Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Anyone remember the Microsoft Songsmith videos? (Just click that to see what I’m talking about.) They were “reverse karaokes”, with original vocals but new, automatically-generated, shitty music.

Well, hot off the heels of that trend is a new trend in mangling our favorite classics: The LITERAL Music Video.

It is basically a cover of the song, where they sing about what is happening in the video.

A-Ha’s “Take On Me” (hilarious, but unfortunately excerpted from some other show, so it gets cut off):

Red Hot Chili Peppers’s “Under The Bridge“:

(The ending particularly had us laughing… like when they joke that he’s running too slow to escape the nuclear explosion.)

Billy Idol’s White Wedding — “Goth Wedding” as they call it in this version:

And, although I don’t know the original song, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” by Bonnie Tyler was the first Literal Music Video I ever saw, and it was particularly funny (due to how weird the video is). This is what got me hooked on the phenomenon:

The “Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears one had us both laughing a lot!

This one isn’t as good, but if you’re a They Might Be Giants fan, it’s still worth watching (“Birdhouse In Your Soul”):

The 60s aren’t immune either. Here’s “Daydream Believer” by The Monkees. Not quite as funny, but it’s nice how they make fun of how ridiculous the original video is:

To search for more of these, click HERE. Or just search for “literal” on youtube — though doing it that way gets a lot of unrelated crap in the results. (more…)