It has not been a kind few weeks when it comes to Chicago-themed videos: Between the city's arguably awful new tourism anthem and the error-riddled official NATO summit preview spot, recent tributes to the city have been widely panned.
But Chicago's latest, potentially viral video salute is a cut above the rest. Called the "NATO song," YouTubers Squirehogg and Sillypuppetdude have created a vibrant pre-NATO clip spoofing the Village People's "Y.M.C.A."
"Let's have a summit now, N-A-T-O," the puppets, voiced by Derrick Procell, sing in front of various images and stock footage of Chicago and NATO forces and leaders alike. "When the meetings are through, deep-dish pizza for you. We'll eat hot dogs and drink lots of booze. Let's have a summit now!"
The video has been featured on the Brandmeier show on WGN Radio.
Previously, Squirehogg's "Jay Cutler Broken Thumb Song" video, a parody of "Under My Thumb" by The Rolling Stones, was featured on WGN and picked up by a number of blogs.
The NATO summit will be held in Chicago May 20-21. On Friday, the Secret Service announced its detailed security plan for the summit, which includes the temporary closures of several roadways -- including Lake Shore Drive and the Kennedy Expressway, as well as the Museum Campus and other parts of the city's South Loop.