Here’s Why A Bunch Of People Are Shouting “PARKLIFE!” At Russell Brand On The Internet

You’ll be stunned to discover people have found a new and exciting way to take the piss.

1. It’s pretty simple. After this tweet by Dan Barker got thousands of retweets…

2. …this became a thing.

5. It’s beginning to spread beyond Twitter.

6. And the thing is, having spliced some clips together, there appears to be something in this. / Via BBC / Universal

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7. Who knows where the meme will strike next? / Via BBC / Universal

8. Anyway. / Via BBC / Universal

9. Barker, the guy who started the meme, told BuzzFeed News:

Just as Craig David eventually found peace with his Bo Selecta taunters, I hope Russell Brand can eventually forgive me, along with Damon Albarn, Phil Daniels, and @paperclipracket, who pointed out he’d made the observation before I did (his was funnier too).


Explanation for confused American readers: Basically, people in Britain have realised that Russell Brand sounds exactly like Phil Daniels in Blur’s 1994 hit “Parklife”.


Now everyone’s making mashups because that’s the internet.

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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