The VHS era, when companies released hours and hours of dubious material in the hopes that some of it would find an audience somewhere, continues to be a gift to comedians, musicians, and lovers of irony well into the 21st century. Modern day artists have found inspiration in the most obscure and least promising of locations. Few would have guessed, for example, that an utterly forgotten 1989 tape called Special Friends: Starring You On Kazoo would have anything more to offer the public in 2016. The would-be kidvid classic seems to revolve around a tow-headed youngster with a bowl haircut and a boundless enthusiasm for the kazoo, that humble plastic instrument that produces a comical buzzing sound. But this strange production is the inspiration for a supremely catchy trap remix by L.A. musician Mike Diva.
Normally, the words “kid playing kazoo” and “trap remix,” especially in combination, would be enough to make music lovers or people with functioning ears run in the opposite direction. But “Kazoo Kid - Trap Remix” is easily worth a minute and 19 seconds of anyone’s time. At the heart of it is the kid himself, who spells out his interests in no uncertain terms: “I like to sing, dance, pretend, and I like to have fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun!” And all this without the benefit of illicit pharmaceuticals, too. The track truly conveys the live-for-the-moment hedonism of the club scene, except filtered through the un-self-conscious innocence of childhood. The major difference here is that the listener is waiting for the kazoo to drop rather than the bass. That takes about 50 seconds to happen, but when it does, it’s so worth it.
[via Laughing Squid]