Hey, Poptropicans! We had a lot of fun watching your Poptropica Month videos this year — and even highlighted some of our favorites.
Of course, we didn’t want to feel left out of the fun, so we’ve been working on something too… Without further ado, we at the Poptropica Help Blog present our first hit single: “Backspace”!
A few months ago, Slanted Fish had the idea to write a Poptropica parody of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” for Poptropica Month 2021. While the original “Blank Space” satirizes media’s obsession with Swift’s love life, “Backspace” expresses fans’ grievances with modern-day Poptropica. The end product was a fun and (unfortunately) relatable glimpse into being a Poptropica fan in 2021.
Every lyrical masterpiece needs a singer, so imagine my surprise when Slanted Fish asked me to provide vocals! Why me? Well, it might have had something to do with me mentioning that I like to sing WAY back in my introduction to the PHB post. I wonder what 2018 me would have thought if she knew what including that little detail would lead to? Just don’t ask me to dance, though.
Recording audio was easier said than done. I own a Blue Snowball microphone, an omnidirectional microphone that picks up every little sound in the room. On top of that, it was difficult finding a good time and place to record amid conflicting work schedules, Florida’s summer storms, and noisy chickens. Don’t believe me on that last one? Here’s an exclusive behind-the-scenes listen at me dealing with four rambunctious roosters. 🐓🐓🐓🐓
Recording was only half the battle. For mixing, I used a free program called Audacity, which is also called Audiotonic in the Microsoft Store. After sorting through multiple takes and playing with the volume, I finally exported the track and sent it Fishy’s way. Finally, she created the accompanying music video using various Poptropica island trailers from over the years.
We hope you all liked our little pop song! Will we make another music video like this in the future? Eh, we’ll see… Anyway, be sure to also check out the Poptropica Month 2021 playlist for more awesome Pop-related videos. It’s a fun way to celebrate Poptropica’s birthday— err, funeral as the Dimension Bros would say.
Thank you for listening, and have a good day!
—Gentle Dolphin 🐬
19 thoughts on “PHB Special: Backspace — “Blank Space” Taylor Swift Parody Music Video 🎵👩🎤”
Super hyped it’s finally out in the world!! Huge applause to you, Gentle Dolphin, for braving the rambunctious roosters and playing such a big part in making this vision come to life. Glad we made the deadline for Pop Month 2021 just in time. 😂We hope everyone enjoys the music video! 💙
And Poptropica, bring the old islands back!!! 🏝🪦
Thank you for getting me on board with the project, and I’m sorry it took me so long to finalize the audio. 😅
And, yes, please bring back the old islands!
Wow. Just… wow.
That entire video was beyond fantastic. Just phenomenal. Breathtaking. Superlative.
The lyrics were so relatable and explained my emotions exactly. 🎶 “‘Cause we’re young and we’re restless…”🎶 That’s going to be in my head for a while!
Great job on singing it, Gentle Dolphin! You sounded great!
Hopefully the Creators watch it and see what we’re talking about… Anyway, great job again!
Surprisingly, the Pop Creators seemed to enjoy the call-out. 😂
Also, thank you for the kind words! 💙
Thank you so much! 😊
You’re welcome! Thank you! I’ve already memorized it 😜
I saw it! It’s very creative! It’s my new ringtone!!
Wow, what an honor~ 📞😂
I’ve listened to it so many times as a MP3 file.. I’ve memorised a part of it
My goodness! Sounds like a conversation starter! 😂
The lyrics were so true..gentle dolphin’s voice was great..aah i still remember some parts like “meeting new avatars”.
Btw have any of you thought of doing a face reveal 😁
Ah, probably not, for privacy reasons. But our Popsonas do represent us somewhat.
Lolo I couldn’t do that. I would just put on something to hide my voice and make it scratchy like L does in Death Note (You prolly don’t understand my anime weeb side lol).
Yeah I’m thinking of making my own popsona..
I’m also thinking of making a popsona
THIS. IS. So true. I love it gentle dolphin ur amazing. I love this song. The lyrics match. How do you do it?* I love it
*technically you don’t need to take it literally