After being transformed into the internet’s dankest new meme courtesy of his epic scream in Kirin J Callinan‘s freshly squeezed track ‘Big Enough‘, Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes has now weighed in on the whole experience.
ICYMI: the music video for the tune — which features the cowboy “ghost of Ol’ Jimmy Barnes” wailing majestically in the desert sky — has taken the internet by storm, sparking countless A+ quality mashups with scenes from popular movies and TV shows.
And Barnesy, too, has been inundated with the hilarious links.
“Of course now I’m receiving memes with me screaming,” the rock ledge tells Double J of his unexpected memification.
“I remember thinking ‘what a weird song’. But it was so infectious and I was singing the melodies everywhere I went,” he reminesces. “So, I just screamed on it like a banshee for about five minutes.
“We put it up on the fan site and a lot of my fans were quite taken aback by it, going ‘we don’t know what we’ve just seen, we don’t know if we like this or not’.”
But he reckons the whole thing ended up opening him up to a whole new fanbase.
“More people stop me in the street now and say ‘I love Kirin’s song’ than they talk about my new book,” he tells JJ, referring to part II of his memoir, Working Class Man.
“It’s touched a different group of people and people respond to it. Kirin’s sense of humour, his creativity – he’s a clever guy.
“It’s a really great success story. It’s a great clip, I think they’ve done a really great job, and I think Kirin is a talent to be watched,” Barnesy adds.
Catch some of the best Barnesy meme vids below, or see the legend himself when he hits the road on his 2018 Working Class Man songs & stories tour next year.