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Amazing mashup of Yuzo Kayama (a Japanese singer from the past) and Fatboy Slim.

On YouTube

link to video

Via Utsumi

UPDATE: Yuzo Kayama still sings and can pack the house, but this original movie is probably from the 60's.

UPDATE: appears to be a new working link.



(BTW, Joi, can you put a normal link in entries using embedded video for people who read your blog via RSS readers?)

Interesting. Does Yuzo Kayama (or the production company) offer the source movie under CC or another freely reusable license?

Good point KL. I'll add a update about copyright.

Actually, this is what the YouTube Terms of Service have to say about this:

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It's been on my playlist for months, but ever since I saw this vid... Kayama's voice took over the whole tune. I don't know if I could ever listen to it without remembering him...

The video is no longer available. Darn! I wanted to see it.

ahhhh, the video is dead!

Yuzo Kayama and The Ranchers

Oh man did I miss my chance to see a scene from Eleki no Wakadaisho?????

Was he singing a Ventures song with lyrics? I'm serious. In Japan, there are lyrics to Diamond Head!