Not a good start to the year, any year, and looking like bad news for 69 year olds. Now hoping their soixante-neuf status doesn’t move from flaccid to dead before the year is out.
First out, Lemmy made it to 70 by two days and Glenn Frey, a mere junior at 67.
They all disappeared within 20 days of each other, politely waiting not to clutter the same day.
But it is the two 69ers: David Bowie and Alan Rickman who take this page.
There is little more to be said about David Jones from Brixton who changed his name to the evermore disputed pronunciation of ‘Bowie’ and in doing so, changed the face and sound of popular music and street-style and high/low brow fashion for ever.
Alan Rickman was hand picked in a rare stroke-of-accidental casting masquerading as casting-genius to play arch villain Hans Gruber in the first vest Die Hard (1988). Then in 1991 to archer villain as the Sheriff of Nottingham, effortlessly upstaging Costner’s Robin Hood Prince of a loathsome Bryan Adams’ wedding song.
One beautifully spat line from a bad tempered Sheriff Rickman (roughly remembered): “You’ll do, get washed… and bring your sister.”
In the same year came the warm blanket of Truly Madly Deeply. We will show this when the corporate turkeys stop arguing who owns it.
The thing about Rickman and Bowie, like John and George, they should never have died before us. They have, so now we carry a memory like our kids’ shells from the shore, forever safe in every bathroom we move in to.