"The Ballad of Benny Lava"

2007
Oct
28

I don’t know if the following is more about ridiculing the manic, often wacky style of Indian musicals and music videos, or about ridiculing the mono-lingual English speaking population who want to hear everything in their language, but it put me into a nearly-heart-stopping laughing fit!

Embedded here are two slightly different uploads of the same video.

First is the original music video (regrettably without its original credits). You don’t have to watch this version in its entirety; the first minute or so should give you a feeling for it. But listen carefully to the lyrics. They are NOT in English, but can you make out some words and phrases?

Okay, now watch this ‘subtitled’ version, in which some evil genius called Buffalax gives his interpretation of what’s being sung (please note, there are a couple bits of NSFW language in the text). By reading along while listening, your brain will believe that’s what they’re singing.

This video vandal has been doing this for the last year with various Japanese, Chinese and Hindu language music vids, and others have similarly done clips (maybe Buffalax isn’t even the first, I don’t know) but this is truly his grandest achievement so far. And anyone who thinks it’s offensively racist wins my “Unpunctured Award” for totally missing the point.

2 Comments (so far) about

"The Ballad of Benny Lava"

  1. Siem Says:

    Just search youtube for ‘misheard lyrics’
    Wishmaster and Yellow Bedletter are lol 🙂

  2. Nisha Says:

    ‘Hindu’ isn’t a language, it’s a religion. Buffalax has been thorough and ‘subtitled’ many Indian language videos successfully. Some languages are: Tamil (Benny Lava song), Telugu (Indian Thriller – Girly Man!) and Punjabi.

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