Last month, we had the sad news that Pete Burns, former front man of the 80s rock band Dead or Alive, had died aged just 57. In this documentary, a Channel 5 crew follow Burns as he recounts his life.
Only a few decades ago, before the homogenisation of pop music and the invasion of the boy bands, those driving the musical culture of the UK were often outspoken controversial characters – who without the entourage and accoutrements of fame lavished on today’s stars, were able to do and say what they liked – warts and all.
It is a shame that the caustic humour and acerbic tongue of Burns has been overlooked and that his legacy, for many, remains a couple of car crash TV interviews and a succession of reality genre outings.
He was never a man to put labels on himself whether that was his music, his gender or his sexuality, so it will be interesting to see how he recounts his life – and whether Channel 5 can resist the urge to edit to the caricature rather than showing the man. RIP Pete Burns.
Pete Burns: The Last Interview 10pm, Tuesday Channel 5