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Self portrait Fairnie’s creative scope stretched far beyond music and fine art. He starred in The Kid, a silent TV comedy series broadcast by the BBC in 1986. In partnership with Willie Williams, he conceived and designed the rock’n’roll board game Hype, billed as “the only board game with all the slime and grime of the music business”. He was a part-time Charlie Chaplin lookalike, assignments including some of the 1980s IBM newspaper ads. Fairnie was also an accomplished chicken hypnotist, to the delight of mostly bewildered crowds. And there’s more