Saturday 24 February 2018

What's in a name? Ask Bega, Blake and Blunt

Niall Byrne

It was a veritable bacchanal for fans of surname mix-ups last week. After rock legend Lou Reed sadly passed away, proof that idiots are very much in existence was confirmed by the aforementioned confused silly-billies who tweeted and posted about the death of Lou Bega instead. Bega was the singer of the one-hit wonder Mambo No.5, an excruciating novelty song which was amongst the very worst of nineties chart cheese, not the musician who was in The Velvet Underground or creator of the seminal 1972 album Transformer.

"RIP Lou Bega – hope you can mambo in heaven," tweeted one eejit who was joined by a virtual village of other idiots. Lou Bega, who is very much alive and well, took to Facebook to quash the rumour. I'd imagine it's a humbling day for a former celebrity when he has to clarify to people he is not actually dead.

James Blake, the UK experimental soul singer, won the Mercury Prize for his album Overgrown last Wednesday night. It was a surprise win for many. More surprising was the normally cucumber-cool Lauren Laverne who introduced James Blake as... James Blunt. It was a bittersweet moment for Blake but he forgave Laverne, calling her amazing after the ceremony.

For his sins, Blake later appeared in a post-victory interview on BBC's Newsnight where the interviewer actually used the word "chillax" without irony in a question ( Amazing.

Speaking of James Blunt, the man whose music is much-maligned by many, is absolutely winning at Twitter. When someone tweeted "Jesus christ, James Blunt's got a new album out. Is there anything else that can go wrong?" little did he know Blunt would retweet the message adding "Yes. He could start tweeting you."

Or when one lady tweeted "Who is a bigger twat: James Blunt or Robin Thicke?" how was she to know Blunt would respond: "Me! Me! Pick me!"?

There were many other examples ( of that kind of interaction. Blunt, who has no doubt been the target of years of vitriol, is showing the world how to respond with good grace and humour in the face of keyboard warrior idiots. His music may be annoying but that kind of behaviour commands respect. I never thought I'd say this but big up James Blunt!

Irish Independent

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