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MEAN MIKEY

5th October 2012

Inspired by the 1990 Bart Simpson hit single "Do The Bartman", Michael Mikey Brennan takes up the alter-ego of a fictional character version of himself in his debut single, "Mean Mikey", with a persona mirroring characteristics of Bart Simpson, Horrid Henry and Eminem's Slim Shady alter-ego, while also paying homage to his musical idol, the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson and the iconic hits "Billie Jean" and "Bad". Written and released when Mikey was thirteen years old, the comedy hip-hop and R&B-influenced song chronicles the life of an aspiring pop star and school student's childhood and teenage struggles with ADHD. Mikey is accompanied on this song by his teacher Mr. Croft, who provides the song's production, instrumentation, and additional vocals. (Including the voice of Mean Mikey's grouchy Homer Simpson-esque father).

The official storyboard music video for "Mean Mikey" showcases Mikey's artistic skills, with illustrations inspired by the work of many of his favourite cartoonists, animators and illustrators as a child. Including Walt Disney, Matt Groening (The Simpsons, Futurama), Stephen Hillenburg (SpongeBob SquarePants), John Lasseter (Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Cars), Pete Docter (Toy Story, Monster's Inc, Up), Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, Finding Nemo), Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), Kazuki Takahashi (Yu-Gi-Oh!), Quentin Blake (Roald Dahl, David Walliams), Tony Ross (Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry books, David Walliams), Marc Brown (Arthur), E.H. Shepard (Winnie-the-Pooh), Joe Ruby and Ken Spears (Scooby-Doo), William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo), Bob Kane and Bill Finger (Batman), Steve Ditko (Spider-Man), Peggy Fortnum (Paddington Bear), David Law (The Beano: Dennis The Menace) and Martin Handford (Where's Wally?). Many of the characters in the video are based on Mikey's friends, family and teachers (or be it, them with a twist). Fellow cartoon menaces Bart Simpson, Horrid Henry and Dennis The Menace (The Beano version) make cameo appearances. 

"Mikey has always impressed me with his songwriting. From the first time I was introduced to his debut single, 'Mean Mikey' I was hooked on his ability to tell a story with his lyrics".

Tim Lawerence, Bower Grove School teacher + musician/vocalist (Hildamay, BAYUEX, Land Speed)

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LYRICS

Yo, hey what's up mate? 

Who the hell are you? 

I'm Mean Mikey, yes I am 

Welcome to my world 

You can come in if you're not a girl 

Ever since I was ten I was just stuck in my room again 

So long they had to bring up my tea

Yummy yummy yummy, scrummy beans

No time for homework I'm too busy being me 

Listening to music on my CD

Someday I'm gonna be a rockstar, wait and see 

M-E-A-N M-I-K-E-Y

Yeah I'm Mean Mikey

Mean Mikey

You wanna be like me? 

Mean Mikey 

Hey, that's me 

Mean Mikey 

That's my name 

Mean Mikey 

You can say it again 

Mean Mikey 

Yeah 

It was just last week, take a peek 

After school it wasn't cool 

I got in trouble again 

Yeah I'm telling 

Dad was yelling (Mikey!) 

Mum was too 

Because I filled the bath with green slimy goo 

I got put to my doom 

Grounded again 

And punishment time in the air flies through

Sitting by myself alone in my room 

But when I get kicked out of the house I'll be outside freezing cold 

What's worse; without you to hold till I'm grey and old 

All alone and there's nothing to do 

Turn on the music and get to the groove let's move 

Mean Mikey, you rock man 

Oh yeah baby 

Dance Mean Mikey 

You'll never get me down 

If you got the chance Mean Mikey, you're the best 

I'm a changed man now, Chris Brown (Kieran!) 

Mean Mikey

Mikey, Mikey, Mikey 

Mean Mikey 

If you're bad dance like Michael Jackson

Mean Mikey

You wanna be like me? 

Mean Mikey 

Hey, that's me 

Mean Mikey 

That's my name 

Mean Mikey 

You can say it again 

Mean Mikey 

Yeah, that's me

Who's bad? 

Now turn it up louder 

Now after school I always come home in a bad mood 

Another mean day 

Go upstairs and slam the door 

Stuck in my room till tea time, looking at the clock 

Peace and quiet until Kieran starts playing that loud damn Xbox 

Wish I had one but don't have enough money 

'Cause mum and dad stopped it for ten whole days 

But still I'm feeling good so that's okay

Homework; English, Science, Maths

I hate them all, it's not fair 

But nobody cares 

Don't have any friends except those little animals; Joey, Phil Bear and Michael 

But they make my life even worse 

Stuck with three bears and a monkey, and they can talk 

Eggy Emma the bogey brain bugs me everyday 

I'm up in my room singing a song 

Listening to Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber all night long 

At the end of the day I'm tucked up in my bed, dreaming in my head 

Safe from girly girls, boys with girls 

And bogey teachers, get out of my world 

Life's not fair for me, but I'll win someday 

But until that day, may I say? 

I made mistakes but it's not the end of me

But I can't go back to the past, life goes fast

Back to the future to see what's ahead 

You know I'll go far miss, 'cause my name is 

Mean Mikey

You wanna be like me, I'm your hero 

Mean Mikey 

Hey that's me, I'll be king one day 

Mean Mikey 

I'll get the crown, you'll all stay in my dungeon; I'll lock you down 

Mean Mikey 

That's my name, soon it will be in lighters

But still, I'll never be anything but a singer-songwriter 

Mean Mikey 

Hey turn up the music, my iPods stuck on replay, hey 

Mean Mikey 

I hate homework 

Mean Mikey 

You ain't see the best of me 

Mean Mikey 

Yeah 

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