The Reign of ‘Ho Hey’ Ends With a Cluck

The Lumineers’ "Ho Hey" is one of those songs that just gets under people’s skin. For a few months, fueled by its appearance in TV spots for Silver Linings Playbook, it was everywhere, and we were all sick of it. It’s not a particularly exciting or memorable song, and yet, its ubiquity was responsible for varying degrees of rage, from the boiling pot of all-caps blogging to the quiet, seething rage as the banjos waft through the taxi stereo.

And with The Lumineers, who I’m sure are very nice people, touring this summer and making some major festival appearances, including Lollapalooza (along with Mumford & Sons, just in case there weren’t enough banjos), "Ho Hey" will likely make its way into your earholes again, whether you want it to or not. But perhaps its reign as a parasitic earworm is almost ending, seeing as the song has finally entered the realm of all-clucking parody. Late last week, Jimmy Fallon, Nick Offerman and Blake Shelton took to the stage on Fallon’s late-night show as "The Chickeneers," performing an all-clucking version of the single. It’s pretty entertaining, but more so, once a song has a chicken-related parody, that means it’s run its course, right? Watch.

It’s Time We Stop Playing “Ho Hey”

I always think it’s a little depressing when a band hits that one-hit-wonder territory. Remember Carly Rae Jepsen? Will we ever hear from that Canadian lass again? Probably not. And as overplayed as "Call Me Maybe" was, it is such a great song, one that somehow transcended annoyance and was an all-around great summer jam. Meanwhile, The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” has turned into the most rage-inducing one-hit-wonder of 2013. People, we have got to stop playing this song.

As of this writing, I have heard “Ho Hey” three times today. Generally, I hear it on the office speakers about five or six times. Then there’s the chance that I’m in a cab and I hear it on the radio. Or at a fast-food restaurant at lunch. (Yeah, I could be eating healthier. Orrrrr they could just stop playing “Ho Hey” on the radio.) And then there are the Silver Lining Playbook TV spots. I think it’s safe to say that if I hear “Ho Hey” one more time today, I will probably attempt to assassinate the entire Silver Linings Playbook cast with banjo strings. Sorry, Chris Tucker. Blame The Lumineers. 

Join me in my "Ho Hey" rage, won’t you?

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