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July 1, 2012 12:34 PM   Subscribe

I put a spell on you: a dramatic lip reading (SLYT).
posted by es_de_bah (32 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Not sure why I'm impressed, but I am. His Gold Digger is good too.
posted by gwint at 12:40 PM on July 1, 2012


At least one reason to be impressed: he never blinks. Not once.

At one point one eye gets pretty squinty, but otherwise it's eyes wide open.
posted by ocherdraco at 12:48 PM on July 1, 2012


I think this is actually a lip sync. Lip reading is when you try to comprehend someone's speech by looking at how their lips and tongue move when speaking.
posted by Brocktoon at 12:48 PM on July 1, 2012 [6 favorites]


Very amusing -- the man has talent.
posted by spiderskull at 12:49 PM on July 1, 2012


Man, that guy sure has a face.
posted by cmoj at 1:06 PM on July 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


I am, for some reason, completely grossed out by comically over-exaggerated facial expressions. I watched the first 20 seconds and I wanted to claw my own eyes out in disgust. The things he does with his mouth - I'm nauseous just thinking about it. Yeah, I know it's weird.

And since I'm a glutton for punishment, I watch a bit of the video linked in the first comment. The expressions aren't as horrifying, but the white dude casually lip-syncing to the word "nigger" brought it right back up to the level of something I never, ever want to see or think about again.
posted by cilantro at 1:09 PM on July 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


May I point out the brilliant and exquisite orchestration in this recording. There is a reasonably large band playing on the downbeats and a banjo and brushes on the ups.
posted by Jode at 1:13 PM on July 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


I want to set him up with her.
posted by roger ackroyd at 1:13 PM on July 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Many of you might remember this song from the awesome Jarmusch film "Stranger Than Paradise". I mostly just remember Ezter Balint.
posted by Aquaman at 1:24 PM on July 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Well, the original is...something...
posted by ymgve at 1:37 PM on July 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Wow. That's genius of a sort.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 1:49 PM on July 1, 2012


Jarmusch is no stranger to Screamin' Jay. He was also the actor who played the night manager of the hotel in Mystery Train.
posted by clvrmnky at 1:50 PM on July 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


That was such a great movie.

I just had the urgent need to express that sentiment.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:08 PM on July 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Reminds me of this guy.
posted by uosuaq at 2:15 PM on July 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Damn! That lip sync is impeccable. The guy has obviously been practising for a while. The low lighting under the chin really adds to the dramatic effect, as well.
posted by DonnyMac at 2:16 PM on July 1, 2012


That's Jimmy Slonina and he's very talented. I got to see him do Gold Digger in person last year when he was with the Tour de Fat and it was extremely funny. (disclaimer: I've known Jimmy for many years)
posted by nightwood at 2:23 PM on July 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh wow! The Cramps!
posted by DonnyMac at 2:25 PM on July 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


roger ackroyd: "I want to set him up with her. "

She has a new medley up. Worth watching to the end for the blinking.
posted by arcticseal at 2:40 PM on July 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


I think I saw this guy perform one time at Club Silencio.
posted by hot soup girl at 2:45 PM on July 1, 2012


Aquaman: "Many of you might remember this song from the awesome Jarmusch film "Stranger Than Paradise". I mostly just remember Ezter Balint."

Ha ha, no. Hocus Pocus.
posted by that's how you get ants at 3:01 PM on July 1, 2012


That's fuckin' funny. Love it!
posted by RoseyD at 3:08 PM on July 1, 2012


This was so much funnier than it had any right to be.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 3:17 PM on July 1, 2012


I was really amazed by just how... flexible his face is. Clicking through his other videos, there's a video of him putting on makeup. Because he's a clown. For Cirque du Soleil. So yeah. This whole thing makes a lot more sense now.
posted by specialagentwebb at 3:24 PM on July 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


His facial interpretation is surprisingly close to the original.
posted by bpm140 at 4:49 PM on July 1, 2012


Just came in here to say that I bet he's a professional clown--the manner in which he exaggerates his expressions (especially his mouth) is classic pantomime.

Also, Cinque Lee (Spike's younger brother) was the bellhop with Screamin' Jay in Mystery Train. "you gonna eat that?"
posted by Chrischris at 6:27 PM on July 1, 2012


Apparently, Screamin' Jaw Hawkins didn't intend for "I Put A Spell On You" to be like that - it was originally a serious ballad, kind of operatic. But he and his band were hammered one night, and recorded it with Screamin' Jay whooping and hollering and grunting suggestively. He had no recollection of this, but re-learned the song based on the recording they'd made, and kept it that way from then on...
posted by entropone at 8:20 PM on July 1, 2012 [5 favorites]


I really enjoyed this but am now mildly depressed 'cause I learned this song, performed here by Nina Simone, is the same as this one performed here by Screamin' Jay Hawkin's. Not only that, but Screamin' Jay wrote it.

The version by Nina has been pretty damn important to me and now, well ... nose horns. Interpretation. Thank you Nina for that. And yes, Screamin' Jay, thank you for the song, it rocks.
posted by mapinduzi at 8:46 PM on July 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


entropone, thanks for pointing that out, does make me feel a bit better.
posted by mapinduzi at 9:16 PM on July 1, 2012


I respond, fascinated, to his grimaces by making automatic faces of my own and feel kind of dumb but mesmerized. It's well done and strangely interesting. This thread is rich in education. Loved seeing the original Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Nina Simone versions.
posted by nickyskye at 10:37 PM on July 1, 2012


Aquaman: "Many of you might remember this song from the awesome Jarmusch film "Stranger Than Paradise". I mostly just remember Ezter Balint."

Ha ha, no. Hocus Pocus.


I guess I'm surprised that y'all never heard any of the numerous cover versions recorded by several artists over the years.

Even this awful one.
posted by snottydick at 8:35 AM on July 2, 2012


just popping in to say that I always kinda liked the Marilyn Manson one, snottydick. The Joss Stone/Jeff Beck one is obviously the week link!
posted by es_de_bah at 10:45 AM on July 4, 2012


‘I Put A Spell On Me’: Terrific documentary on Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
posted by homunculus at 10:33 AM on July 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


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