February 21, 2005

Just New Jersey

This kid and his "Numa Numa Dance" have been making the online rounds lately, like the Star Wars Kid did a few years ago.

I first saw the Numa Numa Kid on Patrick's Buzz List. It was originally believed he was doing his silly lip-syncing from somewhere in Europe. Then it was discovered he lives in New Jersey and somehow it wasn't the same. Pat even mentioned the disappointment on his site.

But it's still the same video. What changed exactly? Is it because we'd expect more of this type of thing from a kid in New Jersey? Is it less innocent and pure coming from the Land of Entertainment?

I asked Pat about his disappointment. Here's his response:

"For me, when I felt he was Eastern European, I thought I was getting this international look into someone's life that we never would have had, otherwise, without the Web. And how even half-way around the world, sitting alone in your room lip-syncing to a silly song has the same universal appeal - both for the kid to perform, and for us as viewers watching him. It was almost comforting. Then when I found out he was from Jersey, it was less glamorous, more expected, and I think you're right - less pure.

The first time I put him on the Buzz, I made reference to the fact that had the Web been around 20 years ago, that kid would have been me. And that's the truth - I spent an hour each night playing music in my bathroom and lip-syncing into the mirror. Damn, I thought I was cool. There was something really intriguing by the fact that so many years later, there was a kid in Europe doing the same thing. Alas, Jersey just seemed too... hohum."

It's funny how backstory can play into our perception of things.

After much reflection on the subject I blame the children of Eastern Europe. Way to drop the ball, losers.

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Comments

Hey Steve, although that kid was not european, there is a video of some austrian guy singing the same song. I'm pretty sure he's drunk, and he is most definitely foreign. He's kinda old, but maybe pat can relate to him.

Posted by: seymour bibbons, Esq. at February 21, 2005 8:35 AM

I forget where i got it

Posted by: seymour bibbons, Esq. at February 21, 2005 8:41 AM

My neighbor, who is married to a German guy, took one look at the video and said, "NO way THAT's in Europe." She said that the room, including the guy's window, was not Euro-decor.

And you're right, it loses something in the translation.

Posted by: nat at February 21, 2005 9:04 AM

Any idea what song that is? Nobody seems to mention it. (Though I admit I haven't done any in-depth investigating on the matter)
=Smidge=

Posted by: Smidge204 at February 21, 2005 10:01 AM

LOL! I totally agree with Patrick!

Posted by: Scott at February 21, 2005 10:47 AM

The name of the song is Dragostea Din Tei by Ozone (a Romanian group). I have a few European friends and a few other friends who wished they were European.

Amazing that this kid made a stupid home video with his webcam or whatever, and the recognition it's getting. I had a friend send it to me a month ago, and next thing I knew it's featured on Best Week Ever and the Buzz List. There are so many people making videos just like this who have way too much time on their hands..... and I appreciate their efforts.

And as for his New Jersey-ness.... I should've known.

Posted by: Emily at February 21, 2005 11:17 AM

Thanks Emily, you rock :)

=Smidge=

Posted by: Smidge204 at February 21, 2005 1:11 PM

Actually, O-Zone is from Moldova, but they speak Romanian there.

Posted by: Randy at February 21, 2005 2:09 PM

The Mexican Version is funnier.

http://www.members.cox.net/epsil0n/uhmm.wmv

EVERYONE MUST SEE IT!

Posted by: Susan at February 21, 2005 2:45 PM

My favorite will always be this one which I first saw back in July because this guy is a lot crazier and, the best part, he does his own vocals - HA!

http://www.sickjokes.net/media/Idiot.wmv

Posted by: e at February 21, 2005 4:14 PM

Well I just gotta say that kis has class. For one reason: That little eyebrow arch-y thing he does with those high pitched noises in the song. That is 100% classy.

Posted by: obsessive at February 21, 2005 6:28 PM

I don't find any of this Numa Numa stuff funny. So they're dancing. So they're lip synching. So they're fat. But it doesn't come close to being on par with the Star Wars kid. Dumb, but not funny.

Posted by: George at February 21, 2005 7:16 PM

Funny the "kid" is getting talked about here. I, myself, put him on my blog...an infertility blog of whining and bitching...he was sort of my mascot as well as a few other women. So here is the thing..being the dork that I am I researched to find all that I could about this kid.

I was so disappointed when I found out that he was a boring american. Did I tell my fellow bloggers or friends who I ensconced into repetitive watchings of the "kid"?

You bet your ass I did not. Because I knew the tortuous truth about "the kid". Yes, I carry this burden even now...months later. It is a hard struggle but one that I must endure for the sake of my blogging and human friends. They must never find out.

I still love the kid..even had thoughts of stealing him ....well I am infertile you know so we infertilites dream about snatching unattended babies out of grocery store shopping carts and I figure this kid would be fun to have around. Geesh! People...do not look at me strange or trace my URL I will not be stealing any kids anytime soon.

For any major fellow junkies of "the kid" I will leave these links..the first one is the real band's music video. The second is a lego version of the video....I love it! Just think ..this is what may have inspired "the kid".

http://mapage.noos.fr/martialro/ozone/video.html

http://www.koreus.com/files/200407/lego-zone.html

Posted by: alex at February 22, 2005 10:49 AM

Okay, the breakdancing legos got a chuckle out of me.

Posted by: George at February 22, 2005 12:14 PM

Hey, I'm a girl from the UK, how about if I lip-sync to sweet child of mine, or dragula, or something, and upload it to Steve? Would that make up for it? I do requests and promise to dress appropriately :)

Posted by: Angelcat at February 22, 2005 4:24 PM

So I'm wondering if the Numa Numa song has hit the U.S. dance halls? Seeing as how old I am now, going to dance halls is will only get me "What the hell are you doing here old dirty man" looks. OK, well I'm not that old, it's more that I'm just lame . . .

Posted by: Sebastian at February 22, 2005 4:38 PM

You give away your age (or your lameness) by calling them "dance halls." ;)

Posted by: G at February 22, 2005 6:04 PM

all your base are belong to us!

cheers
hooizz

Posted by: hooizz at February 22, 2005 7:43 PM

Just thought I should post this, O'Zone - Dragostea Din Tei is huge everywhere in Europe and that includes here in Israel. When it came out it was on the radio non-stop. That's it.

Posted by: Yair from Israel at February 23, 2005 6:37 AM

I was surprised to hear that a video had managed to make the internet rounds without my having caught it -- but now I see why. It really isn't funny.

I would like to throw my support behind Angelcat's offer, however.

Posted by: Hymen Wrot at February 23, 2005 7:32 AM

I say that we should understand this for what it is... a celebration of individuality.

We should all join in. I know I do.

http://lmxwa.tripod.com/index.htm

Have a nice day!

Posted by: the entire state of washington at February 23, 2005 11:32 AM

Certainly good enough to win my competition...

www.ebaumsworld.com/aicha.html

Posted by: Simon Cowell at February 23, 2005 1:49 PM

the entire state of washington,

Now that was funny. It wasn't too long, and it had a nice surprise!

Posted by: George at February 23, 2005 9:14 PM

Thanks, G. Hey, I made an ebonics expression even though I am lame without even trying! (I'm going to cry myself to sleep now.)

Posted by: Sebastian at February 23, 2005 10:27 PM

Hey! I just wanted to say that I love your site. Funny stuffs ya got here, man. My friends and I on that URL I left you have an ongoing battle/joke about SPAM(the food.) I know you've done a bit on potted meat but it would be hilarious if you did something about SPAM. I told them I'd try the stuff soon but there's something scary to me about canned meat. ;)

Posted by: HollyBerry at February 23, 2005 11:10 PM

So, no requests or responses? My teeth aren't that bad!

Posted by: angelcat at February 24, 2005 10:48 AM

Actually, you will hea this song ("Dragostea Din Tei") quite often on Sirius Satellite Radio's station 66 "The Beat" performed both by O-Zone and by Haiducii. I think I've heard it on XM's channel 81 "BPM" as well.

Posted by: Randy at February 25, 2005 12:38 AM

Angelcat,

More human than human. That would be an interesting one.... but don't really do it.

Posted by: Zombie at February 25, 2005 12:19 PM

Personally, I thought this was MORE hilarious when I found out the guy was American. I don't know if he knew the words to the song or what they meant, and if not, he's doing a really good job of phonetically lip synching. It's funny. The eyebrows get me every time. Rock on!!!

Posted by: LydZ at February 28, 2005 1:08 AM

Reminds me of lostfrog.org, a flyer for a lost toy frog suddenly became internet legend, turns out the 'kid' was actually 18 years old and severely autistic. Kind of a sad end to a funny story

Posted by: Thomas at February 28, 2005 6:16 AM

I can't understand why the kid doesn't capitalize on his noteriety. I'm sure there's someone out there that would pay him to endorse deodorant or web hosting.

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Posted by: PJ at March 5, 2005 9:33 PM

Do you think that when he uploaded the video to the internet he thought no one would see it???? He did it voluntarily, unlike the Star Wars kid who just made the mistake of not erasing the tape b4 he went home. I am in my 40's and if anyone had put a camera in my room while I was singing along to my record player with a hair brush, I would have been famous too! I did a mean Steve Perry (right), and could sing the heck out of the Grease soundtrack.

Posted by: Nan at March 23, 2005 8:57 AM