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    Curse Of The Eurovision

    Due to post-Eurovision comedown after Saturday night I had a look at past contestants who may be going to the great Song Contest in the sky sooner rather than later. Of course, most probably won't get an obit over here but there are a few that I'd be surprised won't be mentioned in the press when God decides their douze points are up and may be worth a look: Lys Assia (b. 1926). First winner of Eurovision 50 years and 1 day ago exactly. Despite her age she's in fine fettle and pops up occasionally on ESC-related programmes, most recently the 'Congratulations' programme that the Beeb didn't decide to show here in the UK. Survived a vicious attack when her apartmernt was burgled a few years ago so is obviously made of stern stuff. Pearl Carr (b. 1923). Of 'Sing Little Birdie' fame. Could possibly already be dead but don't recall hearing anything. Corry Brokken (b. 1932). One for our Dutch Deathlisters. Won once, and might get a UK obit because she hosted the Contest in 1976 when Brotherhood Of Man won. Nana Mouskouri (b. 1934). Getting on a bit but looked in rude health last Saturday so I can't imagine we'll be wiping the tears off our oversized glasses just yet. Udo Jurgens (b. 1934). Still recording and touring but is getting on a bit. Kenneth McKellar (b. 1927). In 1966 when the rest of Europe were sending cutesy France Gall clones, the UK decided to enter... a man in a kilt. Will certainly get an obit due to being a major man of Scottish song rather than any Eurovision 'achievements'. Rudi Carrell (b. 1934). Already mentioned on here I believe. Suffering from lung cancer and prognosis not good. Not sure he'd get a UK obit but if Monica Zetterlund can then I can't see why not. Freddy Quinn (b. 1931). One of the first German-language pop stars. Massive in the 50s and early 60s, he's sort of the equivalent of the Austrian-Germanic Cliff Richard (only without the 'edginess' *cough*). Katie Boyle (b. 1926). Getting on a bit and we don't see her much on TV these days. She hasn't even popped up in a Eurovision-related programme for a while. Perhaps she's never got over being manhandled by Guildo Horn back in Brum in '98. News of a few others who probably won't get a UK obit but maybe of interest to some anyway: Riki Sorsa (Finnish Rod Stewart lookalike from 1981 who wore a nasty yellow and pink jumpsuit and sang a crap reggae song) has been diagnosed with cancer. Vice Vukov (b. 1936) - represented Yugoslavia in 1963/1965. Was elected to the Croatian parliament and became ambassador to Switzerland, so his political stature might just give him an obit. Last November he fell down the parliamentary building stairs and sustained a serious head injury. Apparently his chances of recovery are even slimmer than Ariel Sharon's, being in a persistive vegatative state.
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    Hospitalised!

    Mike Peters of The Alarm has severe pneumonia Not good as he already lives with chronic leukaemia and his immune system has taken a battering in the past.
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    47. Linda Ronstadt

    I was thinking purely on a technical level, in terms of pitch, breathing, etc as well as having an amazing voice.
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    World's Oldest

    Sad news but I think it's fair to say in this case she'd had a good innings.
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    Wilko Johnson

    Apparently the print edition of the Southend Echo is reporting Canvey Island's finest Wilko Johnson has terminal cancer and is refusing chemo. He did have to cancel a hometown gig back in November last year due to being taken into hospital but that's the latest on the SE website at the moment. A statement should be on Wilko's website shortly. Really sad news, but obviously one to watch depending on what sort of cancer it is.
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    Foreign Personalities, From Stage, Screen, Politics And Life

    Really sad news. Like most non-Frenchies, I mostly know him from Le Demoiselles De Rochefort and Cinema Paradiso. Not been a good few weeks for French actors, has it?
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    Political Discussions And Ranting Thread

    I hope Boris Johnson comes down with a *very* severe case of Delhi Belly whilst in India.
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    47. Linda Ronstadt

    From a purely technical point of view she's probably the greatest pop singer there's been. An *incredible* voice and she can - and has in her varied career - sing anything, and her pitch and in particular her breathing is always spot on. But yeah, "songwriter" really shouldn't be on her Deathlist description. She's written, what? two songs that were on Hasten Down The Wind and that's about it. She was always an interpreter of songs, not a writer.
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    47. Linda Ronstadt

    I wonder what the new book will say that the first one didn't? She wasn't particularly candid about her private life (she never has been, and she's not like Carly Simon who can write about eroticism in a classy manner without it being tawdry) but said just enough - it was mainly about her childhood and musical inspirations, which this new book also seems to be.
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    Death Anniversary Thread

    The magnificent and incomparable Chrissy Amphlett left us on this day in 2013
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    Ideas and possibilities for 2023

    I'm *really* reluctant to add his name here for obvious reasons, but Chris Stein is missing the upcoming Blondie tour due to a heart murmur (atrial fibrillation) which is "tiring as hell". He sat down for most of the last tour a couple of years back so it's obviously not getting better and is becoming an issue. It'll be pretty much the first time (bar the odd PA type appearance) that Debbie Harry won't have Chris by her side since before The Stilettos days!
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    Passed-Punks & No-Wavers

    Damn, that's sad news.
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    Foreign Personalities, From Stage, Screen, Politics And Life

    RIP to the One Armed, well, everything. Gosh he milked those roles but they're all bloody great films.
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    Passed-Punks & No-Wavers

    Really sad news. A true trailblazer and icon. Another of my childhood icons gone. RIP.
  15. You might not know the name (and to be honest I'm not actually sure it is her name) but if you're a certain age you'll definitely remember the story... Sheila Rossall was "the girl who [was] allergic to the 20th century" and swapped headlines every week in the News Of The World with Lena Zavaroni as newsworthy ill girls. Formerly the singer of New Pickettywitch - not to be confused with Pickettywitch, though to this day Polly Browne gets asked about her health due to this story - she was last heard of living in an oxygen tank in Texas, with not long to live because the money for her treatment was running out. Whatever happened to her? Did she get better? Did she die? There were rumours that she was a fake but nothing was ever proven. The net has scant information about her, and most of that is people wondering whatever happened to her (including a fair amount of posts from me, because I'm sad like that ). Opening up the gauntlet here - anyone?
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    Liza Minnelli

    Liza does look frail, was shaking a bit and is in a wheelchair, but she's always been a bit nuts so fumbling her words is no big deal. Wonderful to hear her glorious throaty laugh is still intact. She's not looked in great health for a number of years now but didn't seem any worse last night. Definitely one to consider but I'm not sure she's at death's door just yet. Lady Gaga is class.
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    12. Queen Elizabeth II

    Has more than a hint of 'going home to die' about it.
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    Who are the immortals?

    It's a Sukkot thing. More about it here --> Etrog inspecting for Sukkot. There's an Israeli film based around a precious Etrog called 'Ushpizin'.
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    Cricket Thread. Only Mad Dogs And Englishmen

    Bloody hell!
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    Most Significant Death Of Each Month

    January: I suppose Sidney Poitier, but for most of us it's going to be Meat Loaf or Barry Cryer. Hat tip to Ronnie Spector. February: Mark Lanegan, Monica Vitti, PJ O'Rourke. As I am 'of a certain age' and British I'd argue Anna Karen, Bamber Gascoigne and Jack Smethurst too. March: if we all get nuked then The Queen, Madonna, Putin, David Attenborough, all of Abba, Debbie Harry, Cher, Dolly Parton, Tom Cruise, the list is endless. We can argue the toss in Hell as, let's face it, are any of us who frequent such a form *really* going to heaven?
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    Ideas and possibilities for 2023

    Out of that lot I'd like The Curse to strike Kelvin MacKenzie the most. Being a Leeds fan I was pleased with the namecheck of Norman Hunter. Have we got a specific dedicated thread for The Curse of Half Man Half Biscuit? We probably should.
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    Ideas and possibilities for 2023

    Nicholas Witchell is mentioned on the new Half Man Half Biscuit album so probably worth considering due to 'The Curse Of HMHB'...
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    Mollie Sugden et al

    I was about to post the same screenshot!
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    Mollie Sugden et al

    Jack Smethurst dead. Confirmed on Twitter by his son
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    Journalists

    Crikey. I didn't even know he was ill (surprised that passed me by). Read loads of his work when I was at university. I didn't always agree with him but he was always worth reading. RIP.
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