A local radio station recently aired a simlish version of Natasha Bedingfield’s “Pocketful of Sunshine.” Simlish versions of hit pop songs are incredibly common, as fans of The Sims use Simlish voice mods to remix their favorite music. These Simlish remixes tend to go all the way to YouTube, however, where The Sims fans can laugh about it together. Songs aren’t usually taken seriously, let alone played live on a radio station.
As a backdrop. “Pocketful of Sunshine” is a song by English singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield which was released in 2008. It reached number 5 on Billboard’s Pop and Hot 100 charts and was one of the top 20 songs on Billboard for the year. That is, in 2008 “Pocketful of Sunshine” was a very successful song. Actually The Sims 2 was also very popular at the time, and many The Sims fans joked that Pocketful of Sunshine sounded like it was sung in Simlish. Naturally, a fan decided to remix the simlish son for comparison, which has been posted on YouTube for 14 years.
How the simlish version of “Pocketful of Sunshine” ended up being played on a local pop radio in 2022 is unclear, but it appears to have happened. Reddit user Sarah-tonin-def shared a video on TheSims subreddit showing the song playing on the radio while they were driving. Their dashboard listed the station as 95.9 FM, although the name of the station itself was unclear. It could be KISS FM of Green Bay, Wis., the “number 1 hit music station“, which is in the Top 40 for the day.
What’s funny about the situation is that it’s only possible The Sims Fans noticed what happened. Other people listening to the radio might not have noticed at all, as the simlish version of Pocketful of Sunshine sounds very close to the original. Others may have noticed that the sound was garbled and thought it was a problem with the radio station, or worse: they were having auditory hallucinations.
There are two seemingly reasonable reasons why a simlish version of “Pocketful of Sunshine” was played on a local radio station. The first is that it was an honest mistake, with whoever was doing the music simply selecting the wrong version of the song. The second, and more likely, possibility is that someone knew exactly what they were doing and thought it would be downright hilarious.
With luck, the joke goes unnoticed, or it is appreciated for what it is and no fan of The Sims get in trouble at the radio station. Or, better yet, more radio stations start playing scrambled Simlish versions of pop songs more regularly; Paramore’s “Pressure” is particularly good. The Sims fans will hopefully help make it happen.