Each video starts out with the same rhythmic beat, and the lyrics “El Con Terrorista”, once those three magic words are heard, the person in the video starts nodding their head, gyrating, humping the air or a combination of all three. Their clothes could be rather average but they always have a mask or motorcycle helmet so they their real identity stays concealed
However, the rest of the crowd either stands still or pays no attention to the person acting ridiculous. Once the bass drops and the lyrics “And do the Harlem Shake” are heard, the entire group goes wild. How outrageous do people become? Some participants do handstands, while others hold objects like bananas or stuffed animals. Everyone is moving around in a jittery manner, never holding still for a second, and they continue doing the same action over and over again. In a few videos posted on YouTube, dancers look like they are having a seizure while grasping onto a random obscure item.
The song and the meme come from two different places though, believe it or not. Baauer is a producer based out of Brooklyn, in his 20s while the spastic moves came from Filthy Frank a 19 year old, who’s YouTube
Dancing to the Harlem Shake in the Moscow Metro
Dancing to the Harlem Shake in the Kiev Metro
Dancing to the Harlem Shake in the Tbilisi Metro
Dancing to the Harlem Shake in the Warsaw Metro