Last year, the makers of Stranger Things gave us one too many episodes (in my opinion!) of the supernatural series. But within its hours (and hours, and hours) of madness, the streamer cleverly included a cut of Kate Bush’s '80s single, “Running Up That Hill.” In turn, Bush took over everyone’s playlist—just days after the song was featured in Stranger Things, topped the Hot 100 music chart, captured hearts, and inspired many a meme. Now, it seems like Netflix is trying to repeat history on its new show Wednesday, which recently featured another '80s hit, “Goo Goo Muck,” by The Cramps.
For the uninitiated, Wednesday, which stars Jenna Ortega, is Netflix’s spinoff of The Addams Family. The popular show follows Wednesday Addams’s life at Nevermore Academy, a high school for peculiar students with mystical abilities. To the delight of many viewers, the fourth episode included an unexpected dance number, which saw Wednesday perform a delightful, albeit strange, routine to “Go Goo Muck.”
Now the devil might work hard, but honey, Netflix works harder. It only took the Internet a few days to discover the genius of Ortega’s moves. When it did? The routine went viral. According to Billboard, The Cramps track is steadily climbing the charts. Maybe it’s the scene’s moody lighting, or its costumes, or Ortega’s deadpan glare while she struts around the dance floor. Maybe it’s all of the above!
According to Ortega, she came up with the now-famous routine on her own. In an interview with Watching Netflix, Ortega and her co-stars, Emma Meyers (Enid), Hunter Doohan (Tyler), Percy Hines (Xavier Thorpe), and Joy Sunday (Bianca Barclay) reacted to the scene. “I actually felt really insecure about this,” she admitted. “I choreographed that myself and I think it’s very obvious that I’m not a dancer or choreographer.” Despite Ortega’s diffidence, Doohan chimed in to call the scene “amazing,” while Meyers said the performance is “fantastic.”
Apparently, the Internet agrees. The dance has become a cultural phenomenon in its own right. Fans of the show are now posting their own renditions of Wednesday’s quirky moves on TikTok. Take a look:
Toward the end of the cast's interview with Watching Netflix, Hines says, “Oh my god man, I could watch a show of just this.” You know what? Same. While I’m at it, I’ll go ahead and add “Goo Goo Muck” to my rotation, too.
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