Shortly after we aired the segment on Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” on the radio an amusing little incident came to my attention that involves that song. As it turns out, a few days before our segment aired Sinead O’Connor was performing at an outdoor music festival in New Zealand. The venue is described as being quite picturesque, as the stage was set up in a park near a large pond. Unbeknownst to all concerned a duck lived on that pond. A duck with impeccable timing, and perhaps a flare for showbiz.
Toward the end of her performance Sinead O’Connor began singing the song that made her famous – Nothing Compares 2 U. It may have been a bit of a surprise for the assembled fans, because she had stopped performing the song many years before, claiming that she had sung it so often that she could no longer bring the emotional depth that she felt the song required. So she sings along until she gets to the line “like a bird without a song …”. At that precise moment the aforementioned duck decides to make its presence known by loudly quacking. The exact timing of this, and the humour of it, throws Sinead off. She got a bit of a fit of the giggles and had to stop the song.
As with most things these days, there is video of it on YouTube, though you cannot hear the duck: Sinead & Duck
And here is a link to our segment: Nothing Compares 2 U
Will she ever sing it again without remembering the duck? Time will tell.