Category Archives: obituary

Julee Cruise: 1956-2022

Today’s deeply sad news was that singer Julee Cruise has committed suicide, following several years of suffering from lupus as well as depression. She first came to my attention like most others, in the soundtrack to David Lynch’s arresting “Blue … Continue reading

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Andrew Fletcher: 1961-2022

Yesterday afternoon, I was doing my usual scanning of the Steve Hoffman Music Forums to see what was happening in music after I had already written a lunchtime post, and I saw that Andrew Fletcher of Depeche Mode had died … Continue reading

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Jordan Mooney [Pamela Rooke]: 1956-2022

Yesterday after posting, I read the sad news that Punk style icon Jordan Mooney [a.k.a. Pamela Rooke] had succumbed to a rare bile duct cancer on Sunday evening. The story of her entering into the orbit of Vivienne Westwood and … Continue reading

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Billy MacKenzie Remixed [part 7]

[…continued from last post] 2003 brought a shake up to the already established Billy MacKenzie canon of posthumous releases. Nude records had cone out of business at the time, giving One Little Indian some of their catalog titles. In 2003, … Continue reading

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Billy MacKenzie: The Posthumous Era [part 4]

Part 4: The Aftermath… Billy’s mother Lily had died the previous summer and the already mercurial singer was capable of wild mood swings as his attitude to his singing career had already showed. On January 22nd, 1997, he went into … Continue reading

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Billy MacKenzie Has Been Gone For 25 Years Now… [part 1]

Part 1: My STUPID YEARS… Where does the time go? It feels like he just died last month. I can remember the awful pit in my stomach when I discovered, somehow, on the internet [which in 1997, I only had … Continue reading

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Steve Bronski: 1960-2021

There was another significant death in this immediate period that came through as I was already writing the last PPM obituary. I can’t pretend that I have a lot of Bronski Beat in the Record Cell; my esteem is for … Continue reading

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