Sometimes, when certain videos or memes go viral, they leave you scratching your head as to why. There have been more than a few viral video sensations that I’ve seen and just wondered “How did THIS gain popularity?”
The one I’m going to share with you today is NOT one of those videos. I mean, sure, when I saw the first few seconds, I definitely thought “What the hell is this?” But within a few seconds, I totally got it.
Jon Sudano is a guy who, over the last couple weeks, has been uploading videos of him doing vocal covers of big hits. He’s not the greatest of singers, but you’ll quickly see that that’s not even the point. Here, just have a look at the first of his videos I’ve come across, where he covers Evanescence‘s 2003 smash hit Bring Me To Life:
Surely you noticed he wasn’t using the song’s actual lyrics… Well, at least not right until the final seconds. But you probably also recognized the lyrics he DID sing. We’ll get to that in a moment. Now it would be one thing if he only posted that video – and surely it would’ve still gotten quite a bit of attention – but this is NOT a one-off. In fact, he had posted this cover of John Lennon‘s Imagine before the Evanescence one made an appearance:
There’s a couple more videos posted on his YouTube Channel, including this cover of Adele‘s Hello:
And just yesterday, he unleashed his latest masterpiece, a take on the Village People‘s YMCA:
So for those of you who may have been born after 1999, the lyrics he’s using in all of these videos are those of Smash Mouth‘s biggest hit, a song that has been inescapable since its release, All-Star.
From just watching those videos, it’s hard to tell if he actually loves the song and this is his way of paying tribute to it, or if he thinks it’s a total joke and is treating it as such. If it were me, it would probably be the latter. In this interview with him, though, you can see that’s not necessarily the case – or he’s pretty good at straight-faced sarcasm.
These are just the latest remixes (or what-have-you) of All-Star that I’ve come across and really enjoyed. Earlier this year, a remix hit the internet that I personally loved, by many people found incredibly frustrating. A quick listen will show you why:
Perhaps even better than that one, however, is this one with the words from every line of the song inverted. It’s funnier than you might expect:
“Dumb gets head your / but smart gets brain your.”