Where is that post about the fake Aussie pop star? April 21, 2007 7:45 AM   Subscribe

I'll looking for a post from maybe a year or so back. It was about an Australian pop star who's father basically paid for his sons' stardom. It culminated is a concert where the son was booed off the stage and exposed as a fake. Does anyone remember this post?
posted by KevinSkomsvold to MetaFilter-Related at 7:45 AM (29 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

No, but it sounds cool. I would like to read it, too.
posted by jayder at 8:58 AM on April 21, 2007


I remember it, can't find it, damn it!
posted by lee at 9:05 AM on April 21, 2007


I also remember it and also can't find it. I was thinking that they did advance promotion for his album and tour using the line "Nick is Coming!". But a metafilter search for that phrase indicates that I'm senile.
posted by Clay201 at 9:26 AM on April 21, 2007


I can't imagine that happening here. At least not the "booed off stage" part.
posted by delmoi at 9:42 AM on April 21, 2007


Ok so I'm NOT crazy. I've looked all over and can't seem to find it. Arghh!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:08 AM on April 21, 2007


The singer may not have been Australian (a little hazy on that part). I do remember that he had a rich father who generated a ton of hype for his budding son's career and it culminated in a large show. I could be wrong on the booing part but I remember the article referring to concert-goers being pretty underwhelmed.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:38 AM on April 21, 2007


Here.
posted by YamwotIam at 10:46 AM on April 21, 2007


That post needs better tags.
posted by iconomy at 10:55 AM on April 21, 2007


Neat article!
posted by brundlefly at 11:11 AM on April 21, 2007


That was interesting!
posted by gomichild at 11:20 AM on April 21, 2007


Clay201: You almost had it! Marcus, Nick, whatever.

Wikipedia entry for Marcus Montana.

Great story and read; thank you for bringing it back to our attention.
posted by iguanapolitico at 11:31 AM on April 21, 2007


Thanks for dredging this back up, fabulous story.
posted by maxwelton at 12:12 PM on April 21, 2007


More than one story like this. cf Ashley Simpson
posted by DU at 12:33 PM on April 21, 2007


But ... Ashley Simpson is actually still working.
posted by iguanapolitico at 12:42 PM on April 21, 2007


That was a rather spectacular tale. Thanks for bringing it back.
posted by dazed_one at 1:18 PM on April 21, 2007


Reminds me of a side note about the movie Eegah, starring Arch Hall, Jr. (In the MST3K episode ripping on the movie, Servo refers to the star as looking like Cabbage Patch Elvis.) Written and directed by Arch Hall SENIOR, the movie was meant to catapult the squishy-faced teen into national musical stardom. It didn't, but Arch Hall Jr. and the Archers did play some gigs. No booing off the stage that I am aware of.
posted by The Deej at 3:55 PM on April 21, 2007


I missed this the first time around -- what a crazy ass story. I do wonder if someone could actually pull it off today. I mean, we had William Hung, right?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:14 PM on April 21, 2007


AFAIK, Ashley Simpson's career wasn't actually bankrolled by the Simpson family. They just shoved her into it.
posted by brundlefly at 4:41 PM on April 21, 2007


Wowsers. Poor kid.

Thanks to KevinSkomsvold and YamwotIam for this amusing read.
posted by EatTheWeak at 5:39 PM on April 21, 2007


I mean, we had William Hung, right?

And now Sanjaya Malakar -- who is attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner and wants to sing, model, act and more.
posted by ericb at 5:41 PM on April 21, 2007


Julio Iglesias?
posted by loquacious at 5:52 PM on April 21, 2007


There should be a way to highlight really cool old posts, that might have been missed.

This was awesome, thanks for dredging it back up.
posted by graventy at 6:48 PM on April 21, 2007


Does anyone know where to find MP3s? I'm dying to hear what it actually sounded like!
posted by Count Ziggurat at 7:10 PM on April 21, 2007


Thanks YamwotIam!! I've been out all day and it was nice to see the mystery solved. I could have searched my comments since I was the first one to comment in the old thread. Oh well. Thanks again.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:32 PM on April 21, 2007


Thanks for reminding me of this absurd tale. I used to play with the drummer mentioned in the article, Mr Louis Burdett, who, although only referenced as some guy in a pub band here, is a huge figure in Australian improvised music circles and a heck of a player.
posted by Wolof at 7:50 PM on April 21, 2007


I'm reserving Marcus is Coming! for my future bandname.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:32 PM on April 22, 2007


Hm. There's a Marcus Lagudi listed as a coach of an U11 rugby team - the Easts Wallaroos (not to be confused with the Australian Wimmyns rugby team, the Wallaroos).

Considering that their home ground is in Woollahra, not far from the rugby-playing Waverley College, I'd guess that's our man. What's the bet that he finally came 12 years ago & is coaching his son to stardom on the rugby field?
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:53 PM on April 22, 2007


... we had William Hung, right?
Not to mention every other half-way successful contestant on any music-related "reality" show in the world. Sadly, the bar for getting a record deal seems to be somewhat lower than back in the "good old days" when a blow job to a record company exec only got someone to listen to 30 seconds of your demo with half an ear while they were on hold with someone.
posted by dg at 8:12 PM on April 22, 2007


... we had William Hung, right?
Not to mention every other half-way successful contestant on any music-related "reality" show in the world.


The latest and coincidentally (?) named such star here in the states is Hannah Montana, daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus and latest Disney Channel-dominating singing/dancing/acting manufactured star-tween of the Duff/Lohan mold.
posted by ChasFile at 9:23 PM on April 22, 2007


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