Every so often a cultural spoof comes along that is eminently watchable and shareable. Or a song that is so catchy that it gets stuck in your head – an ‘ear flee’ as The Today Programme so elegantly phrased it this week.
And sometimes the stars align and a catchy spoof is born – as with the boys from Eton’s ‘Eton Style’ homage to Psy’s hit track and video Gangnam Style…. 1.6 million views to date and counting….
Now I love nothing better than the sound of plummy voices rapping – my three all-time favourites are Smirnoff Ice’s Tea Partay, the Yeo Valley rap from 2010, and (showing my age now) the 1991 French hit Auteuil Neuilly Pass by Les Inconnus – it helps if you speak French, but even if you don’t you’ll enjoy the video and the ‘Salut tu vas bien’ chorus. But ‘Eton Style’ is something else, it’s genuine, it’s joyful – no brand has interfered in the making of this video – and it’s very very silly.
If you haven’t watched it, you need to do so now.
A marvellous glimpse into the hallowed cloisters of Britain’s most famous boys’ school. And what an awesome dance move that little horsey trot is. The Eton boys don’t quite pull it off, and the production is a little slick for a homework project, but just how charming is that video? In case you are wondering they are six formers – apparently this is recognisable from their ‘white tie’ (there are occasional information advantages to living with an old Etonian…).
You probably recognise the tune, but have you seen the real thing? Quality at 531 million views, give or take a million or so. Read the rest of this entry »