Friday, March 19, 2010

But do you mean that literally?

Some weeks or months ago, the husband mentioned to me about some funny videos he'd seen where people had taken the music videos of songs and re-written the lyrics of said song to match what was actually being shown on screen. Well, tonight, he had me pull up one of the videos, and dang him, he got me hooked. I ended up watching quite a few of them, and yep, they're pretty hysterical. The lyrics are actually pretty clever, especially since they generally rhyme as well.

Two things I discovered in watching the videos:

1. It's funnier if you actually know the music video and the song really well, because then you know what it's supposed to be and what they've changed it into.

2. I was turned off immediately when the singing was really bad. I tried Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" but couldn't get past the first couple lines. I tried The Cars' "Drive" and couldn't get past the first line because the last note of the line wasn't even correct. Sorry, pass. I'm not a big fan of cover versions of songs anyway, but if it's at least decent and for comedy's sake, I'm ok with it. When it's a bad singer, nope, sorry, I'm out.

The video that the husband had me watch was a-ha's "Take On Me".

I then went to look up what other songs were available. I stopped on Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield" because I really like the song, but I've also always loved the video. The singing isn't quite what I'd like, but it's seriously hysterical enough for me to overlook that.

And then I saw that they had Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". Wow! There's a particular line that I loved, but instead of spoiling it here, I'll put it in a comment.

For some reason, the embedding on this video has been disabled, so here's the link instead.

The husband then had me watch Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf". This version is APPARENTLY done live in a karaoke bar or something because you can tell from the sound quality and the occasional laughing in the background.

And then, the husband had mentioned that there was an Air Supply video. He knows that I used to love Air Supply, but he couldn't remember the name of the song. And then it came up on the list - "Making Love Out of Nothing At All". A song and video I loved. And I got to see Russell and Graham the way they were back when I was totally into them. Perfect.

There are a bunch of other songs/videos available, so just go to youtube and search for "literal video". That should pop you up a good list.


Cindy said...

OK, so, in "Billie Jean", I *loved* the line about faking a Jedi death as Michael disappears under the sheet.


David said...

I'm especially fond of the Air Supply and Duran Duran vids. Thanks for sharing!

Meg said...

From now on whenever I hear "Take on Me" I'm going to be thinking, "piiiiipe wrreeeeeennnnch fiiiight (pipe! wrenchfight!)"

Sherry said...

As much as I always loved the A-Ha video, I never understood it...until now. Magic Frame!