Ray Parker Jr.'s Ghostbusters theme song might've been mortally wounded by the Fall Out Boy version released last week, but it was only a matter of time before someone brought it back to life. Four Japanese comedians — Tomochika, Oniyakko Tsubaki, Naomi Watanabe, and Shizuyo Yamasaki — recorded their own take on the 1984 classic for Sony Pictures Japan's own Ghostbusters campaign, and it restores all of the goofy joy that made the original sparkle. Goodbye, aggro riffs! Fare thee well, regrettable Missy Elliott verse! Happy trails, Patrick Stump!
This version of "Ghostbusters" has everything: synths that sound like they were sitting in a dusty corner of your uncle's basement, proton pack choreography out of a kindergarten dance recital, enough neon to choke a horse. (And it's stuffed with plenty of footage from the movie, though I can't understand why that'd matter to you given the qualities mentioned above.) It's tough for me to gauge this without having seen the new Ghostbusters, but it certainly feels closer to the movie's spirit. This is a song (and movie) about catching colorful ghosts with rad gear and having fun with your friends! That's a totally ridiculous premise! I think all of the associated music and marketing stuff should be equally ridiculous.
Anyway, enjoy your lunch break. Ghostbusters is landing in theaters on July 15th.