A topical one for you now. ‘In The End’, a song by Californian nu-metallers Linkin Park, which was released as a single in 2001 – the year Wikipedia was launched, The Office first aired on BBC Two and, rather less jubilantly, The War On Terror ushered in a decade of paranoia and George W. Bush looking like an idiot – has just gone viral.
The reason for this is at once obvious and deeply obscure, a paradox that results from the bizarre nature of the video embedded below. It’s not the original anthem of teenage angst that appeared on the band’s 27-million-plus-selling album ‘Hybrid Theory’ (which became the best-selling debut of the noughties). No, YouTube user The Unusual Suspect has used clips of 183 films the make up the vocals, which are pieced together from snippets of, to name a few, Pulp Fiction , Up, Interview With The Vampire, Memento and, everyone’s personal favourite, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.
So that’s the obvious bit, that’s why it’s gone viral. The real question is exactly why The Unusual Suspect felt compelled to do this. Why this particular song, which literally no-one has thought about in 15 years? How long did it take? We may never know, so let’s simply sit back and enjoy the undeniably accomplished edit, just like Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, who has tweeted his approval.