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Of Fun Packs And Notoriously Viral Singapore Songs

Unleash the rhythm of Singapore’s viral tunes and dive into a world where fun packs and infectious beats collide!

Let’s face it – you’ve all heard that song at an event where thousands of Singaporeans congregate to celebrate the anniversary of their nation’s independence.

This is a day associated with patriotism, the color red, and the flag of the nation, which turns 46 this year.

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The flag of Singapore.

At the time, celebrate the Republic’s achievements in the city’s heart against the backdrop of the city skyline.

Suddenly, the emcees sing along to a modified version of a hit single by American pop sensation Lady Gaga. But this isn’t your usual Bad Romance. “Kopi-o o o o o o o o o o… “they chant.

Then, you realize that you’re listening to the Fun Pack Song.

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Lady Gaga performing in a concert.

Starting with encouraging you to fly the flag, the lyrical value starts spiraling downwards when you hear the hosts sing about waving lightsticks, pretending the parade is a disco.

But the abomination does not end here. The song celebrates the very contents of the bag – wet tissues, NeWater, biscuits, and sweets, before ending with “Attack the fun pack!”

Such is the irony of a verse from the song, “We like the fun pack song,” that the original clip, taken during a combined rehearsal at the Marina Bay Floating Platform on Jul 2, has over 190000 views on YouTube, has also received more than 7000 ‘dislikes.”

The same sentiment was echoed when The UrbanWire conducted a poll.

As of press time, 55 respondents had voted the Fun Pack Song as the ‘FAIL song of Singapore.’

And with Lady Gaga herself coming to Singapore on Jul 7, fans would be sure that the 25-year-old would literally ‘facepalm’ upon hearing that song.

YouTuber Nusld said in their own words, “I feel ashamed being a Singaporean. Our National Day should be a patriotic moment for Singapore, but the organisers seem to insult it by infusing (an_ American Pop song and then messing up with copyrights issues. What next? Rap for our pledge and dancing to the tune of our National Anthem? They are over anticipating what youths want and imposing it on all of us… Pity!”

But the Fun Pack Song is not the first song to receive flak from Singaporeans and netizens worldwide.

More recently, the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, held in 2010, saw the Singapore Sports Council team up with homegrown crooner JJ Lin for a jitty entitled ‘You Are The One, Singapore.”’

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Lady Gaga performing in a concert,

The title seemed to imply uplifting, inspirational, and highly motivational lyrics for athletes competing at the Games.

But catchy as the hook “Oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah, HEY!” went, it was panned by netizens for the cheesiness of the chorus and the ‘butterfly hand’ dance.

Even the appearance of former national sporting heroes C. Kunalan and Ang Peng Siong and 2009 Asian Games swimming champion Tao Li did little to boost the public’s approval of the song.

And it is not just celebrities or singers who drew flak for songs relating to their public campaigns.

In 2007, members of the Singapore Media Development Authority’s senior management uploaded a viral rap video, clinching the 6th spot on YouTube for the most views during that period.

The rap featured CEO Christopher Chan and media veteran Man Shu Sum. Unlike typical hip-hop music, it involved little or no rhyming.

Cynical comments like “They were just having fun with their new green screen” and “Exceedingly painful to watch” appeared all over. But some gave the benefit of the doubt and said, “But hey, they got the balls, eh?” giving the video a rating of 4 out of 5.

Songs with poor lyrics, cheesy dance moves, and slipshod production will no doubt continue to be on the minds of netizens.

And there is one thing for sure – there will be more in the future.

Stay tuned for more details.



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