Bed bugs are alive and well and thriving! As being reported, NIKETOWN has shut down their Manhattan store due to a bed bug infestation. In lieu of a recent personal bed bug attack, singer Lauren Hildebrandt, who rose to fame as a finalist on NBC’s “Fame” series with Debbie Allen, has put out a hysterical musical ode to the pesky, blood-thirsty critters, titled “Bed Bugs.”
Lauren Hildebrandt, currently starring in Smokey Joe’s Café at the San Diego Musical Theatre, made national headlines earlier this month. She spoke out about a nasty bed bug attack in an unidentified luxurious NYC hotel. The reality of the situation caused quite a stir and alarm among upscale hotel guests throughout the country.
“People should be aware of the danger in even the luxury NYC hotels right now,” Hildebrandt explains. “When I got home, I couldn’t sleep at night. It was horrible. I also kept thinking the bed bugs were in my own bed.”
After her hotel stay, Hildebrandt experienced excruciating, scratchy bed bug bites across her back and shoulders. The wounds were so bad that she was forced to forego wearing a bikini or strappy shirts this summer. Hildebrandt was applauded by many for being brave enough to speak out about the experience and encourage other frequent travelers to always be on guard – even in the finest of establishments.
Not taking herself too seriously while taking jabs from friends, Hildebrandt is now able to snicker about the traumatic experience. Last week, she and her pals were working in the recording studio, when the jokes started flying. One of her songwriter friends started replacing the words in her Billboard charting club hit “Boyshorts,” from her debut album “Not Really a Waitress,” with alternate witty bed bug lyrics. Soon an idea to record the funny “Bed Bugs” song bit them. [Pun intended]
“It was one of those belly-laugh moments, to hear and sing my song ‘Boyshorts,’ with the creep-crawly-critter lyrics replaced,” states Hildebrandt. “So hysterical to us, we just had to actually record it for fun.”
Once the song was recorded, Hildebrandt’s mother/manager, Mary Maguire, listened to it and immediately sent it to Majik Boys producer, DJ Jeremy Martorano, to take a listen to. Martorano, brought the track to his Majik Boys producing partners, Mike Zaplatosch and Andy Garcia. The Majik Boys, who have recently remixed for such artists as Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, loved the idea and went to work on a mixdown right away.
Once production on “Bed Bugs” was completed by the Majik Boys, Martorano went to work on the video. He used portions of footage from Hildebrandt’s original “Boyshorts” video and incorporated animated visuals such as cartoon bed bugs, dancing throughout.
Now everyone can be warned about the creepy-crawlies in a highly amusing recount of Hildebrandt’s harrowing experience. In fact, people can even dance to the new “Bed Bugs” song.
You know, along with the “Snooki” and “The Situation, I think a bed bug costume would make a great Halloween outfit this year. While you’re at it, why not play Hildebrandt’s “Bed Bugs” song during your Halloween party? I think this one’s got legs! [Pun intended again]
Are you scratching yet?
Lauren Hildebrandt fans can catch her performance in “Smokey Joe’s Café” at the San Diego Music Theatre on the following dates: September 24, 25, 30, October 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 – 8:00 p.m. September 26, October 3, 10 – 2:00 p.m. Please visit http://www.sandiegomusicaltheatre.com for ticket information.
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