Posing under the name “His Sweet Surprise”, Gogarty’s single Know You All My Life has hit the top five on an Irish download chart — besting the efforts of David Bowie.
Gogarty last dominated the airwaves in 2009 when the then-Green education spokesman turned the Dáil air blue with a potty-mouthed rant against Labour deputy Emmet Stagg as he roared across the chamber: “Fuck you, Deputy Stagg! Fuck you!”
Known in his Dáil days as “Go-Go”, because no one was quite sure where he would go next in his often bizarre pursuit of publicity, his current vocal offering is a lot softer in tone than his infamous Dáil tirade.
Go-Go was never one to shun the limelight, as when he revealed that he once had to buy a porno mag featuring men in various states of arousal to decide if he was gay or not.
After a flick through Playgirl Go-Go concluded that he wasn’t, but mused that 25% of him might be gay.
Thankfully, exactly which 25% of him that is has never been divulged.
Go-Go was known for a spate of slightly unusual things like that, such as when he crawled around the floor of a public meeting pretending to have some sort of seizure in order to get attention.
Always the political innovator, Go-Go was ahead of the game on cyberbullying when he tweeted: “You know something I don’t moron?” to a voter concerned about expected budget cuts in the dying days of the disastrous Fianna Fáil-led government he helped prop up as it surrendered the country’s national economic sovereignty.
And now G-Go is back with a bullet at number five on the 7digital download chart.
Though a mere minnow compared with giant rivals like iTunes, 7digital does feed into the official national top 40 and the prospect is fuelling Go Go’s ego as he self-effacingly describes his single as “one of the catchiest of the year” — seemingly oblivious to the fact the year is just two weeks old.
His army of new fans have only a couple of months until the release of his eagerly awaited debut album which will tackle themes such as love, relationships and drug references by Madonna at a recent concert.
Though Madonna is also known for hurling about obscenities, it is unlikely she will feel threatened enough by this upstart rival to ever rant: “Fuck you, ex-deputy Gogarty! Fuck you!”