R.E.M. gives Dunedin's 'Shiny Happy People' lip dub an online shout-out
Since October, business owners and citizens from around Dunedin have been planning a massive lip dub video to the R.E.M. song Shiny Happy People, all designed to showcase the city's undniable good-time vibes. More than 500 people turned out to dance and (pretend to) sing on Dunedin's Main Street.
The so-called "Funedin LipDub" came out on Jan. 29, and almost immediately attracted attention from an unlikely source: R.E.M. themselves, who linked to the video on their news page, calling it "a really fun video to ward off the winter blahs." (Guess now that they're no longer a band, they have a lot more time to spend surfing the web for viral videos.)
It's easy to see why Michael Stipe and company dug it. To quote the great Stefon, this video has everything: singing mermaids, giant Day of the Dead puppets, Afro'd bumblebees, sobbing mimes, kilted pipers, jugglers, a lion in a tie-dye T-shirt. It even features one of those old-timey bicycles with the big front wheel!
"I was shocked to get a call from the band," Kathy Carlson, executive producer of the video, said in a statement. "This city looks for any excuse to dress up and have fun and we just want to share that with everyone. But, I’m glad R.E.M. liked it."
Sadly, Warner Music Group has blocked the video from being embedded on R.E.M.'s website, because they suck. But you can watch it above above. Don't you want to be at that party?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*