Happy 27th Birthday, Mika!

The Lebanese-born British singer Mika turns 27 today. Known for his Freddie Mercury-esque flamboyance, Ramen Noodle tangle of hair, and multi-octave prowess, he launched onto the UK music scene in 2007 with a great deal of hype before most people had even heard him sing a note. But he made good on the advance buzz with his sweeping debut single “Grace Kelly,” which topped the UK pop charts for five weeks. I was initially a harsh skeptic of Mika, but I’ve come to appreciate the wit, unapologetic ambition, and songcraft of tunes like “Relax, Take It Easy” (which I initially dismissed as warmed-over Andy Gibb), “Happy Ending,” “Rain,” and the theme song to the movie Kick-Ass. Here’s a selection of some of his songs:

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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