The start of 2016 hasn't been especially kind to the famous with John Bradbury, Scott Weiland, Lemmy, David Bowie, Ed Stewart, Alan Rickman, Dale Griffin and Glenn Frey all cashing in their chips before the first month of the new year is out.
The silver lining is that we get a rare outing on the radio and television of songs from The Specials, Stone Temple Pilots, Motorhead, Mott the Hoople, Bowie and The Eagles and films starring Alan Rickman.
I do admit to not being a particular fan of either of the bands or singers but i did have a soft spot for Alan Rickman, and have rewatched Truly, Madly Deeply and Die Hard recently.
As for Bowie who seems to be the most mourned, it does seem the tunes played come from from the Ziggy Stardust era which to be kind was his career highlight for me, everything from that time onwards i quite easily brushed off.
Mott the Hoople had one good song, Lemmy had two, The Specials about the same and if it wasn't for the song 'Plush', you would be hard pushed to find another Stone Temple Pilots song to play.
The Eagles recently had a greatest hits album with the by-line of 'Americas Greatest Band' which seemed a bit of a stretch considering some of the bands that particular country has produced but over the past two days the song i have heard in homage to Frey (who by all accounts wasn't a particularly nice person) has been Hotel California, an excellent song i agree, and the one that most people associate with the band and on a personal note probably the only Eagles song that i would go out of my way to listen to.
All their deaths should be treated with dignity because they were all human beings and all had an appreciative audience and obviously touched the lives of millions but i do dislike the over the top outpouring of grief and plaudits for people who may have been talented musicians but as we didn't know them, i can't understand why people would mourn them with quite so much vigour as they have been lately.
That said, you could make a great CD with the greatest hits from each of the recently deceased:
Born To Raise Hell, Ace Of Spades (Lemmy), All the Young Dudes (Mott the Hoople), Hotel California (Eagles), Ghost Town, Rudy (Specials), Plush (STP), Life On Mars, Ashes to Ashes and Starman (Bowie).