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“Somebody Once Told Me” is the first line of the 1999 Smash Mouth song “All Star.” After appearing in the opening scene of the 2001 animated children’s film Shrek, the line became the subject of a photo set meme.
“All Star” was the first single on rock band Smash Mouth’s sophomore album, Astro Lounge, which was released on June 8th, 1999. Shrek, an animated children’s comedy film, was released on May 18th, 2001. In the opening scene of the film Shrek, the protagonist slams a door open just as the song begins.
This concept later led to a photo meme which splits a scene from a TV show or movie which features something being slammed, or someone being surprised by a slam or loud noise into two parts, one before the slam captioned “some-” and one after the slam captioned “body once told me.” One of the earliest examples features Pokemon character Gary Oak slamming a door on Ash. The photo set was published by Tumblr user jelly-fishes on April 9th, 2013. As of June 2014, it had gained over 21,000 notes.
In 2013 there were five Somebody Once Told Me posts published on Tumblr which gained over 1,000 notes.
On May 9th, Tumblr user rory-odair published a post which featured characters from A Very Potter Musical. As of June 2014, the post has gained over 2,000 notes.
The World Was Macaroni
On April 20th, 2010, YouTuber GaMeSkZeRo uploaded a video titled “Somebody Once Told Me The World’s Was Macaroni,” which featured a flip book style music video for a parody of “All Star,” which changes the first line from “Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me,” to “Somebody once told me the world’s was macaroni.” As of June 2014, the video has gained over 240,000 views. On October 10th, 2010, YouTuber howToBe12t uploaded a video titled “Somebody Song (Allstar Parody),” which featured a similar parody of “All Star” set to a cartoon music video. As of June 2014, the video has gained over 97,000 views.