Five Super Soul Songs From Super Bad Brad

For The Love Of Money:
Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get:
You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine:
Let’s Get It On:

Soul is not something you acquire, it’s something you either have or you don’t, and sometimes you can find it in the most unlikely people.

It’s over a decade now since I was first introduced to the truly extraordinary talent that is Super Bad Brad, via Dermot Doran, whose father,  Eamon Doran, founded the famous pubs  in Dublin and NYC, which bear his name.  Dermot  had run off some VHS copies of Brad, who he’d got to know over in the US, singing ‘Ben’ and ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’, in order to amaze and entertain his friends. One of these tapes becoming essential viewing in our household, and something we’ve shared with numerous appreciative visitors down the years.

Given that I rarely play anything off VHS these days, and I’ve not had the time to transfer my old tapes to DVD, I haven’t watched this for a good while. However, my son was telling me about a busker he’d seen when he was in Dublin with my wife last week (it was my wife who had got to know Dermot back in the ’90s through a mutual friend and inspiration, no longer with us, Charlie Comer), and this prompted me to dig out the Super Bad Brad tape to show him. There’s another tape somewhere, of Brad in Dublin in 2000, but I couldn’t lay my hands on it, so I went online to see if it was there (it wasn’t). However, I found some great clips, a couple of which I hadn’t seen before, and thought they needed to be shared here.

I remember Dermot telling us that when Brad first came over to Dublin he took him to The Kitchen, the club owned by U2. Bono was there that night and Dermot introduced him to Brad. Apparently Brad said to Bono ‘what do you do, man’, and Bono said ‘I’m a singer’, to which Brad replied ‘yeah, me too’. Super Bad Brad would tour in Ireland with the Fun Lovin’ Criminals.

It’s great to know that Brad is still out there on the streets astounding all and sundry, wherever he pops up.  One-offs like Super Bad Brad make the world a better place. Respect to this unlikely Soul Brother.

I liked the reply to this suggestion left in the comments beneath one of the YouTube clips:

absolutely better than most well known singers anywhere. It takes a person with a hell of a strong voice to sing that lovely using only a cheap mic and a boombox. Simon Cowell needs to hear you. Then again you may be happy doing what your doing. Either way you’ve got the talent my friend!! I hope to meet you some day.” – MrInsultking

man, Simon Cowell doesnt deserve to stand in the vicinity of Brad.” – Kaptenmax

Karaoke Man Short Film:

Super Bad Brad Wikipedia

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5 Responses to Five Super Soul Songs From Super Bad Brad

  1. Ed September 7, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    Watched the karaoke man film first and found myself bursting into tears. That’s soul for you. What an amazing man and story. Surprised Simon Cowell isn’t all over him. Fantastic post Greg, and the Bono story is a cracker!

  2. TC September 7, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    The original Karaoke Man video was filmed by a New York music video directer who made his name making videos for NY rap scene. He saw Brad busking and asked if he could make a film of him. After filming, the director lost touch with Brad, only to bump into him busking again a couple of years later. Brad was surprised to hear that in the meantime his film had fast become a cult classic amongst the New York Hip Hop community.

  3. Paul Wright September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    Wow, what a guy; he has an incredibly versatile voice. He most definitely has it doesn’t he, it’s great to see the reactions on peoples faces. I wonder how many there are like him out there; he seems happy doing what he loves, I’m sure he has plenty of friends out there that look out for him (I hope so anyway). Certainly left me with a big smile on my face.

  4. ClimbThatSymphonyHome December 2, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Brad is in the video for The Killers new Christmas single, ‘Boots’ which was released the other day for charity…I’m a huge fan of The Killers and that’s how I found out about Brad. I can’t stop watching his videos on youtube and reading about him! He is brilliant!

    Watch him in the video here;


  5. steve from hornsea england February 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    my god 2013 and i only just came across brad prowly or super bad brad . He is great where is he now and why hasn’t he had a hit single . Maybe he should give one of these talent shows a try . Bet if he came over to england he’d get a deal he certainly deserves one .

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