Musings on the byways of popular culture
27/12/2016 by Clive 19 Comments
Vulpes Vulpes says
27/12/2016 at 18:11
And there are still 4 days to go. LA and London must now be on lock-down.
27/12/2016 at 18:13
There must be people who sit waiting to be first to record someones death on their wikipedia page. Bit like the fastest count in a general election.
27/12/2016 at 18:51
There are people, especially if they think an obit is due, who tamper with Wikipedia entries to see if they can get their ‘fact’ repeated by a lazy journalist. I would guess that folks that try to maintain the page’s accuracy, keep on the ball during times of illness.
27/12/2016 at 20:29
Was watching Rogue One just now, as it ended I wondered how she was doing…
The Actual North says
27/12/2016 at 21:48
60 going on 80, sadly no surprise.
pharmacueticals are a cruel mother.
27/12/2016 at 21:59
Carrie Fisher once said ‘if Paul Simon ever wants to write a song about you, my advice is “do it”. Yes ‘Hearts& Bones’ but there’s also this
Leicester Bangs says
27/12/2016 at 22:03
I first saw Star Wars when I was nine and fell head over heels in love with her from that moment on. Thinking about it now I wonder how much that combination of looks and sass influenced my view of womanhood. For good, naturally!
How cool to later realise that she was even more of a character in real life. RIP, your highness.
27/12/2016 at 22:18
She was high on my list of ‘dream part guests’, having seen her interviwed many times on TV & read her memoirs.
A marvelous raconteur, endlessly direct, witty and always with a trademark twinkle in her eye.
She’s obviously automatically immortal because of Star Wars, but we do her a great disservice if we remember her roles ahead of her cracking personality.
A big loss.
Bingo Little says
27/12/2016 at 22:30
She was a proper Hollywood star. A very sad loss indeed.
Amidst all the Star Wars stuff, it would be remiss not to point out that she was also great in The Blues Brothers and delivered a career best performance in the marvellous When Harry Met Sally.
But Jim is spot on above – what a personality, what a life.
28/12/2016 at 06:30
So earlier this year Bowie’s death hit me pretty hard, but even before the music obsession kicked in for me there was Star Wars.
Where other things I’ve loved have come and gone, Star Wars has remained a constant since before I can remember (I was 4 years old when the Ewoks and Droids cartoons first aired on children’s BBC so at least that far back). Some of the earliest toys I remember having were Star Wars figures, including Princess Leia in Boushh disguise.
The characters are like friends that I’ve always known and thought would always be there. I never got to meet Carrie Fisher but I know countless other people have done so she’ll have known how important Princess Leia Organa was and is to us.
Leia is the kind of character I hope my daughter grows up a fan of. She’s a strong role model, a great leader and she won’t take crap from anybody.
Carrie’s scenes have all been completed for episode VIII so we’ve got one more adventure with her but I know it’s going to be hard to watch.
60 years old is no age at all. Thank you for the excitement and adventure (a Jedi may not crave these things but the rest of us do.) May the Force be with you, Always.
28/12/2016 at 06:59
29/12/2016 at 07:05
Carrie watching her late Mum Debbie Reynolds performing on stage in 1963, young Carrie aged 7
Johnny Concheroo says
29/12/2016 at 07:10
Following today’s death of Carrie’s mum Debbie, here’s one for @Colin-h.
Can you get from Debbie Reynolds to John McLaughlin via Berry Gordy in two steps?
Colin H says
29/12/2016 at 08:54
29/12/2016 at 09:39
Pithy as always Colin.
In 1957 Debbie Reynolds recorded the first big hit version of the song Tammy.
Berry Gordy liked the song so much that in 1959 he wanted to name his fledgling record company “Tammy Records”. The name was already taken, so he changed it slightly to Tamla records.
In 1965 the Graham Bond Organisation recorded a version of Tammy on their debut album The Sound of ’65. John McLaughlin of course was a member of the GBO circa 1963.
As a footnote to this story, as early as 1967 I remember wondering why the GBO had recorded such a naff, MOR song as Tammy
30/12/2016 at 08:02
This seems to have fallen on somewhat stony ground.
Anyway, here’s the Graham Bond Organisation featuring Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker with their somewhat inappropriate cover of the Debbie Reynolds hit Tammy from their debut album The Sound of ’65
29/12/2016 at 08:57
Of course. Have you never heard of Kevin Bacon?
29/12/2016 at 09:45
Anyone who has, or even hasn’t, should give this excellent programme a listen: Kevin Bacon’s Game of Fame
29/12/2016 at 07:43
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