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Friday, February the 11th, 2005

Except Filipino, and not born in Britain.

As I’ve said, I recently saw Bend it like Beckham. There were a bunch of (admittedly hot) shirtless men in the movie. Subliminally, I was extremely certain I had seen one of the hotter (shirtless of course) ones earlier. Though I wasn’t consciously thinking about it, during a randomly-purposeful googling session today, I figured out who he is. And why he seemed so familiar.

He’s Trey Farley.

Now, a lot of you young’ns might have no idea who he is. I wouldn’t have either, except I happen to be ancient enough to have caught him on Channel [V]’s (the Asia-Pacific-Australian one, not the now-tainted-97.4%-desi-programming-and-proud-of-it one) “By Demand”. He’s by far the single most dynamic person on TV, ever, and the primary reason I put up with whatever crap music they played, for as long as he was on that show.

I used to worship him.

Him and that little stuffed purple-green-talking cow(?), Muriel.

It’s funny how you tend to idolize the most random of people (or muppets), once you assume they are capable of breezing through something that’s hard for you.

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7 Responses to “Like a British born Indian”

  1. Vigvg says:

    Hah ! I went through the same crisis when I saw the damn movie too ! Used to watch Trey and Muriel every-freaking-day. Me and my neighbor even called By Demand, though the little shit never let me talk ! Remember the song ?!?!? ;) Rich, good ol’ 90s !

  2. wahgnube says:

    Dude, I forgot about it until I thought about it real hard.. after you asked.

    Do you… do you actually mean “Song 2″ by Blur?

    Tell me it’s so. Tell me it’s so. If it’s right, I can’t believe I remember such trivial details.

    God that show rocked so hard.

  3. Rahul says:

    I recognised Trey in that movie the moment I saw him. I absolutely loved By Demand! Man, that show has seen me through some tough times. Incidentally, Muriel is supposed to be a dinosaur.

    Do you remember how they used to sing out their phone numbers every day (I can recollect two different tunes)? I still remember the numbers after 13 years, and I doubt I’ll ever forget:

    852-2621-4665
    852-2621-7258

    Rahul.

  4. Mustafa says:

    Ah man By Demand Trey and Muriel was such a great show! I used to love it as a kid.

    I tried to find it on youtube and did some googling for it, too, but alas, it seems the internet has all but forgotten it.

    Nice blog entry buddy!

  5. itisravi says:

    “Your wish is our command,By Demand”. They even had a lousy intro song in the later episodes- “Ring…Ring my bell….it’s time for Trey and Muriel…” Oh man! missing the 90’s.

    Yours truly,
    The 80’s kid.

  6. Fireworks says:

    I can’t believe there are actually people who remember this show!
    Haha, my sister and i actually sent in a letter that was chosen as ‘letter of the day’ and i remember this so clearly, Boyzone was actually there that day and they left us a message and all :D
    We actually won something on that show but they never sent the gift :| But i remember Song 2 by Blur!

  7. Me says:

    This would be epic if you include the pictures.. I also remember that both of ’em love OMC – How Bizarre because the singer’s voice is just like Muriel’s voice.. ^_^
    Love the ‘ol but great Channel [V], pity that music programmes nowadays tend to mixed up with stupid reality shows..


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