“You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar…” is the only thing that the man and woman in The Human League’s 1981 synthpop hit Don’t You Want Me can agree on. If you’ve ever heard it mangled at a karaoke night, you know that it’s the only lyric that most people remember.
What if it were the only lyric in the song? With the magic of autotune, someone made it happen:
That’s about right.
For your amusement, here’s a blast from the past. It’s me and fellow accordionist Ronen Segall at Caplansky’s Deli in Toronto on my birthday in November 2009, playing Que Sera Sera, Should I Stay or Should I Go?, and closing with Don’t You Want Me:
They shouldn’t put monogrammed towels on their wedding registry
It seemed like a good idea at the time: the couple above got engaged at dinner at a teppanyaki restaurant and decided to get a photo to commemorate the big event. They probably thought “Hey, we’ll show this to the grandkids someday!”
Here’s one from the “How’d I miss this?” file: a fan-made video of the cover of Pulp’s 1995 hit Common People, as performed by William Shatner on his first good album, the 2004 alt-rock surprise Has Been. It takes the song and adds cuts from the original Star Trek series, syncing lips and lyrics whenever possible (the “I’ll see what I can do” lyrics lines up perfectly with a scene where Kirk utters the exact same words). It was posted in 2011, and has been making the online rounds after getting some press on Slate by way of Dangerous Minds.