"Ever wish songs just sang what was happening in the music video?" asks YouTube poster Dustin McLean. Well, no, quite honestly, I never did wish that. But after watching his literal translation of A-Ha's "Take on Me," in which McLean sings (doing a darn good impression of Morten Harket) a straightforward description of the video's events ("I'm gonna kick some ass with my own pipe wrench!"), I have no idea why I never wished that before. Because it is pretty much the best thing ever to come from the Internet.
His latest literal video is a translation of Tears for Fears' "Head Over Heels," and it's at least as good as, if not better than, the A-Ha one. I defy you not to pee yourself laughing somewhere between "Ghostbusters" and "Dave Coulier."
Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape
Culture--and What We Can Do About It, available from Da Capo Press in August 2015. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010).
Kate's essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. in English from University of Toronto, and is currently at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing from Bath Spa University