NGGYU

There are earworms which on first hearing you think, wow, what a great song, and because it’s the first time you hear it you don;’t mind it constantly being in your head. Earworm, by the way, is, according to Wikipedia:

An earworm, sometimes known as a brainworm, sticky music, stuck song syndrome, or Involuntary Musical Imagery (INMI) is a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind after it is no longer playing. Phrases used to describe an earworm include “musical imagery repetition”, “involuntary musical imagery”, and “stuck song syndrome” The word earworm is possibly a calque from the German Ohrwurm. The earliest known usage is in Desmond Bagley’s 1978 novel Flyaway. 

I’m sure that most people who like ‘pop’ music, and probably others too thought it was a great piece of catchy, danceable music when they first heard ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, by Rick Astley released thirty-one years ago this month. It was a great summer success, five weeks at number 1 in Britain, in 25  other countries. It was written by and came from the studios of Stock, Aitken and Waterman and although phenominally popular was equally widely derided, and in fact was once included in the 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs… Ever  chart!.

Rick Astley was born in 1966 and after the success of ‘Give You Up’ and four albums, retired in 1993. Family life came first for a while, but Rick returned to music in 2001, released more albums and began touring. in 2008, he was nominated for the ‘Best Act Ever’ award at the MTV Europe Music Awards, and actually won!  The year previously was when rickrolling started… and I guess in a way it’s still going. In brief rickrolling involves getting someone to watch a videa which seems to be one thing but in fact is ‘Give You Up’… back to Wikipedia:

In 2007,Astley became the subject of a viral Internet meme known as rickrolling. In this prank, Web users are tricked into seeing Rick Astley’s video “Never Gonna Give You Up” when they follow a link that claims to be something else.Views of this video on various websites are now in the hundreds of millions.

I feel a bit rickrolled myself… A week ago I was in Coventry, having an amazing time as I always do in that wonderful city. The highlight and the reason for visiting was to go to an amazing pub, the oldest in Coventry, The Old Windmill, and see a band called The Peas. I say band, but in fact they are a duo. If you ever get a chance to see them do go! You will have a great time. Back to Rick… they played ‘Give You Up’ and it has been in my head ever since – a whole week of being ricked! I made it worse by watching their video:

http://www.thepeasduo.com/

and this is where you can see them:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/thepeasband/events/

 

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