A local man can’t stop calling bucket hats “Wheatus Hats”, a condition further exacerbated by the recent increase in fashionability of such items. Nick Valentine claims that bucket hats have been intrinsically linked the alternative rock group ever since their lead singer was featured wearing a baby blue coloured one in the film clip for their seminal hit “Teenage Dirtbag”.

Speaking to The Watsonia Bugle, Valentine said, “It wasn’t that much of an issue a few years ago ‘cos the only people that wore Wheatus Hats were rugby players on the training track, but now they’re cool again and everyone is bloody wearing them. Last summer I had to explain my use of terminology so many times, and even though it’s winter now so I’m getting a bit of a break, I’m already dreading next summer!”

While Valentine admitted that with some careful brain training he could probably start saying “Bucket Hat” when he spots a particularly sun smart individual down the street or on the beach, he said his fondness for Wheatus was so strong that he kind of wanted to keep saying it just to keep their memory alive. He said, “I mean, Wikipedia says they’re still together, but can anyone tell me a song they’re released since ‘Dirtbag’? Yeah, I don’t think so. And that came out 18 years ago!”

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