June 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM ET
Emmet Otter's Jug Band might have to put a cork in it. A band of musicians called the Bottle Boys has seriously upped the ante for what can be performed on a beer bottle with their cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean."
The performance has gone viral with over 550,000 views in one week on YouTube, and it's bringing new attention to the group of five out of Copenhagen, Denmark, who have been recycling hit songs with recyclables for years. The Bottle Boys YouTube channel includes covers of "Call Me Maybe" and "Party Rock Anthem" among other pop staples.
Band member Martin Handberg told New York's Daily News that the group got its start at a college party that was lacking in entertainment but plentiful in empties.
"It was a really boring party," Handberg told the newspaper Monday. "We were all into music so we tried to see if we could play using the bottles."
The "Billie Jean" video features the men playing in a church — for better reverb — and unveiling a new technique called the "double bottle."
The band's Facebook page serves as a depository for Bottle Boys updates and tour news. On Monday, a post proclaimed, "OMG! 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' just shared our video," and sure enough, a tweet from the daytime talk host said, "If you're cleaning up from your big weekend party, I found the perfect thing for you to do with your beer bottles."
So, let's all raise a glass to today's toast of the Internet.
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