‘Happy’ without music is creepy and depressing

It's quite unsettling.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published Apr 18, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 11:08 am CDT

Someone went and made some changes to that one song on the radio you’re probably sick of hearing.

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Gone is the cheerful-sounding music that infects Pharrell’s “Happy” and anyone who hears it with an almost uncontrollable urge to start dancing with smiles on their faces. Instead, it’s just a bunch of lonely people dancing by themselves down dark alleys and in the middle of streets.

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They’re singing to themselves, and the people around them don’t even notice. Pharrell and his fellow dancers still sing, unlike a similar take on Shakira and Rihanna’s duet, so it’s not all just footsteps and the occasional odd bodily noise. In fact, that might make it slightly more unsettling.

H/T AV Club | Photo via House of Hale/YouTube

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*First Published: Apr 18, 2014, 12:47 pm CDT