There are things that don’t make sense, and then there are things so bewildering that they require visual proof. Billy Ray Cryus’ remake of “Achy Breaky Heart” is both.
Cyrus, for reasons unclear, decided to issue a remix to his 1992 smash. And the result is, to be generous, an absolute mess.
“Achy Breaky 2,” takes the country pop tune, which has justly been ranked by VH1 as one of the most awesomely bad songs ever, and inexplicably reimagines it as a club rap stomper.
The country crooner isn’t alone. Cyrus teamed up with Buck 22, a rapper no one has heard of but has some stellar credits as a producer (Pink, Destiny’s Child, Keyshia Cole) who is also the son of Dionne Warwick. Buck 22 has high hopes of becoming “the new revolution of country music mixed with hip-hop,” according to his Twitter bio.
The song is mostly Buck 22’s cornball rhymes that don't really say much, and Cyrus delivering the original tune's indelible chorus. And, in a likely bid to court more attention, there’s a reference to the recent hip-hop makeover of his more famous daughter, Miley.
But it’s the video that seals this song’s fate as the worst country-rap pairing since “Accidental Racist” and Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly (or Nelly featuring Tim McGraw).
First, there is Larry King offering an apology for the “late breaking news” that he has to deliver. The news? An unidentified flying object has been spotted ... hovering over Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. Cut to Cyrus walking in the forest with a kid version of Buck. The two are abducted -- and then things get really weird.
The video becomes a blur of scantily clad aliens twerking and smoking hookahs, because that’s what happens in space. Cyrus strums his guitar. A woman whips out a violin. Buck has a routine with backup dancers. And there are aliens on the wall "making it clap" (Google if necessary).
Unfortunately, the spaceship doesn’t crash and burn, although it's fairly certain that Cyrus’ career already has.
Watch the video in all of its sad, hilarious, glory below -- or fire up the original and relive happier, less desperate times.
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