A homemade hip-hop song and YouTube video that pokes fun at Gary Barlow has scored a viral hit with over 40,000 views in a few days. Barlow is the blandest of pop stars, front man of Take That, X Factor judge and now Tory supporting buddy of UK Prime Minister Cameron. Rock “n”roll. .. Garry.
A frustrated car insurance salesman called Raphael Attar has landed himself a YouTube hit and a gig at the Free Fringe in Edinburgh. His inspiration was to realise that Gary Barlow is hilarious.
Not intentionally of course. Singer/composer Gary takes himself very seriously and is stealthily inserting himself into the showbiz establishment. Simon Cowell? Maybe. Bruce Forsyth? Give him time.
Raphael has caught all that in witty lyrics and a catchy tune. Then with the help of a friend in a $5 Barlow mask he shot a video in his local park, supermarket and bathroom.
The result caught the attention of fast rising star BBC Radio 1 star, Nick Grimshaw. He’s played it daily and hailed Raphael as the “Most exciting new artist in Britain.” Now who’s having a laugh, but never mind this show will run and run.
Of course Barlow has been wise enough to big it up on Twitter, together with wannabe star Lily Allen and Murdock journalist Caitlin Moran.
The video gives a mention to Frodsham, Barlow’s home town and an unlikely spot for hip hop. Naturally there’s a mention for Gary’s lovely wife and the trials of dealing with his former Take That partner, Robbie Williams – a very different performer.
Barlow is tipped for a knighthood for his services to polishing the image of the Queen and family – he helped organise the Diamond Jubilee Concert. He had less flattering headlines when it emerged that he had organised a neat tax dodge for himself. His new chum Cameron backed down when challenged about it and refused to condemn Barlow – even though he slated comedian Jimmy Carr for exactly the same thing.
Gary Barlow funny? Maybe the joke’s on his fellow (full) tax payers!