Space Jam is a 1996 film starring professional basketball player Michael Jordan and the main cast of the Looney Tunes franchise that combines live-action and animation as they face off against the extraterrestrial Monstars in a game of basketball in order to remain on the Tune's world or the Monstars will send them to Moron Mountain. Despite not being regarded as a good film, it became a cult hit thanks to its ridiculous premise and is still fondly remembered today. The film soundtrack's title track, "Space Jam", was performed by the Quad City DJ's and was released as a single in December 1996.
Starting in 2004 (one year after the release of Back in Action), the "Space Jam" theme would start to be used in memes, starting with a mashup of it and the chiptune "Funky Stars" by Quazar, in a tribute to the wrestler Randy Savage. In the beginning, "Funky Stars" was heavily associated with "Space Jam", and most derivatives involved the two being used together, rather than just "Space Jam". This would gradually become less of the case, culminating in the 2008 fan-game Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden. This game used the "Funky Stars" mashup as its main theme, and is significant for associating Charles Barkley with the Space Jam theme, which would fully morph the meme into its current shape.
"Space Jam" has since grown to become a significant part of mashup culture, for example /r/Mashups becoming "Space Jam"-themed as an April Fools' joke. The film received a 2021 standalone sequel, titled Space Jam: A New Legacy, which focuses on more recent basketball star LeBron James teaming up with the Tunes to get his son back from a evil A.I. Quad City DJ's were seemingly going to return to make a new theme song for it, though this never came to fruition.
- See also: Category:Rips featuring Space Jam
On the SiIvaGunner channel, "Space Jam" is one of the most frequently-used songs in rips. However, even since the early days of the channel, "Space Jam" mashups have been treated as a cliché by the SiIvaGunner team. As such, it would appear almost exclusively in two kinds of rips: medley rips, and rips of songs not in the common 4/4 time signature (the latter being noted in the rip "Main Theme - Superman 64").
It would make some solo appearances, however. The most notable of these solo appearances are intentionally unsynced mashups, as an ironic way to mock the tiredness of the "Space Jam" meme. On many Space Jam solo rips, the image displayed in the video will have Charles Barkley's head crudely superimposed on any visible characters and words replaced with Space Jam-relevant terms (for example, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure would become "BARKLEY'S BizarreSLAMventure", and Deltarune would become "Deltaslam!").
In 2021, the Space Jam Charity SLAM! charity livestream, which included 285 brand new "Space Jam" mashups, was held on the SiIvaGunner channel. From July 24th to August 28th of that year, weekly SLAM!turday events occurred to give these mashups individual rip uploads. In a stark departure from previous usage of the meme, these are almost entirely solo appearances of "Space Jam" and are, with rare exceptions, not bad for the sake of irony, though whether this will affect its usage outside of SLAM!turday events remains to be seen.
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