We went to karaoke this week, and let me tell you, karaoke in Tokyo is… interesting, to say the least. For those of you who’ve experienced karaoke in Asia, you’ll probably know what I mean. To those of you who haven’t, well, you’re in for a treat.
For Japanese karaoke songs, it’s easy to find the official video for an artist. If you’re looking to sing some English songs though (and if you’re reading this, I’m guessing you are) it’s not often a karaoke bar will manage to secure the original music video for an English song. They are often put to stock videos of completely arbitrary pieces of scenery and people who wouldn’t be qualified to act in a middle-school play. As a result, some of the videos you get contrast with the song you’ve chosen in hilarious ways. Here are six that we encountered.
Ed Sheeran “Shape of You”
Unreleased footage of the low-budget concept for “Shape of You”
For the Japanese version of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” video, Ed opted for something a little more on the indie side. Let me tell you, the result is absolutely captivating. Full of incredible scenes like squirrel at the
park club, man dropping wine glass, and man throwing grass at his date. What more could you possibly want? The answer? Nothing. Nothing beats this. And nothing screams “I’m in love with the shape of you” like a passionately awkward hug. Great job, Ed.
Stevie Wonder “I Love You More”
Girl falls in love with Christmas tree that won’t love her back
Set to the backdrop of Stevie Wonder’s “I Love You More”, this blonde girl has fallen for a Christmas tree. From its ornaments to the lights that adorn it, there’s no part of this tree she doesn’t love. You can see the longing in her eyes, feel it linger in the air with such intensity you could cut through it with a knife. But the tree won’t love her back. A tragic romance at its finest. You can’t help but get sucked in when singing this song.
Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
Joy Division warns the future generation about the dangers of love
This just in: Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is actually a song written to warn children about the dangers of love. We’ve all had a love that’s left us at the amusement park, in the line for the teacup ride, resulting in us riding it ourselves and wondering where we’ve gone wrong while… wait, is that just me? Anyway. This fantastic video serves its purpose brilliantly. Now, kids, love will crash and burn. Go practice with these bumper cars.
Kendrick Lamar “DNA”
The most poppin’ party of three people standing still you’ve ever seen
Welcome to the club on a Monday night. Experience Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA” like you’ve never experienced it before, with pensive man, withdrawn woman, and ruminative DJ. You thought you had to dance to get hyped up? This video proves you wrong. Standing still while making and breaking eye contact is definitely the best way to represent a song about deconstructing black heritage.
Blink 182 “I Miss You”
Lonely tram wanders the city and misses its passengers
We have a few questions for the passengers of this tram. Where have they gone? Why are they faceless? In this video for Blink-182’s “I Miss You”, a once busy tram wanders the city aimlessly after its popularity has significantly decreased. Though it looks dejected and alone, something about the tram draws you in. You want to live like Jack and Sally with it. You want to ask it, where are you? I miss you.
Gnarls Barkley “Crazy”
The Statue of Liberty fears going insane
Listen, I don’t blame the Statue of Liberty in this video for “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. I’d worry for my sanity too if I had to stand perfectly still and watch New York city all day, everyday. No wonder it’s fretting over its lost mind. Can you imagine the things the Statue of Liberty has witnessed? I shudder at the thought. Don’t worry, Statue of Liberty; we’re here for you.