In this era of the viral video, people seem unwilling to just let an original work stand on its own, instead creating spoof upon spoof in hopes of replicating that success. Think "All the Single Ladies" — or any Beyoncé video, really — and the mind-numbing Gotye re-dos.
I've witnessed a rendition captured by a camera phone in a casino by my middle-aged seat mates on a flight home from Las Vegas. I've done it with workout buddies in the park before dawn.
But here's a version that I can get behind: A parody — entitled "NASA Johnson Style" — created by the students at Houston's Johnson Space Center.
I've seen it converted into a Christmas song and accompanied by an USCM rock band in Okinawa, the vulgar thrusts unbecoming of men in uniform, with creative wordplays consisting of everything from "Working Farmer Style" to a pre-election "Mitt Romney Style" to a tone-deaf "Sewerman Style" interpretation, meant to serve as a PSA for Londoners.
All inevitably come off as embarrassing attempts to capture the magic and energy of the real thing, the humor in it only truly appreciated by those who were present.
The well-produced video is complete with outlandish spacecraft and laboratory sets, zero gravity scenes, shots of outer space, cameos of real astronauts, nerdy-smart lyrics and a requisite well-suited Asian — and it's definitely worth a watch. See it above.