You may have noticed we took a break for the holiday last week here at Songspeak. You know who didn’t take a break? Rick Astley.
I thought I was safe. You know, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC while we’re getting ready for the day. Waiting for Matt Lauer, Al Roker, or Meredith Vieira to tell me what float, performer, or balloon was passing by at any given moment.
Then a float came by for some new show on the Cartoon Network called Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. I wish I’d heard Matt Lauer’s warning that there would be a musical surprise when I initially watched it, maybe then I could have braced myself for something. But alas, I was vulnerable.
So these puppets start singing some cutesy song. Fair enough. What happened next made me feel violated beyond anything I could have ever imagined. In the middle of their song, a record scratch is heard, and then, well…see for yourself:
I was in my own home. It was Thanksgiving. I thought I was safe. How wrong I was. Rick Astley and those bastards at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade pulled one over on me. They pulled one over on all of us. I wonder now whether I should even watch TV or leave the house anymore.
The only saving graces were Rick Astley’s expression when he sings, “Never gonna run around and desert you!”, the fact that those kids dancing on the float were born well after that song was released and probably have no idea who Rick Astley is, and the fact that probably 80% of the people at the parade had absolutely no clue what was going on.
The kicker was the announcer at the end talking about how that was “Rick Astley singing the rickrolling phenom”. He may as well have said, “That was Rick Astley. And I’m such a square.”
So just be careful. You never know when it’s going to happen. If it can happen to Vince McMahon, it can happen to anyone.
As for me, I’ll be thankful when that God-awful fad goes away for good.