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Signing Bohemian Rhapsody while driving
August 7, 2010 6:27 AM   Subscribe


 
On the one hand, awesome!

On the other hand, please to be holding onto to the wheel.
posted by mhoye at 6:53 AM on August 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


All I could think about was how I wished he'd had his hands on the wheel. If you need to use two hands to do something, be a passenger, not a driver.
posted by djgh at 6:55 AM on August 7, 2010


I agree he should have his hands on the wheel, but I've seen people doing the dash drummer thing who touch the wheel a lot less than this guy does.

I think it's fun and now I want to learn to sing along with my hands. Anyone within earshot would prefer that to the noise I make when I sing.
posted by TooFewShoes at 7:14 AM on August 7, 2010



Shit.

Signing and driving.

Imagine the possibilities!!!

(At least it wasn't "The Major General's Song")
posted by DavidandConquer at 7:22 AM on August 7, 2010


(*Crash*) Mama, just killed a man....
posted by hal9k at 7:29 AM on August 7, 2010 [14 favorites]


Don't sign and drive!
posted by zsazsa at 7:45 AM on August 7, 2010


OK, OK, lots of health and safety red flags here. But please! Sometimes you just have to rock out. Could have been a worse song.

Clichéd post-Wayne's World? Yes. Hell, clichéd post-summer of 1976? Could be. But still rock-outable, with lax wheel control? Definitely. In any language.
posted by Chichibio at 8:11 AM on August 7, 2010


Well, I liked it.

Years ago I was at a dance recital somewhere where they choreographed a piece that was based on and inspired by the ASL for the lyrics to John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" -- some of the signs were done straight, and gradually some of the gestures got more and more stylized into dance moves. It was really something striking, and kind of opened up for me that there was this whole sense of expression, there are entire puns and jokes you can make, with ASL that you can't do with spoken language. You can't really "dance" with spoken language, after all.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:21 AM on August 7, 2010 [3 favorites]


(*Crash*) Mama, just killed a man....
Had a bluetooth on my head...
posted by jimmythefish at 8:28 AM on August 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


(*Crash*) Mama, just killed a man....
Had a bluetooth on my head...

Lost control and now he's dead...
Mama, ...
posted by garnetgirl at 8:41 AM on August 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


Actually, very cool shit.
posted by garnetgirl at 8:42 AM on August 7, 2010


For youtube ASL song interpretation, I really like Captain Valor. He's fun and expressive, and I think it's great that on some of his videos (like the one for (NSFW if your workplace doesn't like songs about fucking) First of May), he provides the song lyrics as well as a direct interpretation of the signs he uses, so you can see the difference in the grammatical structures of ASL and English. (Also, his interpretation of the "moving my hips like yeah" line from Party in the USA is just adorable!)
posted by amarynth at 8:55 AM on August 7, 2010 [9 favorites]


If you have GarageBand (or something similar), you can now find the multitrack studio mix tapes of Bohemian Rhapsody (on a torrent somewhere near you.) Freddies lead vocals, and even the backing vocals are amazing to hear in solo. It's also quite instructive to see just how much they managed to squeeze into 16 tracks.
posted by Lanark at 9:05 AM on August 7, 2010


Unsafe at any speed.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:12 AM on August 7, 2010


White signers can't rap.

P.S. I'm amazed at how fast the BoRhap guy could finger-spell "fandango" and "Gallileo."
posted by Oriole Adams at 9:17 AM on August 7, 2010


Hello, I am the mefi driving police and I am here to take the fun out of this video.
posted by zephyr_words at 9:20 AM on August 7, 2010 [3 favorites]


Wow, that guy should join Happy Hands.
posted by circular at 9:29 AM on August 7, 2010


He's no Michael DiMartino, but I like it.

Also: next time my fiancé complains about my singing along to music in the car, I'm going to show him this and make him thankful that at least I do so with my hands on the wheel.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 10:02 AM on August 7, 2010


My wife had to translate this song at one of them progressive churches as a part of her ASL training. On the plus side, I can actually make out what that yowly bastard is saying now.

I don't think I will be showing her this as she drives with her knees enough already.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:20 AM on August 7, 2010


(Also, his interpretation of the "moving my hips like yeah" line from Party in the USA is just adorable!)

Understatement! Totally love this guy! Thank you!
posted by hecho de la basura at 11:51 AM on August 7, 2010


DANGIT I've been prepping an FPP about the deaf community and the internet, and I was going to use some of Captain Valor's stuff.

Curse my lackadaisical MetaFilter FPP-creation pace!

drat
posted by tzikeh at 11:56 AM on August 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


tzikeh: I don't see why you can't still do that - Captain Valor isn't the subject of this FPP.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 12:10 PM on August 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


for all of you concerned about his hands not being one the wheel, what the hell do you think knees are for? sheesh. If God had intended you to use your hands to drive a car, s/he wouldn't have installed navigation devices, radios, cd players, mp 3 players, dvd players, cigarette lighters, kids in the backseat, and cup holders.
posted by HuronBob at 12:29 PM on August 7, 2010 [2 favorites]


If God had intended you to use your hands to drive a car, s/he wouldn't have installed navigation devices, radios, cd players, mp 3 players, dvd players, cigarette lighters, kids in the backseat, and cup holders.

Kids in the backseat should be trained to double as cup holders. Clearly.

No, it's not going well for me. So far, I have a cup *thrower.*
posted by grapefruitmoon at 12:36 PM on August 7, 2010


grapefruitmoon - I suppose, but it's more that folks are adding ASL links and stuff and I feel like it'd be a weak-peat, in a way.

Well, I've got 90% of it done... maybe I'll just do it and it'll fizzle and that'll be okay too.
posted by tzikeh at 2:01 PM on August 7, 2010


Tip: if you watch this 6 or 7 times with increasing joy more than once you're able to ignore the constant omg he's going to crash part of your brain and realise that it is in fact absolutely wonderful.

tzikeh, please finish and post your fpp!
posted by ceri richard at 3:04 PM on August 7, 2010 [1 favorite]


There's a sign for Beelzebub? Or is it just "sign for lord", "sign for flies"? Because that's lame.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:04 PM on August 7, 2010


Dude! 10 and 2! 10 and 2!
posted by deborah at 11:17 PM on August 7, 2010


My deaf friends will sign to each other *between cars while driving* with one hand stuck out the window. The ability to quickly communicate across long distance, even at 60mph, always impressed me.
posted by stbalbach at 8:18 AM on August 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Am I the only one glad he wasn't trying to sign the Divinyls' "I Touch Myself"?
posted by MuffinMan at 8:48 AM on August 8, 2010


Thanks amarynth, I now know that ASL for fucking is to make bunnie ears with each hand and hump them into each other. Rather fitting, innit?
posted by daHIFI at 9:28 PM on August 8, 2010


TRUE STORY:

A friend and I were on the T in Boston. Somehow one of us had gotten Bohemian Rhapsody stuck in our head earlier in the day. We always sign while on the T - or in any crowded area actually, because it's just a heck of a lot easier than talking, and more fun - so we started signing Bohemian Rhapsody. We got a bit dramatic. I seem to recall really hamming up the "no escape from reality" bit. And there was definitely some head banging going on during the imaginary guitar solo.

As we got off the train, a man who had been sitting across the train from us the whole time grabbed my arm and signed "YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!" I'm not sure how I could tell, exactly, but he looked exactly like the sort of person who was really in to rock and roll before he became an upstanding businessman and cut his hippie hair. He looked THRILLED. It absolutely, totally, completely made my day.
posted by Cygnet at 6:59 PM on August 11, 2010 [6 favorites]


The friend Cygnet mentions is me (she IM'd me asking for permission to name me, I'm not sure why, but I wasn't around). That's seriously one of the funniest memories I have of when we lived in the same coop. To add to the story - we were traveling with your mom (and dad? I forget if he was in town), who seemed amused but kind of not sure what the hell to make of us doing this.
posted by spaceman_spiff at 3:49 AM on August 12, 2010


Midichlorian Rhapsody
posted by homunculus at 12:44 PM on September 6, 2010


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