I’m over the age of 30, so I really feel my bones crumbling to mud each time I attempt to make sense of the newest TikTok traits. However the newest meme on the Tok (that’s what the youngsters name it, proper?) is tailored for cranky outdated beans like me: singers including to an increasingly elaborate harmony of a centuries-old sea shanty referred to as The Wellerman. It seems that we are able to thank Uncommon’s tackle pirate games, Sea of Thieves, for the rise of shanty Tok.
The model of The Wellerman that made waves on TikTok was based mostly on the track as carried out by a British people band referred to as The Longest Johns. The group began taking part in Sea of Thieves for a YouTube collection in 2019, singing shanties to different gamers over voice chat. The primary video featured The Wellerman, and it made waves – so to talk – within the Sea of Thieves group.
“Earlier than that, we’d sung it at gigs and it was on our albums and stuff,” Jonathan ‘JD’ Darley tells The Daily Dot. “However it wasn’t something too totally different from the others. That video acquired actually widespread in Sea of Thieves circles, and it began to unfold. Then in a bunch of various waves, that video and that track has had a bunch of various viral peaks.”
After that, the video “began getting shared on Tumblr, after which iFunny, after which it had slightly run on Reddit. Then we launched all of our songs to be used on TikTok… main to date, the place this one’s gone completely loopy and blown up within the mainstream.”
The band remains to be repeatedly streaming on Twitch, together with loads of Sea of Thieves content material.