Literal video — finally, music videos I can relate to

by CynthiaYockey on March 16, 2010

Neo-neocon introduced me to the phenomenon of literal videos in a post of hers I read last night featuring the literal video version of Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 hit, “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

A literal video maker takes a music video and changes the lyrics to describe the action in the video but sings the new lyrics in the same style as the original song. I grew up listening to popular music on 45s and 33 rpm LPs — long play vinyl records — and the radio. Video never killed the radio star as far as I am concerned. I do not see the point of watching music. And music videos strike me as being a bit random and not really able to bear the weight of much analysis. I think literal videos are a delightful reaction to music videos that are so random there’s really no point to watching them and trying to perceive or invent any kind of coherent narrative. The literal version of David Hasselhoff’s 1997 hit, “Hooked on a Feelin’,” is a perfect example:

Now that I have been introduced to literal music videos, I see the point to watching music and ROFLMAO. Thanks, neo-neocon.

And God bless smartasses with time on their hands, a passion for making people laugh, and the video editing software and YouTube accounts that keep them off the streets and out of the pool parlors.

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  • genes

    Hasselhoff did a cover of Blue Swede’s (I prefer B.J. Thomas’)cover of Hooked On A Feeling and didn’t ditch the ooga- chakkas? No wonder his singing career is worse than his acting career. Do I want to hear David sing it?

  • Amy

    OMG…someone told me about these at a wedding last year and I still cannot watch the “Total Eclipse of the Heart” without crying laughing.

    You might also enjoy this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLd22ha_-VU

    There are other “misheard lyrics” videos out there but this is by far the best.

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