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 developments. But the newest meme on the Tok (that’s what the children name it, proper?) is tailored for cranky previous 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 will thank Rare’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 tune 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 first video featured The Wellerman, and it made waves – so to talk – within the Sea of Thieves neighborhood.
“Before that, we’d sung it at gigs and it was on our albums and stuff,” Jonathan ‘JD’ Darley tells The Daily Dot. “But it wasn’t anything too different from the others. That video got really popular in Sea of Thieves circles, and it started to spread. Then in a bunch of different waves, that video and that song has had a bunch of different viral peaks.”
After that, the video “started getting shared on Tumblr, and then iFunny, and then it had a little run on Reddit. Then we released all of our songs for use on TikTok… leading up to now, where this one’s gone absolutely crazy and blown up in the mainstream.”
The band remains to be often streaming on Twitch, together with loads of Sea of Thieves content material.