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BRITISH CULTURE REVEALED
Americans have their hot dogs, Germans love their “currywurst”, but what have the Brits got? Well, if you don’t know yet, there have been two top consecutive Number One Christmas hits on the UK charts written by Mark Ian Hoyle, an English social media blogger, known by his Internet pseudonym, LadBaby. He and his wife, Roxanne (or Rox, as her husband calls her), sing and perform a comedic parody that will definitely drive the message home. This feat of two back-to-back Christmas number ones hasn’t been achieved since the Spice Girls back in the 90’s!
Ladbaby, cleverly uses the melodies of two very well-known songs, “We Built this City on Rock n’ Roll and “I love Rock n’ Roll”, and change the words “rock n’ roll” into their beloved treat and voila – you’ve got “We’ve Built this City on Sausage Rolls” and “I love Sausage Rolls”.
By watching these music videos, as Brits, I hope you’ll enjoy it if you haven’t already seen it hundreds of times. As a British ex-pat – the song most likely will make you feel a bit nostalgic and homesick. For me, as an (American) teacher – it’s a fun, way to bring some humour into a classroom online and off for students learning English.
But these songs are more than just funny. They also reveal a deep-seeded core value of the British people. What do I mean? Well, it’s just one great example of how personally involved they can become in raising money for charities and do so in such clever, creative ways!
Check out this video, to see if you agree with me. Here’s the link to their first hit “We’ve built this city on sausage rolls”. Before watching it, see if you can choose the right word to fill in the blank (You’ve got a 50/50 chance). And then listen to check your answers.
There’s also 10 trivia questions that could just win you a pub quiz, too!
Last but not least, here’s a link to the charity they’re supporting, in case, you too, want to get into the donating spirit!