The Stranger Things kids - specifically the boys - have diversified to become a Motown Supergroup, thanks to a funny new skit from James Corden's The Late Late Show. Finn Wolfhard (who plays Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), and Noah Schnapp (Will) are all involved in the sketch, with their band being named The Upside Downs.
This isn’t the first piece of musical entertainment to be released as part of the mammoth promotional tour for Stranger Things season 2: fans already saw Millie Bobbie Brown (Eleven) perform a Stranger Things recap rap on Jimmy Kimmel Live! You might remember that she dropped a Nicki Minaj verse on the same show last year. It’s fun, this time around, to see the male cast members getting involved with the tongue-in-cheek musical action.
Corden has been knocking it out of the park of late, with many of his LLS skits going massively viral. Take, for instance, Corden's Thor: Ragnarok 4D skit, which has already racked up three million views on YouTube. The Motown Stranger Things video hasn’t gone that big as of yet (it has less than 500,000 hits at the time of writing), but there’s still plenty of time.
Clocking in at six minutes in length, this video is a pretty long chunk of The Late Late Show for CBS to chop out and stick on YouTube. There is a lot of fake documentary footage to get through before the actual performance plays out. If Corden himself isn’t your comedic cup of tea, you might find yourself feeling that there is a bit too much of him in this video, and not quite enough of the Stranger Things boys just having fun.
However, once you get to the performance (it starts at the 3:13 mark), you’re in for a shot of pure joy. There are cheesy dance moves, vocalist solos for each of the actors, and some top-of-the-line production values in terms of lighting and musical accompaniment.
Above all, you’ve got to hand it to the boys: they actually can sing pretty well. If Stranger Things really does end after four seasons, they could always reunite The Upside Downs and make a few bucks that way.
Stranger Things seasons 1 & 2 are now available for streaming through Netflix. Season 3 is currently in development, but doesn't have an official premiere date yet.
Source: The Late Late Show