5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Want You Back’ Sims Edition Is A Bop
5 Seconds of Summer’s newly released track, “Wee Foo Black,” will make you nostalgic about your past love and distant childhood. No, “Wee Foo Black” is not a glitch in the system—it’s the version of 5SOS’ hit single “Want You Back” recorded for The Sims 4: Seasons Expansion. Life really is a simulation.
If you’re a Sims veteran, you’ll have grown up knowing what happens during ‘Woohoo’ or that without installing a toilet, your character would involuntarily wet themselves. More importantly though, you’d remember that the soundtrack is a stand-out feature with the option to play popular songs by real life artists.
The Sims rendition of “Want You Back” stays faithful to the original with its pop and electronic sonics layered with distorted guitars and a catchy drum beat. The sentimental tale of lost love and yearning can also be heard on “Wee Foo Black.” When Luke belts, “Nee meeba wooshlavoh/ Yavalla gabba weefoo black/ Nee meeba howshoo vuglo/ Yavalla gabba weefoo black,” we felt that.
Unfortunately, the swapped lyrics can’t be input into Google Translate. That’s because they’re sang in the indecipherable linguistics of Simlish. Artists often put out alternate versions of songs in different languages to appeal to global audiences, but Simlish songs are exclusive to its virtual world. The Sims audio director Robi Kauker says he intends for Simlish music to “transcend words and use the human voice to express pure emotion.” Even though “Wee Foo Black” borders ridiculous, 5 Seconds of Summer’s poignant vocals stay strong. The Australian band joins the ranks of Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Lily Allen who are among hundreds of artists who’ve recorded Sims singles.
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After a two year hiatus, “Want You Back” was released as 5 Seconds Of Summer’s comeback single that ushered in a revitalized sound. Bassist and vocalist, Calum Hood, shared insights on recording the original, telling Radio.com, “It was quite an organic procedure writing it, the process wasn’t strenuous; it was very free flowing.” While Simlish is a fictional language that sounds like improvised non-sense and makes for silly songs, Kauker says the process to record a Sims tracks is as arduous as an original. 5 Seconds of Summer are notoriously goofy, so we can’t imagine how they managed to record gibberish without laughing the entire time.
Catch 5 Seconds of Summer at the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs along with other performers Kris Wu, Meghan Trainor, Alessia Cara, Halsey, and Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie. Presenters for the annual award show currently include Derek Hough, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Sonequa Martin-Green, Tyra Banks, and Prince Michael Jackson.
The 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs hosted by Awkwafina go down Sunday, August 26 at 9ET/7MT on CTV and Much.