This is the new single by a band called Hot Problems. It's called "Party with My Friends" and it's as inane as its title suggests. Says the Huffington Post:
Sick of boring music videos that have nothing to do with "Star Wars"? Well, the band Hot Problems had the exact same desire to see the infusion of lip-syncing Jedis into pop music for the video for their single "Party With My Friends."
The video's singers include the old standbys like Luke, Han and Leia, but also featured are the likes of Admiral Ackbar, Jabba The Hut, Grand Moff Tarkin and Lando Calrissian. The music might not be your cup of tea, but a sing-a-long in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon? We're sold. In fact, the only downside to this video is seeing the prequels seamlessly alongside the original films.
This "downside" is, I suggest, the most intriguing, and telling, part of the video. Hot Problems have seamlessly integrated clips from the original trilogy with clips from the prequels. Similarly, the original trilogy clips are all from the latest spiffed-up versions in which Ewoks blink, Greedo shoots first and Jabba's palace becomes the scene of a Muppets-inspired music video. The not-so-subtle message of this video is that it's all Star Wars and (to use a phrase I hate) it's all good. The middle-aged man's complaints about the prequels, the special editions and everything else that has gone wrong with the Star Wars of his childhood are completely ignored. The band's members (Dr. Hot and DJ Problems) likely don't know, and don't care, about any of this.
I suspect this is the future of Star Wars. Lucasfilm has every interest in merging the prequels and the original trilogy in people's minds. People who were six years old in 1999 have no reason to see the world any differently. And crotchety middle-aged men like me are only important now as buyers of Star Wars merchandise for their children. A banalized, mediocre Star Wars has proven its ability to make money, whatever the misgivings of relics like me. So fire up the video and sing along if you like. Hot Problems' Facebook page explains that they come from the future. I am inclined to believe them.