You on Kazoo!

Posted in Dead VCR, VHS, Workbook

Join your new special friend Brett on a musical journey to the land of pretend. Close your eyes, channel the Pretend Spirit, and go CRAZY! Kazoo can do anything with a kazoo (except run, jump, or dance).


Discovering the Kazoo Kid:

You on Kazoo! was unearthed sometime in the summer of 2015 in a thrift store in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I converted the VHS tape and re-edited a brief 3 1/2 minute version of the video and uploaded it to YouTube on August 25th, 2015. I had roughly 200 subscribers to my YouTube channel at the time. The video is a creative edit and jumps around the order of the original. The “Shoo-be-doo-bee” song is intercut with Brett’s introduction at the beginning. The “Special Friends” finale is condensed to a few seconds. The only audio altering I performed is the satanic pitch-shift of Brett saying “Special Friends” after “I think we’re gonna be friends…” The rest of the overdubs were from the original.

In October of 2016 I started noticing a few comments on the video. Google searching didn’t turn up anything, but I eventually tracked a post on the NotTimAndEric subreddit. From there it’s likely someone saw the subreddit thread and lifted a few seconds of the video posting it to a popular Vine channel, something like Funny Vines or Hood Vines. It’s a fairly common practice these days for these channels to freeboot anything that proves itself successful on Reddit or Imgur. Vine users began intercutting their own video with the You on Kazoo footage, mixing it with music videos on Vine, or just sharing the clip with a new caption. The Vine clips were reposted to YouTube, YouTube videos became Tumblr posts. All of the sharing was essentially the same few seconds of lifted video. Brett, the star, became known as Kazoo Kid.

In late December posted my YouTube video to their site, the first link to the original video since the very first NotTimAndEric subreddit post. With more footage uncovered new remixes using the 3-minute video began popping up from MLG and YTP communities. The cycle began again with new clips on Vine, longer 15-second clips on Instagram, 30-second clips on Twitter and then Facebook. By late January 2016 Kazoo kid, saturating every social media outlet, appeared in posts on Know Your Meme, Elite Daily and Buzzfeed UK.

On January 23rd, 2016 I posted the unedited You on Kazoo (full version). 3 days later the 3-minute version eclipsed 1 million views on YouTube. And the saga continues…

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