But, as Mackenzie’s surreallist lyrics suggest, “it’s hard to tell”.The equally surreal story of how Billy Mackenzie became briefly, hellishly, famous is captured in Tom Doyle’s fabulous biography The Glamour Chase.“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation,” said the poet Thoreau, “And go to the grave with the song still in them.” For Billy Mackenzie, that would not be true, at all.Tragically, you don’t have to be one in a million to commit suicide in Scotland.Be a cute girl.” But let’s turn this scenario around for a second.Aren’t most male music stars considered sexy (by at least some of the population)?
He's 6 feet 5 inches tall, so it was hard to miss him.
For the week ending 27 March, 1982, Party Fears Two by the Associates hit its highest spot in the Top Ten.
With its sparkling keyboard run and octave-soaring vocal, the song might be about a couple of tough Dundee girls gatecrashing a local soireé.
Currently, if you’re a man aged 35-44, you only have to be about one in 2,500 to kill yourself.
(Compared to about 1 in 15,000 women.) Yet 15 years ago, Mackenzie’s death made front page news – only because, 15 years before that, you’d have seen him on Top of the Pops.