Move aside, Rick Astley, there’s a new brand of music trolling hitting EDM crowds and dance clubs thanks to DJs around the world.
Spandau Ballet‘s slow jam hit “True” is making a comeback in dance clubs in the most unlikely way – as a practical joke on electronic music-loving crowds waiting for the beat to drop.
In a slew of recent viral videos, DJs are tricking crowds by building up anticipation for the big drop on the dance floor, only to cut to the mellow riff and soft breaths in the chorus of Spandau Ballet’s “True.”
In this modern version of Rickrolling, only with live crowds in dance clubs, the unexpected ‘drop’ mellows out the frantic crowd, who can be heard groaning in unison as they realize they’ve just been fooled.
So what does Spandau Ballet think of their hit being used to dupe dance crowds with a disappointing beat drop? Speaking to Billboard, the band said it’s happy to see their slow dance hit making a comeback in clubs.
“It keeps coming full circle,” they told Billboard. “‘True’ was a huge club record when it was first released, and has been adapted and sampled into new dance versions so many times.”
To them, there’s no harm done in DJs using their hit for musical trickery.
“It’s great to see the original making a comeback on dance floor around the world,” they added. “It’s the ultimate last dance song!”
Watch the most recent example of this Spandau-trolling from Australian DJ duo Mashd N Kutcher in the video above!