This Guy Turns Every Song Into Smash Mouth's 'All Star'
This week I was introduced to Jon Sudano.
By introduced, I mean my desk buddy Dougie said "hey, you need to see this", so I swung around and prepared to be mildly entertained.
I started to watch this seemingly innocuous video of a big bloke with glasses and a neckbeard, recording himself sitting at his computer.
I heard the opening bars to The Village People’s 'YMCA'.
Then, he started to sing along. But he didn’t kick off with the "Young man, there's no need to feel down" lyric.
“Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me…” he sang instead.
Yep, the music was 'YMCA' but the lyrics were Smash Mouth’s 'All Star'. And, similar to Australian comedy band Axis of Awesome’s '4 Chords', it was breathtakingly seamless.
Sudano started singing 'All Star' over other songs, including John Lennon’s 'Imagine', Adele’s 'Hello', and Taylor Swift’s '22' only a few weeks ago, and the internet has responded by sending him viral.
His 'All Star' cover of Evanescence’s 'Bring Me To Life' has attracted more than 1.7 million views on YouTube after being uploaded only two weeks ago.
He recently told Noisey he got the idea at a karaoke party where he and some mates thought it would be “funny to do All Star by Smash Mouth”.
“Eventually that evolved into singing the lyrics of that song over other ones as well – it actually worked for a shocking amount of them.”
Sudano said that All Star is a fun, simple song that’s “an iconic 90s staple hit”.
The process of finding which song to lay the lyrics over isn’t necessarily hard when you know what to look for.
“Chord phrasing, structural similarities, verse, bridge, chorus, etc. Once you find a song that fits, it's like true love's first kiss.”