City confiscates property of man who won’t stop blasting ‘My Heart Will Go On’

Not everyone is a fan of vibrato.


Miles Klee


Published May 1, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 9:32 am CDT

Anyone who lived through 1997 has heard “My Heart Will Go On”—Celine Dion’s overwrought, Titanic-inspired pop anthem—enough for several lifetimes. The lone exception would be Gareth Davies, a romantically-inclined resident of Strood, England, who recently had his 3-D TV, laptop, speakers and a PlayStation 3 confiscated by the city because he wouldn’t stop playing the song at top volume, much to his neighbors’ fury.

A municipal body called the Medway Council was forced to step in after Davies, 47, “breached a noise abatement notice six times,” the BBC reported. “It only takes one complaint, as in this case, and we will act,” said Peter Hicks, a council member. “People have the right to lead a peaceful existence without it being ruined by loud music.”

Davies, also reportedly a fan of James Brown and the theme from Toy Story, likened the seizure of property to a “witch hunt.” He was able to keep his iPhone and MacBook, and will be allowed to reclaim the rest of his entertainment equipment in a month. As both of the former devices support music (objectively awful or not), it’s a safe bet that his heart will go on going on in the meantime. Never let go, dude.   

H/T BBC | Photo by Linda_Bisset/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: May 1, 2014, 1:30 pm CDT