It’s a Monday, arguably the worst day of the week, but that also means it’s time for the next instalment of our glorious Facebook Watch series, 15 Minutes. So kick back, relax and relive the greatest robbery of all time.
No, not Ned Kelly. We’re talking about Nollsie, baby.
This week’s deep-dive into history’s best viral moments takes us right back to that fateful day in 2003 when Australian Idol robbed our mate Shannon Noll of the victory he so obviously deserved.
Our girl Lucinda Price sits down with Australia’s favourite pub-rock king to discuss Nollsie’s experience with fame, both internet and real life.
Back in 2016, Nollsie was thrust back into the spotlight after a viral petition for him to headline Groovin’ The Moo. Since then, Shannon Noll has ridden the wave of internet virality, and fully embraced his position as Australia’s favourite bogan icon.
“They’ve never been derogatory or nasty, they’re just being you know, good old-fashioned Aussie’s taking the piss,” he said.
Now, our favourite man to ever be kicked out of ‘The Crazy Horse’ is using his meme-ification to help grow his career. Despite having a few hiccups along the way, Nollsie thinks his true-blue, outspoken personality has actually helped grow his following.
“I think in this day and age of political correctness and all that sort of stuff they sort of enjoy that I’m a bit of a larrikin.”
Nollsie said his internet fame helped him grow from playing local pubs to “under 100” people, to selling out 450 cap venues back-to-back.
When he’s not playing shows or hanging out with his bebe son, Colton, Nollsie is probably stealing more of his mates’ belongings. With a collection that currently includes a boat and a dehydrator, among other things, there’s a fair chance you’d find that thing you thought you lost in Nollsie’s garage.
Seriously, if you’re missing your left sock, it’s probably at Nollsie’s house.
Check out Australia’s favourite Idol alum show off his samurai skills and call out his media critics in episode 5 of 15 Minutes right here:
If you love a bit of Nollsie and want to wrap your ears around his latest single “Long Live the Summer”, well it’s available for pre-order now from HERE, and is out November 4. Yiew!
And if you’re in the mood for a serious nostalgia trip, you can let Lucinda and Nina Oyama take you on a leisurely stroll down meme-ory lane in the first four episodes of 15 Minutes. We catch up with “Not Bhed, Good Soyze” AKA Mick Merhi in episode 1, hang out with Aussie legend Will “Egg Boy” Connolly in episode 2, talk to Josh Saunders about owning his viral face in the third episode, and let Ur Boy Bangz take us to the movies in last episode 4.