5 Things You May Not Know About Rick Astley

So, NPR has a feature where they tell you five things you may not know about the GOP candidates (liberal bias! Also, boring!). This type of list is a fantastic idea when applied to the right personalities (hint: not the GOP candidates), and so I begin my own series with pop sensation Rick Astley.

5 Things You May Not Know About Rick Astley

1. His music is responsible for “Rickrolling.”

Yes, without Rick Astley’s amazing hit single “Never Gonna Give You Up” we would not have the phenomenon of Rickrolling, where a seemingly innocent and informative link leads straight to, you guessed it, Rick Astley’s awesome video for “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Ha! You got Rickrolled!

2. He was born in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England.

Traditionally, Newton-le-Willows was a railway town. Thus, Astley has a strong metaphorical connection with railroads, which in turn means he has a strong metaphorical connection with freedom and John Henry.

3. He was in a soul band named FBI.

FBI was probably the greatest white male soul band in the history of the world. I dare you to find contradictory proof.

4. He has stronger family values than you.

He retired in the early 1990s so that he could raise his daughter. Granted, he staged a comeback (and sang on the Lion King soundtrack), but for nearly 10 years he avoided the spotlight.

5. His wife is an Academy Award nominated film producer.

That’s right, Rick’s wife Lene Bausager was nominated in 2006 for her short film Cashback. You can see her film here.

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