Last Thursday March 5th a Facebook user called Tony Montague posted blurry mobile phone footage of a band performing in the streets of Eastleigh, which he captioned “Buskers in Southampton today brilliant.”
Even though Tony had no idea who they were, in the last five days his video has been shared 47,000 times and had nearly 700,000 views. It’s been copied and recopied to YouTube, and the performers have finally been identified as Cornish busking band Phat Bollard.
The huge amount of interest stems from the simple fact that the song Millionaires – which they perform in the video – hits a satirical nerve and has the ring of truth.
A big part of what makes the chorus so funny is its cheery conclusion “I don’t give a fuck about you” – which is also why the Beeb will never allow me to play it on 6 Music in its present form. Though if they changed it from “fuck” to “toss” for radio purposes all bets would be off – it could easily become a viral Number One.
Meanwhile you can hear and buy the studio version on their incendiary new CD Spare A Little Change – which is available at the bargain price of £12 for 17 tracks, postage included. I’ve just bought it myself and would strongly recommend you to do the same: this kind of talent and chutzpah deserves our support.