If there’s one song that encapsulates the spirit of late-1990s, it’s The Offspring’s ‘Pretty Fly for a White Guy’.
Forget Sisqo’s ‘Thong Song’, no matter how awesome his haircut might be. Forget The Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’.
Hell, you can even forget Pauline Pantsdown’s unforgettable classic ‘I Don’t Like It’ – that just hits way too close to home in 2016.
No, ‘Pretty Fly’ captures the image of the try-hard, wannabe gangsta frat boy that was so prevalent in a way so catchy and unforgettable that it dominated the airwaves 18 years ago, and was even No.1 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 1998.
Like the unfortunate ’31’ tattooed on the song’s luckless protagonist, ‘Pretty Fly’ is permanently tattooed into the brain of almost every ’90s kid out there.
Now, YouTuber The Unusual Suspect has crafted a work of art that will forever enthrone him among the greatest creative minds of our time.
Sourcing lines of dialogue from over 230 movies, Unusual Suspect has replaced the lyrics of ‘Pretty Fly’ in their entirety, and it’s glorious.
Michaelangelo? Picasso? Andy Warhol? Dame Edna? They all pale in comparison to the genius that is The Unusual Suspect. The way the dialogue syncs perfectly up to every lyric of the song is awe inspiring – and that’s before you even consider the amount of time it would’ve taken to source and arrange it.
The video features clips from every ’90s kids favourite movies as well – from The Big Lebowski to Toy Story, The Emperor’s New Groove to Austin Powers, Ice Age to The Wedding Singer, they’re all here.
Though there are similar spins on popular songs on the same channel, this is truly the most sprawling, fully realised effort so far. Indeed, we’re predicting that naming all the films in the clip is going to become the next party game to take over drunken shindigs from Port Macquarie to Perth.
At least until The Unusual Suspect makes a video that replaces the lyrics of Smash Mouth’s ‘All Star’ with clips of Guy Fieri, anyway.