My youngest son asked Alexa to play a song the other day, Ocean Man, and it is one of those songs that I immediately liked. I asked him how he found out about the song and he told me it was part of a meme that featured different songs set to the footage of another band, Harm’s Way, in concert,
Here is the meme my son was talking about:
The band featured in the video, Harm’s Way, is an American straight edge hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 2006. The band started as a side project, but ended up becoming a more serious and full-time band in their later years. (FYI: straight edge is a subculture of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco and other recreational drugs).
The song they are dancing to is Infestation, and that is the song that has led to dozens of memes. Here is the song Footloose paired up with Harm’s Way:
And at the same time, the song Ocean Man by Ween, has become a popular meme in its own right, serving as the background music for multiple video clips.
Here is Ocean Man paired up with clips from Castaway with Tom Hanks:
Ween is an American rock band from New Hope, Pennsylvania, formed in 1984 by Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, better known by their respective stage names, Gene and Dean Ween. Generally categorized as an alternative rock band, the band are known for their highly eclectic catalog of songs inspired by funk, soul, country, gospel, prog, psychedelia, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and countless more.
If you’d like to see their full version of the song Ocean Man performed live, here you go:
And finally, to bring this full circle, here is the original song, Infestation, that Harm’s Way is dancing to:
So there you have it. Two songs that each launched their own memes, and then someone had the brilliant idea to combine into one meme, shown here once again: