- How to live stream Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Artur Beterbiev Thursday 7:00 PM
- Shaggy says an online scammer is impersonating him Thursday 6:53 PM
- IRL Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse available to rent on Airbnb Thursday 6:16 PM
- Men’s Humor trolled for unknowingly tweeting Grindr conversation Thursday 5:29 PM
- How to stream Dominick Reyes vs. Chris Weidman Thursday 5:00 PM
- Jennifer Aniston had a finsta before officially joining Instagram Thursday 4:35 PM
- Facebook denies moderating comments under Zuckerberg’s big free speech live stream Thursday 2:38 PM
- ‘My headphones’ meme proves our music is sadder than we look Thursday 1:53 PM
- ‘Time for an upgrade’ meme shows Kamala Harris’ team is too online Thursday 1:35 PM
- Prison guards reportedly mocked trans inmates in private Facebook groups Thursday 1:33 PM
- Gradient is the new celebrity look-alike app winning over influencers Thursday 12:46 PM
- Trolls accuse cosplayer of ‘appropriating’ Joker culture (updated) Thursday 12:28 PM
- Every Studio Ghibli movie will stream exclusively on HBO Max Thursday 12:24 PM
- ‘Stranger Things’ season 3 saw its highest viewer numbers yet Thursday 12:01 PM
- ‘We vape, we vote’ movement insists it’s real in wake of bot reports Thursday 12:01 PM
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.
SNAP! https://t.co/H2zLxpPgI0— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) April 5, 2017
So yea, this is the best.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]