Musicless music videos can make any song creepier than the original—just ask Nirvana—but this edit of Grammy-winning human hat-rack Pharrell Williams's "Happy" is notable because of how much buoyant optimism was sucked out to produce ... well, whatever this is.

The year's happiest song has been reduced to a lonely nightmare, and the results are fascinating. Pharrell seems like a scared kid alone in that dark alley, and the solitary people dancing and singing just appear to be reassuring themselves they're not insane.

The Jimmy Kimmel cameo is hilarious, though.

Sound design by House of Halo. "Nothing Compares to 2U" by Sinead.

[H/T AVClub]