Elevators are usually a quiet place.
They’re one of the only places you can count on standing in silence for a few minutes. Except for the painfully bad elevator music, of course.
Even if someone does so much as answer a phone call, it’s considered rude. They’re weirdly cramped and it’s hard to keep a comfortable level of personal space.
So imagine how strange it would be for someone to start singing at full volume… at you.
Well, that’s exactly what happened to some unsuspecting students at UW-Madison.
The University’s award-winning all-boys acapella group, Fundamentally Sound, took over the elevator.
Students entered the quiet elevator as usual, thinking it was just a regular day on campus. But one sly smile at the camera let us know something else was about to go down.
Two women are minding their own business and having a casual conversation about their plans for the night.
After that, one of the men in the elevator leans up close to them (which is very poor elevator etiquette in a regular situation).
Just as they’re starting to look at him that he needs to get out of their space—boom!
He starts belting out that classic N*SYNC tune, “I Want You Back”:
“You’re all I ever wanted,
you’re all I ever needed, yeah
so tell me what to do now.”
Everyone else in the elevator immediately chimes in—it turns out they’re all part of Fundamental Sound!
The video cuts to more scenarios that are almost identical.
In each one, the group members sing the same songs in other elevators for other bewildered students. The talented vocalists are very excited about it all, but it’s hard for the unsuspecting elevator users to figure out how to respond.
I mean, everyone knows the lyrics.
Watching the reactions are hilarious because unsurprisingly, no one really knows what to do—there’s no escape!
And there’s just a tiny camera in the top corner of the elevator to capture it all.
But most importantly, the vocals can be clearly heard—and even for an unofficial performance like this, the guys are killing it.
Just when you’re thinking things can’t get any wilder, someone wearing a plastic horse mask and boxing gloves gets on board.
I hope the elevator has had a safety check recently, because everyone is jumping and dancing around in there. This university acapella singing troop really knows how to party!
The tune smoothly transitions into one of the most iconic boyband songs of all time: “Everybody” by The Backstreet Boys.
And Fundamentally Sound have changed the lyrics just ever so slightly. In the bridge section, they’ve made some replacements:
“Am I original? (Noooo),
Am I the only one? (Mayyyybe),
Am I sexual? (Looooser)”
The ’90s pop song mashup seems to come to a close, and the singers in the elevator start to relax and go quiet.
At that point, it seems like the show is over. Even so, they’re still moving and getting suspiciously low to the floor. The main vocalist sensually removes his jacket.
Before you know it, they’ve popped back up to sing “Bye Bye Bye,” another Backstreet Boys classic.
And then, just like that, the elevator doors open. The singers snap back into normal life, pretending like nothing happened, and usher everyone out of the elevator to get to class.
What a hilarious way to bring some musical joy to your peers!
Now those students just have to get to class and explain why they’re late… and hope their professors actually believe them!
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