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The Tourist Who ‘Made’ Of Monsters and Men

The success of the Of Monster and Men song ‘Little Talks’ in the US, which led to the band becoming world famous, is apparently all down to one tourist who attended their Reykjavík Culture Night concert in 2011.

The tourist recorded them on his phone and sent the recording to his friend, the scheduling chief at a popular Philadelphia radio station.

The band’s accidental hero is called Bobby Malone. “He clearly decided to pop over to Iceland and happened to be there when we were sound checking and played the song ‘Little Talks’. He got his phone out and started to record,” the band’s lead singer Nanna Bryndís told RÚV. “And he sent it to his good friend John Allers, who is in charge at radio station 104.5 in Philadelphia – and he started playing it there,” vocalist Ragnar Þórhallsson adds.

The song was first only played on Sundays, as is usual with new music on that particular station. “But then they started getting phonecalls and people were really liking the song and wanted to hear more. Then all of a sudden it went into regular play. That is really our first radio play in America,” Nanna says.

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