Surprise, surprise: Harlem residents are all, “WTF? Naw,” over these Harlem Shake videos. While the meme takes its name from the Baauer song used in the hiimrawn video that inspired everyone from College Humor to the Norwegian Army to create their own versions, the dance called “the Harlem shake” was created in 1981 and is actually quite different. Watching the dances side-by-side, it’s no wonder the people in the video above are so aghast.
Over the whole “content without context” thing and want to learn the real Harlem shake? Professor Lock, Director of DanceTouch Collective, has got you covered:
This digital reworking of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” in a major key is hilariously fantastic. Sadly, this video is two years old and seems to be the only one of this kind. I invite you, Internet, to pick up where this guy left off.
^^ This is what I wrote a few days ago and scheduled to be published 7 hours ago. Thanks, tumblr, for inexplicably failing me so that this now becomes a trend piece: Thirty minutes ago, Gawker posted about R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” reworked in a major key. That article also contains a link to a similar treatment of The Doors’ "Riders on the Storm."Wouldn’t you know, they’re all from the same vimeo user, majorscaledtv. You may want to visit that page for some Django Reinhardt goodness as well.
This “Ultimate Fan Fights Episode 2” live-action video from Start shows Scorpion (Mortal Kombat, duh) and Ryu (Street Fighter, duh) engaged in an epic battle in the woods. At the end of the video you can vote for a winner, but, teleportation vs. hadouken, go-go-Gadget spear vs. fists? Ryu may have the dragon punch, but I’m still calling it advantage Scorpion.
Let’s hope they also do Johnny Cage vs. Guile and Sonya vs. Chun-Li. There isn’t any indication on the Start YouTube Channel that Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter will be a series (Episode 1 was Batman vs. Captain America), but anything’s possible with a few good Redditors, right?