Mr. Blobbys surprise UK No.1 an eldritch hell as Brits remember Christmas hit
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Cast your mind back to 1993 and, just before the cusp of Britpop caused a cultural earthquake like no other – one surprising artist was already storming through.
Mr. Blobby, the "eldritch hell" beast and presumed bodyguard of Noel Edmonds, had done what the likes of Oasis, Pulp, Suede and Blur could only dream of.
A number one hit on the pink mascot's first attempt marked a catastrophic decimation of the charts, with Brits remembering the horrifying moment Mr. Blobby's self-titled track hit the top spot on the official charts.
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Dark days for music that may have been, it appears the legacy stuck around, and it is far deeper and more unnerving than anyone thought.
Any single needs an album, and Mr. Blobby did not disappoint in the slightest, with his aptly titled "The Album" also entering into the charts.
It says more about British culture than it does about Mr. Blobby, who enlisted the likes of Deal or No Deal legend Edmonds as well as Carol Vorderman and Jeremy Clarkson to help with his hit song.
Replacing Meat Loaf's I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) on the top spot, Mr. Blobby's siege of the charts proved dominant until Take That took him down.
Most unnerving of all though was the resurgence that followed, with Blobby-besotted Brits taking the fight to Take That's track Babe, launching the novelty pop song from Mr. Blobby back to the top spot.
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In all, the track marked a total of three weeks at the top spot, more time than any Pulp song ever spent in the top spot, more than The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever.
One user described Blobby and his music video as an "eldritch hell", and it appears the public agreed, according to a Channel 4 poll that ranked the worst pop songs to hit the charts.
Mr. Blobby beat out stiff competition to land itself with the sixth-worst track of all time, beating out the likes of Michael Jackson, The Teletubbies, and the 1966 World Cup-winning England squad.
Not bad for a song that mocks Phil Collins, disturbed a nation and went on to find itself ranked as one of the worst songs ever put to tape.
Even with that devilish, blobby husk at the helm, it would appear Brits were rather taken with the song and the album at the time, with Mr. Blobby managing a platinum-selling track.
Platinum records are given out to tracks that sold at least 600,000 certified units, with Mr. Blobby just clinching that margin and cementing himself as a platinum artist.
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Mr. Blobby joins the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder and Backstreet Boys in the chilling annals of musical history.
One critic at the time of the track's release noted that Mr. Blobby "set the bar so low with this bizarre single, it's hard to imagine that it could ever be usurped."
That it did, Mr. Blobby set a bar excruciatingly low, but there is still time for the music industry to dip even lower.
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