Every once in a while, a talent emerges so overwhelming it warps the fabric of human history and inspires generations of envious and imitators. Freddie Mercury was such a talent; so were the Beatles. And so is Tico, an 18-year-old double-headed Amazon parrot singing classic rock covers on TikTok.
With his father, Frank Maglio, Tico has made a career of riffing on classics like “Free Bird” and “Psycho Killer.” He started out on YouTube but has since built an impressive audience on TikTok, garnering almost 46,000 followers for his AC/DC and Kiss covers. His inability to really follow a melody is more than offset by the sheer power and soul of his singing, which sounds a bit like Nancy Wilson meets Axl Rose. He also demonstrated his cabaret skills with this video where he appears to be singing the words “a purple bird”:
He also showcased his cabaret skills with this video, in which he appears to be singing the words “a purple bird,” squeezing decades of pain and suffering and heartbreak out of every last note:
A purple bird
♬ Original sound – Ticoandtheman
This week on Don’t Let This Flop, Rolling Stone‘s Internet Culture Podcast, co-hosts Brittany Spanos and Ej Dickson pay homage to Tico by crowning him our first non-human himbo of the week. They also discuss the reveal of DeuxMoi, Halsey’s beef with her label, and how an OnlyFans creator got her Instagram account back by sleeping with Meta collaborators.
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