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In 1990, Mariah Carey released the video for her hit song “Someday,” off her self-titled album. The video featured a young man named Larry Wright playing drums on a five-gallon bucket, a relatively unknown phenomenon at the time.
Things have never been the same.
Obviously, you’re going to have to step your game up if you want to stand out in today’s fast paced world of bucket drumming. You could, for instance, take off your shirt and put on a dinosaur mask.
Thing is, you can’t really see out of those rubber mask, so even if the NYPD was arresting some poor dude like right behind you, you probably wouldn’t even notice, since you also couldn’t hear anything over the sick beats you were laying down.
Now, as far as drum skills go, this guy isn’t bad. He’s no Larry Wright, but he can hold a beat and you could probably dance to it.
But it’s really everything else going on that makes this video an instant classic. Obviously, the dude has short arms (he knew what he was doing when he bought that T-Rex mask), but let’s not forget the importance of those shorts, unzipped and pushed down for maximum maneuverability around his drums.
Or his excited nose waggle whenever he’s really getting into it (or his face is just sweaty).
Then you’ve got the dude being arrested in the background, acting like it’s just a typical day for him, getting hassled by the cops.
Most important to the video’s success is how the two groups almost completely ignore each other during the whole process.
Well okay, there’s one brief moment when our hero looks over, but who knows, maybe he was just stretching his neck. It’s not like he could see much out of that mask.
If you live in New York City and your friends ever ask you what it’s like, forget about showing them Humans of New York, or watching movies like Manhattan or Taxi Driver, everything you need to know is now neatly contained in one beautiful 31 second video clip.
Or, if you’re in a real hurry, just use this GIF.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.