8 GIFs of Moments in Music History [PHOTOS]

Posted on: January 4th, 2013 at 10:18 am by

Music history recreated in 8-bit GIF format. That’s the genius premise behind a six-month-old Tumblr called, simply enough, Music History in GIFs. Check it out, as it’s totally worth the distraction. Here are eight of our favorite Nintendo-esque animated interpretations:

1. The opening theme to Flight of the Conchords (2007-2009)

conchords

2. PSY releases the candy K-pop video for “Gangham Style” (2012)

psy

3. Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips jumps into a hamster ball at Coachella (2005)

flaming-lips

4. The Strokes release their debut album, Is This It, ushering in the garage-rock revival of the early aughts (2001)

strokes

5. Napster launches and upends the entire music business (1999)

napster

6. Weezer basically invents emo with its self-titled debut effort (1994)

weezer

7. MC Hammer samples “Superfreak” to create another monster hit with “U Can’t Touch This” (1990)

mc-hammer

8. MTV launches. ‘Nuff said (1981)

mtv-launch

Recent Stories

Black Seed
Don’t Believe the Hype: Black Seed Bagels Are Just So … Ordinary

The world of bagels is not unlike the world of pizza – even a bad bagel is still a good bagel. From Lenders to Pain d’Avignon – I’ve never met a bagel I didn’t devour. Give me an “as is,” toasted, grilled, sandwiched, buttered, cheesed – I draw the line at loxed, unless I’m in the mood to […]

trainwreck-orchard-street
Judd Apatow’s ‘Trainwreck’ Returns to Grand Street Today

For the second Monday in a row, Judd Apatow’s latest feature comedy – Trainwreck – will headquarter on the Lower East Side. And in the same spot, too. The requisite “no parking” signs have been placed within close proximity to the intersection of Orchard and Grand Streets. As previously reported, Trainwreck was written by foul-mouthed comedienne Amy […]

greengate-cleaner-orchard-street
Green Gate Cleaner Offers ‘Organic’ Dry Cleaning for Upper Orchard Street

Barely a month after Synchronicity departed 179 Orchard Street, its replacement has arrived. The anointed newcomer is an upscale, “organic” laundry/dry cleaner called Green Gate Cleaner. Opening transpired last week. Neons are aglow. The storefront – no stranger to vacancy the last few years - is pretty much a white box space with a countertop. A […]

army-navy-bags-awning
Army & Navy Bags Adds New Canopy on East Houston Store

Eleven months ago, the Lower East Side nearly lost one of its treasures. Army & Navy Bags at East Houston almost met its doom last August after the landlord nearly tripled the rent. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed, and the forty-year-old business was able to negotiate a relatively favorable price of “just under double” the previous amount. […]

100-montaditos-2
100 Montaditos is Still Happening at the Former EarthMatters Store on Ludlow Street

100 Montaditos is still happening in Hell Square, but taking its sweet ass time. For the first time since June 2013, the entrance of 177 Ludlow Street is again covered by a plywood shed. The new lumber arrived last month with some new teaser signage. We also sniped a glimpse of the interior. It was […]