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What the Mideast needs is more cowbell Lionel Richie
December 4, 2006 2:37 PM   Subscribe

From performing in a concert for Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi, to serving as background music for the shock-and-awe bombing of Baghdad, Lionel Richie is much beloved throught the Arab world. A Nightline piece, and an upcoming GQ magazine article (via NPR) examine the Lionel of Arabia phenomenon.
posted by jaimev (17 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ohhhh, what a feeling...
When you're dripping from the ceiling...


Ok, that's very bad. I'm going to go read the articles now. :)
posted by Malor at 3:33 PM on December 4, 2006


Allah night long!
posted by Bookhouse at 3:43 PM on December 4, 2006 [2 favorites]


Bookhouse WINS
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 3:46 PM on December 4, 2006


From performing in a concert for Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi,

Ol Muammar was merely testing the use of "Hello" as a torture device. He rejected it as unneccesarily cruel.
posted by jonmc at 4:08 PM on December 4, 2006


Buliding a Lionel Richie Head.
posted by zoinks at 4:20 PM on December 4, 2006


Aparently, in Great Britain he is associated with a popular brand of biscuit (British cookie).

Attempts to extend the brand (by me, self-link) were unsuccessful.
posted by wendell at 4:52 PM on December 4, 2006


It's the moustache. They love moustaches over there.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:53 PM on December 4, 2006


Lionel is the Man
posted by cell divide at 4:57 PM on December 4, 2006


He is mighty, mighty.
posted by jonmc at 4:57 PM on December 4, 2006


Man, his song,
It really stank,
Let's run over Lionel Richie,
With a tank.

-Deathtöngue
posted by swell at 5:44 PM on December 4, 2006


He's easy, easy like Thursday after sunset.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 6:08 PM on December 4, 2006


WRONG! It's

Middle of the road,
Man it stanks
Let's run over Lionel Ritchie with a tank.


Duh.
posted by interrobang at 6:24 PM on December 4, 2006


At first I thought it was "Little Richard".

Funny image: Pu-raise Alah, Wooooo!!!
posted by LordSludge at 6:37 PM on December 4, 2006


Hmm... so Moammar Qadafi is connected to Paris Hilton through three degrees, right? Wow, that's weird when you think about it.
posted by chef_boyardee at 7:24 PM on December 4, 2006


Hot off the request line, from Ossama to George, with love:

Hello;
Is it me you're looking for?...

posted by Pollomacho at 7:40 PM on December 4, 2006


Lionel Richie is the David Hasselhoff of Germany of the Middle East.

No, wait, Lionel Richie is the David Hasselhoff is the Jerry Lewis of France of Germany of the Middle East.
posted by dgaicun at 8:20 PM on December 4, 2006


Hmm... so Moammar Qadafi is connected to Paris Hilton through three degrees, right? Wow, that's weird when you think about it.

He is the only man she hasn't slept with? That is weird.
posted by srboisvert at 3:26 AM on December 5, 2006


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