I was lucky enough to attend the wedding of a close friend last weekend, which was many barrels o’fun.
There was laughter. There were tears. There was me, a member of the bridal party, somehow quickly establishing a weird passive-aggressive relationship with the official wedding photographer (no, seriously).
There were some very emotional speeches, followed by an energetic rendition of the Zorba dance by dozens of the Greek family members in attendance. There was cake. There were children mindless running around the dance floor periphery alllll night, round and round, over and over (in Australia, we call this ‘Circlework’… or at least I do).
But what’s one of the key things that will make this wedding stick out in my mind for years to come?
It’s the fact that as the bride and groom were preparing to leave, and as all of the guests were dutifully assembling in a large circle on the dance floor, my ears pricked up at a different song choice to what I was expecting.
Was it Michael Buble? Shania Twain? Celine Dion? The Vengaboys?
‘fraid not. One of my pals (the esteemed Benjamin the Donkey) turned to me and remarked, as shocked as I was, ‘That sounds like the Axis of Awesome!’
My first reaction was that it couldn’t be… could it?
But it was. My buddy and his beautiful new bride had exhibited taste par excellence by deciding that ‘4 Chords’ was going to their go-home track at the end of the night.
Awesome… a whole Axis full of Awesome.
Which is not to say that I didn’t manage to almost ruin the moment. After all, I’m good at that kind of thing.
The newlyweds were hugging it out with family and friends across the room as Benjamin and I revelled in singing aloud along to the dozens of songs used in 4 Chords, all the way through until we reached ‘Superman’ by Five for Fighting (about 5:10 into the clip above).
Whose original lyric goes “I’m more than a bird, I’m more than a plane, I’m more than some pretty face beside a train”.
Which is substituted by the AoA with “I’m more than a bird, I’m more than a plane, I’m a birdplane. A birdplane, a motherfucking birdplane”.
A smart man would have realised that perhaps at a family-friendly wedding the DJ might choose to mute this particular moment in the song.
And an even moderately intelligent man would not have belted this line out at the top of his lungs regardless.
Luckily this moment of momentous dumbitude was lost amidst the joyous drunken cuddlery around me. But even still… *shakes head*
Should you want to hire me to ruin one of your memorable moments in front of dozens of people, feel free to leave a comment below! I am available for children’s parties… at least I am so long as no-one lets the cops know I’m within 50 feet of the kids.
You know how it goes.
Congratulations J & R!