Billy Joel sang that only the good die young. Ironically he has kept trucking along and putting out records for decades.
Among those who didn't was British soul singer Amy Winehouse, who died in July. Though it was long alleged by dickish Internet commenters, coroners announced this week that her official cause of death was alcohol poisoning, or "death by misadventure," as they put it in those cute little British accents of theirs.
According to the toxicology report, Winehouse's blood-alcohol level was 0.4 percent, five times the legal limit to drive.
Still among the living--and therefore "not good," according to the BJ index--is Poison frontman, reality TV star and bandanna aficionado Bret Michaels, who announced that he will be donating a music room to the Phoenix, Ariz., hospital that saved him from a 2010 brain hemorrhage. The new room at the St. Joseph's Barrow Neurological Institute will feature televisions and sound systems so patients and visitors can relax ... which means they'll have to play music other than his.
Another musician shrugging off death and good taste this week is Marilyn Manson, who announced via Facebook that, No. 1, he has been diagnosed with swine flu, and No. 2, he didn't get it from copulating with a pig.
"The doctor said, my past choices in women have in 'no way' contributed to ... me acquiring this mysterious sickness. Unfortunately, I am going to survive," Manson wrote.
His post didn't mention if he had copulated with a pig, or would continue to copulate with a pig, only that it wasn't the source of his swine flu. Stay classy, Mr. Manson.
Also not dead is David Bazan, the former frontman of indie band Pedro the Lion. To prove he's still alive, Bazan will perform at Neurolux on Wednesday, Nov. 2, with locals Mickey the Jump. That show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $12 at the door.
Another musician who will be showing signs of life in Boise is Camille Bloom. The Gibson Guitar-sponsored songwriter--and No. 92 on the 2009 list of "top hot butches"--will be bringing her tunes and her hot butchiness to the Lucky Dog Tavern on Sunday, Nov. 6. Her tunes have been heard on the MTV E! and Oxygen networks.
Our final "not-dead" musician is actually a filmmaker: David Lynch.
Lynch will be releasing an album called Crazy Clown Time. He recently released a video preview of the album, which is set to be released this week.[ Video is no longer available. ]