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5 nurses pop up from behind sheet for hilarious version of 60s song
Not only is this so funny, but they're all amazing singers too.
Patricia Lynn
08.13.21

As we know, it’s important that you have a way to decompress after a long day of work. Some people like to go on a walk, while others enjoying grabbing the TV remote.

For one group of registered nurse anesthetists from Oakdale, Minnesota, there is nothing they like better than getting together, cracking open a few beers, and creating music — in their case hilarious medical parodies of several classic songs you’ve probably heard of.

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Some of their many hits include a cover of “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” by Neil Sedaka, which they have renamed to “Waking Up is Hard to Do”, and a cover of popular Ricky Martin hit, “Livin’ La Vida Loca”.

Their version? “Givin’ The Anesthesia,” of course!

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The singing group also has a pretty great name — The Laryngospasms. If you’re having trouble pronouncing the name, it’s okay, you’re not the only one. Many of their fans call them simply, “The Spasms”.

The term itself refers to an involuntary throat contraction that usually occurs when an anesthesia tube enters a patient’s throat. While this sounds like quite a scary experience, the group itself is the total opposite. For decades now they’ve been bringing endless laughter to anyone who is willing to listen to them, which is apparently quite a lot of people.

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Their video for “Waking Up is Hard to Do” on YouTube has over 16 million views.

The video starts with the guys all in their nursing scrubs positioned behind a blue sheet, but when the sheet drops is when the real action gets going. The guys start belting out their creative and funny lyrics as they go about their day performing their various duties in the hospital.

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Even the patient on the operating table gets involved.

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They are actually really good singers, too!

While they mostly travel the country performing at medical conventions, in 2010, The Spasms hit the big time when they got to make a short appearance on NBC’s show America’s Got Talent.

Out of 70,000 acts that applied, only 400 in total were chosen to appear on the show, where they performed in front of the judges as well as a huge live audience in Chicago. For a cover band that sings medical parodies, we would say that is a pretty dang impressive accomplishment.

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The Spasms were shocked with their success as well, as evidenced by group member Doug Meuwissen’s comment in an interview with the Oakdale Patch.

“I’m always amazed at the reaction we get from people,” Meuwissen said, adding that people often ask for his autograph after a show. “I guess if you give someone a microphone, that person can become a rock star.”

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The group’s “Waking Up is Hard to Do” video has put a smile on lots of people’s faces. Viewers have left positive comments like:

“I absolutely LOVE this!! It’s great to see and hear the humor which is so necessary in our society today. Bravo!!”

Another person wrote:

“Your jobs are so demanding and lives are on the line. It is wonderful to see medical professionals like these finding such a healthy (and VERY funny) way to blow off steam. Kudos, guys. You’re great!”

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Press play on the video below to watch this hilarious version of “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” for yourself!

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By Patricia Lynn
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Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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