Gangnam Style ain’t all bad. Some of the artists who fall into the Gangnam trap are pretty serious. Our second piece of evidence is the sadder tale of Scatman John.
The California-based musician suffered his whole life with a severe stutter, and in his early career from the 1970s had also struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction. Finally, in 1995, he was spotted by some German dance producers, and made it big for an extremely short career. But while it lasted, he was huge, and Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop) was of course number one pretty much everywhere on the planet:
Particularly check out the middle eight, in which he turns his stutter into an artform. Truly masterful!
Sadly, just four years after his big break, and after his third album as Scatman John, John Paul Larkin died at the end of 1999 in Malibu, aged 57.