Five Things You Need to Make Your Own "Harlem Shake" Video
The internet is teeming with ridiculous, over-the-top, crap trends that make "hip you" blush with shame.
But secretly, there's an "inner you" who wants to burst out of your coolcoon and hop on it. The "it" being hopped on right now is the Harlem Shake, a video lasting about 30 seconds that includes the song "Harlem Shake" by Baauer.
Thousands of videos have already been uploaded to YouTube, each including one person dancing in the beginning, increasing their groove when the beat drops. And when it drops, that shit drops hard.
Here are five things you need to make your own "Harlem Shake" video.
5. Use some sort of animal.
From unicorns to frogs to horses, creativity certainly isn't limited here. The more mythical, the better. And if you hump it, golden! In this case, bestiality is widely accepted as long as the creature isn't harmed (stay away, Vick).
Make America Rock Festival Featuring Trapt, Alien Ant Farm
TicketsFri., Sep. 30, 7:00pm
TicketsFri., Sep. 30, 7:30pm
Opera Fusion: Not in My Town
TicketsFri., Sep. 30, 8:00pm
The Dandy Warhols: Distortland Tour
TicketsSat., Oct. 1, 8:00pm
Prophets of Rage - Make America Rage Again Tour
TicketsSun., Oct. 2, 7:00pm
4. The one kid who humps a wall.
You know him, or her. That weird but endearing friend you can't take everywhere because, well, despite his endearing qualities, s/he makes everyone uncomfortable. Use that friend. But have them hump the wall.
3. Humping. Lots of humping.
Since we mentioned humping twice already, it's pretty damned obvious that it's an essential element of the "Harlem Shake" video. Make it vigorous, hump everything, anything -- chairs, animals, the wall, your friend, your friend's grandpa, whatever.
2. At least 50 people for when the beat drops.
The more people other than the actual starting dancer, the more impressive the video. And if those people use props, even better. For the best, though, include Pepe Billete, and call it the "Haslem Shake."
1. Hair flips
Look closely as the amount of Shakers increases. There's at least one person flipping their tresses, whether it be a mound of dreadlocks, Pantene-pampered locks, or merely a buzz cut.
The actual Harlem Shake.
Despite the name similarities, the actual Harlem Shake dance move is not included in like any of these Baauer-based vids.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.