Menswear platinum album revealed as prank

Guitarist Chris Gentry fools everyone, including lead singer Johnny Dean

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Yesterday's news that Menswear's 1995 debut 'Nuisance' has gone platinum has been revealed as a prank by a member of the defunct Britpop band.

As reported yesterday (Nov 22), it was believed that 'Nuisance' had passed the 300,000 sales mark some 17 years after its initial release. Band member Chris Gentry posted a picture of himself on Twitterwith a platinum disc commemorating the landmark and expressing his delight. He wrote: "'Nuisance' by Menswe@r goes WW Platinum. Thx to everyone who made it possible."

However, that has been proven to be an elaborate prank with Holy Moly reporting that Gentry bought the platinum disc from eBay and mocked it up to look as if he had received it for sales of 'Nuisance'. According to the website, lead singer Johnny Dean (pictured) fell for the prank and "immediately began to enquire as to the whereabouts of his missing money, making accusations of mismanagement, believing himself to be the victim of a great rock ‘n’ roll swindle."

BBC 6 Music presenter and former Menswear drummer Matt Everitt also cast doubt on the story being true, telling NME: "To be honest, the idea that 'Nuisance' had sold 300,000 copies worldwide seems rather suspect to me, but Twitter appears to be very keen on the idea, so who am I to argue?"

He then joked: "Although now I come to think of it, my annual royalty cheques (approximately £83) would suggest something is amiss here. However, I'm currently expecting our long-delayed Led Zeppelin style reunion at the O2 and 15 CD/DVD/Blu-ray boxset retrospective of our lengthy and critically acclaimed career to become a reality, just in time for Christmas."

The album included the hit singles 'Daydreamer' and 'Being Brave'. The band split in 1998 after their second record ¡Hay Tiempo! failed to secure a UK release.

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