Voice Clip Song
Editing voice clips of someone famous into a full song (original or cover). The more elaborate version of Stupid Statement Dance Mix
, which takes only a few statements and loops them. Also related to the genre of plunderphonics.
- The arguable forerunner to the modern Voice Clip Song is The Firm's 1987 hit and massive Ear Worm Star Trekkin'. It didn't actually use clips from Star Trek itself, instead having the band members sing each character's trademark phrase (even if some of them were, ironically, examples of Beam Me Up, Scotty!) along with the music.
- The most epic and heartwarming example of this is "Kidung Abadi" (Eternal Ballad); it was created by Erwin Gutawa for a concert honoring the 5th anniversary of the death of legendary Indonesian singer Chrisye (Gutawa had collaborated with him before, but never got to write a song for him). Erwin had his sister Gita write the lyrics, and then worked with a team to splice them together using vocals from Chrisye's master tracks. For the live performance, Jay Subiyakto also spliced together concert footage of the singer himself (to make him "sing" the new song) as a finishing touch. The result was three months definitely well spent.
- Remixer Rx has made a name for himself doing these with politicians:
- Similarly, Auto-Tune the News is all about this, as well as various BSides, such as Barrack Obama singing about kicking ass.
- David Bowie Changes made from various clips of politicians during the presidential campaign of 2008
- "Rocked by Rape," the Evolution Control Committee's remix of Dan Rather
- Bush seems to be a popular choice, Jonathan Coulton's "W's Duty" makes use of clips to make fun of the way W. pronounces the word "duty".
- The Barack Roll. There are also remixes of US President Obama singing "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson and "Heroes" by David Bowie.
- "Deify" by Disturbed starts with clips of one pro-Bush source, one comment on a repressive government, then clips of Bush himself from his 9/11 speech.
- A Glorious Dawn, mixes and sets a tune to parts of Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage and Stephen Hawking's Universe. Notably, entire phrases from their respective shows are used. It's rather awesome. And thanks to Jack White's record label Third Man, it was actually given a limited release on vinyl, with a copy of the diagram from the voyager golden record etched on the b-side.
- MC Hammer can't touch Mormon Jesus.
- Even Bill Cosby is in on it.
- Most of Negativland's output falls under this category.
- If you've ever played Kingdom of Loathing and wondered why using or buying eleven of an item gets you the message "That's ridiculous. It's not even funny", it's from the Negativland song "Time Zones". In turn, that was remixed by Negativland sound collage master Don Joyce from a talk radio show clip discussing the Soviet Union (which apparently had — and Russia still has — eleven time zones). Eleven.
- I Don't Like It is a mix of various statements uttered by controversial Australian politician Pauline Hanson (the video features performer/mix artist "Pauline Pantsdown" lip-synching the performance)
- The Golden Age of Video. Full stop.
- The Picard Song.
- Formula One has one of them as well, coming from Rubens Barrichello leashing out on his team after losing out in the German Grand Prix
- Do "Mentally Dull (Think Tank Remix)" (South Park) and "Batdance" (Batman 1989) count?
- Lucky Star. Pick a character. Chances are someone made a techno remix song out of their dialogue from the show. Konata and Tsukasa are the two most famous examples.
- The YouTube Poop Music Videos "Tomorrow I'll", "It's From The Show", and "Robotnik's Tea Party", featuring Dr. Ivo "Pingas" Robotnik.
- Dr. Ivo "Pingas" Robotnik is a magnet of this. This This and This were all made by the same user.
- Cloud Cult's "The Princess Bride" is a song entirely based around clips of the movie of the same name. There's also "State Of The Union", which is based around quote mining of George W. Bush.
- A youtube user created a video of a double rainbow that slowly became memetic due to his over-the-top enthusiasm over his discovery. Of course remixes followed, including one courtesy of The Gregory Brothers of Autotune The News fame and a different but also auto-tuned mix.
- Andrew Huang's "Do You Like The Smell Of Adventure?", a remix of an Old Spice commercial.
- Jon Stewart is God. Stephen Colbert thinks so.
- The Tourettes Guy has inspired countless curse-filled techno mixes.
- The Strong Bad Rick Roll and What Is Love videos.
- Homestuck's Toby "Radiation" Fox created The Nic Cage Song.
- Finnish rap artist A-Tyyppi has mixed phrases from sports commentator Antero Mertaranta into a truly hysterical dance song. It's still regularly played whenever Finland manages to kick ass at ice hockey.
- I have one gear: Go! Epic winning!"
- One early example would be Paul Hardcastle's 1985 single "19": There are some professional backing vocalists singing a few lines, but the vocals are mainly clips from a documentary about The Vietnam War.
- Dru Boogie makes dance tracks out of Opie & Anthony Show clips on a regular basis.
- From Australia, there's Wax Audio's brilliant mix of George W. Bush, set to John Lennon's Imagine
- PBS commissioned the artist of the aforementioned Symphony of Science to make these as tributes for old and well-loved shows and personalities that are no longer with us. To date we have:
- Sweet Brown - Ain't Nobody Got Time for That (Autotune Remix) Put together from a woman's description of what happened when she realized her apartment complex was on fire.
- The song "I Can Take Anything" from Planes, Trains and Automobiles remixes dialogue from Steve Martin and John Candy's characters.
"You're messing with the wrong guy!"
- Several Barack Obama quotes - including the audio book of "The Audacity of Hope" - give us this gem.
- Welcome to Paradise by Front 242 mixes voice clips from various televangelists.
- "Frontier Psychiatrist" by The Avalanches.
- Red Dwarf fanvid "Noise from the Dwarf" makes lines from the show into rhyming lyrics that even make a bizarre sort of sense.
Strike a light, it's Gordon.
Small, off-duty, Czechoslovakian traffic warden!