Tuesday, April 01, 2008

No More Rickrolling

So there's this phenomenon called "rickrolling," which consists of tricking someone into clicking on a link that really goes to Rick Astley's classic video for "Never Gonna Give you Up." Now, I have a lot of respect for Rick Astley; I remember when his album was legitimately cool, not just in an ironic way. Rick's vocals were so smooth. And that "I'm shaking invisible maracas" dance move was way ahead of its time -- so far ahead that its time may never come. Plus, what a bartender that was. Check out his "bounce the fence" move at 2:07.

So I think that it's time for everyone to abandon rickrolling. It's too cliched, and plus Rick Astley was just too good to mock in that way.

Instead, people should "wham" each other, that is, trick people into clicking on Wham's classic video for "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go." Reasons for this include:

1) George Michael's bouncy hair.

2) His awesome dance moves (the leap at 28-29 seconds will never be equalled, nor will the dance move at 2:10);

3) Andrew Ridgeley. Need I say more? (I thought he never actually did anything in Wham, but it turns out that he could play the electric guitar without a cord.)


Blogger Don said...

What a killjoy. I just found out about "rickrolling" yesterday and already it's so old and stale you want it banned. I'm sooo behind the cool cutting edge! On another note, my wife and I used to love Rick Astley. "Cry for Help" was our song when we dated. Not sure what that means, but hey, we are still together, so go Rick! :)


2:41 PM  
Blogger "Q" the Enchanter said...

"it turns out that [Andrew Ridgeley] could play the electric guitar without a cord."

I myself never use a cord, preferring fingers or a plectrum of some sort.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure George's dance moves have been equaled.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

From Blackadder: "The Wham! video is obviously pro-life propaganda. Just look at George Michael's shirt."

12:04 PM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

Q -- good one.

Actually, on reconsideration, I think it's very interesting that Andrew Ridgeley could apparently sing so as to sound exactly the same as George Michael, so much that it sounds like Michael recorded a second track. See the chorus of this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1ECnQ5EOWg&feature=related
And to think that this wonderful voice never went on to a solo career!

4:34 PM  
Blogger "Q" the Enchanter said...

Actually, few people realize that Don Was had to have Ridgeley come in and redo all of Michaels' vocals because they weren't up to snuff; Ridgley's been Michaels' ghost vocalist ever since. (If you look at the video you linked to in your comment, e.g., it's obvious Michael is lip-synching.)

3:15 PM  
Blogger "Q" the Enchanter said...

Okay, this is a little liason de l'escalier, but speaking of dance moves...*


The interlude is particularly exquisite.

*(Not that the dance moves are the only thing to enjoy.)

12:11 PM  
Blogger "Q" the Enchanter said...

Er, liaison, that is. (Merd.)

12:14 PM  

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