Watch this Japanese schoolgirl twist on Beastie Boys' "Sabotage"
“Sabotage” was a huge hit for the Beastie Boys in 1994 because it successfully mashed together rock and hip hop with a memorable hook. Recently, a girl group, Dempagumi.inc, decided to cover the song in a quirky, off-tune kind of way, as only Japanese schoolgirls can.
The girls didn’t stop there. The original “Sabotage” had a very popular music video, which Dempagumi.inc parodied with Japanese dubbing over all the characters.
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If you are wondering, the cover of “Sabotage” was purposefully out of tune and performed this way. Denpa is a type of Japanese music that is intentionally strange and catchy, and Dempagumi.inc specializes in this style of music. It’s a niche market and has been a part of otaku culture in Japan.