I've mentioned before that I write for ksl.com, which has a regular feature called "Have You Seen This?" It's all about the weird and wacky things found on the web, and it's an awesome diversion from the doom and gloom too often found in the news. Recently I wrote a "HYST?" feature (my first in over a year) and was anxiously awaiting publication — only to find that the video I had written about was already featured a year ago.
But instead of bemoaning the fact that my oh-so-humorous story (I flatter myself) would never see the light of day, I decided to switch things up on the ol' blog today and post it here, in all its glory.
Without further ado...
Have you seen this? Being American sounds awesome
Say what you will about pop culture; singers,
musicians, fashion designers and filmmakers in countries around the
world have been trying to replicate American entertainment and style for
decades — some even quite literally.
Take this 1970’s music video from Italy, aptly titled on YouTube “What
American English sounds like to non-English speakers.” According to the
video description, it actually has a much more complicated title:
“Prisecolinensinenciousol.” What that means is anyone’s guess because
the language spoken in the video is not Italian or English — it’s
gibberish designed to sound like American English.
Italian singer, songwriter, comedian, actor, director and TV host (so
says Wikipedia) Adrian Celentano performed — and, presumably, wrote and
created — the aforementioned “Prisecolinensinenciousol” on the Italian
TV show “Milleluci” sometime in the ‘70s, judging by the dancers’
penchant for bell bottoms and feathered hair.
How to describe this video? It kind of has a
"Saturday-Night-Fever"-meets-"Welcome-Back-Kotter" vibe. Or, it's a
glimpse into an alternate reality where Bob Dylan does funk, or Bob
Fosse does funk, or both do funk together.
However you describe it, what follows is pure entertainment that, quite
frankly, makes me proud to be an American — because by these standards,
Americans look and sound awesome.
This video almost leaves me speechless (mostly because every time I
watch it I’m a little out of breath from both laughing and trying to
dance along, high kicks and all), but it does inspire me to leave a few
brief parting words, a rallying cry, if you will: