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Video on the Web: Jarring Juxtapositions

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Agorilla plays the drums, athletes act up and a would-be beauty queen makes like Luke Skywalker: Culture clashes rule the day in this week's viral vids.

Cadbury's "In the Air Tonight" ad. This video may not have a whole lot to do with chocolate, but it's hard to argue against the appeal of a guy in a gorilla suit playing drums to a classic Phil Collins song. The popular television spot has spawned a series of YouTube remixes, with simian skin beaters rocking out to 50 Cent, Guns N' Roses and Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart."

Video: http://www.aglassandahalffullproductions.com/videos/101800_gorilla_450.asx.

Justice's "D.A.N.C.E." on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" The French dance-music duo Justice recruits an all-star band of pop impersonators to "perform" its latest single: Michael Jackson handles the vocals, Stevie Wonder is on drums, Prince plays guitar, Rick James superfreaks the bass and we're almost sure that's Barry Manilow on the keys. It's pretty much a kid's idea of the world's best bar mitzvah band -- circa 1983.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLOqCWX4BOQ.

The 15 worst athletes-turned-actors. Joe Namath may have been able to sling a pigskin pretty well, but he couldn't act his way out of a paper bag in the 1970 film "C.C. and Company." Neither could Dennis Rodman in "Double Team" (1997) or Brian "The Boz" Bosworth in "Stone Cold" (1991). In celebration of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "Game Plan" inexplicably topping the box office, the film bloggers of Nerve ( http://www.nerve.com) have compiled this collection of jocks going for gold on the silver screen -- and choking, big time -- for your amusement.

Video: http://www.nervepop.com/nerveblog/screengrabblog.aspx?id=107e14483#14483.

A beauty pageant contestant mangles the theme from "Star Wars." Stacey Hedger, bedecked in a glittering black-and-silver jumpsuit, plays the trumpet and destroys the John Williams classic. So enthusiastic (just look at her expression as she does a Charlie Chaplin walk!) and so very, very out of tune.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wffwg7pA0t8.

-- Greg Zinman

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