On April 17, a video for a song called "Hot Problems" by two girls calling themselves Double Take surfaced on the Internet. The track aroused widespread and intense loathing, with outlets from The Huffington Post to Gawker to BroBible calling it the worst song/video/thing of all-time and thousands of commenters comparing it unfavorably to Rebecca Black's "Friday." Here's the video, in case you missed it (you only need to watch 30 seconds to understand):
Double Take, "Hot Problems"
Even the people who made the video, Old Bailey Productions, seemed embarrassed about it: The description on the video's YouTube page says, "Old Bailey Productions did not create any of the audio or lyrics for this video. We produced the video as a favor for a younger sibling of one of our friends."
I was curious about the people who made this video, so I started hunting for information about Double Take and Old Bailey. It was strangely hard to find. No Twitter, no Facebook and the only video on OldBaileyProductions' YouTube channel was this one. The bio on the channel, below a paragraph threatening legal action for "unlawful use of the music," says, "Film student at CSUN. Worked in the industry on several major films, student projects, and payed [sic] projects."
I messaged OldBaileyProductions and said that Fuse would like to speak to Double Take, and he replied, "I will call you later this evening I need to talk to my clients."
In the meantime, I looked up CSUN (California State University, Northridge) and found, through Google cache, that the OldBaileyProductions channel had previously uploaded 14 videos, now all private, including one entitled "Above the Influence PSA" and another called "Nissan Z," which looks like footage taken by a camera mounted on the front of a car. The owner of the channel listed their age at 24.
A few hours later, a kid called me, sounding nervously excited, which I guess is how I would sound if a video I made had become instantly infamous. He tells me that he is Old Bailey Productions, but won't reveal his name. I ask him if he's had a big day and he says, "Yeah, a lot of emails from like MTV and Fox. The usual people. Heh heh heh."
When asked about Double Take, he says, "Well, they're high school girls in California, and they're underage, so I have consent from their parents for the video, and for music rights, so as for interviews and such, I don't have consent quiet yet."
I ask him when the video was shot, and he says, "A few weeks ago." He seems cagey about answering questions, saying, "I don't think I can answer any more questions."
"Do you know if they're working on any other music?," I ask.
"No, it's more like they just wanted to do it for fun. They're not really interested in a music career." And then he says he has to go!
So there it is. Two high school girls from California and someone's older brother may have just created "the worst music video of all time," but it looks like they're not trying to do it again. It also looks like it's intentionally cheesy! Check back later for updates as they trickle out.