There are two kinds of people in this world—those who Google “nightlife” when they’re exploring travel destinations and those with no desire to venture anywhere after 10:00 p.m.
Nothing against those folks who enjoy spending after-bedtime hours in crowded nightclubs, but “nightlife” just sounds like torture to me. Even during my somewhat wild college days, whenever I’d go out dancing late at night with my friends, the little voice in my head would say, “You know you’d rather be curled up on your couch in your jammies right now.” And it was right. I would have.
While some introverts may genuinely look forward to a night on the town, I’d venture to guess most of us don’t. By the end of the day, our social batteries are usually pretty tapped out, so a quiet evening with a movie or a book is almost always preferable to one that involves trying to make conversation over blaring music and strobe lights.
That’s why a parody of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is being claimed as a personal theme song by introverts everywhere.
The video from indie pop band Sub-Radio has raked in over a million views on their TikTok channel and gone similarly viral on Facebook—and for good reason. With band members clad in comfy-looking PJs, the video opens with the caption, “When someone asks me if I’m going out tonight.” Then comes an introvert anthem that is all too relatable.
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First of all, has anyone ever told the lead singer he looks like Rob McElhenney? Second, “I’ve done alright up til now, but I’d kill someone not to go downtown,” is the most accurate reflection of an introvert’s internal evening monologue I’ve ever seen. Third, “My Squishmallow calls”? So accurate. 10/10. No notes.
If you’re someone who loves the nightlife, this song may not be relatable at all, but this is exactly how a good portion of the population feels. You know that person you see at the club who seems bored and aloof and maybe somewhat annoyed? There’s a very good chance they’d rather be sitting at home, listening to this song with a cup of tea and their cat. Genuinely.
“I have never felt so seen in my life,” wrote one commenter.
“I need to send this to people trying to make plans with me,” wrote another.
“This be my soundtrack on Friday nights 🥰,” shared another person.
One commenter dubbed those who relate to the video as “The ‘stay home club’ 😻🙌😻🙌😻.”
With so many pop hits about clubbing and partying, it’s refreshing to see those of us who aren’t about that life celebrated in song. We and our Squishmallows salute you, Sub-Radio.