea - thanks Anj.  He's been added to the gallery :)

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« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2004, 09:47:58 AM »
real shame about Maurice Gibb , could'nt believe it when that happened !  :'(

ummm,

eric carr  ( kiss )   though peter criss was better.


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« Reply #28 on: June 06, 2004, 16:40:46 PM »
Just added 4 new photos:

Melanie Susan Appleby (of Mel & Kim)
Alan Barton (Black Lace)
The London Boys
Philip Lynott (Thin Lizzy)

If the gallery gets much bigger I will put it on my website instead!!

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« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2004, 08:00:31 AM »
Someone who died recently .... I cannot remember his name nor his nicname/band. However, they are a UK rap act. His hit had the classic line...

"is he a yankee, no I'm a Londoner"