A group of history teachers from somewhere in Hawaii have created a series of music videos about various people and events in history – mostly to the tunes (and sometimes visually referencing the videos) of hits from the 80s. You can watch them all on their Youtube channel – most are pretty good, a couple are a bit dull, and a handful are near-genius. My personal favorites (of the ones I’ve watched so far), are below – very much in order!
- The Canterbury Tales (“California Dreaming”) – Check out the mad medieval flow at 1:11!
- Beowulf (“99 Luftballons”) – Anglo-Saxon rapping, how can you lose?
- The Odyssey (“Across the Universe”) – this one is actually rather moving
- Pompeii (“Bang, Bang” – Nancy Sinatra) – likewise
- Macedonia (“My Sharona”) – Sannion, this one’s for you!
Oh thank you for posting these! The Canterbury Tales vid made me laugh and cry simultaneously. I’m now grooving to the version of the Divine Comedy as a Blondie song.
Glad you liked them… There are at least three Blondie songs up there, maybe four – and to my eye, the singer actually bears a pretty fair resemblance to Debbie Harry.
Oh man, these are so great!
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