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  1. Next Music Shock Death!

    Which of his 20-odd UK top 40 singles was his "one hit"? Avicii was responsible for at least two of the defining sounds of 2010s pop ("everything trying to sound like 'Levels'" and "everything trying to sound like 'Wake Me Up'"). He's hardly Rednex. (Rednex were better, but that's not the point.)
  2. Avicii

    5 or 6 years past his chart peak, to be fair – he was already naff enough in 2014 that he was producing for Coldplay. By 2015 he was getting cut from a Madonna album. Only finding out now he had a #4 hit last year, though, featuring Rita Ora. It's always 2012 somewhere.
  3. Derby Dead Pool 2018

    I'd have had 4 hits instead of 1 by now if I'd just stuck with last year's team. 2018 is proving to be a bad year for 2017.
  4. Derby Dead Pool 2018

    Changing the picture without changing the bio was the best possible outcome here, and I hope it stays like that.
  5. Derby Dead Pool 2018

    Couple of errors I noticed in the 'Angela of Death' team: - The DUP founder Peter Robinson should actually be the popstar Marilyn. In all circumstances, really, but particularly in the Derby Dead Pool. Marilyn's real name is Peter Robinson – presumably he was entered as that because of the database's aversion to mononyms, and he got lost in translation. - The picture in Pete Gilbey's bio is actually of his son, George Gilbey. Pete Gilbey looks like this. (Also – and I'm sure this is an error it was submitted with – I'm not sure Pete Gilbey's name is actually Pete Gilbey. They're known as the Gilbey family, but some sources call him Pete McGarry.)
  6. 9. Linda Nolan

    "gagging" doesn't rhyme with "sharting"
  7. Inverse Dead Pool 2018

    1. Queen Elizabeth II 2. Paul Gascoigne 3. Donald Trump 4. Betty White 5. Angela Lansbury 6. Terry Jones 7. Dick Van Dyke 8. Doris Day 9. Olivia de Havilland 10. Prunella Scales 11. Little Richard 12. Linda Nolan 13. Vera Lynn 14. Val Kilmer 15. Robert Mugabe 16. Henry Kissinger 17. Denis Norden 18. Bob Barker 19. Bob Dole 20. Stephen Hawking 21. Kirk Douglas 22. Olivia Newton-John 23. Alberto Fujimori 24. John McCain 25. Prince Philip (Sub: Carol Channing) Four of these people are also on my actual Derby Dead Pool (theme) teams. Hedging my bets.
  8. Derby Dead Pool 2018

    Not sure this counts as an error, but Marco Pierre White Jr on my 'Unpersons' team has a blank "Details to Follow" bio this year, even though I also had him last year and he was given a bio then. (He was confused for Marco Pierre White not-Jr when the pool first went online, but this was subsequently corrected.) Also, this is really petty but it's bothered me for the past 3 years: the description for my '#1 Hits' team – "Those who have had a UK number 1 hit single either solo or as a group..." – ought to end "in a group", "as part of a group", "as a member of a group", something like that. There are no entire groups on there. It'd be great if all 20 came together as a charity supergroup for the particularly mortal, but it hasn't happened yet.
  9. Ideas and Possibilities for 2019

    I think he's done enough of that already.
  10. 2018 DDP Salvage Lot

    #1 Hits (a UK #1 hitmaker theme team) SUBSTITUTES: 21. Willie Nelson (USA for Africa) 22. Gordon Banks (England World Cup Squad '70) 23. Shane MacGowan (Various Artists*) 24. Rolf Harris (#6 last year) 25. Martin Peters (England World Cup Squad '70) 26. Mike Peters (Ferry Aid) 27. Peter MacBeth (Foundations) (#8 last year) 28. Ricky Valance 29. Chris Farlowe 30. Vic Damone (#12 last year) 31. Tony Bennett 32. Ken Dodd (#17 last year) 33. Ernest Ranglin (Commonwealth Band) 34. Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) (#9 last year) 35. Windsor Davies 36. Bruce Woodley (Seekers) 37. Gary Glitter 38. Julia Volkova (t.A.T.u.) 39. Dr John (Various Artists*) 40. Des O'Connor (*i.e. the BBC Children in Need 'Perfect Day' cover) Unpersons (a Big Brother theme team) SUBSTITUTES: 21. Kim Woodburn 22. Carol McGiffin 23. The Situation 24. Jeremy Jackson (#10 last year) 25. Stephen Bear 26. Scotty T 27. Tila Tequila (#18 last year) 28. Janice Dickinson (#7 last year) 29. Heidi Fleiss 30. Shahbaz Chauhdry 31. Kellie Maloney 32. Daniel Baldwin 33. Angie Bowie 34. Leo Sayer 35. David Parnaby 36. Kavana 37. Coolio 38. Lesley Brain 39. Bobby Davro 40. Rebekah Shelton
  11. The 1st Death of 2018

    Nobby Stiles ...oh
  12. Derby Dead Pool 2018

    Submitted my two teams Dec 31, 23:58. A minute more punctual than the last two years. #1 Hits A theme team of people who've had a record peak at #1 in the UK Singles Chart (either solo or as part of a group). Last year's position is given in brackets, where applicable. 1. (new) Chas Smash (Madness) 2. (new) Nobby Stiles (England World Cup Squad '70) 3. (new) DJ Casper 4. (new) Olivia Newton-John 5. (4) Vera Lynn 6. (new) Chris Rea (Band Aid II) 7. (new) Harry Belafonte 8. (new) Aretha Franklin 9. (1) Ray Thomas (Moody Blues) 10. (19) Doris Day 11. (2) Terry Jacks 12. (new) Abi Ofarim 13. (new) Tony Baylis (Wurzels) 14. (new) Dave Edmunds 15. (re) Jane Morgan 16. (re) Charles Aznavour 17. (11) Sinéad O'Connor 18. (7) Billy Connolly 19. (new) Peter Kay 20. (new) Lil Wayne This team had two hits last year – Peter Sarstedt (3) and Chuck Berry (18). Survivors dropped from the team are: Len "Chip" Hawkes (5), Rolf Harris (6), Peter MacBeth (8), Bill Wyman (9), Eric Faulkner (10), Vic Damone (12), Kenny Rogers (13), Diana Ross (14), Justin Bieber (15), Barry Gibb (16), Ken Dodd (17), and Avicii (20). Unpersons A theme team of Big Brother housemates (including Celebrity Big Brother and other spin-offs). Last year's position is given in brackets, where applicable. 1. (new) Linda Nolan (CBB13) 2. (2) Jackie Stallone (CBB3) 3. (3) Bruce Jones (CBB12) 4. (1) Marco Pierre White Jr (BB17) 5. (5) Lionel Blair (CBB13) 6. (4) Julie Goodyear (CBB10) 7. (11) Big Ron Atkinson (CBB12) 8. (13) Ken Morley (CBB15) 9. (17) Gary Busey (CBB14) 10. (6) Lauren Harries (CBB12) 11. (8) Danniella Westbrook (CBB17) 12. (re) Alexander O'Neal (CBB15) 13. (re) Germaine Greer (CBB3) 14. (12) John McCririck (CBB3) 15. (re) Michael Barrymore (CBB4) 16. (new) Jackiey Budden (CBB5) 17. (new) Tina Malone (CBB6) 18. (new) James Cosmo (CBB19) 19. (new) Dennis Rodman (CBB4) 20. (new) Sarah Harding (CBB20) This team had no hits last year. Dropped from the team are: Janice Dickinson (7), Carol McGiffin (9), Jeremy Jackson (10), Christopher Biggins (14), Liz Jones (15), Carole Vincent (16), Tila Tequila (18), Starboy Nathan (19), and Ivana Trump (20).
  13. Derby Dead Pool 2017

    I see the Ivana/Ivanka mix-up has already been mentioned in this thread (my Big Brother-themed team 'Unpersons' has Ivanka in it when it should be her mum Ivana). One other possible issue: Marco Pierre White Jr has been entered as just Marco Pierre White. To clarify, my pick is the Big Brother housemate, not his dad the famous chef. Also, not that it really matters, but Avicii has been entered on my '#1 Hits' team as "Tim Berling" when his real name appears to be "Tim Bergling". (I wouldn't have recognised the name either way – had to Google it because I thought my team had a mystery intruder – but I gather the database gets a bit tetchy about mononyms)
  14. 2017 Ddp Salvage Lot

    Strictly Corpse Dying (a Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars theme team) 21: June Brown 22: Tim Wonnacott 23: George Hamilton I didn't spend nearly long enough on this team to have anything below the basic three-person subs bench. Obviously Gary Busey would be there if he wasn't already in another team I'm more invested in. This one: Unpersons (a Big Brother theme team) 21: Alicia Douvall (#10 last year) 22: Jackiey Budden 23: Michael Barrymore (#12 last year) 24: Rebekah Shelton (#1 last year) 25: Alexander O'Neal (#11 last year) 26: Germaine Greer (#19 last year) 27: Darryn Lyons 28: Angie Bowie 29: Lady Sovereign 30: Lesley Brain 31: Tara Reid 32: Daniel Baldwin 33: Paddy Doherty (#13 last year) 34: Kellie Maloney 35: Coolio 36: Shahbaz Chauhdry 37: Dirk Benedict 38: Dennis Rodman 39: Gail Porter 40: Leo Sayer Four of last year's team – Paula Hamilton (#17), Katie Hopkins (#15), Dustin Diamond (#9), and Derek Laud (#20) – are out of the top 40 entirely. #1 Hits (a UK #1 hitmaker theme team) 21: Chris Farlowe 22: Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) 23: Marcia Barrett (Boney M.) (#8 last year) 24: Rick Westwood (The Tremeloes) 25: Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones) 26: Brian May (Queen) 27: Aretha Franklin 28: Charles Aznavour (#15 last year) 29: Jim Cregan (Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel) 30: John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) 31: Billy J. Kramer 32: Tommy Roe 33: Jerry Lee Lewis 34: Eric Burdon (The Animals) 35: Jerry Allison (The Crickets) 36: Harry Belafonte 37: Jane Morgan (#5 last year) 38: Tony Bennett 39: John Leyton 40: Phil Collins Completely missed DJ Casper (and potentially other people of interest, I don't know) because I ran out of research time somewhere in the late 1990s. What are 21st century hitmakers doing getting cancer? Crazy Frog better watch his back
  15. Derby Dead Pool 2017

    This is an embarrassing oversight for my #1 Hits team. Please hang on in there, DJ named ominously after a ghost