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Muppets Cover Bohemian Rhapsody

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The home page of Youtube has provided users with yet another viral video. Posted just two days ago this video of the Muppets covering Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody has racked up 1,339,239 views. No sooner did I watch the video than the link was posted in a friend’s Facebook status. The video was also featured in a blog entry on PopEater, a website tracking viral videos, celeb news,  entertainment news and all things “hot.”

Other “hot youtube videos” featured on PopEater this week include Weird Al’s explanation of autotune, an autotuned version of the “Charlie Bit Me” video (amusing, I watched it), and Travis Barker’s drum remix of “Forever” by Drake, Kanye, and Lil Wayne which bring about another topic. It seems like William Gibson in his article for Wired Magazine in 2005 was right, “Today’s audience isn’t listening at all. It’s participating. Indeed, “audience” is an antique a term as “record,” the one archaically passive, the other archaically physical. The record, not the remix, is the anomaly today. The remix is the very nature of the digital.” In other words, remixed songs and the use of autotune have over shadowed originality and real singing talent. Personally, I know a lot of remixed songs I enjoy and don’t mind autotune on certain tracks but I do have to agree with the words of Jay-Z, ” You rappers singing too much, get back to rap you t-paining too much.”


Written by jaimespinelli

November 28, 2009 at 6:54 pm

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