You may remember Bad Lip Reading from my Rebecca Black post on “Gang Fight,” their re-imagining of “Friday” by someone who had never heard the song before and made a song up based solely from what they saw in the video. Well, their latest endeavor is “Russian Unicorn,” a re-imagining of Michael Bublé’s “Haven’t Met You Yet.” Now I’d never heard the original song before but I am familiar with what Michael Bublé sounds like (my mom, of course, loves him). What’s really amazing about this…cover (?)… is that you can almost imagine that Michael Bublé is actually singing, but I’m pretty confident he’s never sounded like this:
I’m amazed at the production quality in a lot of the songs Bad Lip Reading has made. In most cases if you didn’t listen too closely to the lyrics you might actually think that this was the real song. “Russian Unicorn” the song on its own is actually pretty catchy.
Take “(Rockin’) All Nite Long”, their take on Taylor Swift’s “Our Song”. This video is so well done that for a second I actually thought Wiz Khalifa did a song with Taylor. How crazy would that be?
The first music video on MTV was memorably The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star,” which quite prophetically predicted that music videos would completely change how popular music got to the masses, and in turn would completely change popular music. I’m bringing this up for two reasons.
First, the internet has brought about a similar revolution today. The internet has democratized remixing. Now anyone can make a remix and get it out there for the world to enjoy with little to no effort, whether it’s a more traditional remix of a song, editing a fan video to a favorite song, or in Bad Lip Reading’s case, remaking the song into something completely and utterly new and different.
The second reason I bring this up is because “Dirty Spaceman” is based on a will.i.am / Nicki Minaj song called “Check It Out,” which just happens to sample for its main beat — you guessed it! — The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star”. The irony was killing me and I just couldn’t help pointing out how the circle is now complete.