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Lionel Richie: "Hello ... is it me you're looking for?" (SLYT). This new rendition will reprogram your brain's memories of this song ... forever.
posted by WCityMike (44 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Why are European talk shows so awesome? They always seem like the best party that's about to turn into an orgy of beautiful people at any moment.
posted by GuyZero at 4:07 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


That's pretty awesome. This related video with Vin Diesel is pretty awesome too.
posted by friendlyjuan at 4:08 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


if I close my eyes I can imagine Kermit's cousin Robin singing it.


This is a good thing.
posted by The Whelk at 4:09 PM on April 14, 2010


I don't know about anyone else, but this post displays as garbage for me with IE8. (It works correctly in Firefox.)
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 4:09 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


He has 472 teeth.
posted by fire&wings at 4:13 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


Perhaps "good majority" is a different sort of thing from your typical "majority"? Or it is a "majority of the good" (posts), akin to Sassyfras's interpretation?

I'd like to see a duet of helium and sulfur hexaflouride enhanced singers. You know, for science.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:13 PM on April 14, 2010


Get Vin Diesel some sulfur hexafluoride and marvel the bass vibrations shatter your bones and your heart
posted by The Whelk at 4:13 PM on April 14, 2010 [6 favorites]


You couldn't put this in the Glee post?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:13 PM on April 14, 2010 [3 favorites]


GAS-RELATED JINX.
posted by The Whelk at 4:13 PM on April 14, 2010




Metatube? Youfilter? Metayoutubefilter blue?
posted by Balisong at 4:16 PM on April 14, 2010


Jinks me, will you? My link is better (at least, the audio is louder, the video fills more of the video frame, and the helpful tips are more helpful). But this isn't a contest for bigger and/or better, so let's call it a draw. For science.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:19 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


mr. reynolds, excuse me, but there is something marginally interesting going on in the science classroom. i think you ought to check it out.
posted by the aloha at 4:33 PM on April 14, 2010


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posted by jessamyn at 4:46 PM on April 14, 2010


[aaaannnnd superscript was breaking this in IE8 so we had to edit the HTML. sorry. carry on.]
posted by jessamyn at 4:52 PM on April 14, 2010


The man produced some of the worlds most tepid, overblown pop hits, as well as a tepid, overblown reality star child. Somehow, this video is the ultimate symbol of Mr. Richie.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:58 PM on April 14, 2010


He sounds a bit like the guy from Cameo.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 4:59 PM on April 14, 2010


Previously on MeFi. I came across it while trying to find that totally creepy remix version that has been posted a while ago.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 5:02 PM on April 14, 2010


The man produced some of the worlds most tepid, overblown pop hits

I don't disagree, but he also brought the world Brick House. I think Brick House is worth a few tonnes of schlock und dreck in the overall cosmic balance.
posted by Meatbomb at 5:11 PM on April 14, 2010


I saw him guest sing on one of the many Japanese incredibly long 'lets review every pop hit of the 70's, 80's both Japanese and American" variety shows, and it was funny seeing the many hosts nod in recognition to every chorus, pretending as if they were his biggest fanboys.
posted by uni verse at 5:14 PM on April 14, 2010


I don't disagree, but he also brought the world Brick House . I think Brick House is worth a few tonnes of schlock und dreck in the overall cosmic balance.

Yeah, and not just "Brick House." The Commodores were a very good funk/R&B group with a number of solid hits before the insipidity crept in. (Listen to the beginning of "Slippery When Wet.") Even post-insipidity, a lot of their pop songs were classic.
posted by blucevalo at 5:35 PM on April 14, 2010


Elvis Costello was doing a solo show (no band) in about 1984. After a few songs of just him and his guitar, he took the guitar off, sat down at the piano and played/sang the first few measures of Hello. I was amused.
posted by Edward L at 5:35 PM on April 14, 2010


I would prefer to see Lionel Richie on PCP, but, barring that, this is probably the funniest possible permutation of "Lionel Richie on x*".

* as in a variable, not ecstasy.
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:52 PM on April 14, 2010


And then he fell in love with that helium balloon, because it was blind.

Did he have a shitload of plastic surgery? He has that sort of Kenny Rogers/Wayne Newton look about him that I never noticed before.
posted by chococat at 5:52 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Lentrohamsanin: "He sounds a bit like the guy from Cameo."

Word up, oh!
posted by bwg at 5:56 PM on April 14, 2010


Why are European talk shows so awesome?

I suspect it's because the Euro talk shows still attempt to provide actual comedy, whereas more and more the American talk shows are just a forum to tacitly hawk product.
posted by squeakyfromme at 6:16 PM on April 14, 2010


Did he have a shitload of plastic surgery? He has that sort of Kenny Rogers/Wayne Newton look about him that I never noticed before.

Pretty sure he did. I used to wonder why celebrities though plastic surgery was going to fool anybody, but then it occurred to me: they don't really care if you believe they're 40, they'll gleefully settle for you thinking they're a 50 year old trying to look 40 if what they actually are is a 60 year old trying to look 40.
posted by squeakyfromme at 6:22 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


squeakyfromme: "Did he have a shitload of plastic surgery? He has that sort of Kenny Rogers/Wayne Newton look about him that I never noticed before.

Pretty sure he did. I used to wonder why celebrities though plastic surgery was going to fool anybody, but then it occurred to me: they don't really care if you believe they're 40, they'll gleefully settle for you thinking they're a 50 year old trying to look 40 if what they actually are is a 60 year old trying to look 40.
"

This is why I love Edie Falco. Watch her in Nurse Jackie: all her facial lines are visible, and I think it adds greatly to her character. She's not vain, and that makes her attractive in her own right.
posted by bwg at 6:37 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I suspect it's because the Euro talk shows still attempt to provide actual comedy, whereas more and more the American talk shows are just a forum to tacitly hawk product.

This seems like a pretty silly gimmick. I suspect the actual reason is that we only see the best parts, and all the boring shit doesn't make it across the Atlantic.
posted by delmoi at 6:39 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'd just be happy if they stop hacking away at noses until they're alien-looking nubs.
posted by The Whelk at 6:47 PM on April 14, 2010


Helium leak in the WWF
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 6:59 PM on April 14, 2010




Stylus Happenstance: Helium leak in the WWF

You know, towards the end, what with the high-pitched whispering, he was a dead-ringer soundalike for Zelda Rubinstein (may she rest in peace).
posted by WCityMike at 7:12 PM on April 14, 2010




This seems like a pretty silly gimmick. I suspect the actual reason is that we only see the best parts, and all the boring shit doesn't make it across the Atlantic.

A perfectly viable theory in its own right, but there is no disputing the fact that American talk shows are thinly disguised shill vehicles, so I'm not sure the Euro talk shows could actually do worse
posted by squeakyfromme at 7:20 PM on April 14, 2010


There comes a time... when we heed a certain call... when the world must come together as one.

I should not have sucked down that Whip-it before watching this.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:00 PM on April 14, 2010


Just in case you forgot the bizarreness of the original video for "Hello". He obsesses over a blind student who turns out to also obsess over him enough to be able to fashion a realistic looking bust of him. Wacky.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:37 PM on April 14, 2010




Wait, you mean Lionel and Vin just happened to be in the neighborhood and were popping in to say "hello"?
posted by jsavimbi at 9:46 PM on April 14, 2010


I'm always amazed to see someone like Lionel Ritchie in the lamest European talkshows. What does he do it for? Does he really need this kind of attention?

He was nice as star in a reasonably priced car on Top Gear though (interesting bit at 3:35).
posted by charles kaapjes at 12:16 AM on April 15, 2010


This reminds me of years ago on The Tonight Show when Johnny Carson brought out a helium tank and got Roger Moore to inhale some and say, "My name is Bond, James Bond."
posted by cropshy at 4:37 AM on April 15, 2010


What is wrong with Lionel Ritchies face? It seems frozen and plastic. It really unnerved me.

What was going on in that clip again?
posted by AzzaMcKazza at 6:25 AM on April 15, 2010


I remember seeing Wetten, Daß? when I was a 17-year-old high schooler studying German for the summer in Krefeld. I had no idea (1) that, per its wikipedia page, it had only premiered the previous February; (2) it's still on, and (3) it's "the most successful television show in Europe." I hope to get the same knowing grins from Germans when I say "wetten daß" to them that I currently get when I ask "was guckst du?"
posted by ethnomethodologist at 10:25 AM on April 15, 2010


That was a 17-year-old in 1981, I shoulda said.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 10:26 AM on April 15, 2010


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