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Me singing, in whichever character, with no lead in.

Huliganov’s Stand by your Man


Playout date: 14 April 2007
Duration: 2:43

Stand aside, Dolly Parton, here’s Huli, with his rendition of “Stent Bayor Mwen” as he pronounces the title of the country classic.
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Dreams


Playout date: 23 March 2007
Duration: 2:06
Views at the time added to HTV: 292
Likes at the time added to HTV: 8
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 8
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 50.0%
Comments at time added: 3
Total interactions at time added: 19
Total interactions to views 6.5%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – medium use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: Fleetwood Mac, Dreams
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

There is nothing like a version of a well belowed song speeded up chipmunk style to bring out the dislikes. I can’t understand now why I even did that, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
“Now here you go again
You say you want your freedom
Well who am I to keep you down
Its only right
That you should play the way you feel it
But listen carefully to the sound
Of your loneliness
Like a heartbeat.. drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost…
And what you had…
And what you lost

Thunder only happens when its raining
Players only love you when theyre playing
Say… women… they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean… youll know

Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions
I keep my visions to myself
Its only me
Who wants to wrap around your dreams and…
Have you any dreams youd like to sell?
Dreams of loneliness…
Like a heartbeat… drives you mad…
In the stillness of remembering what you had…
And what you lost…
And what you had…
And what you lost

Thunder only happens when its raining
Players only love you when theyre playing
Say… women… they will come and they will go
When the rain washes you clean… youll know ”
Despite what you might think from the fact of chipmunking it, this is a beloved song of mine. It had partticular meaning for me as a song of the summer when I was 14 years old and got swept out to sea in a freezing mountain wind near Ullapool in Scotland. In fact, right here:

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Afterwards I was determined to become a more proficient rower and learned how from a very nice older boy from Middlesborough called Gary, and he used to like a song while rowing, so this was one of the ones we used to sing.

Quote of the clip: “Women, women come and women go. When the rain washes you, clean your nose”.

Good old-fashioned lover boy


 

Playout date: 18 February 2007
Duration: 3:02
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,992
Likes at the time added to HTV: 18
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 5
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 78.3%
Comments at time added: 9
Total interactions at time added: 32
Total interactions to views 1.6%
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Home
Other people featured: Keghart, music, and Sophie James, choreography
Genre: Duet
Music used: “Good old-fashioned lover boy” by Queen
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

One of my favorite Queen songs and also probably the most under-rated of all, since most people seem not to have heard of it these days. I was lucky enough to find one version of it in early YT to sing along with.

Quote of the clip: “If things go right, just hold on tight”

Huliganov’s “Brown Eyes Blue”


Playout date: 21 January 2007
Duration: 5:24
Views at the time added to HTV: 909
Likes at the time added to HTV: 9
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 21
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 30.0%
Comments at time added: 9
Total interactions at time added: 39
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Intro’d song
Music used: Crystal Gayle “Brown Eyes Blue”
Languages used: English, little Russian
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Huliganov explains the poetic metaphor in the lyrics of this Crystal Gale number. Clearly eyes cannot be both brown and blue at the same time. It is all down to the use of an oxymoron, but “hopefully her eyes went brown again afterwards”.

Old Man River (Soft Cell Version)


Playout date: 14 January 2007
Duration: 5:21
Views at the time added to HTV: 1,773
Likes at the time added to HTV: 11
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 26
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 29.7%
Comments at time added: 3
Total interactions at time added: 40
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” by Soft Cell, but a cover version linking that song and it’s chord progressions to the classic American spiritual genre song “Old Man River”.
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

With a popularity rating of under 30%, this experiment was not very highly appreciated by the listenership on YT. But then again, whenever two songs are placed together the fans of each get all upset.

You can find a very charming piece on YT where John Denver and Karen Carpenter, both voices now late and of fond memory, combine in a medley of the Scots staple “Coming through the rye” and “Good vibrations” and even two such wondrous voices and performers as these two face a barrage of outraged comment criticism and wurzel thumbage.

Therefore I can’t feel too bad at the reception of this attempt by me to juxtapose the mincey soft cell number with the American classic, but stil I thought it was quite clever. That’s probably what lies at the root of a lot of my problems, come to think of it…

Re: StopLoveLookWalkCarryCrownDead


Playout date: 23 December 2006
Duration: 1:51
Views at the time added to HTV: 337
Likes at the time added to HTV: 6
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 23
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 20.7%
Comments at time added: 2
Total interactions at time added: 31
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – heavy use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

This was another example of the things early youtubers did in the community, in this case it was a response to a YouTuber called Bowiechick who did a video of herself performing a song speeded up and named it using a string of verbs from the song. When you did, in the early days of YT, a video response, it automatically took the name of the video you were responding to and added the word “re” in front in the title. Now it seems to make no sense as all the responses have been decoupled, but as a memory of the features YouTube used to have when it was by the people for the people, and not Corporate special interests as it is today. Today we have been stabbed in the back, and most earlier YouTuber shave fallen by the wayside.

Unlike many of the early YT community Bowiechick is still producing videos, and you can easily find her channel.

All I think about is you


Playout date: 17 December 2006
Duration: 4:06
Views at the time added to HTV: 2,133
Likes at the time added to HTV: 12
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 25
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 32.4%
Comments at time added: 1
Total interactions at time added: 38
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: Harry Nilsson’s “All I think about is you” 1977 – “Everybody’s talking” album.
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Not so well received by some of the usual clientele, who like a merrier vibe. This is a pretty sad song, illustrating the state of mind of someone who can’t get to the person they desire above all others.

Wandering Star


 

Playout date: 9 December 2006
Duration: 4:26
Views at the time added to HTV: 3,530
Likes at the time added to HTV: 18
Dislikes at time added to HTV: 27
Popularity % ” ” ” =L/(L+D): 40.0%
Comments at time added: 12
Total interactions at time added: 57
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Office at Jazdow
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: Lee Marvin’s “Wandrin Star” from Paint Your Wagon, karaoke version
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: Fishtank in background with Ameca splendens
Other remarks:

This was quite well-received at first, but over time voted down, either because I had a time when opponents in debate would come and do it, or because peoples standards grew from what they were in the earlier days of YT when the community tended to encourage each other.

Either way, doesn’t matter. I know where the faults are in the rendition, these days I sing it better, and also I don’t make video to please the masses, first and foremost I make video to please myself. Pleasing or displeasing others is a by-product. On balance I get pleasure from people who like what I do, but if they don’t then I expect that anyway so I lose nothing.

What’s another year?


Playout date: 23 November 2006
Duration: 3:03
Camera: Logitech Webcam
Post Production: Windows Movie Maker – slight use
Location: Home
Other people featured: None
Genre: Song only
Music used: “What’s another year” by Johnny Logan (1980)
Languages used: English
Animals/plants featured: None
Other remarks:

Shay Healey composed and Johnny Logan originally sang this wonderful song, one of the best Eurovision entries of all time and its deserving winner for Ireland in the year 1980.

Snow flurries


Playout date: 2 November 2006
Camera: Fuji Finepix
Post Production: None
Location: Home
Other people featured: my wife, Elena
Genre: Family, Song acapello, minimal intro
Music used: Acapello rendition of ‘Vdol’ po ulitse, aka “Snow flurries”
Languages used: Russian, English
Animals featured: None

This video was made as a response to Kenbank, one of my first subbers and a good YT friend.  Ken had made a video singing the Russian staple “snow flurries”, or “Vdol’ po ulitse metelitsa metyot”, and since on that particular morning, despite it being only 2nd November, we did indeed have snow flurries out on our terrace, I decided to sing the song a cappella, showing an example of snow flurrying, as it were, while I did it!

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