His farmyard insanity continues to bloom
Andrew Trendell

10:32 31st December 2015

Abz, formerly of 90s boyband 5ive, continues his descent into madness - this time dressing up as a chicken to release a comedy single, 'Cockadoodledoo'. Check it out below.

Life after 5ive has been strange for Abz. At first he claimed he could have been the male Lady Gaga, then he became the star of BBC2's Abz On The Farm - before selling his BRIT Award to buy soil. Yes, that was a real sentence

"I'd describe 'COCKADOODLEDO' as a cross between Soulja Boy 'Crank That' and 'Old McDonald had a Farm'," he said in a press release that actually exists. "All proceeds will go towards running and expanding our farm, starting with topsoil, gardening tools and some corn for me chickens."

He's also planning to release an album of farm-themed 5ive covers to aid his cause. 

"We've got 'If Ya Chicken's Brown' instead of 'If Ya Gettin' Down', and 'Keep on Moo-ving' - that's another one," he said. "And 'Lamb Dunk (Da Funk)' instead of 'Slam Dunk (Da Funk)'. Wait, it gets better! I've got 'When the Mice Go Out'... 'Eggy-body Get Up'!"

Bring on 2016.

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