Northern Ireland

Lembit Opik stars in The Good Suns' music video

Northern Ireland-born Lembit Opik appears to have embarked on a new career after starring in a music video for London band The Good Suns.

The former Liberal Democrat MP, who is originally from Bangor, County Down, agreed to star in the video after being approached by filmmaker Christopher Poole.

The Good Suns' frontman Bobby McBrierty said the as-yet unsigned band had no idea their director had asked Mr Opik to appear in the video.

"We haven't met Lembit, but I spoke to him on the phone, he was really nice," Bobby said.

"He told me that he really liked our music and the band and that was why he agreed to do the video.

"It was one of those weird kind of ideas that sounded hilarious and the end product was completely crazy."

Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster's Stephen Nolan Show, Mr Opik said he had not expected quite so much interest in the video.

"This band came to me and said 'would you be willing to appear in a pop video' and I thought why not, what harm can it do?" he said.

"As far as I can see I went from 0 to 29,000 hits in less than 24 hours, so it was a bit of a surprise really."

"I loved it, it was really good fun. It's a superbly well-produced little video."

Mr Opik however wanted to highlight that his contribution to the video was not the beginning of a singing career: "Some people actually think I'm singing - sorry folks it's somebody else's voice, I'm just lip-syncing".

So what next for The Good Suns, perhaps a power-ballad mimed by Boris Johnson?

"We haven't had much time to think about a follow up," Bobby McBrierty said.

"But we are going to work on new recordings later this month and I think we will have a more serious video this time to show another side to the band."

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