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As we prepare to bid farewell to 2020 and set our sights on 2021, there's one particular year Busted and Jonas Brothers fans are raging about - the Year 3000. Why, you ask? People still think the song Year 3000 is an original Jonas Brothers song. What?!
For those of you who do not know, Year 3000 was the second single released by the British pop punk band Busted from their eponymous debut album.
The song was a huge hit in the UK, reaching number two on the UK's single chart upon release in 2003 and it became the 34th best selling single of the year.
The track also had success around Europe and reached the top 20 in Belgium, Denmark, Norway and many other charts.
In the years that followed, Year 3000 became a staple pop punk track and has been covered numerous times, including a cover by the Jonas Brothers in 2006 during the peak Disney Channel years. The song was featured on not one, but two Jonas Brothers albums - It's About Time and Jonas Brothers - and it reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, their first to do so.
The Jonas Brothers cover isn't exactly the same as the original. To keep the song suitable for Disney Channel audiences, who saw the garage-set music video played constantly between episodes of Hannah Montana and That's So Raven, several lyrics were changed.
Instead of the sexually suggestive line "and your great-great-great granddaughter is pretty fine" was changed to "doin' fine" and "triple-breasted women swim around town, totally naked" was swapped for "girls there, with round hair like Star Wars, float above the floor."
For American audiences the Jonas Brothers served as their time machine of sorts to the Year 3000. The viral tweet that started the heated Twitter debate reads: "the Jonas Brothers went to the year 3000. They could have warned us about covid-19 but chose not to."
Singer and presenter Jack Remmington replied: "The way Americans think this is a Jonas Brothers original and have no idea who Busted are knocks me SICK." The tweet has over eight thousand likes and more than eight hundred retweets.
One American Jonas Brothers fan tweeted: "I'm American and always knew this song was originally by Busted. The Jonas Brothers even admit it's a cover and give Busted credit."
While another fan shared: "lmao we know the original version we just like the superior version."
the jonas brothers went to the year 3000. they could have warned us about covid-19 but chose not to
- silent nate, holy nate (@MNateShyamalan) December 30, 2020
The way Americans think this is a Jonas Brothers original and have no idea who Busted are knocks me SICK https://t.co/cVN8u6gmOX
- jack rem x (@jackremmington) December 30, 2020
I'm American and always knew this song was originally by Busted. The @jonasbrothers even admit it's a cover and give Busted credit. ♀️
- Victoria Martin (@SimplyVikki) December 31, 2020
lmao we know the original version we just like the superior version ♀️
- gahhhhh (@iamhayley_4) December 31, 2020
One person replied to the original viral tweet and said: "this is busted erasure".
Another fan added: "Every time I'm reminded American think The Jonas Brothers are the Year 3000 artist over Busted I get whiplash"
this is busted erasure
- Emily (@eescotttt) December 30, 2020
Every time I'm reminded Americans think The Jonas Brothers are the Year 3000 artist over Busted I get whiplash
- (@ameliainspace) December 30, 2020
One fan compared the situation to iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove's cover of the Sugababes' song About You Now, which many people think is originally performed by the former. He said: "This and them thinking About You Now is a Miranda Cosgrove original" with a skull emoji.
A third fan critiqued the change to the lyrics made for the Jonas Brothers' version. She said: "And the fact that they removed the triple breasted women line and changed the end of the chorus to 'your great great great granddaughter is DOING fine' Where is the flavour?"
This and them thinking About You Now is a Miranda Cosgrove original :skull:
- Dom :crescent_moon: (@DomLanigan) December 31, 2020
And the fact that they removed the triple breasted women line and changed the end of the chorus to 'your great great great granddaughter is DOING fine :thumbsup:'
Where is the flavour?
- Aisling Felly (@AislingFelly) December 31, 2020
Some fans debated why neither Busted or Jonas Brothers warned the world about Covid-19. One person said: "really skipped the entire year of chaos that was 2020 to tell us about living underwater".
Another added: "Maybe they lived underwater because Covid is transmitted through air and it was the only solution to runaway from it."
A third fan replied: "Y'all need to call Phil of the Future next", a reference to the Disney Channel sitcom about a teen born in 2107 who travels back in time to 2004 with his family.
This was followed up by a reference to our favourite teen psychic, Raven Baxter from That's So Raven. "I also got a feeling Raven saw this coming", they said.
really skipped the entire year of chaos that was 2020 to tell us about living underwater :sob:
"not much has changed" sIR TO THE 3RD POWER? pic.twitter.com/5orKorNEyF
- nova (@flowerfeastnova) December 31, 2020
Maybe they lived underwater because Covid is transmitted through air and it was the only solution to runaway from it
- Kyasuka (@Kyasukaa_) December 31, 2020
Y'all need to call Phil of the Future Next!! pic.twitter.com/zngcRHg0gi
- c h e l s i (@chelsnotsea) December 30, 2020
I also got a feeling Raven saw this coming pic.twitter.com/j76dsYPqmS
- eli:sparkles: (@elimardjc) December 31, 2020
Despite the turmoil online, Busted and Jonas Brothers have spoken fondly about both versions of the song. In November 2016, in an interview with PopBuzz, Busted were asked what they thought of the Jonas Brothers' cover of the song. Matt Willis responded: "Dude, they paid my mortgage for four years, I'm stoked to bits. Thank you very much Jonas Brothers,"
In 2019 at the Capital's Summertime Ball 2019, Busted and Jonas Brothers performed the song together live.
Now that might be one of best crossovers ever?!
Featured Image Credit: Busted/Universal Music/Polygram
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