Far be it from us to take complaints unprofessionally. When we used a photo of Bill Gates playing an Xbox with a random gamer, that random gamer – one Lee Thomas, X-Tag LeeX81 – wrote to us accusing us of “misrepresenting” his “gaming allegiences”. Never mind that the photo was in the public domain, or that the completly inoffensive joke was targeted at Mr. Gates, not his strapping young friend. Wetastefully complied with Lee’s wishes.
With three years of hindsight, we now realise that our treatment of the matter could have easily been mistaken for mockery. Far be it from us to turn one man’s genuine concern into a laughing matter.
Click on the below picture to hear us definitively establish our respect for Mr. Thomas’s plight in the medium of rock.
The backing track is lifted from the promotional children’s single “Seymour Rock” (Seymour, as you know, being the terrifying CGI frog mascot of Overflow, the now-defunct North Queensland, Australia bargain warehouse chain).
Out of respect to the original copyright holder, we have also included the oddly alluring original song.
If you enjoy the above item, you’ll be pleased to know we’re working suspiciously hard and with un-Rubber-Chicken-like devotion on a new ongoing audio project.
I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s a podcast.
Lee Thomas (joined by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, teen heartthrob actor Tim Curry, taco damage surveyor Meowth, and a Pirate Ghost) at a recent press conference, announcing his plans to humiliate The Rubber Chicken over Xbox Live.
If there’s one vice we take pride in, it’s Bungholio‘s award-winning collection of interesting scabs. But if there were two, the second would be our habit of taking minor complaints and blowing them wildly and inappropriately out of proportion. Consider the curious case of one Lee Thomas. (Hi Lee!) In 2003 Mr. Thomas objected to our use of his photograph for a comic. Never mind that the joke wasn’t defamatory in any way whatsoever. Nor that the photo itself was in the public domain. And certainly not that we clearly focussed on Bill Gates, not the handsome young competition winner next to him. Nevertheless, he wanted closure …and got it.
Overkill? Of course. But not without precedent. No, it appears we weren’t the first to have a platonic Lee Thomas infatuation.
Ladies, gentlemen and David Sanborne of Naperville, Illinois; I give you Exhibit B: The Golden D, the second solo album by ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon (pictured left, in a Sailor Moon costume). Listen to the first track’s opening and you’ll hear a suspiciously familiar name being spoken repeatedly. I wouldn’t recommend actually buying the CD, on account of it being a pretentious load of wank. (Although his latest album, Happiness in Magazines is a great listen. Fans of Blur, and especially Coffee & TV, will love it. Highly recommended. Four stars.) So to save your valuable time, money and rock snob dignity, I have uploaded this bite-sized snippet for your aural pleasure.
I later realized the song was actually called “Jamie Thomas” and I probably just misheard it. Maybe Lee forced them to change it by threatening legal action. But probably not. Still – food for thought! Tasteless, unfulfilling food, but food nonetheless.
Alastair: Remember ? You know, Ben’s quirky, insightful and (hah!) weekly series adding dialogue from old LucasArts adventure games to real-world photos? If not, I know what you’re thinking: what a delightful idea! There is absolutely no chance of this offending anybody!
One man defied those expectations. One man broke the shackles and challenged us. Today we pay tribute to this man – this hero – the only way we know how: with an insane and the not-at-all defamatory Flash animation from Bungholio.