Apparently lip syncing is pretty popular these days. At least popular enough that an entire television show based on lip syncing is currently on the air. I can’t say I’ve ever watched Lip Sync Battle, nor do I really understand the appeal of watching people pretend like they’re singing. To be fair, I grew up worshiping musicians who play their own instruments and singing their own songs live. And while I’m too young to remember Milli Vanilli, I do remember the public outcry after Ashlee Simpson was caught lip syncinc on Saturday Night Live:
I especially loved how she blamed HER BAND for playing the wrong song! I guess the difference with the celebrities that face off on Lip Sync Battle is the fact that they’re not trying to pass themselves off as legitimate musicians – they’re just having some fun.
While I haven’t been able to get into that particular show, I do get some amusement out of certain ridiculous lip sync videos on YouTube. This one by a young man named Motoki Maxted had me in stitches at multiple points throughout, but judging by the look on his mom’s face, she doesn’t seem all that amused.
It’s perfect: Not only do you get to enjoy your favourite tunes currently spinning on Fresh Radio, but you get a hilarious visual accompaniment to it! I laughed pretty hard throughout, but absolutely lost it when he started into Sia‘s Cheap Thrills (skip to 1:18 to see what I’m talking about).
So, since we’re on the topic, let’s check out a couple more amusing lip sync videos… Like this guy doing Uptown Funk!
Another classic one floating around YouTube is this lip sync cover of Leroy Pullins‘s I’m A Nut, the novelty song that essentially made him a one-hit wonder. Completely different style of music, but worth watching for the harmonica scene alone:
Let’s go back 10 years this month now, and check out a classic from the early days of YouTube:
Whatever happened to those kids, you ask? Well, a few years later, they were a little older, and a little wiser… But still up to the same old thing:
So maybe I CAN appreciate lip syncing after all… As long as you’re not trying to sell yourself as a real musician.