ONCE AROUND THE BOSS

But he also takes the opportunity to take the piss out of Jon Bon Jovi at his New York gig...

BADLY DRAWN BOY, aka DAMON GOUGH, lampooned JON BON JOVI in a short film before his gig in NEW YORK last night (May 1), and paid tribute to BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN in a three-song medley of THE BOSS‘ numbers.

The film was a parody of VH1|-style ‘Behind The Music’ shows, going behind the scenes to talk to “the man behind one of the biggest names in rock – Jon Bon Jovi‘s pool cleaner”.

Cutting in live and music video footage of Bon Jovi at the height of their hair-rock career, the film starred a skinny man in a swimsuit coming out with lines such as: “A lot of people laugh at me. They say, ‘You’re just a pool cleaner.’ But I

say, ‘But I’m Jon Bon Jovi‘s pool cleaner, bitch.'”

Following the screening, Gough and his band took to the stage to the accompaniment of the theme from ‘Rocky’ and proceeded to launch into one of their famously long sets, nearing the three-hour mark by the end.

Gough lived up to his reputation for showmanship, spitting guitar picks into the crowd, employing a light-reflecting wristband and a bullhorn, and serenading select members of the audience.

During the course of the show, he professed his love for a number of American artists, including Pavement, Frank Zappa, The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Lou Reed and Ween. He also dedicated ‘The Shining’ to his five-month-old daughter Edie, singing to a picture of her, which he passed into the crowd. ‘Everybody’s Stalking’ was dedicated, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, to Coldplay.

Gough was in an extremely comical mode throughout the show, at one point facetiously revealing: “I’ve reached a point in my life where I’ve started to act like Bono. I’ve even started to address the audience in a pseudo-American accent.”

Just before the final song, however, Gough delivered a heartfelt tribute to one of his true heroes – The Boss. Onstage by himself, he took to his keyboard to deliver partial renditions of three Springsteen songs, ‘Jungleland’, ‘New York City Serenade’ and ‘Thunder Road’, the last of which had the entire remaining crowd singing along.

“My apologies to Bruce Springsteen,” he said afterward, in an unusually modest moment, before qualifying, “He made me want to make music in the first place, when I was a 15-year-old kid.”