Rick Astley is the most awesome thing evar(yes with an a). He's a don, and I don't care what you say, but he's a don, the donniest don of all...so there. Singer, songwriter, guitar player, morris dancer - these are just some of the many things that the guy Rick Astley did. He later created his own internet meme known as "Rickrolling".
Rick's run-ins with the law had been seldom (2 arrests in the spring of 2001), until recently, when Rick was again arrested on April 26th, 2010 at 2:14 am. He was found in his front yard wearing nothing but what seemed to be the remains of a leather gimp suit. After further interrogation, Astley confessed an addiction to the popular over-the-counter cough medicine, Robitussin. Astley further revealed a crude tattoo on his upper back stating "Robo Nigg3r", an insignia he had received in two sessions at his previous incarceration(s) in 2001 using the urine of infamous criminal Charles Manson.
Birth and Early Life
Richard "Rick" Astley was born on February 5, 1966 in the United Kingdom. His father, Pete "Waterman" Astley, was a Scientologist from Belgium. Rick was made in a laboratory, as requested by his father. Young Richard was convinced at a young age to be a Scientologist, but was banished from their group sometime later. Since Rick's real last name is Waterman, he has expressed distaste for the many school years of always being last. So he changed it to Astley. Which means Rick's last name is... Astley.
He was a good student in his school, earning himself undeserved academic honors, like the Honor Roll which he once claimed that it would later inspire him to formulate the Rick Roll. He later went to college at Hardvard University. His tutor, Lene Bausager, claimed that "yes, I let him slide through school AND college, but I owe one to the poor little faggot."
Marriage and family
After college, young Rick turned out not to be a faggot after all, and decided to run away with his beloved tutor Lene. In 1992, she gave him a daughter, Emilie. Somehow Emilie was allowed to carry her father's name despite being born a bastard. (How that works, only a legal expert knows. Go ask them!) Apparently Rick and Lene forgot to get married... for a whole fifteen years. So, in 2003, 11-year-old Emilie was like, "Mum, dad, when are you going to get married?" And so they were like, "Holy shit, thanks for reminding us!" So they got married, and remain that way to this day. And if Mr. Astley is aging like a fine wine, we can be sure Mrs. Astley is regularly tippling!
Rick was in the band FBI from 1980 to 1985, with him and his four other brothers. "FBI" stood for "The Federal Barrel of Instruments" without the words "the" or "of" in the name. Some known songs from the group are "I'm Sorry", and "You Pulled Me Through". They even remade some songs, like Elvis Presley's "Blue Suede Shoes". They were so sucessful, a band known as Live Report remade their song "Why Do I Always Get it Wrong?" and preformed it at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1989.
Out of all five of them, Rick's voice seemed to outshine the rest. He just was louder. No more comments.
Is He For Real?
Because of his baritone voice, many people think he isn't a white person. Many people think he is a backup for an African-American singer. Rick wasn't lying - he gave his friends (if he had any) a nod of approval. Marvin Astley, Rick's older brother, recomended that he should sing alone, although somebody persuaded him to come to London to work at the PWL recording studio. So he moved to SUN Studios (not PWL) and recorded his first song - "When You're Gonna". He then went on to sing more famous songs, including "Never Gonna Give You Up".
1987 NAACP Image Awards
In the summer of 1987 Rick Astley was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year. The organization stated that his baritone voice and smooth vocals on the track "Never Gonna Give You Up" was 'a masterpiece that will inspire colored people all over the world'. Later that year however, it was discovered by the NAACP that Astley was in fact white, and not African American as his vocals on the track had indicated. In one of the most controversial decisions in NAACP history, NAACP CEO/President Kwame Mfume declared that Rick Astley be banned from the colored community and called for his immediate tarring and feathering. The NCAAP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year was then awarded to Patti LaBelle, and Astley fled to Brazil to escape humiliation. He was presumed deceased until 2008, when he was discovered inside of a dumpster on the side of a Krispy Kreme donuts shop in Los Angeles, California, chewing on his shoes as he waited for stale day-old donuts to be discarded.
Rick has a lot of facts that you probably didn't know about, like:
- Rick Astley is also the only known entity in the universe that can make Chuck Norris cry, but they have never made contact. Ever.
- In his younger teen years, Rick CRAVED Tic Tacs. After rehab he has fully recovered, although a faint minty aura remains. Today he faithfully attends Tic Tacs Anonymous meetings and is making amends to all the people he spoke to while he had Bad Breath.
So, how great was Rick Astley? Not very. Okay, I guess. We have all heard of the Rickrolling meme, so I won't bother explaining it. [Citation not needed at all; thank you very much] Okay, it's when an interesting video on the internet switches to his music video for his song, "Never Gonna Give You Up". It was created when it was used in the smash FOX animated series Family Guy, where Brian sung the song. Later on, the original video started to pop up on various websites. The word "Rickroll" is a take-off of the word "Duckroll", which was another internet meme, where it shows a picture of a duck with wheels.
Examples of Rickrolling:
- In 2007, YouTube made all their featured videos link to the rickrolling video.
- During the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2008, Rick popped out of a float and lip-synced the song. This was because he can no longer sing it in its original key, he says, "because I'm 50 for fuck's sake."
- Barack Obama made his own video called a "Barackroll". He just played the song with him saying (not singing) the song.
- The next person to get rickrolled is you, <insert name here>.
|Internet Meme Superstar