Flashback Friday: Ray Parker Jr's "Ghostbusters" Is Reborn As The Brilliant "Bustin"
Every once in a while, a piece of “content” comes around that re-affirms your faith in art, technology and humanity itself. This week, for us at Okayplayer, that piece of content is “Bustin,” a four minute Youtube video that edits, flips and re-composes Ray Parker Jr.‘s “Ghostbusters Theme” into a brand new masterpiece that arguably surpasses the original. The clip–nay, masterpiece was uploaded six months ago by Neil Cicierega, and already has a half-million views, but screw it: this is new to us, it’s probably new to you, and the entire world needs to get a taste of its ineffable splendor. Do not open another tab as this plays. Do not listen as you drive. “Bustin” demands your undivided attention; to ignore it is to only cheat yourself.
The plot of David Foster Wallace‘s landmark 1996 novel Infinite Jest (please bear with me) hinges upon a fictional videotape (which is also entitled “Infinite Jest) that is so entertaining that anyone who watches it is immediately addicted–they want to do nothing else in life but continue watching it, forever. All other parts of life seem wasteful and dull, compared to that tape. Well, “Bustin” is my Infinite Jest. “Bustin” is better than life itself.
It’s the leopard blazer. The Freaky Ghost Bed. The timbale stick used as a fake saxophone. There’s so much happening with “Bustin” that just feels right, hilarious and witty in a way that would surely solve all the world’s problems, if only we could broadcast it to the entire earth from space. This will get in your bones, and in a couple of hours, when you’re logging back online to watch it for the second, third, or tenth time, you can both thank and blame me for putting you on. Bustin makes me feel good. Happy weekend’ y’all.