an Oh Myyy Property
Funny News

Rick Astley Explains Why He's Never Really Embraced The Whole 'Rickrolling' Phenomenon

Carla Speight/Redferns via Getty Images

Rick Astley has said he never embraced the rickrolling phenomenon because he did not want to ruin the joke.


Rickrolling is a popular internet meme which involves tricking someone into clicking a link for something they want to view, only to be confronted with Astley's 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up.

Speaking at the Isle of Wight Festival, the 53-year-old said it would have been “crass and naff" to use the trend to boost his profile.

Astley said that while some artists would be offended, he tried not to take the meme seriously.

He told the Press Association:

“I've never really embraced it fully to try and monetize it because that would just be crass and naff anyway. And it would have also completely killed it."
“Once the artist who you are having this fun with – or taking the piss out of – gets involved, then it's just over and it's boring."
“I embrace it in the sense that I don't see it as negative. I understand why a lot of artists would. But let's face it. It's a pop song from 1987. It's not the gospel according to…"

In 2016 Astley returned to the charts for the first time in nearly 30 years with the release of his number one album 50.

This prompted a late career resurgence which has seen him tour the UK and appear on festival line-ups.

He said rickrolling had undoubtedly played a part in his comeback.

“It's certainly done me no harm," he said.

“Anything that makes its way onto the internet and puts its head above the parapet, for any artist, even if it seems to be a bit negative at times, just puts you in people's consciousness."
“I'm pretty sure record labels and managers around the world have looked at something like rickrolling and gone: 'How do we do that?"

Saturday's festival action included Astley, Bastille and KT Tunstall, and Bastille invited Astley onto stage to join them in a rousing rendition of the band's 2013 hit Pompeii.

Judging from Twitter, it doesn't appear anyone's gonna give rickrolling up.








For a fascinating history of rickrolling, click here.

And to watch the original video in all it's glory, here you go...

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (Video) youtu.be

There's a certain kind of person people expect to vote for Donald Trump, whether they're real or not.

On July 21, Twitter user @malkatz asked internet users to do a fascinating thought experiment:

which fictional characters seem like they "absolutely voted for Trump."

Keep reading... Show less

Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for NYCWFF, Marie Cleone/Facebook

A black couple is citing racial profiling when the boyfriend was proposing to his girlfriend at a hard cider company in Walden, New York.

On Sunday, security staff from Apple Orchard Farm was alerted to the theft of a T-shirt from its gift shop.

But the attempt to recover the allegedly stolen item quickly escalated into what may as well have been a drug bust.

Keep reading... Show less

If you're a hardcore Trump-supporter, there's no better place to have your wedding than one of his golf clubs.

A New Jersey couple having a MAGA-themed wedding (yes, really) at Trump's Bedminster resort even went so far as to tuck Trump 2020 flags into the brides dress.

Keep reading... Show less
Iiris since ditching shampoo (PA Real Life/Collect)

A student who has not used shampoo or conditioner in almost two years has told how her itchy scalp has been cured and her locks look healthier than ever.

Keep reading... Show less

We carry all sorts of things we might need with us on a regular basis: our cell phones, wallets, a couple of adhesive bandages, that loose change that always seems to be in the bottom of your pocket unless you actually need it. Some people though, have taken this to the extreme.

Keep reading... Show less
Dude Perfect/YouTube / @JersyStrong11/Twitter

The newly resurfaced 2016 video from YouTubers Dude Perfect showcases Serena Williams' phenomenal accuracy and talent, and shows why no amateur has a hope of scoring a point on her.

Even if they're one in eight random men on the internet.

Keep reading... Show less