Rickrolling enabled Rick Astley to soar like a phoenix from the ’80s campfire that struck wonders. But when the prank first started and his friend in California sent him a link to his video, Astley didn’t find it particularly funny. He wasn’t bothered either. It just didn’t make any sense. (It still doesn’t make sense, but that’s the point, I think.) From the New York Post:
“I’m just like, ‘Why is he sending me this?'” And my video suddenly appears. So I kept asking myself, “What is he doing?” I remember being on vacation [with my family] In Italy at that time. I was totally relieved and kept telling myself, “I don’t need this in my life right now,” he recalls.
“[My friend] He works in music as well. And he works with a lot of guys younger than him. So they are clearly right about everything all the time,” the British musician continued.
He continued, “I just thought it was really weird. You know, here’s a friend of mine who lives on a different continent and sends me a video then he clicks on my song. It was really weird and it was a tough thing for him. I’m going to get my head back at first. Let’s face it, This video is from a long time ago. I seem to be 11 years old in my dad’s coat. I didn’t understand it at first.”
Then he joked that he “professional” people “Rick Rolls” several times.