Depending on your musical preferences, you may have two good reasons to despise Alan Frew. Not only is he the frontman for Glass Tiger, he's responsible (with Stephan Moccio) for the "I Believe" song that infested the 2010 Winter Olympics and has returned to dominate the Bell/Rogers media consortium's coverage of London 2012, both in the original Nikki Yanofsky form and in a new The Tenors recording. That's led to plenty of flack, and has even been described as "our worst national nightmare." However, Frew's approach to criticism is rather reminiscent of a certain honey badger. As he told The National Post's Sean Fitz-Gerald, he simply doesn't care:
Given its roots, then, would a backlash to the song bother him?
"Six million CDs sold in my lifetime; travelled the world as a young single lad in one of the most popular bands of the day; still writing songs for my favourite country and my favourite hockey team," he said. "So let me answer your question with a question: Do you think it bothers me?"
Frew typed an emoticon to indicate he was winking as he wrote that last sentence.
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Sure, Frew may make gold-plated records, but it's a reasonable bet that he still puts his pants on one leg at a time. He seems to take the criticism well, though, and he'll certainly be cashing plenty of cheques from "I Believe", so it's tough to fault him for not being upset that many out there hate it. (Also, it's hardly Frew's fault that the media consortium finds it necessary to repeat the same song over and over again; complaints on that front should be addressed to Bell and Rogers executives rather than the man who wrote it.) Canadians making polarizing music and finding commercial success for it isn't exactly a new thing, either; just ask Nickelback about that. In fact, maybe this will lead to "I Believe" being performed at the Grey Cup, or to Frew making a Funny or Die video. So go right ahead and mock Frew and his song, Canada; just know that he's fine with your criticism, and he'll likely be laughing all the way to the bank.