Lip reading is the art of interpreting what is being said solely based on mouth movement – but I’m sure you probably already knew that. Intentionally bad lip reading is a whole different talent altogether, and this week’s Stuff to Watch features some of the funniest examples on the web.
BadLipReading.com is a fairly recent project which enjoys regular updates featuring celebrities, public figures and popstars lost in translation. These aren’t rush jobs either, far from it – there’s plenty of talent involved!
Curious? Intrigued? Read on…
An entrepreneur, republican politician and governor, Mitt Romney is a fairly well-respected figure amongst many Americans. You probably won’t catch him saying “I will force spiders and badgers on the enemy… and get them all to shut up” – right?
This video takes mostly news and political broadcast footage, turns it on its head and forces some fairly hilarious words into poor Mitt’s mouth. Like all of the videos here, the dubbing is very tight indeed. Take it away Mitt!
“Beard With Glue” – James Blunt
Without meaning to sound harsh, James Blunt is a whiney British pop-star who enjoyed limited success a number of years ago with typically soppy love-songs that probably ended up making him millions. All’s fair in love, war and commercial rubbish – right?
Still, we can all sit back and laugh at James in this video as he sings about visions of “drowning in blood” and other inanities. For those of you who care, this is the video to “You’re Beautiful” (with vastly improved lyrics).
“Trick The Bridesmaid” – Barack Obama
I don’t think Barack Obama needs any introduction other than “US president”, though according to this video he has a few other tricks up his sleeve. Not only is this a hilarious parody music video, it’s also catchy and well-produced.
“Morning Dew” – Bruno Mars feat. Jay-Z & Lady Gaga
A mish-mash of pop music reinvigorated for the YouTube generation, Morning Dew takes several videos and unites them under one nonsensical release. The impersonations here are very good, especially Jay-Z who sounds fairly true to life.
One thing that’s worth pointing out is that Lady Gaga’s substituted lyrics aren’t that shocking – it might just be me, but I’d expect her to be coming up with a few of these lines in her own material. Just saying…
“Russian Unicorn” – Michael Buble
In the same style as the James Blunt video above, this mistranslation of Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet” is (thankfully) nowhere near as cheesy as the original, whilst retaining genuine “pop song” status. In fact it strikes me as an overly honest depiction of what’s actually occurring on-screen.
By far the best thing about this video is that Michael Buble himself absolutely loves it and describes the guys at BLR as “genius”. Don’t take my word for it, take Michael’s!
“Gang Fight” – Rebecca Black
Probably the most viral video of the last year, Rebecca Black’s Friday made very little sense to many who watched it. Sure, it’s about the weekend – but it’s sung by kids too young to “party” or drive despite what the video suggests.
Gang Fight probably makes just as much sense, and for that reason also went pretty viral. I’m including it here as it’s probably the most well-known BadLipReading video and for good reason too. Fight fight fight fight!
These videos are more than just clever parodies, they’re getting on for professionally produced pop songs. Check out BadLipReading.com for the full set, and you can also follow on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook if you prefer updates via your social channels.
Any favourite BLR videos? Any parodies you’d like to see? Any other hilarious dubbed videos you’d like to share? We’d love to see them, so make a comment below.