The Harlem Shake and the fall of western civilization

The Harlem Shake and the fall of western civilization

If you’ve been looking for the next “Call Me Maybe,” then you’re in luck because the latest YouTube mega-meme has arrived in the form of “Harlem Shake.”

“Harlem Shake” is a song from electronic music artist Baauer that has inspired thousands upon thousands of people to produce 30-second music videos for it. Each begins with one person dancing alone (sometimes with a helmet or mask) in a crowd to the song for about 15 seconds. At that point, we see a cut and break in the music that kicks off a second segment with everyone gyrating around like mad.

The “Harlem Shake” video credited with popularizing the craze is from Australian longboarding crew The Sunny Coast Skate, and can be seen embedded right here. However, it may be NSFW (Not Safe For Work), depending upon your boss’ tolerance for young men dancing around in their skivvies:

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