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RIP Rik Mayall

By society editor Wolfgang Bang

Posted June 10, 2014
RIP Rik Mayall
The People's Poet: Rik Mayall, who will be sadly missed. (Check bottom for credit)

The R&H pays tribute to comedian Rik Mayall, who died yesterday (9/6/14) aged 56.

Rik Mayall has gone tits up.

One of the punk-influenced bevy of British comics who realised that shitting gouts of napalm, screaming third-hand communist gibberish while being utterly middle class and being hit with furniture in a squalid house was extremely funny.

The archetypal student wankers and their degenerate adventures in the BBC comedy The Young Ones was both a not-so-loving parody of British further education and shockingly funny.

Many will remember being helpless with laughter and incredibly pleased that something so different was being shown on one of the UK's three terrestrial channels then in existence.

It was always something to look forward to and Mayall's portrayal of an anarcho-socialist poet, raving inadequate, spoilt bastard and Cliff Richard obsessive was the target for every murderous impulse that his suffering flatmates could inflict upon him.

Including large-calibre artillery, psychotic punk hamsters, bricks and anything in a household that could possibly cause a painful maiming.

He did go on to milk the formula almost to death with his partner Ade Edmonson and, really, it got a bit f--king tired.

But those days when chances were taken with programming and focus groups were quizzed on instant dessert flavours rather than entertainment shine through.

I'd like to see those f--king drones in tepid paste like Friends or Sex and the City push each other's heads through a wall while ranting fragments of The Communist Manifesto and calling each other virgins as Madness or the Damned played 'live' in their horrible living room.

I might have watched them if they had.

RIP Rik Mayall, 7/3/58 to 9/6/14, sadly outlived by Cliff Richard.

Chief hack's note: All here at the Rake & Herald are very saddened indeed to learn of Rik Mayall's untimely passing, the exact cause of which at press time remains to be fully established. As well as Rick in The Young Ones, he was f--king excellent in, among other things, Mr Jolly Lives Next Door; as Kevin Turvey; and as Alan B'Stard MP in The New Statesman, one of the very few comedies ever shown on ITV that was actually worth watching. Lamb Burger Guzzler, anyone?

Meanwhile, the tributes to Rik have also been pouring in from Belfast, where
Rake & Herald local soak Marcus Keeley and Ruaidhrí Ward eschewed the Bowie lyrics and got out their guns instead.

Kind of.

While the first of the above two vids (an excerpt from
The Young Ones) is embedded here on the Rake & Herald from jarvizcocker's YouTube channel, the second, oddly enough, comes from that belonging to Ruaidhrí Ward. Check them out by clicking this and this, respectively.

See also RIP Lou Reed, posted 29/10/13.

Wolfgang Bang
is a former skate punk who dropped the skateboard but remains reliably enraged by various aspects of modern culture. His oaths and verbal abuse still echo around the fashionable Portobello Road area of West London. His hobbies include long-range outdoor drinking, cooking and modern history. He spends much of his time in a hedge with an air rifle, waiting for the rabbits of mass media to pop out of their burrows and graze on the sweet grass of empty promises.

Picture credit

Top and thumb: Sorry but we have no idea who owns the copyright on that pic of Rik, although we did take the original image from here if that helps. Naturally, we'll happily credit the owner/take it down if they get in touch.

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