An American band whose cult song was uploaded to troll the Australian prime minister on his website remained blissfully unaware their biggest hit was gaining a new lease of life.
It was not until discovering an unchecked Facebook message more than a month later that Nick Cloutman, a founding member of Boston band Lustra realised what had happened.
Less than two months into Scott Morrison’s stint in the top job, his office suffered a bizarre slip-up.
The prime minister’s personal website was pounced upon by a Melbourne IT whiz, who bought it in an online auction for $50 after the domain license lapsed.
The result was that all of Mr Morrison’s political news and content being switched for only a photo of himself and the song Scotty Doesn’t Know playing on the home page.
The catchy tune had became famous after Hollywood star Matt Damon produced a cameo as the lead singer in the 2004 teen comedy film Euro Trip.
“It was definitely some unexpected news for us, as I’m sure it was for most of Australia,” Cloutman told AAP.
“Points to (Melbourne man) Jack Genesin for pulling together a great prank.”
Cloutman said the song about a man not knowing his girlfriend is cheating on him had continued to come up in “strange and unexpected ways” ever since it was released.
“Perhaps as long as there are Scotts in this world (and people looking to make their lives miserable) there will always be a calling for this song,” Cloutman said.
While Lustra are not up-to-date on the machinations of Australian politics, they are aware of Mr Morrison’s choice in music.
The prime minister copped some criticism on social media after one of his eighties-themed Spotify playlists included just one Australian act out of more than 100 songs.
“How could your PM leave such great acts off of his playlist?,” Cloutman said.
Cloutman said Lustra had “unofficially dissolved” but would not count the band out from making its first tour to Australia in the future.