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Boney M frontman, Bobby Farrell, has died while on tour in Russia. The BBC reports that the 70s disco star was found dead in a hotel room in St Petersburg, Russia, where he had been performing. His agent, John Seine, confirmed that Farrell, 61, had complained of breathing problems before and after a gig on Wednesday. But the …

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Dead Vulture

Frontman?

He used to stand at the back...

R.I.P. Mr. Farrell

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Same Date And City As Rasputin...

..who died in the then Petrograd in 1916.

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He said it himself

"Oh those Russians"

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Ohhhh

... beat me by thaaaaaaat much..

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Oh, those Russians...

Ra Ra Rasputin...

RIP.

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IT?

Is lip-sync a technology?

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Never heard of him

Maybe he was an expert on server virtualisation?

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So was he...

... poisoned, stabbed, shot, strangled and then drowned?

(Walks off singing "Ra-Ra-Rasputin...")

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There was supposed to be a bad Rasputin joke here.

But then, the guy's dead, and it's a damn shame. I liked their stuff.

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Oh those Russians...

Sad to hear he has died. Not a greatly talented pop group really, but you can't help smiling when 'Rasputin' plays.

RIP.

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Rivers of Babylon

Rivers of Babylon - A song by the Melodians played by Boney M.

It was based on Psalm 137 which finishes with:

"O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.

Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. "

The rather cheerful subject of bashing your enemy's children to death on rocks.

Ain't religion sweet...

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Alien

The bible is the literal truth

No it's not!

Yes it is!

repeat....fight....argue....kill....stone...

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This is not an argument

this is plain contradiction!

No it isn't!

Can we have a Monty Python icon?

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Dashing little ones

The Psalms are there to allow humans to be honest with God. Jesus himself asked God "Why have you forsaken me?", which was a quote from Psalm 22.

Wishing destruction upon another may not be nice but at least it might also be honest. Also, I don't know if any Jews did actually dash any children against any rocks or if anyone else was encouraged to do so specifically because of this one Jewish song.

If you're going to go further around the Bible, I grant you I don't like the command given to Joshua to destroy Jericho, though it is also possible to point out that Achan was not condemned for disobeying the command by sparing any lives, but for hoarding booty (similarly for Saul), which makes you wonder about people.

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Did he fall or was he putsched?

You never really die in Russia, you just don't quite finish your sentenc...

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Odd

Rasputin was murdered in St Petersburg on the 29th of December

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That is all.

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Weird

This is beyond weird - he dies on the same date in the same city as someone he famously sang about - hmmm

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From a future edition of Hellboy...

Rasputin: Robert Farrell... You use *my* name, make it - make *me* - the subject of a facile, cretinous ballad. You make of me a straw puppet in your shambolic culture, and paint my name across the lips of carousing fools. Then you presume to journey to Russia's sacred soil - to stand in the locale where I departed from this world, if only briefly, and, on the day of that death, repeat your insult? Do you wonder that I am come to deal with you and your effrontery? I will see you choke your last here, little entertainer, and give your bones to Baba Yaga to play on!

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@ ShaggyDoggy

"This is beyond weird"? No it isn't, it is merely a coincidence. Get a grip, man.

Like other commentards I can't see any IT angle in that press release about the death of a minor pop performer.

Captain Beefheart (a much more significant, talented and influential musician and artist) died last week and I didn't see anything about that on El Reg.

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I wasn't aware of that.

"Captain Beefheart (a much more significant, talented and influential musician and artist) died last week and I didn't see anything about that on El Reg."

The thing is, deep and meaningful appeals to a small percentage of those who engage in music and therefore rarely grabs the attention of the media who only really pander to the shallow majority. Superficial, empty and throwaway is all that really appeals to a majority that normally have a sub 1 minute attention span.

RIP Don van Vliet.

My head is my only house unless it rains, a place where I can watch the candle mambo from a clear spot beside those long neck bottles whilst listening to lazy music. Here I am as safe as milk and ah feel like ahcid to view the cardboard cut out sundown because it's the best batch yet.

My formative years were much influenced by the music of Beefheart and Zappa. Perhaps that explains my lack of reverence for anything that isn't alive, and my tenuous and ever shifting grasp on reality.

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where was he performing?

"The BBC reports that the 70s disco star was found dead in a hotel room in St Petersburg, Russia, where he had been performing."

While hotel room could mean one of the larger rooms some hotels have for putting on concerts, idiomatically, it normally means a bedroom in a hotel, so that could have been a pretty intimate gig.

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