Rick Astley’s Fan Club Called; They Want Their Idol Back
I’ve stirred up a hornet’s nest with my Rick Astley comment yesterday. Again; no link, just scroll. Apparently there are quite a few Rick Astley fans left, and they both called me yesterday. My intent was not to rile up the “Astleynation”, I was just making a point. It seems that I am not alone in this regard. The New York Mets fell victim to being “Rickroll’d” in early April, and other victims include the Eastern Washington University Women’s Basketball Team and The Church Of Scientology. Mr. Astley is quite good natured about the whole thing, and actually embraces the idea. Well, sort of. He says he won’t try and capitalize on the phenomenon, but that’s probably because sales of his back catalog have increased to the point that he can cancel the second leg of his Dinner Theatre Tour this summer. Go Rick!
I don’t hate Rick Astley, it’s just hard to process the audio/visual contradiction that is the “Never Gonna Give You Up” video (sorry, can’t bring myself to embed it). He obviously deserves some credit for having such a soulful voice. His parents, however, should be chastised for teaching him to dress like a Ken doll and eat like a bird. That voice cannot be coming from that body. I see Rick in this video, and all I can think of is Anthony Michael Hall asking Molly Ringwald if he can “Borrow her underpants for 10 minutes” in Sixteen Candles. He looks like a 12 year old who stole his Mothers sunglasses. Seriously, think about it; if you saw a Barry White video, but the sound coming out of the TV was “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club, wouldn’t you question your sanity? Don’t even get me started on the “Dance moves.” Until I saw this video, I always thought running into a chain link fence was an accident, not a dance move. Who choreographed this video, Elmer Fudd? Oh great, now I’ll get inundated with hate mail from the “Looneytunesnation.” Apologies in advance, Mr. Fudd. Please don’t send Marvin the Martian to melt my face off with his explosive space modulator. I think two things would have helped the credibility of the “Never Gonna Give You Up” video: longer hair and puberty.