PSA: Owl Metropolis remixed Smash Mouth’s “All Star”

My Chemical Romance launched their first single since 2014 yesterday. Kendrick Lamar simply dropped a new album. However do you know that this morning, Owl Metropolis remixed Smash Mouth’s seminal hit “All Star”?

You is perhaps questioning why we’re masking this on TechCrunch, which isn’t a music web site. My editor might be questioning the identical factor. However listed below are the tech angle(s):

  1. “All Star” is to web tradition as “Jane Eyre” is to gothic literature. It’s a basic. Particularly with the rise of TikTok, songs are memes now — be sincere with your self, do you know who Capone was earlier than the “oh no no no” tune went viral? What number of Gen Z-ers listened to Fleetwood Mac for the primary time due to the Ocean Spray longboarding man? Smash Mouth would have light from relevance a lot earlier if “All Star” didn’t seem within the opening sequence of “Shrek,” a movie that has grow to be inextricable from its second life on the web.
  2. Let’s not neglect Owl Metropolis, the solo venture of digital (tech angle!) musician Adam Younger. The dude is aware of he’s a one-hit surprise, and he’s in on the joke. He wrote the lyric, “You wouldn’t consider your eyes/if ten million fireflies/lit up the world as I fell asleep,” then goes on to assert that he received “a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightning bugs.” Pay attention. I is perhaps a author who’s shitposting about Smash Mouth on a Friday to distract herself from different issues (uhh, Elon Musk), however I am a author, and I’ll inform you, that lyric makes no fucking sense. However Owl Metropolis did what any butt of a joke on the web needed to do: he dedicated to the bit, cementing himself as an all star. When a fan requested him what he meant by that lyric — “does every firefly hug you 1,000 instances, or do just one/tenth of the bugs offer you a hug?” — Younger wrote a long Facebook post (sure, Fb, a tech firm — tech angle!) confirming that he “was embraced 1,000 instances by 10,000 luminescent bugs.” Nice stuff right here.
  3. John and Hank Inexperienced helped form the creator economic system as we all know it — their enterprise DFTBA Data fulfills merchandise purchases for various impartial web personalities, and so they co-founded VidCon, an annual conference about on-line video. To not point out that they helm one of many longest-running, giant web communities through their YouTube channel, vlogbrothers. On-line video? Huge deal. What number of letters from congress have been written to TikTok just lately? Tech angle. However to deliver issues again to “All Star,” the 2 forty-something-year-old males spent a number of months over the course of 2020 solely importing YouTube movies titled with lyrics from “All Star.” It was type of a beautiful venture.
  4. Owl Metropolis’s remix of “All Star” is barely being distributed digitally. Is {that a} tech angle?

Anyway, if you wish to distract your self from the doom and gloom of tech, have you ever thought of listening to Owl Metropolis’s remix of “All Star”? Have you ever learn the very serious press release, during which Smash Mouth’s Paul Delisle calls the tune “a splendidly inventive and distinctive reimagining,” noting that it’s an “honor” that Owl Metropolis remixed it? Do you know that Adam Younger says “All Star” is one in every of his favourite songs of all time, and is he severe, or is that a part of the joke? Did he actually get 1,000 hugs from 10,000 lightning bugs every?

Okay, right here’s the tune:


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