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This upsetting Barenaked Ladies remix is the perfect song for a horrible 2016

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The latest in a weird new meme trend

UK: Barenaked Ladies Play Carling Apollo Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images

If you've spent any time on the internet in recent months you'll have seen one of the multiple cuts of Bee Movie, inspired by the version that speeds up every time someone says "bee." Meme artists have also seized on Antz, Filipino cartoon The Nutshack, and Lazy Town villain Robbie Rotten's song "We Are The One" as prime fodder for this kind of weird solipsistic creation.

The latest of these uses Barenaked Ladies' "One Week" (a song just behind Smash Mouth's "All Star" in terms of memeworthiness), and replaces every instrument and lyric with the very first line in the song — lead vocalist Steven Page singing "It's been..." Absorbing the results of the remix, I was struck by how fast the human voice stops sounding like a voice, and starts sounding like the kind of boinging synth you get on a Casio keyboard when you punch in random numbers. (It's also weird how much it sounds like David Pumpkins' theme tune.)

Maybe it's something about this year, but over the last few months, people seem to have developed an obsession with recursion. Inconsequential details in pop culture — like the number of times bees say "bee" in Bee Movie — are being honed in on and blown out, taken out of context and repeated ad nauseam until they've lost any connection to real life.

The Barenaked Ladies remix is one of these new monstrosities, and like many of its brethren, is a confusing, jarring, and frequently upsetting blast that takes fond memories of your youth and destroys them in front of you. It's a horrible effect that somehow becomes mesmeric: I couldn't turn it off, despite a desperate desire for it to just stop. In every way, it's the perfect song for 2016.