If you were on the internet any time from the late 2000s to the early 2010s, you were "Rickrolled" at some point. Rickrolling was everybody's favorite hilarious moment when you followed a clickbaity link only to be redirected to the infamouse "Never Gonna Give You Up" music video from UK artist Rick Astley.
The synth pop drum beats, some hip rolls and an 80s haircut later, Rick Astley was singing and dancing at you.
This video is such a relic of the 80s in so many ways that the grainy, sort of dusty looking video quality really fits.
Recently, though, an account named Revideo uploaded a remaster of the infamous troll meme.
It's....very strange to behold.
The clip quickly went viral, with a variety of reactions coming from Twitter.
60fps 4k Rick Astley is cancelled https://t.co/9o3NTEuulA— Everything is Cancelled (@Everything is Cancelled) 1613666269.0
Why does the Rick Astley 4k vid look so freaking crispy, its actually insane https://t.co/gjhM2xKkvY— AstroMan (@AstroMan) 1613647639.0
People in the 80s: I bet 2021 will have flying cars! What 2021 really gave us: Rick Astley in 4K 60fps https://t.co/Z05XfJP339— Lindsay (@Lindsay) 1613701369.0
Here's that 60 fps Rick Astley everyone's posting but with audio that isn't desynced so it's make it even more eeri… https://t.co/o5FlC8VcOf— Tyler Carson ✨🎷🐛 (@Tyler Carson ✨🎷🐛) 1613630829.0
Rick Astley himself has actually received a resurgence in his career from the popularity of the meme.
One time, Astley actually "Rickrolled" the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in person.
Even that video is less high quality than this new cursed re-master of his original music video.
Just woke up to Rick Astley rickrolling the multiverse in 60 fps 4k. https://t.co/IQPVxOeR5v— 𝗚𝘄𝗲𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘆. (@𝗚𝘄𝗲𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘆.) 1613654444.0
The concept of time only gets weirder when you see young Rick Astley in 4k 60fps https://t.co/BMqi5LVTCe— 🗣 (@🗣) 1613763769.0
there aren’t enough words for how unsettling rick astley in 4k is https://t.co/6QoTjPrHq4— miracle 📚 (@miracle 📚) 1613654092.0
The 4K Rick Astley video looks like Twin Peaks— bastardさん ✊🇵🇸 (@bastardさん ✊🇵🇸) 1613765345.0
If you watch that 4K remastered video of Never Gonna Give You Up, Rick Astley will call you and whisper seven days.… https://t.co/YzmbDvit6X— LES ♉️ (@LES ♉️) 1613651740.0
The remaster really highlights exactly how little is going on in the video, with people dancing in largely empty spaces or in front of very plain walls or fences.
It also highlights just how young Astley was at the time of this video—in 1987, he was just 21 years old.
I hit the wrong button and watched the Rick Astley in 4K 60fps video full screen, so basically I’m bulletproof for… https://t.co/ilyG7jZ74H— Ilana Keller (@Ilana Keller) 1613664422.0
Peep Rick Astley's trenchcoat fit in 4k https://t.co/mzEa5dWU6X— Soontiago (@Soontiago) 1613904489.0
Therapist: 4K Rick Astley isn’t real. He can’t hurt you. 4K Rick Astley: https://t.co/6x0eRl7m4M— mat catastrophe, llc (@mat catastrophe, llc) 1613650976.0
it’s so right but so wrong https://t.co/CnGjWwleaV— dunk // BLM (@dunk // BLM) 1613622905.0
Rick Astley in 4k coming straight at you from the place of nightmares. https://t.co/ECH6L4JcaV— yamdasrd (@yamdasrd) 1613643879.0
Astley continues to enjoy a career today, having released a number of new songs as recently as 2020 including a cover of David Guetta and Sia's "Titanium" and a Christmas song called "Love This Christmas."
Astley has also been "Rickrolled" a number of times. We wonder how he feels about seeing himself from the 80s in 4K?