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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Posted by Steven | Archive
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.
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.
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)
LOL! I totally agree with Patrick!
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.
Thanks Emily, you rock :)
Actually, O-Zone is from Moldova, but they speak Romanian there.
The Mexican Version is funnier.
EVERYONE MUST SEE IT!
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!
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.
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.
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".
Okay, the breakdancing legos got a chuckle out of me.
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 :)
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 . . .
You give away your age (or your lameness) by calling them "dance halls." ;)
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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.
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.
I say that we should understand this for what it is... a celebration of individuality.
We should all join in. I know I do.
Have a nice day!
Certainly good enough to win my competition...
the entire state of washington,
Now that was funny. It wasn't too long, and it had a nice surprise!
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.)
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. ;)
So, no requests or responses? My teeth aren't that bad!
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.
More human than human. That would be an interesting one.... but don't really do it.
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!!!
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
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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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.