Remember 1999? When we were afraid of the lights going out on Y2K? When President Bill Clinton was acquitted? When Sega still made game consoles? Those were good times. Boy bands were still “hot” and Saving Private Ryan won best picture (wait… what?).
Sadly, those days are gone, but thanks to some web genius we now have a perfect union of two of 1999’s most notable contributions to the pop culture lexicon: The Matrix and Mambo No. 5. (Fun fact, my friend Trevor and I went to our 8th grade Halloween party as Lou Bega and Neo, respectively.) Check out the pitch-perfect and amazingly awesome video below (wait until 1:00 for things to really look good).
We’ve all seen mash-up videos like this before and quite frankly, they’re rubbish. Even the Money scene from Dark Side of the Rainbow gets old, fast. This video, on the other hand, just gets better and better. It doesn’t hurt that the scene is one of the best action sequences of all time and, let’s admit it, Mambo is still an infectious, toe-tapping good time 12 years later. I’d even go as far to say this is a vast improvement on Mambo’s actual music video. If there was a way to convincingly photoshop Bega’s signature white hat onto Keanu Reeves’ head, we’d have it made. Perhaps the Wachowskis would consider some quick reshoots? (They’ve done crazier things!)