What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that "Harlem Shake," the song used in the goofy dance videos that have spawned thousands of copycats on the Internet, is a harmless, speaker-rattling "trap" instrumental with a trademark "drop" of the beat that inspires everyone to get as crazy as possible. There's no iffy content in the song. However, since there are thousands of user-generated YouTube videos of people dancing to the song, it's possible that your kids could come across mature content as they search. It's probably best to search for videos together.
What's the story?
Of little or no relation to the dance move of the same name popularized more than a decade ago, Mad Decent producer Baauer's \"HARLEM SHAKE\" is an electronic instrumental that's been featured in a growing number of YouTube videos that show one person dancing to the track's buildup in a seemingly normal setting -- such as a classroom or a fire truck -- followed by a sudden video cut when the beat drops, revealing a wild scene of people going absolutely nuts and dancing in the most ridiculous ways and in the strangest costumes possible. Type it into a YouTube search and you'll see there are literally thousands of user-submitted versions.
Is it any good?
The song is repetitive and not particularly complex, but it's loud and exciting and has a euphoric drop. Parents might be confused, but kids are sure to just nod their heads and go crazy.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about this single's popularity. Why do you think 'Harlem Shake" has caused such a firestorm on the Internet? Why is the format of the videos so fun to replicate?
What makes some Internet "memes" more popular and culturally relevant than others?
What makes the Harlem Shake craze different from other dance sensations like the Macarena?