In a way, I think that regardless of our preferred choice of music; whether we be fans of punk rock behemoths The Clash; die-hard aficionados of modern pop songsters like T-Swizzle; or even if we like to get our freak on to a bit of Chopin, we can all put aside our differences to agree that there are few songs that would not be improved were they re-imagined as swing classics sung by the bombastic anthropomorphised scotch egg known as Peter Kay.
Well, thankfully last night's edition of The Late Late Show put this flimsily thought through theory to the test, and the results are in; it doesn't. Peter Kay spent a large part of the interview focusing his musical ire on Sunday mass hymns and attempting to drag them kicking and screaming into modern musical relevance - or at least this sentence would be true, if it had been written in the 1930s. He reworked such barn-storming roof-raisers as 'Walk In The Light' and 'Make Me A Channel' as big-band swing numbers and, well, the results speak for themselves.
— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) November 17, 2017
What is perhaps most confusing about this whole debacle is the fact that RTÉ's Twitter had previously Tweeted out a video of his rendition of 'Walk In The Light', however, when I went to find it again for this article, it had mysteriously vanished. Now, everything about this sorry situation - and let's just remind ourselves of what that situation is, it is that Peter Kay re-imagined mass hymns as swing numbers while careering around the Late Late studio, like a drunken uncle at a wedding, and pestered quite confused elderly women, also like a drunken uncle at a wedding - makes me feel that by all rights this is probably some sort of massive hallucination I am having, as surely there was literally no logical reason why this ought to have happened in the real world. The random disappearance of their Tweet of one of his songs just adds fuel to the fire of this argument. However, if, as I feel may unfortunately be the case, this all actually transpired, then what on earth was the reason that RTÉ deleted a Tweet of Peter Kay singing 'Walk In The Light'? Are the presumably long-since dead composers of the hymn particularly litigious and have access to a very good spirit-medium cum copyright lawyer? Maybe? It would make about as much sense as everything in this so far so who knows.