Worst of Music: Double Take – Hot Problems

For some reason, people still think that they can be the next Justin Bieber. By that I mean that people keep putting videos of themselves singing on YouTube. More often than not, these people are bad but not offensively bad. However, there are those time where someone posts something that makes you wish you were deaf. And that brings us to today’s Worst of Music song. It’s a teenage duo going by the name of Double Take who are trying the Rebecca Black method of getting famous and cranking it up to 11 with their song Hot Problems.

The Rebecca Black method for getting famous is record a professionally produced song and music video that is so bad and annoying that when you post it on YouTube, it goes viral. I don’t think the intention of Double Take was to go the same route. I don’t think it’s anyone’s intention to make a song so bad that it has to go viral but here we are talking about it. (Unless, of course, this is a parody video but I don’t think these kids would’ve thought about that until hearing the reception to the video. Maybe they should say it’s a joke in order to save face.)

The song is about how the girls of Double Take are hated because of prejudice against hot girls but they’re just like everyone, except hot. They make that point quite a bit. They insist they’re hard done by which makes them just like everyone one else except for being hot. It’s hard to be sympathetic to two people who are either total narcissists or completely oblivious to what they’re saying.

Worse than the lyrics are the singing and backing music. At least Rebecca Black was kind enough to use autotune. These girls didn’t use it, nor did they sound like they’ve done any post-production work on their voices. If they have used post-production work, then it’s clear that they’re such bad singers that it can’t be fixed. The backing music is somewhere between cheap Casio keyboard synthesizer and 8-bit Nintendo game music. And it all makes you wish you were deaf.

In fact, it’s all so bad that the production company behind the video posted this as the description to the video on YouTube: “Old Bailey Productions did not create any of the audio or lyrics for this video. We produced the video as a favor.” They also covered up their pre-song credit on the video with the song’s name. It’s as if Old Bailey Productions is trying to completely disassociate itself with this song.

So congrats, Double Take. You’ve won the prestigious Worst of Music award for this week. Unless it turns out that you’re trolling/punking us all. Again, I doubt that’s the case…

Have a better WoM candidate for next week? Drop it in the comments.

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