If you've been to our site recently, or dialed into the World Wide Web in the past few days, you've probably seen reference to something called the Harlem Shake. Maybe you even clicked on a video -- if not the one of the adorable family, maybe the one of the Norwegian soldiers, or the one with the band Matt and Kim. Below is the reputed originator of the meme, which introduced masks into the equation.
The original video lacked the essential narrative arc of its successors: first a masked individual dances solo; at the words "and do the Harlem Shake," the camera cuts to a roomful of people dancing like idiots.
Before there were any of these videos, there was the song by 23-year-old trap producer Baauer, three minutes of synth horns, growls and bass.