Fave Five: Lip Sync Fails

Happy post-Super Bowl Sunday everyone! We hope everyone had
their fill of of football-shaped cupcakes and
47-Layer Dip. This year was more than just football and funny commercials though, it was also the
second coming. Of Destiny’s Child, that
is. The reunion (which did include Kelly Rowland and 
Michelle Williams) came hot on the heels of
the heartbreaking news that Beyonce lipsynced the national anthem at Obama’s
second inauguration last month. While we’d rather just forget the whole
thing, it got us reminiscing. Beowolf is
not the first lady to air band her
way through a performance – it’s more common than we’d like to think. It isn’t always quite as earth shattering as our
boo B phoning it in, though. In fact, sometimes it’s almost
more entertaining than if they performed for realsies. Here are
our fave 5 lip syncing fails:


5. Justin Bieber’s Spaghetti and Milk mistake
Little Biebs was jamming along to “Out of Town Girl” at a concert in Phoenix when his pre-show carb and dairy loading totally backfired on him. Curiously, his backing track continued. Who knew you could sing and barf at the same time? Fast forward to 2:06 to see Biebs in all his barfy glory (if you’re into that kinda thing).

4. Milli Vanilli Pioneers the Lip Sync Face Palm
You can’t have a list of lip sync fails without including Milli
Vanilli. These guys were the first
people to face harsh media ridicule and have their Grammy Award withdrawn once
it came to light that they were just models/dancers with a more marketable
image than the singers on the album. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if one of them hadn’t dubbed himself the “New Elvis
and claimed that, based on their success,
they were more talented than Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger.


3. Phoebe Buffay gets discovered and discovers the Smelly
Cat
Now, in Phoebe’s defence, she didn’t actually know that she
was the Milli Vanilli in this situation.  When t
he quirky Friend learned that another woman was singing in the video (and that wasn’t just how she sounded to other people), she felt terrible. She realized that the woman with the voice,
and less video-friendly image
was the
smelly cat and we’re sure she made amends. 
You also might be saying “but this is fictional…” but we can’t hear
you.

2. Britney Spears’
2007 “comeback”
Feast your eyes on one of the most uncomfortable things we’ve ever seen. This was a very tough year
for Brit-Brit (see: Bald Britney, Divorced Britney, and General Train Wreck Britney) so we’ll try to go easy. Champions of the “Lucky
singer eagerly awaited her comeback performance at the 2007 MTV VMAs to shut up the haters once and for all. Unfortunately they were disappointed to instead see a nervous, stumbling shadow of the pop superstar they once knew with very little stage presence and a manky weave. (We’d also like to note that
while Brit was obviously out of it and in a bad place, a lot of flack came
her way about her body. Harsh critics
ridiculed the singer, calling her “fat” and “disgusting” and we think it was
also an important moment in the body image debate.)
1. Ashlee Simpson’s SNL Hoedown
You know what they say, anything
can happen on live TV.
 Shortly after the
debut of The Ashlee Simpson Show, and her very serious adult relationship with
this guy (but before her marriage to this guy) she appeared on SNL as a musical guest. During her second performance, “Pieces of You” started to play, but whaaa? SHE ALREADY SANG THAT SONG!!!! Also the microphone was nowhere
near her mouth.
 It’s cool though, she covered it up with a
really cool dance.
 Now, she wouldn’t have lip
synced in the first place but she had heart burn, you guys. 
   We think we can all agree that it’s best just to keep it real. Beyonce could learn a thing or two from her fans. This girl knows what’s up:



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Happy New Year!

Alright, here we are fellow 2012 survivors. Better luck next
time, Mayans! On the dawn of this New
Year, we are sure you are all bundled safely in your homes, drafting self
improvement resolutions and dreaming of everything that is to come in the next
twelve months.  But, as the song says,
should auld acquaintance be forget and
never brought to mind? We on the fourth floor believe that, as important as it
is to look forward, there is something to be said for reflection. In that spirit, take a moment to properly lay
2012 to rest with this collection of the year’s most influential and important
viral vids.


KONY 2012


Made by charity Invisible Children to bring international
attention and hopefully arrest of the Ugandan LRA leader Joseph Kony, the video
became the most viral video in history with over 100 million shares in six
days. The video gave rise to the
“slacktivism” phenomenon and the
bizarre coverage of video creator Jason Russell’s arrest for public drunkenness
and lewd behaviour.

Gangnam Style


K-Pop superstar Psy hit international status with his epic
viral hit Gangnam Style. This video
honestly looks like it is straight out of a Stefon sketch. It has everything; a
well dressed Korean in a horse stable, a child krumping on the beach, old people
on a disco bus, man boobs in a sauna, a carousel and a sweet rave scene, AMONG MANY
OTHER THINGS. A hit isn’t a hit without
a little controvery- Psy was blasted for anti-American sentiments expressed in
a 2004 rap, but he has since apologized and performed for US Troops and Obama.
No hard feelings, Psy- without you we wouldn’t have this.

Call Me Maybe


We knew Carly Rae Jepson was going to be a serious artist
and household name when we saw her open for Hanson at the Phoenix this year
(True story. And it was awesome.) The rest of the world followed after Justin Bieber posted this video, confirming suspicions that he is in fact, a genius marketing robot. Although Call Me Maybe technically came out in 2011, the year 2012 saw
the song achieve meme status and was covered by pretty much everyone in the
entire world including Katy Perry, Nickelback and of course, Cookie Monster. MTV crowned it “Song of the
Year” and it’s pretty much been reluctantly stuck in our heads for
approximately 8765.81 hours (THANKS A LOT, CARLY).  



Somebody That I Used
to Know



This Gotye song got major play and viral status this year, cuz lets face it – its a real jam. The whole
shebang got the SNL treatment with both a musical guest appearance and a video
parody. In addition to the success of the song itself, many of it’s covers became viral hits in their own right. We can thank Gotye for thrusting
Kimbra into the spotlight and hopefully she can achieve mainstream status as
more than just “that girl from that song”.

This Supercut of
Claire Danes crying



You know when you notice something and you’re like “hmm that’s
weird…” but nobody else says anything, so a whole decade goes by and still
nobody says anything. BUT THEN this happens and you’re like “RIGHT?!”
and we’re like, you’re welcome.




Rave: holiday playlist

Despite your stance on how early holiday music should be played in public (read various pieces about that here and here), you can’t deny that less than 1 week out, it’s now time. We’ve pulled together a not-so-obvious holiday playlist for your enjoyment. It includes some classics, some rare tracks, and healthy dose of Canadian musicians and some songs that you just gotta love despite the cheesiness. We’ll be playing this all day long on the fourth floor.

And for an added bonus: one of the best collaborations ever.

Enjoy!