Tom Fletcher, where have you been all my life?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

As you know, I've been an Anglophile all my life. There were times when I embraced English culture with open arms, and there were times when I gave it a less-than-satisfactory one-armed hug. The heyday of McFly was one of those times.

Somehow, they were always in my periphery. By the time I arrived in England in 2005, I could talk about how cute Dougie Poynter was, and I'm pretty sure 2005 was after the little fling Lindsay Lohan may or may not have had with Harry McFly. (I still don't know all of their last names.) I even had some of their songs on my iPod.

Back in 2005, English culture was very English, and American culture was very American. It's only been 9 years, but to me, the line between cultures has since blurred considerably. And McFly looked like a quintessentially English pop punk band in 2005. I couldn't get past the hair.

This should explain what I mean:

But now the hair is normal (hipster, even) and we've all grown up and most of the McFly boys have gotten married. I don't remember how I stumbled upon this, but there's a 55% chance you've already seen this video of Tom Fletcher's song speech to his new wife at their wedding. (It's long and I never made it through the whole thing, but a minute or two and you'll get the gist.)

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McFly now, L-R: Dougie, Tom, McFly McFly?, Harry
I fell in like-love with the baby-faced Tweety-like McFlyer. Okay, maybe asking where he's been all my life is overstating what these feelings are. I wouldn't have appreciated his subtlety in my younger years, and his pre-2011 hair still gives me the heebie jeebies. But Tom's the cutest, dorkiest, most adorable grown man I've ever seen. His sense of humor is awful, but right up my alley. He's been uploading a vlog a couple of times a week, and they're always funny in that bad-things-happen-to-good-people way. And sometimes his wife makes an appearance. He/she/they make my week a little brighter every time they upload a video, and I wanted to share the love on what could be an otherwise gloomy Hump Day.

In his professional life, he's apparently a published children's book author and will be going out on some sort of reunion tour with English boy band Busted, forming the sixteenth boy band supergroup since 2010. Or something like that. The Backstreet Boys will also be joining them for select dates. Too much.

You may enjoy these videos if: a) you like dorky guys, b) you like quirky songs, c) you want to see Tweety manifested in a human being, and d) you are okay with British humor. Humour.

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