Mohammed Shahaid Nazir: Viral fishmonger

12c3709a7961c0a5d57d77da63b1faed

A favorite memory is going to the old Yankee stadium and listening to the concession vendors hawk their peanuts and pop in this singsong, old-school-NYC holler.  “Peanuts, popcorn, getcher peanuts!” A similar song happens on beaches in Latin America; “Hey-lado!” Since much of life is now digital, many of those real time sounds and sights take place online.



2012 saw a global phenomenon with PSY’s Gangnam Style from
Seoul, Korea via Los Angeles getting people doing a horse-like shuffle
and singing the hook, “Hey, sexy lady.” In England, a Pakistani
fishmonger’s chant inviting female market-goers to check out his deal on
fish has gone viral, putting him on the BBC and the X Factor.  He sells
it “very very cheap;” a steal at one pound sterling, garnering the
nickname the “One Pound Fish” guy.

The story goes that
the 31-year-old and his wife immigrated to London and after three months
he got work slinging fish at Queen’s Market.  His job was to shout his
prices out to passersby, like the salesmen lining Fulton Mall in
Downtown Brooklyn.

But he didn’t like shouting at
customers and he does like singing, so he made a little jingle up on the
spot and starting caroling for clients. Pretty soon the word spread
that this guy sang a nice fish ditty and somebody taped him in the
market and posted it online.  It went viral and Nazir got a solid fan
base, press followed. He even got himself a hypeman;  a hooded figure
holding a large, stuffed Nemo under his arm while backing up Nazir, fist
pumping.

But when he got onto The X Factor UK, the
judges snubbed him.  Cute as his song was, they didn’t take the ESL
fishmonger to be a serious contender as a vocalist.

With
millions of Youtube views,  the record labels disagreed.  Warner
Brothers made Nazir a video and cut a record.  Now the happy fish song
has him dancing with half-naked ladies on his arm, gesturing at the
quality catch he has for the audience.  But the innocent quality of the
fish seller sticks; who knew it could be so fun to hawk fish?

Nazir manages to go from lowly market vendor to Internet pop star without giving us his one pound of flesh.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…

Local

Future Boston Alliance invites you to #RidetheLine, support…

#RidetheLine aims to show the city, the nation, and the globe our creative impact as Boston citizens.

Local

(Update) Body of missing BU grad Eric Munsell…

The dead man pulled from the water at Boston's Long Wharf Wednesday afternoon was that of missing 24-year-old Boston University alumnus Eric Munsell, Boston Police said today.

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

Music

Championship of Collegiate a Cappella: Students who are…

Tickets to this Saturday’s International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella reportedly sold out within 11 hours of going on sale.

Music

M.I.A. talks 'Matangi,' divinity, spontaneity and holograms

"There’s pressure for me to become a theatrical production like 'Glee,' or something" says M.I.A., "It’s like, 'the pressure’s on, bitches.'"

Movies

Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

NHL

NHL video highlights: Bruins edge Red Wings in…

NHL video highlights: Bruins edge Red Wings in overtime of Game 4

MLB

MLB video highlights: Yankees rout Red Sox, 14-5

Felix Doubront struggles for second time in five starts

NBA

Jason Collins named to Time's 100 Most Influential…

Jason Collins was named to the list after coming out as the first openly gay player to appear in an NBA game.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.

Style

MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.