MEME THEME SUPREME
while some scientific discoveries are the result of years of research, others are stumbled upon completely by chance – and when humanity uncovered the universally appropriate musical backing for any piece of video footage, it was the latter. In 2010, someone combined video from the Super Mario Bros movie and audio from Super Street Fighter II, then uploaded it to Youtube under the username guilethemefitsall.
This pioneer soon revealed that their username was no mere boast, as a series of clips showed that Guile’s theme goes with everything. The music was inserted into scenes including Mufasa’s death in
The Lion King, Susan Boyle singing and the countdown from, erm, Countdown, and fit each of them as if it had had been commissioned bespoke.
The phenomenon was so powerful that the guilethemefitsall account racked up
3.75 million views across 17 videos, and copycats quickly emerged. Soon, Guile’s theme was plastered atop videos of drunk people trying to stand up, Uncle Phil’s pool hustle in Fresh Prince Of Bel-air and Gordon Ramsay blocking a slap to the face. Some of these achieved as many as 3.5 million views of their own, but the most popular was one set to footage from the Japanese film Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders Vs Dai-shocker, which achieved a massive 6.5 million views. So the next time you need music for an epic birthday party, romantic night in or health and safety video that needs a little ‘lift’, consider Guile’s theme.