- The ’24 hours to respond’ meme holds celebrities to a higher standard Monday 8:46 PM
- Twitter users miss the kids who walked in on their dad’s interview Monday 8:40 PM
- ‘The Thing About Men’ Twitter hashtag is full of sarcasm and misogyny Monday 7:27 PM
- This woman said Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 election gave her PTSD, and people are furious Monday 6:45 PM
- Vanessa Bryant files a lawsuit against helicopter company after deaths of Kobe and Gianna Monday 5:49 PM
- Michael Jordan cries at Kobe Bryant memorial, jokes about creating a new meme Monday 4:43 PM
- Woman’s boyfriend says it’s him or the frogs—Reddit says choose the frogs Monday 4:22 PM
- Greyhound buses will no longer allow Border Patrol checks Monday 4:04 PM
- ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’ is oddly about vegetables—not about eating the rich Monday 3:26 PM
- Marco Rubio mocked for filming talking while driving socialism critique Monday 2:54 PM
- QAnon believer asks Trump’s campaign press secretary who Q is Monday 2:36 PM
- Octavia Spencer has discovered ‘Ma’ memes—and she can’t get enough Monday 2:09 PM
- Meet the anti-Greta Thunberg, a climate ‘skeptic’ funded by the oil industry Monday 1:12 PM
- Harvey Weinstein convicted of rape and sexual assault Monday 12:56 PM
- Senator calls Facebook’s current election disinformation efforts ‘inadequate’ in letter Monday 12:11 PM
Have you ever wanted to have a stroke while listening to “Smooth Criminal?”
Thanks to the latest meme sweeping the internet, you can. A trend in which people remix songs by taking out every other beat gained traction in the past week due to YouTube user EveryOtherBeat’s strangely-spliced rendition of “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson. The video, which remains the most popular take on the meme, boasts over 350,000 views and has been widely circulated on sites such as Reddit.
Despite the recent attention, however, the meme’s origins can actually be traced back to a blog post from 2007. The now-defunct blog for radio station WFMU-FM hosted a remix contest that asked participants to reduce songs to 60 seconds or less. With their cut-up chords and discordant melodies, it is theorized that these entries inspired the practice of “taking out every other beat.”
Eleven years later, the trend is still going strong. The most popular edits ranged from iconic tracks like “Africa” by Toto to famously funny songs such as “We Are Number One” from the children’s show LazyTown.
I didn't think Allstar could be improved, but here we are https://t.co/GWtU7mWVW6— The People’s Sweetie (@WiseTenderSnob) June 7, 2018
What’s next for this underground meme? Every third beat? Every fourth? Only time will tell.
Kristina Nguyen is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot. She is studying journalism and American studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She has previously contributed to Orange magazine and Silk Club's QUIET! zine.