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Postby Slade » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:31 pm

Instead of individual threads marking each passing, let's have one that covers all. The news today, February 6, 2009:

LOS ANGELES - Lux Interior, co-founder and lead singer of the pioneering horror-punk band the Cramps, has died, the group's publicist said. He was 62.

Interior - whose real name was Erick Lee Purkhiser - died Wednesday of a pre-existing heart condition at a hospital in Glendale, Calif., publicist Aleix Martinez said in a statement.

Interior met his future wife Kristy Wallace - who would later take the stage name Poison Ivy - in Sacramento in 1972.

The pair moved to New York and started the Cramps with Interior on lead vocals and Ivy on guitar. The group was a part of the late '70s early punk scene centred at Manhattan clubs like CBGB, alongside acts like the Ramones and Patti Smith.

Their unmistakable sound was a lo-fi synthesis of rockabilly and surf guitar staged with a deviant dose of midnight-movie camp. Some called it "psychobilly."

The pale, tall, gaunt Interior appeared shirtless with black hair and tiny, low-slung black pants, looking part zombie, part Elvis Presley as he crawled, writhed and howled his way across the stage.

The group had the raw intensity of punk, but took the music in new directions by incorporating theatrical elements, often horror-themed, in songs like "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" and "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns."

Their breakthrough debut EP was 1979's "Gravest Hits."

The band made a notorious appearance at a California mental institution, Napa State Hospital, in 1978.

The performance, whose video is still popular on YouTube, was a punk-era echo of the Folsom Prison concert of Johnny Cash, one of the band's influences.

Interior was widely rumored in 1987 to have died from a heroin overdose, and his wife received flowers and funeral wreaths.

"At first I thought it was kind of funny," he told the Los Angeles Times at the time. "But then it started to give me a creepy feeling."

The Cramps' lineup changed often through the decades but Interior and Ivy remained the centre.

Their bluesy, trebly sound - the group didn't have a bass guitarist - resonates in modern minimalist groups like the White Stripes and the Black Lips.

The band's last release was the 2004 rarities collection "How to Make a Monster." They were still touring as recently as last November.
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Postby SickThing » Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:00 am

James Whitmore died today:

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Postby Judy » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:42 am

Sorry to hear about that Hunter . . . I always enjoyed his work . . . he WILL be missed. :cry:
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Postby dreab trawets » Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:58 pm

A little bit late but....

Molly Bee, born Mollie Gene Beachboard and also known as Molly Muncy (August 18, 1939 – February 7, 2009)

Sung I saw mommy kissing santa claus, at the age of 13
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molly_Bee

Orlando "Cachaito" López (1933 – February 9, 2009) was a Cuban bassist, who has gained international attention especially since his involvement in the Buena Vista Social Club recordings.

He was nicknamed Cachaito ("little Cachao") after his uncle, the famous bassist and innovator of mambo music Israel "Cachao" López.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7rrxl-VQEc

Estelle Bennett, (July 22, 1941 – February 11, 2009)
Member of the Ronettes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCUO7F2xjzw
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Postby SickThing » Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:52 pm

RIP Kelly Groucutt, bass player for ELO, who died of a heart attack on February 19, 2009.

Kelly's website

I'm a big ELO fan (especially the late '70s, early '80s ELO), and I still listen to ELO pretty frequently.

Kelly back in the day:

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Postby Mbwun » Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:55 pm

Andy Hallett, who played Lorne on the TV show "Angel", has died of heart failure at age 33:

Andy Hallett, who starred as Lorne ("the Host") on the TV series Angel, died of heart failure last night at age 33, according to his longtime agent and friend Pat Brady. The actor passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with heart disease, with his father Dave Hallett by his side.

Hallett, from the Cape Cod village of Osterville, Mass., appeared on more than 70 episodes of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff, Angel, between 2000 and 2004. The accomplished actor was also a musician and sang two songs ("Lady Marmalade" and "It's Not Easy Being Green") on the Angel: Live Fast, Die Never soundtrack, released in 2005.

The actor's character on Angel was Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan, or Lorne for short. Hallett's Lorne was a friendly demon, who, when not assisting Angel and his team in the investigation of various and sundry underworld mysteries, served as the host and headliner at a demon bar.

Back in 2001, Hallett told our own Jen Godwin that despite constant flirtation with David Boreanaz' character Angel, and the occasional sly Elton John reference, "We don't really know if he's gay. I don't really know. It's funny, because sometimes he's right in Angel's face, and that's when I feel it the most. And viewers would probably think, hmm, what's going on here? This guy's pretty curvy."

Hallett has spent his post-Angel years working on his music career, playing shows around the country. He had been admitted to the hospital three or four times in the past few years for his heart condition, according to Pat.

Another Angel castmember, Glenn Quinn, who played Doyle in season one, passed away in 2002.

A private funeral service will be held for family and close friends in Cape Cod, most likely over this weekend.


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Postby EZ Rhino » Tue May 05, 2009 8:04 pm

RIP Dom Deluise.

I remember him mosly from the movies he did with Burt Reynolds. Here's the Cannonball run outtakes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvHTeNThAo0&feature=player_embedded
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Postby jmount43 » Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:35 pm

RIP David Carradine. You will be missed.
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Postby SickThing » Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:01 pm

A Personal Message From Alice Cooper
June 14th, 2009
It is with extreme sadness that we need to inform the community of Alice Cooper fans of the passing of Brian "Renfield" Nelson, Alice's long-time archivist and personal assistant. It was a sudden, completely unexpected, and untimely passing. We would appreciate it if you would keep him in your thoughts, appreciate his many contributions to Alice's life and career over the years, and respect Brian's privacy and the privacy of Alice and his extended family (at home and on tour) at this time.

Alice is currently on tour in Russia, because the show must go on, which is as Brian would have wanted it.

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Very sad news. Brian was a great friend to many a SickThing.

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Postby dreab trawets » Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:04 pm

Farrah Fawcett, my first introduction to stirrings in the groin..

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/Far ... id=7449268
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Postby dreab trawets » Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:51 pm

Love him, or loathe him. Michael Jackson did have some great albums thanks to Quincy Jones, and probably made MTV.

http://www.dailypress.com/entertainment ... 6997.story
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Postby Mbwun » Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:52 pm

They're dropping like flies.

First, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson. Then yesterday, pitchman Billy Mays, and "My Little Margie" star Gale Storm. Now today it's comedian Fred Travelena, who coincidentally, was very famous for his Michael Jackson impression.

http://www.kansascity.com/stargazing/story/1295869.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 01451.html
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Postby Mbwun » Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:44 pm

And ... the rash of celebrity deaths continues ... Karl Malden has died:

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-karl- ... 8236.story

I really enjoyed watching his work in THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO.
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Postby Mbwun » Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:01 pm

And now comes word that Mollie Sugden, Mrs. Slocombe from the British series ARE YOU BEING SERVED? has passed away:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8129617.stm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... ugden.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/ar ... es-86.html

I wonder what colour she would have wanted her hair for her funeral?
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