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X Raves images are usually GIF animations or videos transforming a normal scene into its rave equivalent by adding various bright flashing colors, glowsticks and a rave-related soundtrack to it. It bears many similarities to Party Hard images.
The terms Rave, rave dance or rave party have documented use as far back as April 4, 1970. They refer to dance parties, and in 1980 ‘Acid house’ parties, with fast-paced electronic music and light shows. People often dance to music played by DJs and occasionally live performers. Some of the genres of electronic dance music played include House, Trance, Electro House, UK Hardcore, Hardstyle, Drum and bass, Dubstep, Breakbeat, Hardcore techno, Funktronica, Psytrance and Jungle with the accompaniment of laser light shows, projected images and artificial fog.
(Source Wikipedia : see link)
In 2003, Something Awful users were among the firsts to initiate a series of GIF animations featuring people dancing with rave-like colors. It launched its own trend with the Party Hard macro coming from the title of one of Andrew W.K songs released in 2001.
More information can be found in the Party Hard entry.
On YTMND, sites of characters dancing to raving flashy colors and holding glowsticks started appearing as far as June 2004 with Pokémon rave (NSFW) by user WalaLuigi, gaining more than 20 000 views.
There also is a modified GIF animation of a scene from anime Azumanga Daioh with a techno track that has become very popular among anime fans.
It was called Azumanga Rave Daioh, was uploaded in September 2004 and has gathered more than 60 000 views.
Another site followed up in November, named Lightswitch Rave, in reference to the Homestar Runner skit, and has more than 31,000 views.
According to the YTMND wiki article, the fad didn’t really take off until May 2005 with the YTMND site Laser Rave showing raving robots from the Transformers cartoon. It was set to Evolution (Time Is Pop mix) by J-Pop artist Ayumi Hamasaki.
The page has gathered more than 251,000 views to date.
Rave remixes have become a significant part of the fad as well:
In addition, various songs will often be remixed into rave songs using either audiotools, or the internet to find various remixes. Some fads may be remixed into “rave remixes” with their dialogue set to the music.
The fad has spawned more than 2,000 creations on YTMND alone.
Among the most popular YTMNDs, sorted by views, are:
- Conan Raves (more than 250 000 views)
- Anakin and Obi-Wan RAVE! 2.0 (more than 147 000 views)
- Set Phasers to RAVE! (more than 132 000 views)
- Owl rave, O RLY? (more than 105 000 views)
- I’ve fallen and I can’t get up rave (more than 104 000 views)
- Gene Kelley – Raving in the Rain (more than 82 000 views)
- gman is having a wonderful RAVE (more than 81 000 views)
Spotlight: Conan Raves
The Conan Raves YTMND, created September 11 2005, includes a peculiar GIF animation of the scene from movie Conan the Barbarian in which Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing Conan, is seen training with his newly acquired sword Atlantean.
A video upload entitled Arnold Rave would follow in December 2005 and has gathered more than 3 million views to date on Youtube:
It would spawn its own trend of videos on Youtube featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger holding glowsticks and dancing to techno tracks.
Among them can be found:
arnold raver remix
ArNoLd RaVe gone CrAzY!!
arnold rave remix by tyler durden