by Craig Hamilton
On the evening of Saturday 17th December, 2011, I was talking with some friends on Twitter and we began swapping boring anecdotes about meeting pop stars. I told my story about once having served Queen’s Brian May whilst working in a record shop. Others told similarly banal tales. After a while, one friend casually remarked, “These stories are so boring. It’s barely worth setting up a Tumblr blog to capture them all.”
On the Tuesday morningthere was an email from BBC 6Music, the largest alternative music radio station in the UK, and on Wednesday morning I found myself speaking to Huey Morgan live on the air. He kept me on the line for quite some time, reading from the site to his listeners and laughing like a drain. By the end of Wednesday 21st December, my inbox was groaning under the weight of hundreds of submissions, with the site not yet 4 days old.
Christmas and New Year came and went and things ticked over. I was interviewed over Skype by The Village Voice in New York City, and all the while I expected each flurry of followers and stories to be the last as the internet moved on to the next new thing. Except it hasn’t. At least not completely, anyway…
You see, the stories just keep on coming, the Tweets and retweets go on, day after day, in various languages and countries. In just over 6 weeks I have had almost 1000 stories submitted and have picked up thousands of followers on Tumblr and Twitter….and all from something that started life as a half-hearted joke. Isn’t the Internet marvelous, and a bit scary?
The juggernaut of dull that is Rock and Roll Tedium is, of course, the reason I’m being given the opportunity to speak to you, the readers of the Old Glory Tees blog, and tell my tale. So, a warm ‘Hello’ from a cold and wintery Birmingham, England! Now, if you ever met a pop star and the story is dull….you know what you need to do.