There are fewer over-the-top-cheery numbers in musical history than "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from the 1964 movie "Mary Poppins." Witness Dick Van Dyke in his barbershop-quartet garb, Julie Andrews in her Bo Peep duds and the cadre of cartoon buffoons serving as the band in the background.
If you ever thought that scene from the movie was just a little too saccharine, you just might appreciate the new version just released by YouTuber Andy Rehfeldt, who took things in a decidedly darker direction by swapping in a death-metal version of the song. Complete with fierce drum and guitar work and the requisite growling vocals, somehow the magic phrase "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" sounds more like an incantation to awake dark underlords than a charm used by a do-good flying housekeeper.
Rehfeldt who works at Endless Noise video production studio in Santa Monica, Calif., plays all of the instruments on the track. He enlisted Sera Hatchett (whose stage/band name is "Mercy Brown") and Thomas Hinds to execute the vocals.
This isn't the first metal mashup Rehfeldt has done. Visit his YouTube channel and you'll find Ke$sha's "Die Young," "Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" and Elvis Presley's "Blue Suede Shoes" all set to the dulcet tones of head-banging metal beats and riffs. He also takes things in the other direction, giving Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" the "less angry" jazz lounge treatment, and Eminen's "Love the Way You Lie" a nice bouncy reggae vibe.
But far and away the best video has got to be the Poppins one. From the minute you hear good ole Mary growl for the first few measures you know you're in for something special -- or at least something "quite atrocious."