Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Video-rama THANKS MANNY!

Posted on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 11:41 AM

HEY! Our online producer, Manny Moreno, taught me how to add videos to the blog. Onwards and upwards, people!

OK, so this first video is a musical number written by Italian performer Adriano Celentano in 1972. It's "about" incommunicability, but has been (rightly, I think) described as a attempt to document and satirize American English as it sounds to non-English speakers. Almost as brilliant as the gibberish songwriting is the wild-ass choreography. I wish those Filipino inmates would take this on.

This version of this video has some annoying tags on it, but I still find the entire phenom fascinating. The whole "don't frontally hug people because that's too lascivious, but it's perfectly Christian to suggest putting somebody in a coma and to simulate gunshots," etc. Also, there's a really weird lyric about Angelina Jolie that I just can't seem to parse the meaning of. Finally, why is it that in rap videos--even Christian rap videos--there are dancing girls (albeit modestly dressed ones, in this case) who don't get a verse?

Baby sneezing panda and Scarface don't really need explanation.

My apologies if you've already seen every last one of these like fifteen times.

And thanks again, Manny.

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