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By John Michael Boling and Ceci Moss

The literal music video started with Dustin McLean's redubbed version of A-ha's "Take on Me" posted to YouTube in 2008, where the lyrics were rewritten and resung to reflect the actions taking place in the video. McLean's Weird Al Yankovic-inspired humor gave way to a number of similar spin-offs, whose jokes often hinge on the goofy and random imagery found in music videos. See below for a few choice clips - please add your links in the comments section.

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steven streight 6 years, 3 months agoReply

Very cool. We need art like this. I Twittered the link to this article. How do you remove the vocals from a music video?

a bill miller 6 years, 3 months agoReply

I really dig these Internet Video "Case Studies" you guys have posting over the last year or so.
Keep em coming!

Erik Peterson 6 years, 3 months agoReply

It seems likely to me that these videos, aside from growing out of the "Take Me On" original, also share genesis in another YouTube trend. Videos subtitling non-English language songs with English lyrics approximating the sounds of the original language are everywhere on YouTube. One of the more well known videos is a rendition of the FInnish opening to Ducktales [flash]http://www.youtube.com/v/otD-YVBuMKc&hl=en&fs=1&[/flash]

John Michael Boling 6 years, 3 months agoReply

I totally agree Erik. I have plans to do a round up of those sometime in the future.

g 6 years, 3 months agoReply