Smile for a while and let’s be jolly,
Love shouldn’t be so melancholy,
Come along and share the good times while we can.
I’m not quite sure what invoked this earlier today, but something did and so I’m sharing it here.
This is Canadian one-hit wonder Kon Kan – a parody of the Canadian content regulation (often referred to as “Can Con”), which mandates that thirty-five percent of songs played on commercial radio stations in Canada must be Canadian in origin – with their 1988 song I Beg Your Pardon.
The singular success of the song (it got to number 5 in the UK) and the derivation of the band’s name make this Pub Quiz gold. The over the shoulder keyboard, the dodgy fashion and the black and white video set in a payphone (remember them?) make it 80’s perfection.
Musically, Canada has a lot to answer for: Sicky Dion, Justin Bieber, Shania Twain, Michael Bublé and Drake. But here is proof that – at least back in 1988 – some talent did briefly exist in those Northern climes.