Musical prankster Mike Bauer recorded a hilarious cover of Rebecca Black‘s infamous pop song, “Friday.” He turned the fluffy lyrics into a bit of rock music history, calling his version “a lost recording from Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes.” The fake Dylan version is embedded above.
The video has since earned over a million views, spawning a small fiction-writing workshop in the comments section as other pranksters share memories of listening to the fake song in Vietnam, in prison, and other strange places. We’ve collected a few of our favorite comments below. What do you think about this new genre of Internet fiction–YouTube storytelling?
TheNewguitarlessons wrote: “I was a rehabilitation officer at the San Quentin Penitentiary in the summer of 1972. Bob Dylan was detained overnight following an arrest for cocaine possession. He was in bad shape. Teary-eyed, he looked at me through the holding cell bars and begged me to bring him his guitar from the property locker. Knowing he had hit rock bottom, I obliged. He then played this song with the kind of emotion one rarely sees from artists these days. In that moment, we all forgot where we were — we were happy.”