Monday, January 10, 2011

Testing The Bounds of "Sweet Caroline" Singability

Okay, so every time the Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline" is on, and Neil Diamond sings the words "Sweet Caroline", you pretty much *have* to sing along with the horns going "BUM! BUM! BUM!" It's a compulsion. I can't explain it.

I was wondering how slowing down the song would affect one's desire to sing along. Here are my findings.

(NOTE: The following are snippets of the song, not the entire song.)

Normal Speed - Completely Irresistible. Don't bother fighting it.

26% Slower Than Normal - Mostly Irresistible. Oddly stately, regal.

42% Slower Than Normal - Still Pretty Damned Irresistible. A stoner anthem.

57% Slower Than Normal - Not Very Irresistible. I think the pain meds are kicking in.

88% Slower Than Normal - Resistibility Accomplished. That being said, this is a very nice moody piece. And the horns have the gravitas of a tragic Shakespearean death.

Thanks for listening. BUM! BUM! BUM!


Unknown said...

Wow. Good times never seemed so good.

Freida Bee said...

That last one is down-right soundtrack material if I ever heard some. "Does tampering with speeds alter a song sufficiently to be useable without royalty worries (aside from no one giving a shit or noticing)," I half-assedly wonder.

Megan said...

I had to listen to every version.

So screw you, brains out there that can do the math in your head.

Splotchy said...

Peace, SO GOOD, SO GOOD, SO GOOD! Damn you.

Freida, I'll yell that it doesn't as they drag me away.

Megan, you're better than them. So much better!

Ricky Shambles said...

Awesome, and I totally agree with Freida!

Megan- had to read that post 3 times because I kept reading "screw your brains out" and the rest didn't make sense, though there's something tempting about sex and math.

Splotchy- Reminds me of What Happens When You Slow Down a Justin Bieber Song by 800%? Check it if you haven't before :)

Ricky Shambles said...

My bad, the Bieber entirety has been pulled. Here's 10 minutes of it on YouTube.