There’s Haarlem, the capital city of the Dutch province of North Holland. A very old city, founded in about 1245 by Count Willem 2. Then there’s Harlem, a large neighborhood within the northern section of the New York City borough of Manhattan; Named after the Dutch Haarlem and founded in about 1658.
And then there’s the Harlem Shake; The latest viral hype with lots of people spontaneously dancing crazy.
As quoted from Wikipedia:
“Harlem Shake” is a song recorded by American DJ and producer Baauer. It was released as a free digital download by Mad Decent on May 22, 2012. The hip hop and bass song incorporates samples of growling-lion sounds and Plastic Little‘s 2001 song “Miller Time”, specifically its line “then do the Harlem shake”.
In February 2013, a user-submitted video set to “Harlem Shake” became a viral hit on YouTube. The media response to the video helped increase the single’s sales, as it reached number 12 on the US Dance/Electronic Songs chart. It also charted at number three on both the Scottish and UK Singles charts.
All these hypes that keep people occupied… We’ve already had news anchors doing the Harlem Shake in the midst of real important news. Yes. Hooray for ignorance and sillyness.
The best version I’ve seen of this viral hype so far has got to be the one done by NODE. Just watch it, it’s the coolest: