Maybe you’ve seen this video by Jolee Dunn, which started its life when posted by her mum on Twitter:

It’s caused quite a lot of follow up videos:

Why is this the clip that’s inspired a generation? Well, it’s fun, rude and innocent at the same time, remarkably catchy, and my kids love it.

It’s no suprise, then that it sparked quite a lot of cover versions. It’s a lesson in creativity. You get one strong idea with a few key beats, and then anyone, in their own particular key can create a completely different take on it. The creative constraint of having to be true to the original is itself a challenge to be more creative to work around that constraint.

There are countless versions out there.

A couple of favourites, include this pop punk version:

and this oddly plausible Elvis Costello parody:

The beauty of the original is that the missing musical element of it is more of a blank canvas than it first appears. While some musicians creating parodies tried to work out what Jolee’s music was supposed to mean, others were able to fill in the blanks whichever way best served their version.