A very good teen pranked all his teachers into singing Smash Mouth’s ‘All Star’

Screengrab via Ryan Storch/YouTube

Somebody once told him this would be a great idea.

I’ll be the first person to admit: Despite my employ as person who is supposed to understand the web for a living, I don’t get the internet’s continuing fascination with ‘All Star’ by Smash Mouth.

Yea, it’s a bad song, but that’s true of a great number of songs. And anyway, even if it was the most perfect song to be memed to hell and back, it’s been memed to hell and back and hell and back and hell and back again, and it would be nice if the web could just get over it and move on.

It’s tiresome and lazy, and while it once was an example of what a meme can be, it should now serve as a monument to how boringly derivative we all are.

THAT BEING SAID.

I enjoyed this. I was not expecting to enjoy this, because of all the aforementioned reasons. But I enjoyed this. I don’t know why I enjoyed this, when I hate most everything else Smash Mouth-related, but this was good.

That is the work of senior Ryan Storch, who told his school’s principal and assistant principals that he was doing an assignment where he would analyze their vocal tone for stress. He gave them lists of words, which you can guess were out-of-order lyrics to “All Star.”

The video went so viral online that even the folks at Smash Mouth—who have had a decent sense of humor about their memeage—shared the prank.

So yea, this is the best.

H/T Digg

David Covucci

David Covucci

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