Friday, May 20, 2011

Tragedy on Tap

I logged onto the Web for the very first time in the summer of 1995 and, in an attempt to flummox the search engine, typed “Vivian Stanshall.” He, of course, was a member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, but the Internet already knew that, and furthermore told me he’d just died in a fire. Today, I made the mistake of looking up the star of Eraserhead. His name was Jack Nance, and he died at the age of 52 after a fight in a donut shop. He’d been married to Dick Van Dyke’s niece, until her suicide in 1991.


  1. Vivian Stanshall has something to do with Tubular Bells, I'm sure of it.

  2. He was the MC at the end of part 1. He was also meant to narrate the Sailor's Hornpipe at the end of part 2, but Richard Branson nixed it. Here it is on YouTube


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