Rick Astley has come out of the dark to discuss his new found infamy that rickrolling has brought him.? Funny, but two days ago, the NYT did an article about this and couldn’t get in touch with the former pop star.
Rickrolling has also come to mean a disruptive blast of the Astley song in a variety of situations. Former Scientologists protesting against the church, for example, have been playing and singing the song this year outside Scientology offices in London, Washington, Seattle and other cities.
It is not clear what Mr. Astley himself thinks about rickrolling. He has not spoken publicly about the meme and efforts to reach him through his agent were unsuccessful. But it has surely renewed attention on his career at a beneficial time. He is planning a tour through England along with other ?80s pop stars.
But then, Astley addressed all of these things in an interview with the LA Times that was published the next day.
Over the last year or so, Astley has watched with puzzled amazement as ?Never Gonna Give You Up? has been mocked, celebrated, remixed and reprised, its original music video viewed millions of times on YouTube, all by a generation that could barely swallow its Gerber carrots when the song first topped the pop charts.
?I think it?s just one of those odd things where something gets picked up and people run with it,? Astley said. ?But that?s what brilliant about the Internet.?
For his part, Astley was nothing if not modest about his new cultural role. ?If this had happened around some kind of rock song, with a lyric that really meant something — a Bruce Springsteen, “God bless America” … or an anti-something kind of song, I could kind of understand that,? Astley said. ?But for something as, and I don?t mean to belittle it, because I still think it?s a great pop song, but it?s a pop song; do you know what I mean? It doesn?t have any kind of weight behind it, as such. But maybe that?s the irony of it.?
Astley would never put the song down, mind you. It?s just that, as he says, ?If I was a young kid now looking at that song, I?d have to say I?d think it was pretty naff, really.?
The best part is that the rickrolling thing has spread into the real world. ? But probably when it showed up at an Eastern Washington basketball game that was the nail in the coffin.? May we suggest the unsettling reichroll?