June 7 2009

Literal Videos Are Just What They Sound Like

mullet with headlightsI’m not 100% sure who first thought to do this, but I would send them a huge thank you if I could.

Someone got the bright idea to pose a very simple question: Ever wish songs just sang what was happening in the music video?  The concept is simple enough in that you take any music video that has odd, non-sensical moments (i.e. pretty much every music video from the 1980’s and 1990’s), write new lyrics for the song that deals with what you are seeing in the video, and, there you go, you have a literal video.

I believe the first one was by Dusto McNeato for A-Ha’s “Take On Me“, which has since been pulled and replaced by a version showm on a Digg show.  Since then the concept has really taken off, but I think the person producing the highest quality ones is dascottjr.  Check out his latest for Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.

You can check out all six literal videos that dascottjr has done so far on this playlist, or be more adventurous and check out every literal video done thus far (be warned, some of them really suck).

It’s a nifty concept that I am sure will be taken too far as happens to everything else on the Web, but it’s a fun diversion for now.

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