‘All of the dream’: How Eurodance parody ‘Planet of the Bass’ became the song of the summer (2024)

By Scottie Andrew | CNN


Eurodance maybe wasn’t due for a comeback for another few decades. But “Planet of the Bass,” a Eurodance parody track that’s become a TikTok hit and a legitimate banger in its own right, makes a compelling case for a return to a more innocent, synth-heavy time.

It’s an uplifting song about glad rhythms and all of the dream. About a world where bass reigns supreme and its people are clapping the hands. About the mysteries of life — “how does it mean?” — and how to survive when danger and dance rule all.

It’s nonsense. It’s comedy gold. And somehow, unironically, it’s become the song of the summer in a season devoid of the kinds of Top 40 hits that typically fill that slot. (Billie Eilish’s “Barbie” weepie “What Was I Made For,” anyone?) Oh, and “Planet of the Bass” hasn’t even been officially released on streaming services yet, but its mini music videos have been viewed millions of times across TikTok, X (formerly known as Twitter) and Instagram.

“Planet of the Bass” drops next week in full, and DJ Crazy Times and Ms. Biljana Electronica could earn their very first hit. Here’s how the joyously silly parody song has found a hungry audience — and could very well see that viral success translate to chart placement.


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♬ Planet of the Bass (feat. DJ Crazy Times & Ms. Biljana Electronica) – Kyle Gordon

How ‘Planet of the Bass’ was born

Comedian Kyle Gordon knew that the people of Earth in 2023 needed some levity and silly delight to break up the summer doldrums. And so Gordon, as his alter ego DJ Crazy Times, cooked up a backing track straight out of 1997 along with “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” writer Brooks Allison and producer Jamie Siegel. Chrissi Poland provided the voice of Ms. Biljana Electronica, the Lene to Gordon’s René, to compare them to Aqua, Europop gods and the brains behind “Barbie Girl.”

A track so electric needed a music video (or three) to match. He cast Audrey Trullinger as the first Ms. Biljana Electronica and hit Lower Manhattan’s Oculus, a mall and train hub inexplicably designed to look like an alien spine — the ideal setting for an equally inexplicable song.

And so the two stomped around the Oculus on a Sunday afternoon (“probably the worst time we could’ve picked,” Trullinger told The Philadelphia Inquirer), lip syncing to a song while tourists gawked and police asked them to stop. (Gordon, as DJ Crazy Times, said he will no longer film there, though it’s “such a cool mall,” to instead make videos in the “former Yugoslavia,” from where DJ Crazy Times ostensibly hails.)

Then there were more videos — a second that Gordon/DJ Crazy Times claimed was filmed in Zagreb, Croatia, this time with a mysterious brunette woman singing Biljana’s part. And then he shared a third music video starring TikTok comedian Sabrina Brier as Ms. Electronica. Fans were displeased with Gordon for recasting Trullinger’s part, mostly due to her expressive delivery and lip syncing prowess, but Trullinger told the Inquirer she harbored no ill will. Gordon told The New York Times that Trullinger was simply out of town during other filmings, and fans speculated that it was another Eurodance homage to hire a rotating cast of women to lip sync the same part.

CNN reached out to Gordon for comment, but his song’s success has kept him busy — earlier this week, he performed as DJ Crazy Times and debuted the full song to a crowd that already knew half the words.

Why ‘Planet of the Bass’ works

“Planet of the Bass” understands what made songs like “Barbie Girl” and Eiffel 65’s “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” such enduring hits. Though the subjects of those songs are random (dolls as sexual stand-ins; aliens feeling sad), and their singers have a loose grip of the English language, the genre is all about freedom — to dance, to be silly, to shimmy your worries away on the dance floor. It sounds artificial, like its keyboardists are tinkering from behind a TV screen, but that’s the point — in the world Europop imagines, there is no war, just dance.

“Planet of the Bass” revels in the silliness of the genre, with soul-baring lyrics like “Life, it never die/Women are my favorite guy” and a plea to the world to “stop the war.” Gordon’s DJ Crazy Times is the perfect stand-in for the typical Eurodance male lead — the persona is a baritone with a firetruck-red pompadour who mostly sticks to spoken word solos and hype-man interjections. And the genius idea of repeatedly recasting Biljana — a point of contention among the song’s growing fanbase who preferred Trullinger’s performance as the songstress — refers to the frivolity and sincere insincerity for which Eurodance groups are known.

It helps, too, that the first taste of “Planet of the Bass” was released just a week after “Barbie,” the billion-dollar blockbuster whose soundtrack includes a track by Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice that samples Aqua’s “Barbie Girl.”

“I think maybe it’s just a nostalgia thing,” Gordon told GQ.

Its viral success could turn into streams

“Planet of the Bass’s” viral success recalls the first 10 years of TikTok’s unofficial grandfather — YouTube. After the platform debuted in 2005, comedic songs were among its most popular exports, from the intentionally hilarious “Shoes” and the “Bed Intruder” remix to the accidental hits “Chocolate Rain” or the “Numa Numa” video of a man lip syncing to the Europop track “Dragostea Din Tei.”

Those songs often saw their millions of views translate to thousands of downloads: “Bed Intruder” charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and was downloaded over 10,000 times on iTunes in its first two days.

Whether TikTok fame will have a similar result for “Planet of the Bass” when it’s released in full on music streaming services next week remains to be seen. Hits like Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” and Ice Spice’s “Princess Diana” became wildly popular on TikTok and wracked up streams and downloads simultaneously.

Gordon isn’t certain what will happen when his opus hits streaming services. But he does seem to support the idea that “Planet of the Bass” has legs beyond a few laughs.

“If it starts off as ironic but people genuinely love it — and let’s say it does chart — at a certain point the irony has to wear off,” he told the New York Times.

As bizarre as Eurodance is, and for how widely critics lambasted it during its peak as a trashy subgenre, it produced some of the most enduring earworms of their time, which still make regular appearances on playlists at weddings, bat mitzvahs and high school reunions. “Planet of the Bass” could fulfill a similar role, if only for the remainder of summer.

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‘All of the dream’: How Eurodance parody ‘Planet of the Bass’ became the song of the summer (2024)


Is Planet of the Bass a parody? ›

Biljana Electronica's “Planet of the Bass,” a parody song pulled straight from the absurdity of late '90s, early '00s Eurodance music.

Who sings Planet of the Bass? ›

"Planet of the Bass" is a 90s style eurodance song written by American comedian Kyle Gordon under the pseudonym DJ Crazy Times, featuring American singer-songwriter Chrissi Poland under the name Ms. Biljana Electronica. It was released on August 15, 2023.

How many views did Planet of the Bass get? ›

An initial teaser video in July, starring Gordon and Audrey Trullinger trotting across Manhattan's Oculus mall, has since racked up over 100 million views on Twitter and nearly 100 million likes on TikTok.

Who sings MS Biljana electronica? ›

Biljana Electronica. (The vocal track, which remained the same, is performed by singer-songwriter Chrissi Poland; Gordon performs his own part of the duet and co-wrote the song with Brooks Allison, a staff writer on The Tonight Show.)

Who else sings all about the bass? ›

Kelly Clarkson & Meghan Trainor Are Powerful Together Singing "All About That Bass" They sang the empowering lyrics in the most fun way.

Why was All About That Bass written? ›

Trainor was inspired by her teenage problems with self-acceptance and body image, and suggested these as a basis for the lyrics. She told Rolling Stone Kadish had experienced similar problems during his childhood and could relate to these themes. She suggested a booty theme with "it's about the bass, not the treble".

Who is the girl in the Planet of the Bass video? ›

The singer is a very talented singer named Chrissi Poland. She is the woman who actually sings. And then the woman in the [first and last] video[s] is also a really talented actress and social media personality named Audrey Trullinger.

Who is Miss Biljana Electronica? ›

Meet Audrey Trullinger! The OG Ms Biljana Electronica stole the internet's heart in the viral Eurodance parody video, "Planet of the Bass"! If you've been wondering who she is, that is young influencer Audrey Trullinger, who also stars in the song's just released music video alongside Kyle Gordon as DJ Crazy Times.

What singer has a bass voice? ›

List of names
Ike Turner1931–2007American
Josh Turner1977–American
Ray Walker1934–American
Barry White1944–2003American
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Who is Biljana 2? ›

The role of the broken-English-speaking chanteuse was initially portrayed by actor Audrey Trullinger before she was sidelined by health influencer Mara Olney, which caused the internet to promptly go berserk over the recasting. A third Biljana was then played by TikToker Sabrina Brier.

Is Planet of the Bass on Spotify? ›

Planet of the Bass (feat. DJ Crazy Times & Ms. Biljana Electronica) - Single by Kyle Gordon | Spotify.

Who plays Ms. Biljana Electronica? ›

And while “Ms. Biljana Electronica” was played onscreen by content creator Audrey Trullinger, she was voiced by singer-songwriter Chrissi Poland. “It's the only session I've ever done in my whole career where I had to keep stopping as I was laughing so hard at the lyrics,” Poland says.

Does Rick James play bass? ›

Rick James | “Rick James was often photographed with a Rickenbacker bass... He started playing a bass line over and over... His musicians encouraged...

Can Tolkien play bass? ›

In that episode, he is annoyed when he is able to spontaneously play bass guitar, despite never having learned to play it, a confirmation of one of Cartman's claim that all black people can play the bass guitar.


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