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Send a Classy Rickroll With Postmodern Jukebox’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”

The silly genius of the Rickroll was the very thing that killed it—it was a victim of its own success. Its popularity made it far too ubiquitous, and therefore everyone could see it coming, rendering its element of surprise (and therefore all the fun in sending it to someone/wasting their time) impotent. What a shame, because of the all the the inane internet fads it was truly one of the best.

But hark! What’s that? Did we all, ironically, give up on it too soon? Maybe so, as this new, classier cover of the Rick Astley hit done by Postmodern Jukebox won’t let you down when you hit someone with this “vintage remake” of “Never Gonna Give You Up.” There’s no way they’ll see it coming.

This version of the song features Gunhild Carling making her Postmodern Jukebox debut. And what a debut it is, as she doesn’t just sing lead here, she also plays four instruments: the trumpet, recorder, trombone, and bagpipes. The bagpipes!  And she does it all in an evening gown and high heels—not the comfort of a brown trench coat and black turtleneck. Combine that with the rest of the band (playing the sax, piano, banjo, bass, and drums) and you’ve got a great, old-timey version that’s actually far too classy to merely be used as a Rickroll.

I mean, sending this to someone definitely will not waste their time. What do you think of this Postmodern Jukebox cover? Don’t let us down, tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Image: Postmodern Jukebox

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