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Left to right: Frankie, Lucy, Sam, Eddie, Alan, Wigan, and Robbie.
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Eddie at The LMV is a British YouTube channel that was launched in May 2016, hosted by fictional character Eddie. It is based on an animated seven-piece musical band called The LMV that cover songs and create music videos to them that take the lyrics as literally as possible. You could describe it as the Literal Music Video trope inverted, but mixed with the typical song covers that are found on YouTube.

The channel’s content relies heavily on low-budgeted or trial-ware animation both of 3D and 2D, often lampshaded by Eddie himself. Footage of the band playing instruments are made in Muvizu (easily seen by its watermark in the bottom-left corner) whereas the rest of the footage is either in GoAnimate (also notable with a watermark) and stills from Bitstrips.com. When it comes to the music, the band’s vocals are recorded over a pre-recorded backing track that is often credited for in the credits, along with the original song artist.

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Since animation takes a long time, it's not surprising that the channel takes a while to pump out music videos. Not to mention, finding backing tracks and arranging different art styles together, which is why the channel does a variety of other things too. There are countdown videos and other videos that can be about anything, but mostly Eddie expressing an opinion on something he’s passionate about (this is probably why they're organized in a "Miscellaneous" playlist).


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Members of The LMV
  • Eddie (vocals, bass guitar)
  • Sam Hyu (vocals, electric guitar, piano)
  • Frankie Frank (vocals, electric guitar)
  • Alan Ford (vocals, drums)
  • Wigan Anderson (piano, guitar, vocals)
  • Robbie Dobbs (bass guitar, vocals)
  • Lucy Lupo (drums, vocals)

Songs Covered

Since this is an ongoing series, this section’s expected to be updated frequently. (Bracketed names are the band members that sang lead)

  1. The Beatles: "Drive My Car" (Sam, Frankie)
  2. The Beatles: "The Night Before" (Sam)
  3. Herman's Hermits: "I'm Into Something Good" (Alan)
  4. The Searchers: "This Empty Place" (Frankie)
  5. 5 Seconds of Summer: "She's Kinda Hot" (Sam, Wigan)
  6. The Searchers: "Needles and Pins" (Robbie)
  7. Herman's Hermits: "No Milk Today" (Frankie)
  8. One Direction: "Live While We're Young" (Frankie, Alan, Sam, Wigan)
  9. The Searchers: "Don't Throw Your Love Away" (Sam, Wigan)
  10. Manfred Mann: "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy" (Eddie)
  11. Lady Antebellum: "Need You Now" (Wigan, Eddie)
  12. The Clovers: "Love Potion Number 9" (Frankie, Sam)
  13. The Beatles: "Do You Want to Know a Secret" (Robbie)
  14. The Hollies: "It's In Her Kiss" (Wigan, Frankie, Sam)
  15. The Beatles: "I'm Happy Just to Dance With You" (Frankie)
  16. The Searchers: "Someday, We're Gonna Love Again" (Wigan, Alan, Lucy, Frankie)
  17. (presumably Peter, Paul and Mary) "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" (Wigan)
  18. Donny Osmond: "Big Man" (Sam)
  19. Sam Cooke: "Twisting the Night Away" (Frankie)
  20. The Beach Boys: "Good Vibrations" (tout le monde)
  21. Eddie Hodges: "I Make Believe It's You" (Frankie)
  22. ABBA: "Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother" (Wigan)
  23. Sam Cooke: "Only Sixteen" (Frankie)
  24. Eddie Hodges: "Mugmates" (Frankie)
  25. The Beatles: "Things We Said Today" (Alan)
  26. The Beach Boys: "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" (Frankie)
  27. The Stylistics: "People Make the World Go 'Round" (Sam)

Short Literal Videos note 

Other Notable Channel videos


You can find the YouTube page here, the channel's official website here, and Eddie, Wigan, and Robbie’s Twitter pages here, here and here. There is also a backup Vimeo channel as well here.

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  • A Cappella: "It's in Her Kiss", "Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother", "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", "I Make Believe It's You", "Good Vibrations", "Big Man", and "Someday, We're Gonna Love Again".
  • Aerith and Bob: Eddie, Alan, Frankie, Lucy, Robbie, Sam ... and Wigan.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: invoked
    • Eddie calls BBC News the Standard '50s Father of British news in Please Stop, TV.
    • The residents of Cleaner Close in the Daz commercials either have Super OCD or are "Double D-like neat freaks", as Eddie puts it.
    • Rocky the Raccoon is a wannabe drug dealer and acts as if Coco Pops is drugs.
    • The character dynamic of Rainbow is a dad (Geffrey) and his three sons (Zippy, Bungle, and George).
    • Kevin's family is so neglectful and uninterested in his wellbeing that they don't seem to care when he does the right thing in a life-and-death situation.
    • Taylor's friends are intentionally making her and Raf interact so that they'll admit their feelings to Maddie.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Averted with Alan and Lucy, who are very quiet.
  • All-Star Cast: invoked
    • The one thing that Eddie didn't like about watching the Harry Potter films, finding the recognizable adults too distracting to the point of being taken out of the films completely.
      Eddie: Because I definitely went to a high school where Maggie Smith taught me science, and Alan Rickman taught me English, and Helen Mirren was the chief janitor, and Warwick Davis was IT expert, and Laurence Olivier served me chips in the canteen. ...And Christian Bale was my head teacher.
    • Double subvertion with Walking On Sunshine in which only Leona Lewis is the only famous one. As much as Eddie likes that she's in the background, she is the only character that is more informed about Taylor's love life than the other characters, yet she barely interacts with her old friend.
  • All There in the Manual: The only person we get to know is Eddie. We learn everyone else's names in the opening credits of miscellaneous videos.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Alan the drummer. Frankie, Eddie, and Lucy have darker skin than him but Alan himself is too dark to be associated with the Caucasian members Robbie and Wigan. Perhaps he is half-black/half-white...
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Eddie says that the music he used to listen to was The Beatles, ABBA and LazyTown.
  • Art Shift: Every single character in the animated band has three different art styles: Bitstrips comic panel, Muvizu 3D animation, and the 2D Go!Animate animation. During the changes, some characters' hairstyles go from curly to straight, messy to neat, and Wigan's hair goes from one ponytail to Girlish Pigtails.
  • Berserk Button: Eddie hates EDM music, especially anything Avicii made ("I'd rather listen to an Avicii album!"), and also makes snide comments about his hatred of Calvin Harris and Jay-Z. He also hates when television presenters pronounce "trolling" as if they're trying to rhyme the word with "trolley", and the tropes Lyrics/Video Mismatch, The Power of Friendship, and Surreal Music Video.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Alan, in his Muvizu form.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Sam, in his GoAnimate form.
  • Breathless Non Sequitur: Eddie serves plenty of these whenever he talks about the topic of miscellaneous videos.
    • When reviewing Rainbow, an episode features the main characters forming a band with the lead singer Zippy throwing a tantrum that drives the rest of the group away, and then dreams of becoming a world-famous solo artist. Eddie’s thoughts on this?
      Eddie: [Zippy] became the lead singer to sabotage the band to go solo for being a tosspot. ...Is this a biopic about Destiny's Child?
  • Brick Joke: The Perky Puppy advert for the Perky Puppy, the Cutest Pets video, a clear reference to the performance at the end of They're Lelli Kelly, the Most Irritating Adverts.
  • Call-Back: Top 9 Animated Opening Titles features a few during the Dennis the Menace entry, including Eddie stating that the 1996 one reminds him of joining Rocky and the Coco Pops monkey at the skateboarding park (one of the entries of his Favourite Adverts list), and then compares the 2009 opening titles to a poor man's Horrid Henry opening titles mixed with a Fall Out Boy song, stating that it's as funny as the Light 'Em Up video he made a few months before (because it was based on a Fall Out Boy song).
  • The Cameo: There’s a couple of these in the Literal Music Videos.
    • Lucy has cameoed in videos more than any other band member, usually playing the drums in the background in group shots. There is also Robbie, to an extent.
    • Alan cameos briefly in The LMV cover of "Don't Throw Your Love Away". When he hears a boy singing along to the track through his headphones, Alan hands him his love. His voice can be heard on "Me and Bobby and Bobby's Brother".
    • Eddie appears in "I Make Believe It's You" as Frankie sings. Alan also makes a cameo as the boy that Eddie's girlfriend is in love with.
    • Sam appears in "Someday, We're Gonna Love Again", despite not having any input in the song.
    • invoked A possible Retroactive Recognition here, with Wigan making a cameo in "Drive My Car" as the woman that wants Eddie to be her driver, long before her appearance in "I’m Into Something Good" and her singing debut in "She's Kinda Hot".
    • Sam acts in "No Milk Today", but Frankie is the lead singer (in fact, The LMV don't make any appearance in the track at all). This is similar in "This Empty Place", but with Robbie, Lucy, and Sam playing the music mutely in the background.
    • The flash mob at the end of "Twistin' The Night Away" features Sam and Lucy in different parts of the crowd.
  • Casual Sports Jersey: Eddie wears a #9 O'Reilly jersey (the sports jersey that female soccer player Heather O'Reilly wore on the US women's soccer team).
  • Character Blog: Eddie, Wigan and Robbie's Twitter pages. Robbie also has a YouTube channel and makes frequent comments on Eddie's channel's videos, often complaining about not singing lead.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: The name of the channel slightly follows the pattern of this trope.
  • Cold Open: From Eddie's Bookshelf episodes always begins with one, usually a space for Eddie to make a joke or discusses something before the actual episode starts.
  • Creator Cameo: Eddie will make appearances in music videos, even though he doesn’t sing at all.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Eddie, when he's doing his solo videos, as well as his tweets.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Eddie invokes this in his review of the Coco Pops Crunchers commercial by claiming that the raccoon is using them as drugs, mostly because children are only allowed to be sharing the staking park if they can withstand the power of the crunch.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Parodied with "Say no to cereal from raccoons, kids."
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The early videos have a Fair Use disclaimer at the beginning of them.
  • Echoing Acoustics: Most common on the acapella covers.
  • Either/Or Title: The titles of the Literal Music Videos have been changed over three times. Eddie just can’t seem to find a title that fits his videos.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Eddie, after drinking the Love Potion Number Nine. He kisses a policeman, a woman, a man, and chases after a dog.
  • Fan Vid: The point of the Literal Music Videos.
  • Flash Mob: The end to "Twistin' the Night Away", with Frankie leading the formation.
  • Fiery Redhead: Robbie actually isn't one and is much more a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In "Need You Now", Eddie sings about having "another shot of whiskey" and a freeze frame of Eddie pointing a pistol at a surrendering man (presumably called Whiskey) is shown.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Eddie accuses adverts of trying to sexualise food in their commercials, and proves this by playing "Sexual Healing" over the commercial in slow-motion, including a man licking mayonnaise off his fingers.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: A snowy version in "This Empty Place".
  • Guttural Growler: Eddie himself. And to a lesser extent, Robbie.
  • Harsh Vocals: Eddie and Robbie, whenever they get a solo.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Sort of. Eddie points out that many British detergent commercials have actors saying one thing, but their dubbed voice is saying another.
  • Hot Men at Work: A trope that Eddie appears to hate. When talking about the Diamond Car Insurance commercials in his countdown, he praises the commercial for using realistic-looking people in the background instead of Hollywood Homely models. He comments on Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home" and Britney Spears' "Womanizer" music videos glamorizing builders and office workers, respectively, when in real life, builders look like "your dad", as he put it, and office workers look like characters on the US and UK versions of The Office.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Eddie moans about British news trying to be relatable to the youth by promoting their social media, but then immediately flashes up his Twitter username, begging viewers to follow him.
  • I Am the Band: Subverted in Eddie's case. Although he is the main character with his name in the channel, he didn't get a solo song until the 10th video.
  • In Memoriam: invoked At the end of Eddie's second review of British Caledonian, a card in memoriam for Monarch Airlines is shown.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
    • Many of the videos have this.
    • Eddie's Twitter page is full of this, too: "So does The Pentagon have five sides, or...?" note 
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!:invoked One would think that Eddie is attempting to discuss this on Please Stop, TV, but it turns out to be averted. Eddie states that he's lost respect for television news because it promotes its social media all over the place, misses out stories so that the rest of it can be found on their website or social media, and scours the internet for the latest memes, even though parents and the elderly that don't understand the internet wouldn't know what they were talking about, or care.
  • Jumping the Shark: invoked What Eddie accuses the creators of Doctor Who of doing when they made the 13th Doctor female, comparing it to Ghostbusters (2016). He argues that Jodie Whittaker being made the Doctor was because Peter Capaldi failed to maintain the younger audience that young and Mr. Fanservice actors David Tennant and Matt Smith created, and if the BBC was actually progressive, they should've made the character female after the 10th of 11th, when the audience was still watching. Despite his opinion, Eddie writes at the end of the video that he wishes the new Doctor's actress good luck.
  • Lead Bassist: Eddie is a Type B and a Type C.
  • Lead Drummer: Alan.
  • Literal-Minded: A Rule of Funny with the music videos.
  • Medium Blending: The art shifts from the 2D style of Go!Animate to the 3D world of Muvizu. Not to mention, the original art style of the still frames of Bitstrips comic panels.
  • Messy Hair: Robbie's hair on the channel's header page.
  • Multicultural Team: The LMV itself. There are black (Frankie, Eddie, Lucy), Caucasian (Wigan, Robbie), Eastern-Asian (Sam), and ambiguously brown (Alan) members.
  • New Media Are Evil: Averted. In his "Please Stop, TV" video, Eddie accuses television and film of trying to be relatable to its audience by including said new media clumsily into their work.
  • No Respect Guy: Eddie accuses the MacCallister family of treating Kevin like this in the conclusion of Home Alone. When the family discover that the youngest child is fine (despite being in the traumatising situation of being left in a house by himself for about a week, especially after being punished the night before it happened), Eddie points out that their nonchalant attitude could be easily interpreted as even more abusive than the film intended. He says that it really pushes his buttons when the father teases Kevin about going shopping, yet a typical child in a similar situation wouldn't have the skills or awareness to not do something about food and more likely end up starving to death.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Robbie barely gets any solos. He is very vocal about this.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Most of the time, Eddie's interests and memories are based around The 2000s, and he rarely has anything good to say about The New '10s.
  • Off-Model: It’s to be expected in low-budgeted animation. Expect characters' body parts or objects they're holding to merge disturbingly with others.
  • Only One Name: Eddie doesn't have a surname.
  • Perma-Stubble: Robbie has a five o’clock shadow in all of his appearances.
  • P.O.V. Cam: In "Do You Want To Know A Secret", the camera acts as the person Robbie is singing to.
  • Refrain from Assuming: The band isn't called "Eddie at The LMV". The band is called "The LMV", whereas Eddie is one of the members, that also hosts the channel.
  • Satellite Character: The only band member that is seen outside of the group is Eddie. Despite having a wider internet presence than the rest of the neglected group, Robbie mostly hangs around with Eddie.
  • Scatting: Frankie scats the instrumental and introduction lines of "It's In Her Kiss".
  • Shout-Out:
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Many of Eddie and Robbie's fights on social media.
  • Soap Opera: Eddie has a hatred for them, mostly for it being a Crapsack World with Karma Houdini villains and likable characters Too Good for This Sinful Earth, as well as serial cheaters that date everyone in their neighbourhood.
  • Something Completely Different: Any video on the channel that isn’t a literal music video is advertised on the channel as this.
  • Soprano and Gravel:
    • Wigan (although she's alto) and Eddie (gravel) in their cover of "Need You Now".
    • Whenever Frankie (baritone) and Sam (tenor and/or falsetto) duet.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Quite a few occasions.
    • As of early March 2017, Alan has had one leading song: "I’m Into Something Good".
    • Robbie has sung lead on "Needles and Pins" and "Do You Want to Know a Secret". He's been the most vocal about this.
    • Eddie doesn't get a vocal appearance until the tenth music video. Since then, he occasionally makes appearances.
  • Those Two Guys: Frankie and Sam are more likely to duet with each other.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: Robbie is the shortest member of the seven-piece band.
  • Tropes Are Tools: Music Video Tropes are still used, even though the videos focus on following the story of the song they're promoting, unlike official music videos.
  • Unfortunate Names: Robbie Dobbs (rhymes), Frankie Frank (his forename is a variation of his surname), and Wigan is a place in the UK.
  • Values Dissonance: invoked Discussed whenever Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" is mentioned, especially with the controversial "Have a drink, have a drive/Go out and see what you can find".
  • Visual Pun: Several of the music videos base their comedic value around this.
  • Vocal Tag Team: "Live While We're Young", possibly to imitate One Direction's performance.
  • World of Snark: Any of Eddie and Robbie's interactions on Twitter, usually when they're complaining or commenting on something that confuses them.

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