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“Shine” is an original song performed by the Christian rock band Final Placement, which was first posted on the video-sharing site Vimeo in February 2010. The poor musicianship combined with the awkwardness of the video as a whole led to both Vimeo and YouTube users covering and creating remixes of the song.
Final Placement consists of four band members (Jacob and Collin on guitars, Jarrett on bass, and Josh on drums) from Midland Christian School in Midland, Texas. According to the band’s site description:
[Final Placement] consists of four guys from Midland Christian School. They are currently playing shows. They dream of scoring a record label one day. The philosophy of FP is, “The world is gone but not lost it can still be saved, all it takes is the people to listen. Maybe if they will hear the message and change.”
The original video was posted via Vimeo sometime in mid-February 2010 by user Sharityworld. By March 2nd, the video had gained 14,800 views, but was deleted from the site on March 19th. A duplicate version of the video was uploaded by Vimeo user F.P. Shine on March 1st. As of June 10th, 2010, this version had gained 14,400 views.
On February 19th, 2010, the A.V. Club published the first article about the video. From there, the video continued to spread around the Internet, reaching other notable blogs like Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 Blog on Feburary 25th, Music Radar on February 26th and filmmaker James Gunn’s blog on March 2nd. The video was also mirror-featured on CollegeHumor on February 23rd and Ebaumsworld on February 27th.
Following the coverage of the video in the mainstream blogosphere, various covers and remixes of the song began popping up and continued well into March 2010.
Music Radar – Final Placement’s Shine: worst song and video ever?
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