Monday, May 13, 2013

It was forty-eight years ago today...

In 1965 at exactly this week, the Herman's Hermits novelty song "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" entered its third straight week in the Billboard #1 spot. This was May 1965, at the very height of the British Invasion, and the song plays up the Beatlesque Liverpool accent to near-ridiculous extremes. Peter Noone, the group's singer, later expressed some embarrassment about the whole thing.

Urban Dictionary offers this delightful overview of Mr. Noone's career:
At the age of fifteen, Peter Noone achieved international fame as "Herman", lead singer of the legendary Sixties pop band Herman's Hermits. His classic hits included: "I'm Into Something Good" "Mrs. Brown, you've Got A Lovely Daughter", "I'm Henry VIII, I Am", "Silhouettes", "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat", "Just A Little Bit Better", "Wonderful World", "There's A Kind of Hush", "A Must To Avoid", "Listen People", "The End of the World" and "Dandy". Ultimately, Herman's Hermits sold over sixty million recordings. In all, fourteen singles and seven albums went gold. The Hermits were twice named Cashbox's "Entertainer of the Year". 
A cursory inspection reveals that Peter is a friend to all. However, Peter's friendliness seems to have backfired, and thus during flame wars, [people] can often be found yelling at each other that "Noone likes you!" or "Noone asked for your opinion". From "Noone wants to listen to your &#$@" to "Noone believes you for a minute", Peter somehow manages to become involved in every argument. The fact that Peter likes emo kids is the cause for a great deal of Internet angst; in fact, two out of every three cutter icons contain text to the effect of "Noone likes me". Why Peter's friendship, trust, or willingness to listen is viewed as a negative is not known.

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