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Activist singers have ‘the knack’ for hand-washing PSA

“Weird Al” Yankovic might well be lying low during the coronavirus outbreak. Who really knows?

But the local creative collective Sing Out, Louise! has already cut a tune that’s a cute and catchy PSA with a critically important message about washing your hands in the time of coronavirus.

Called “Bye, Corona!” it’s a riff on The Knack’s chart-topping 1979 new wave tune “My Sharona.”

The members of Sing Out, Louise! hail from various activist groups and movements, including Gays Against Guns, Moms Demand Action, Rise and Resist, Act UP and the Women’s March.

Their repertoire, as their Web site says, “is an always-evolving collection of irreverent, in-your-face songs ‘in the key of F you.'”

Village activist Elissa Stein is a member and was part of the “Bye, Corona!” video. In addition to the scenes on the subway, she said the waterfront scenes were shot it in Long Island City.

“It’s how we blow off steam in this crazy world,” she said of the group.

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