Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"Gerrard Rhapsody"

In order to ensure that the following video is viewed in the appropriate frame of mind, I feel that it is necessary to provide some background information. Obviously, the musical inspiration is Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." The inspiration for the subject matter and lyrics is also drawn from a British influence, Liverpulian to be more precise.

As I am sure most, if not all of you are aware, I am a Manchester United supporter. Manchester United's arch rival in the English Premier League has always been and will forever be Liverpool Football Club. This is an extremely heated rivalry, exacerbated even more so this year as Manchester United sits poised to tie Liverpool's record of 17 English League titles at season's end. The focal point of the video is Stephen Gerrard, Liverpool's long time captain. Gerrard was arrested in a Liverpool area pub after cold-cocking a fellow patron because the poor lad changed the song on the jukebox. Gerrard's arrest in late January, along with the multiple criminal charges that followed, provided the Aussie masterminds with their inspiration to make this video.

Quick Vocabulary Lesson:

Scouser - derogatory term referring to anyone who plays for, supports, or hails from Liverpool
Rafa - Liverpool's manager (head coach), also known in Mancunian (Manchester United) circles as FSW (Fat Spanish Waiter)


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