Things are rarely predictable in the topsy turvy world of rock 'n' roll. Who'd have thought that Peter Andre would chart whilst Busted imploded? Or that Queen would reform minus Freddie? Or that former Steps hoofers H and Claire would end up in the where-are-they-now dumpster alongside Michelle McManus? (Well okay, maybe you guessed that last one).
The point is, you never know what's going to tickle the music-loving public's fancy. That said, we predict with Cowell-like confidence that the Knockman range of musical mascots is going to be absolutely huge. Hailing from the land of the rising sun, Knockman is an adorable little wind-up fellow who, quite literally, plays himself.
Confused? You should be, because Knockman is unlike any other... er, robotic Japanese musical doodah we've ever seen. Basically each smiley Knockman is a skilfully crafted wind-up figurine that performs an enchanting musical routine by strumming, striking, wobbling, plucking or hula-ing its own extremities. A bit like a modern version of those clockwork Victorian toys, but not half as creepy.
The Knockman family is full of characters: from strumming Poron and crashing Chacha to chiming Coron and hula-ing Kerotaka. Then of course there's the original, self-punishing Knockman himself. If you feel like forming a Knockman ensemble, simply line a few of these fellas up and watch as they whack each other over the head. The Knockman family make enchanting desktop companions and we guarantee you'll be unable to suppress a smile whenever you see them doing their thing.
Knockman really is the most original thing to hit the world of novelty music since Matthew Wilder (go on, get Googling) and although we doubt he'll ever top the charts, he's infinitely more entertaining (and better looking) than most of the dross out there. It's only knock 'n' roll but we like it!