Thursday, August 19

HyperBoy & friends

There's a video clip out there that's been bothering me for some time now. No, it's not the high definition 3D Director's Cut version of "One Night in Paris" (which I don't have a link for because I'm sure everyone has seen it by now). I found it on a website of the day list which just described the clip as Vietnam's newest pop idol. Before you have a look at 3 minutes worth of pure pop goodness, read the following observations in order to enhance your viewing experience.

In the early 1990s, French boy singer Jordy burnt up the Euro club scene with his catchy Les Boules song - T'as les boules, t'as les boules, boules, boules, Oh oh oh, oh oh, qu'est-ce que t'as?. Please don't let me be the only person who remembers this song. More than 10 years later, Vietnam has come up with its own version of Jordy in the form of a hyperactive little boy who missed taking his last scheduled dosage of Ritalin. Hyperboy sings mostly in Vietnamese (I think), but in between his wailing of Ohhhhhhh, Whoaaaaa and Oyyyyyyyy I can make out a couple of English words like "I'm number one" and "I love you". I like it when lyrics cut to the chase.

The wardrobe people have put a lot of thought into HyperBoy's costumes. It's not an easy task to make a little boy look sleazy and adorable at the same time - awww you're so cute, of course I'll let you pimp me out and take virtually all of my earnings while I sleep on the hard floor at the foot of your bed. Hyperboy's backup dancers don't look too happy and have this kind of look on their faces which says "They promised me that I would be working with Asian Prince".

Footage of HyperBoy gyrating with his backup dancers is spliced with footage of HyperBoy gyrating with his homegirls. If by homegirls, you mean a bunch of random female passersby taken off the street and asked to shake their booty around him. What ensues is the most embarrassing public display of rhythm I have ever seen. Two girls in particular stand out. The first chick has long hair and wears a white tanktop and big sunglasses. Her idea of dancing is to raise her arms, sway in the most lackadaisical manner possible and touch her hair. Whenever the camera pans to her, she makes a point of running her fingers through her hair. Every. Bloody. Time. You could make a drinking game based on the number of times she strokes her hair.

The other chick is in a khaki tank top and khaki mini skirt. She is really psyched so be in the video but that's not enough! Khaki chick starts off doing her own dance interpretation at the back of the dancing crowd, slowly works her way to the front and at one point I swear she even crosses in front of the camera so that she can get a prime spot next to HyperBoy. She's so perilously close to Hyperboy that he even has to move a bit to make room to accommodate her. And all the while she's spasmodically flailing her limbs around but she don't care, she's on the way to being a soopa stah!

You can view the clip here. As with all cheesy pop videos, your mileage may vary. Is it part of an ad for something totally unrelated like contraceptives? Is it a song that's been tearing up the Vietnam's Top 40 charts? Has Hyperboy released any other singles or is he just a one hit&miss wonder? Anyone? Anyone? I need to know. Seriously.

4 Comments:

At 11:19 PM, Blogger Darp said...

YOU REMEMBER JORDI (JWOOOAAARDI)!!!!

MARRY ME NOW!!!

 
At 12:07 AM, Blogger fuzz_corona said...

ah. i watched this a few weeks ago during a dull saturday morning at work. the girl who was showing it to me seemed to think it had been around for quite a while...she'd seen it at least a month earlier, but, in trans-pacific pop import time, i suppose that's nothing. anyway, we saw it through a site that's mostly joke/spoof videos, if that helps your form a more solid impression of what the hell this is all about.

we both made the "asian Prince" comment, too.

 
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