I never know what to write when famous people die. It’s not like I knew them personally even though their influence may have made a difference to my life in some way. I find the contributions to forums like Have Your Say uncomfortable reading. This is why it’s taken me a long time to decide whether to blog about the sad news of Tony Wilson’s death.
I was of an age where the music he brought to the world was highly significant. Joy Divison was cool beyond belief (possibly more than it rightfully should have been thanks to another untimely death); Blue Monday blew me away; and “Madchester” was the soundtrack to my university years. I went to the Hacienda (only twice but I did live pretty much at the other end of the country – it was a bit of a trek for a night out). I even remember Mr Wilson presenting some really bad game show.
Anyway, I suppose I just wanted to acknowledge that his work brought some happiness to my life. And that’s all I can say really.