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Weeeeeeird. The internet is weird. I love it.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:09 PM on February 7, 2013 [1 favorite]




I don't. I just want 10000 more of these videos. Please and thank you.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:14 PM on February 7, 2013 [2 favorites]




It looks a little like the bernie, except speeded up.
posted by kuatto at 7:15 PM on February 7, 2013


This dance ... it looks suspiciously like the sex.
posted by Apropos of Something at 7:17 PM on February 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Saw him do a sold out show at U-Hall (DC) the other week. It was brilliant, even if it made me feel old at 24 (lots of kids with Xs on their hands), and sexually inhibited (the grinding, such grinding).
posted by phrontist at 7:24 PM on February 7, 2013


This dance ... it looks suspiciously like the sex.

Sounds fun. Can someone show me how to do that one?
posted by cmoj at 7:31 PM on February 7, 2013


Saw him do a sold out show at U-Hall (DC) the other week

Damnit, i wanted to go to that.
posted by empath at 7:33 PM on February 7, 2013


Weeeeeeird. The internet is weird. I love it.

Keep the Internet Weird!
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:43 PM on February 7, 2013


This dance ... it looks suspiciously like the sex.

Man I hope you don't find out about daggering.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 7:44 PM on February 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


Keep the Internet Weird!

I don't think we'll need a campaign for this cause.
posted by protocoach at 7:46 PM on February 7, 2013


Okay, this one I don't get.
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 7:47 PM on February 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh goodness the guy in pink in the third video!!! Can not quit laughing with or at that face!
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 7:51 PM on February 7, 2013


This makes an excellent counterpart to the Diplo bounce video posted this morning!
posted by mannequito at 8:06 PM on February 7, 2013


mannequito: "This makes an excellent counterpart to the Diplo bounce video posted this morning!"

Open all these videos at once.
posted by boo_radley at 8:20 PM on February 7, 2013


I clicked on the first link and I think it broke my computer, since the sound keeps skipping.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 8:53 PM on February 7, 2013




Dammit. This was it. This was the moment. Right here. I just got old.

shit.shit.shit. shine on you crazy diamonds but wtf?
posted by amanda at 8:57 PM on February 7, 2013 [9 favorites]


This dance ... it looks suspiciously like the sex.

Yeah, when did pop culture get so explicit? I'm still scandalized by Buddy Holly singing 'Midnight Shift'.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 9:05 PM on February 7, 2013


Man I hope you don't find out about daggering.

You ... you were not kidding.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:16 PM on February 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is SO not what I think of when I think of Harlem. Not at all. Harlem will never be cool to me again.
posted by happyroach at 9:21 PM on February 7, 2013


Posting for hot dog suit.
posted by custardfairy at 9:40 PM on February 7, 2013 [4 favorites]


Sorry you hate fun, Charlemagne. Should we just go ahead and get off your lawn?
posted by to sir with millipedes at 9:47 PM on February 7, 2013


Charlemagne In Sweatpants: "But hell if MeFi is going to be the Home of Stupid Music, let's go whole hog"

I'll see you and raise you: Dj Skull Vomit - Antigoon (XÄCKSECKS GET TO THE CHOPPER REMIX)
posted by boo_radley at 9:52 PM on February 7, 2013


I'll see you and raise you: Dj Skull Vomit - Antigoon (XÄCKSECKS GET TO THE CHOPPER REMIX)

Nice! Reminds me of Death Grips
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 9:56 PM on February 7, 2013


Charlemagne In Sweatpants: " Death Grips"

oh, yeah, I could see that on things like Hustle Bones.
posted by boo_radley at 10:02 PM on February 7, 2013


Ooh these are weirdly mesmerizing. They do make me feel like a scandalized old lady even as I am laughing. And further to this thought, did anyone else gasp when the guy in the helmet climbed up on the unstable rotating desk chair in the "Office Version" video?? Safety first, people! *fans self*
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 10:05 PM on February 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Gangnam style and then this... I love it (the small dance movements that make memes)
posted by jyc at 10:08 PM on February 7, 2013


This spawned my single favorite YouTube comment ever, in reference to v2, I believe:

"I had to switch to porn when my mom came into the room because it was easier to explain than this."
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:14 AM on February 8, 2013 [12 favorites]


Firefighter edition.
posted by empath at 3:56 AM on February 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


And another.
posted by empath at 3:58 AM on February 8, 2013


So at the Inauguration last month, there was a little moment before the ceremony as everyone's slooooowly proceeding out to the dais wherein Malia Obama greets her mom with a little dance. I thought it was really charming and described it to a friend* who couldn't see what was going on; he deduced from my reenactment that it was either the Harlem Shake or the Bankhead Bounce. CLEARLY IT WAS THE LATTER.

*It may help to add here that my friend: black and culturally savvy; whereas me: not black and uncoordinated.
posted by psoas at 4:51 AM on February 8, 2013


This confused me because I was expecting it to have something to do with the Harlem Shake thing from like, 10 years ago.
posted by billyfleetwood at 5:29 AM on February 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


One-man Harlem Shake
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:54 PM on February 8, 2013 [5 favorites]


So GUYS, I’ve gotten like seriously into TRAPSTEP, which is basically a combo of TRAP music like southern Hip Hop bangers and DUBSTEP electro bangers.

More like being trapped in a Forever 21.
posted by awesomiste at 1:59 PM on February 8, 2013


Well, there went my evening. All in 30 second video clips.
posted by Badgermann at 6:04 PM on February 8, 2013


From Metafilter to the whole nation, the Harlem Craze is sweeping the dance floor startup office. There's a collection of 200+ videos on Reddit now.
posted by Nelson at 8:02 AM on February 9, 2013


phrontist: "Saw him do a sold out show at U-Hall (DC) the other week. It was brilliant, even if it made me feel old at 24 (lots of kids with Xs on their hands), and sexually inhibited (the grinding, such grinding)."

My husband is a catering bartender who winds up working a fair number of high-school proms. He generally comes home laughing his ass off at the expressions on the faces of the parents at "seeing their little darlings dancing doggy-style".

A quote from the mister: "Not one of these parents knows what 'skeet-skeet-skeet' really means."
posted by Lexica at 4:40 PM on February 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Just made on myself starring Macho Man Randy Savage.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:38 AM on February 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


The library seems to be a place that people like to do this thing. I too find it oddly mesmerizing.
posted by jessamyn at 8:22 PM on February 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


4,000 of these videos get posted each day. I'm not sure whether that chart's being read right, but either way, that's a ton of 30-second clips.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 11:28 AM on February 13, 2013






Some local bar is going to host 'Australia's largest Harlem Shake' tonight. Ugh.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 8:03 PM on February 14, 2013


Charlemagne is much less of a party pooper in the chain mail, I think.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 8:09 PM on February 14, 2013


FWD: FWD: FWD: FWD: Harlem Shake LOLZ
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 8:13 PM on February 14, 2013


First thing I have seen UGA do ok.... :P

UGA Pool Harlem Shake
posted by tkappleton at 9:00 PM on February 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Made it to The Daily Show tonight.

(I like TRAPSTEP. Should I be worried?)
posted by maudlin at 10:10 PM on February 14, 2013


So you know a trend is no longer cool or undergroung when it appears on the blue mediocre football teams start doing it.
posted by MartinWisse at 8:05 AM on February 16, 2013


So GUYS, I’ve gotten like seriously into TRAPSTEP

Fun fact, if you play all the videos on that page at once, it resolves into Stairway to Heaven.
posted by MartinWisse at 8:06 AM on February 16, 2013


FADER Explains: Harlem Shake, a detailed exploration into the source of the meme: the first video, the music, the underlying music, and the 90s dance the Harlem Shake. Includes the question "Since videos with his song in them have racked up so many views, is Baauer making a ton of money from YouTube now?". (via waxy).
posted by Nelson at 10:05 AM on February 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


I just started paying attention to this today, and read the Fader link. I immediately felt the GUESS I'M OLD feeling, because I didn't get it. Then I watched the videos, and I think I get it. The explanation not so much.

So yay not old yet, and also I can still hear that high pitched sound they play to make teen kids want to leave malls but old people (over 25) can't hear.
posted by sweetkid at 3:48 PM on February 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Harlem Shake. In Haarlem.
posted by four panels at 4:21 PM on February 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


YOUTUBE CELEBRATES MILESTONE 100,000TH HARLEM SHAKE VIDEO
posted by DoctorFedora at 4:30 PM on February 16, 2013 [2 favorites]




Harlem Reacts to 'Harlem Shake' Videos

A couple of my Facebook friends were discussing that video today. They sided with the folks in Harlem, mostly. I can't say I disagree.

The discussion shifted to bros who arrange raps as acoustic ballads. "Ho ho ho, their music isn't like our music," is what they took that kind of thing to mean, and what they take these new Harlem Shake videos to mean.

Which I'm not so sure about.

But I haven't given that angle much thought.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:38 PM on February 19, 2013


I'm amused that Jon Stewart was doing an approximate rendition of the actual Harlem Shake (as demonstrated by another YouTube video -- I'm learning so much) but then he's good like that. Their reactions to the video cracked me up and then I felt bad that they think all these silly people are just being mocking. Foo.
posted by amanda at 9:45 PM on February 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Like everything else on the Internet, I don't get it and now I'm sick of it when it enters my vision.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 10:14 PM on February 19, 2013


At this point, you've given us 11 different variations of how much you don't like it.
posted by empath at 10:22 PM on February 19, 2013 [5 favorites]


Seriously, no one is making you watch it and we're actually trying pretty hard to not engage with your continual "I don't like this" routine but it's trying.
posted by jessamyn at 9:10 AM on February 20, 2013 [4 favorites]


Harlem reacts to the Harlem Shake.
posted by ChuraChura at 4:53 PM on February 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dammit.
posted by ChuraChura at 5:02 PM on February 20, 2013 [1 favorite]






I'm at a knitting show right now. These are my people.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 7:37 AM on February 23, 2013


No Harlem Shaking
posted by filthy light thief at 8:42 AM on February 23, 2013


Rustic Etruscan, thanks for that! Sadly, I can't dig up any videos of Al B, or Albee, doing the original mummy/drunk-inspired Harlem Shake.

There's a Yahoo Music Blog about the history of the song, linking to the Inside Hoops of Al B in 2003, where he shared the true history of the dance:
Al B: My name is Al B. That's all I can say for now. I'm from Harlem, and the Harlem Shake came from Al B. It's a drunken shake anyway, it's an alcoholic shake, but it's fantastic, everybody loves it and everybody appreciates it. And it's glowing with glory. And it's respected. But if we could mystify it, and become historian, about this Egyptian jazz...

InsideHoops.com: Okay...

Al B: Pharaohs invented this thing, with spears, and hats, and gowns. And so, it becomes a subject of being communicative to the system and to realization. If you get my drift.
...
Al B: Yes. It was a drunken dance, you know, from the mummies, in the tombs. That's what the mummies used to do. They was all wrapped up and taped up. So they couldn't really move, all they could do was shake (laughs).
And then the 23 year old producer, Baauer, told The Daily Beast how the song came to be:
“I just had the idea of taking a Dutch house squeaky-high synth and putting it over a hip-hop track,” he says. “And then I tried to just make it the most stand-out, flashy track that would get anyone’s attention, so put as many sounds and weird shit in there as I could. The dude in the beginning I got somewhere off the Internet, I don’t even know where, and the lion roar just makes no sense.” He laughs. “There’s the sound of flames in there, too, it’s just really low.”

While the Harlem Shake is an actual, shoulder-swiveling, Harlem-originated dance that’s been around since 1981, Baauer says the name for his track is not an homage to this, or his two-year stint uptown, but merely the track’s sample, Philadelphia rapper Plastic Little’s “Miller Time.”

“A friend had shown me that track where he says, then do the Harlem shake, and it just got stuck in my head for a while, so I used it,” he says.
Dutch house, hip-hop beats, and a line remembered from a single phrase from a song, which was released on a self-released (?) CDr, from 2003.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:02 AM on February 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


This might be a kid doing some version of the original Harlem shake, or some variation/version of the dance. Or it might be something different, I'm not 100% sure.
posted by filthy light thief at 5:12 PM on February 23, 2013


The real Harlem Shake.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:02 PM on February 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Awesome, filthy light thief. Laughing with glee at that video. That's awesome.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 8:06 PM on February 25, 2013


Harlem Shake as Protest in Tunis
posted by homunculus at 6:25 PM on February 28, 2013


Jay Smooth talks on NPR about the Harlem Shake's origins

I was disappointed no video but even his voice is sexy.

I mean also I learned things.
posted by sweetkid at 7:14 PM on February 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


I finally clicked-through-clicked-through on the Fader article. Here's the original "do the Harlem Shake" sample.

(Incidentally, listening to that track was interesting for me. I'm a middle-aged white woman who would not by any stretch of the imagination describe herself as familiar with or knowledgeable about the different genres and flavors of hip-hop. And yet, listening to it, I definitely had the thought "Huh… this is very East Coast. And I'm an Oakland girl.")
posted by Lexica at 8:40 PM on February 28, 2013


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