Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” is this year’s Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” Sorry, but it’s true! They are both totally nonsensical songs with lyrics that on the surface seem…off…and on closer inspection are not only grammatically incorrect but are composed entirely of stream of consciousness tween diary entries. (“Before you came into my life,
I missed you so bad”? What does that even mean?)
So of course, “Call Me Maybe” is the first viral election season song that has been mashed up with President Obama’s speeches to create a wonderful, chaotic piece of YouTube. It’s the “Obama Rickroll” of 2012!
Sometime in 2011, a group of scientists working in a top-secret Canadian laboratory uncovered a formula to maximize the addictive qualities of a pop song. In September, the formula was leaked, by way of a song called “Call Me Maybe” and performed by a 26 year-old Canadian Idol winner named Carly Rae Jepsen.
A month before the song infected American audiences, a handful of college-age kids produced a homemade music video for “Call Me Maybe,” made from lip dub footage shot on their laptop webcams. Kind of like Lana Del Rey’s thing, if Lana Del Rey had a bunch of friends.