In a recent post, Allison over at Israelity.com wrote about a video karaoke booth set up by Israeli cellular provider Orange. The idea was that random Israeli passerbys would pop in and record a video karaoke clip to the tune of Tom Jones’ Sex Bomb. Said clips would then be uploaded to Israeli YouTube clone Flix
Allison focussed on this one guy who made an honest go of it and actually came in knowing more than just the chorus of the song. She also made reference to this group of little tzatzkalehs (Jewish “hotties”) who made up for their lack of musical skillz with some MTV inspired moves and facial expressions. But what nearly killed me, literally, was this group made up of two Grampas and a Nephew? Grandson? Whatever… Allison couldn’t identify the languages they spoke but, being a bit more cosmopolitan than Allison the eternal Jerusalemite, I was able to identify the fact that they were Sephardic (who else sings Sex Bomb with a Kippah?) and speaking a combination of bad english, Arabic (“Aiwa! Aiwa!”) and French (T’est le champion Nicolas!). Here’s the clip:
Allison took pleasure in how bad everyone’s English was. This coming from the perspective of an olah struggeling with Hebrew. My perspective came from the clip making me miss my Dad and my community of goofy Moroccan Jews back in Montreal. Suffice it to say I laughed my ass off, and that’s why I hate Israelity.com. See, I am still suffering from my recent bike spill and resulting rib injury. Laugter = pain, pain = hatred towards whoever caused it. Sorry Allison, but thems the rules. Stop making me laugh!
Anyhow, for those of you who want to reproduce the Orange Karaoke experience from the comfort of your home or cubicle, here’s Tom Jones and mousse T singing the peppermint disco radio mix version of Sex Bomb that you can sing along to. Uh… enjoy.[audio:tom_jones_sexbomb.mp3]