Australian Director Turns Chain E-Mail Into Radio Hit

Inspiration comes from the strangest of places, including chain letters apparently.

One of the strangest and most requested songs on radio these days is "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)," a song that previously got heavy rotation as a chain e-mail. The e-mail claimed to carry a commencement address delivered by "Slaughterhouse Five" author Kurt Vonnegut. The fact of the matter is that the life lessons offered in the e-mail (including such pithy gems as, "do one thing every day that scares you" and "get plenty of calcium") first appeared in a 1997 column by "Chicago Tribune" and "Brenda Starr" writer Mary Scmich.

The passage has now been set to a languid hip-hop soundtrack by director Baz Luhrmann, the man behind "Strictly Ballroom" and the Leonardo DiCaprio/Claire Danes remake of "Romeo And Juliet."

While Luhrmann put the track together, he is no the song's narrator; the mystery man is an Australian actor named Lee Perry.

The computer-enhanced video for "Sunscreen"

is directed by pop culture artist Bill Barminski, known for his neon "Absolut Barminski" billboard on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard.