Every so often, you might come across a YouTube phenomenon that doesn't (a) suck and/or (b) get really, really old after the second time you're exposed to it. StSanders' "shreds" series is one of those phenomena. If you've ever seen Woody Allen's What's Up Tiger Lily?, Kung Pow: Enter the Fist or anything else that relies on dubbing over dubious source material with screwball comedy, then you might've also heard of their musical equivalent, in which Finnish guitar geek Santeri Ojala takes footage of guitarists and rock bands being extremely virtuosic and dubs over awful, fumble-fingered, inept, ridiculous and hilarious riffs and percussion. He was the subject of one of YouTube's more talked-about cease-and-desist cases about a year ago, and that sort of killed some of his popular momentum -- so it was a bit of a surprise when I learned he'd posted a new video a few months back. And it's one of the funniest things I've ever seen on YouTube, largely because it plays perfectly off the inherent absurdity of everybody's favorite makeup-wearing perpetrators of theatrical pud-rock, KISS.
This dub, which extends beyond StSanders' usual satiric noodling into full-fledged song(re)writing, takes on the video for KISS' hamfisted disco crossover "I Was Made for Lovin' You". And it does sound a bit like the original 1979 single, at least for four seconds, until Gene plunks out a bassline that sounds like Mike Watt practicing scales and everything turns absurd. Highlights include the cheerful whistling intro, Paul Stanley inexplicably lapsing into an Italian accent, Ace Frehley's hillbilly voice, and out-of-nowhere interpolations of the theme from "Dallas". Oh yeah -- and the new lyrics.