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18th Jul '16 7:16:07 PM TheNicestGuy
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* A unique sort of Artistic License comes up in ''{{Film/UHF}}'', which threw in the music video for "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*". Mark Knopfler of Music/DireStraits only allowed the parody on the condition that he would play the lead guitar. Weird Al's usual guitarist, Jim West, had worked hard on perfectly imitating Knopfler's original performance; Knopfler himself did not. This is why, unusually for a Weird Al parody, the guitar part sounds quite different from the original song, especially noticeable in the opening riff.
2nd Jun '16 7:58:21 PM ImNotMonty
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* {{WebVideo/Googlebrains}}'s background music is literally either flat out copyrighted or a bunch of songs mashed together.
31st May '16 3:34:47 PM bwburke94
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Note: Lip-synching does not apply here, because most people know how to lip synch, and music videos [[MilliVanilli almost always]] are the voices of the artist.

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Note: Lip-synching does not apply here, because most people know how to lip synch, and music videos [[MilliVanilli almost always]] are ([[Music/MilliVanilli almost]]) always the voices of the artist.
18th Mar '16 2:53:44 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Film/WaitingForGuffman'': In the overture, someone decided to dub in MIDI instruments. This is either a gigantic InJoke to musicians, or an EpicFail on behalf of the music editor. It's not {{Lampshaded}}.

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* ''Film/WaitingForGuffman'': In the overture, someone decided to dub in MIDI instruments. This is either a gigantic InJoke to musicians, or an EpicFail fail on behalf of the music editor. It's not {{Lampshaded}}.
28th Jan '16 9:23:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AugustRush'': Electric guitars without amps, a so-so composition that gets him into Juilliard without the audition process. Generally the movie did not play well with musicians.

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* ''AugustRush'': ''Film/AugustRush'': Electric guitars without amps, a so-so composition that gets him into Juilliard without the audition process. Generally the movie did not play well with musicians.



* In a unique version of this trope, the titular character of ''Mr. Bean's Holiday'' performs for money by lip syncing to the opera aria ''Oh mio babbino caro'' while enacting a scene where he plays a woman who is apparently mourning her dead child. The trope comes in here since the show he puts on has absolutely nothing in common with the lyrics of the song which are actually about a girl threatening that she will commit suicide if her father will not accept the man she loves. The scene is played for laughs though, so it is forgivable.
* While it is less obvious, in the climactic scene of "Back to the Future," Marty is clearly not playing the guitar. it becomes painfully obvious during the solo. Years later, Michael J Fox really did learn Johnny B. Goode and performed it at an event.

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* In a unique version of this trope, the titular character of ''Mr. Bean's Holiday'' ''Film/MrBeansHoliday'' performs for money by lip syncing to the opera aria ''Oh mio babbino caro'' while enacting a scene where he plays a woman who is apparently mourning her dead child. The trope comes in here since the show he puts on has absolutely nothing in common with the lyrics of the song which are actually about a girl threatening that she will commit suicide if her father will not accept the man she loves. The scene is played for laughs though, so it is forgivable.
* While it is less obvious, in the climactic scene of "Back to the Future," ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Marty is clearly not playing the guitar. it becomes painfully obvious during the solo. Years later, Michael J Fox really did learn Johnny B. Goode and performed it at an event.



* In ''Kids Incorporated'', the actors aren't really playing the instruments. Ironically, some of the show's cast have gone on to have real-world music careers, though always as singers.

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* In ''Kids Incorporated'', ''Series/KidsIncorporated'', the actors aren't really playing the instruments. Ironically, some of the show's cast have gone on to have real-world music careers, though always as singers.
25th Jan '16 5:03:06 AM ac220
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** Playing with the wood of the bow instead of the hair (''col legno'') [[RealityIsUnrealistic is used occasionally]] in classical music, so it might have been just one of those pieces...
29th Dec '15 7:12:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* The music video for "If I Die Young" by TheBandPerry has one of Perrys playing an accordion. Even the least musically-inclined person can tell there's no accordion in the song (it's a ballad; why would they even use one?).
* Similarly, ScatmanJohn's "Scatman" video has a trumpeter, upright bassist and drummer in it, when all of the instruments are obviously synthesized.

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* The music video for "If I Die Young" by TheBandPerry Music/TheBandPerry has one of Perrys playing an accordion. Even the least musically-inclined person can tell there's no accordion in the song (it's a ballad; why would they even use one?).
* Similarly, ScatmanJohn's Music/ScatmanJohn's "Scatman" video has a trumpeter, upright bassist and drummer in it, when all of the instruments are obviously synthesized.
23rd Dec '15 5:31:08 PM bassmedic87
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* ''Film/CannibalTheMusical'': The conversation at the end of "The Trapper Song" is an aversion. TreyParkerAndMattStone obviously know their basic music theory.

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* ''Film/CannibalTheMusical'': The conversation at the end of "The Trapper Song" is an aversion. TreyParkerAndMattStone obviously know their basic music theory.theory (Parker was originally a film scoring major in college, which helps).
23rd Nov '15 11:35:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the Canadian film ''HardCoreLogo'', Callum Keith Rennie's portrayal of Billy Tallent, guitarist of the eponymous band, barely even looks like he's trying during the performance scenes. Hugh Dillion as singer/rhythm guitarist Joe Dick is much more believable, as he's an actual musician.

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* In the Canadian film ''HardCoreLogo'', ''Film/HardCoreLogo'', Callum Keith Rennie's portrayal of Billy Tallent, guitarist of the eponymous band, barely even looks like he's trying during the performance scenes. Hugh Dillion as singer/rhythm guitarist Joe Dick is much more believable, as he's an actual musician.
29th Oct '15 5:37:49 PM nombretomado
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* ''DonkeyKong64'': Two of the playable characters' instruments don't sound like their real life counterparts. Donkey Kong's bongos are much more melodic than real bongos, but it's particularly egregious with Chunky Kong's triangle. It actually makes the sound of a celesta, a completely different instrument!
* ''RockBand'' and ''GuitarHero'' avatars are designed by real musicians who took painstaking care in making the avatars come as close as possible to miming the music...it's only noticeable when the song has instruments that aren't in the game design (like banjos) or the drummer is hitting a piece of percussion that's not present in his kit, instead going to the closest facsimile. And of course ghost orchestras, horn sections, etc (although in ''Rock Band 3'' you could chalk them up to samples from the keyboard player).

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* ''DonkeyKong64'': ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'': Two of the playable characters' instruments don't sound like their real life counterparts. Donkey Kong's bongos are much more melodic than real bongos, but it's particularly egregious with Chunky Kong's triangle. It actually makes the sound of a celesta, a completely different instrument!
* ''RockBand'' ''VideoGame/RockBand'' and ''GuitarHero'' ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' avatars are designed by real musicians who took painstaking care in making the avatars come as close as possible to miming the music...it's only noticeable when the song has instruments that aren't in the game design (like banjos) or the drummer is hitting a piece of percussion that's not present in his kit, instead going to the closest facsimile. And of course ghost orchestras, horn sections, etc (although in ''Rock Band 3'' you could chalk them up to samples from the keyboard player).
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