A few years ago, a young Chinese-American gentleman named William Hung made an impression on the world thanks to a remarkable performance on American Idol. He took a mediocre pop song and turned it into something special.
Thanks to the power of the internet, his rendition of that Ricky Martin classic ‘She Bangs’ propelled William into stardom beyond his wildest dreams. What most people don’t realise is that this had already been done before.
Many years earlier, Australian daytime television viewers were treated to the pioneering work of David Thai. An Asian would-be singer with a yen for fame and fortune, Dave pumped out an epic version of John Farnham’s ‘Pressure Down’.
Unlike Whispering Jack who has tried many times to retire (with varying degrees of success), Whispering Dave quickly faded into obscurity, never to be heard from again. One suspects the outcome may have been different had the internet been ubiquitous in the 1980s. Either that, or maybe David should have sung ‘Touch Of Paradise’ instead.