Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fan-made music videos on YouTube...

Since the dawn of YouTube, fans have been melding their own amateur video with the music of their favourite bands.

The video, made by J. Tyler Helms, matches the song with footage from Sergio Leone's 1968 spaghetti western "Once Upon a Time in the West." It's somehow a perfect fit for the sombre, haunting song.

The results have been mixed. The picture that immediately comes to mind is someone bouncing around their bedroom - dancing and lip-syncing, when they shouldn't be. One of the first viral video clips established this prototype: nearly 20-million have watched 2 Israeli girls rock out to the Pixies' "Hey."

On his blog, Helms sounded amazed at the success of his fusion: "The Boss himself. Honored doesn't begin to say it."

For the unofficial video for Spoon's "Don't You Evah" produced by Wired magazine, the band gave its blessing to the robot-dancing clip. If you look closely, though, you can spot Spoon frontman Britt Daniel on an escalator - only a background figure in his own video.

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