By Cory Doctorow at 6:23 pm Wed, Jul 4, 2012
Tom Greto, a Redditor's young cousin, performs a quite wonderful rendition of the Trololo song. What a treat!
So I was browsing my cousin's YouTube videos when suddenly... (youtube.com)
I’m nominatin this kid for the Nobel Prize in Trololol.
In humanity’s darkest hour, a young saviour appeared…
Kid nails it.
In Soviet Russia, it would nail kid.
I’ll never troll-olo again….
This kid’s facials (and his performance was great) made me realize that the Trololol song would have perfect for Andy Kaufman.
Nailed. Kid wins the Internet today.
Adorable and hilarious. I just hope he gets appreciated at school and not mocked horribly…
Time for a Kickstarter production… tracking shots, outdoor locations, cranes, fountains… wardrobe! The kid’s got it, that indefinable *STAR* quality… all we need is a little production value.
A producer would ruin it for sure.
Actually I think he looks and acts a lot like Shia Labeouf in Freaks and Geeks (he was probably about the same age at the time). I’m not sure if the world can stand another Shia Labeouf, but he’s successful, anyway :)
You have to get your Labeoufs before they’re fully ripe and start to stink.
Patience… this is, after all, an election year.
Ok, that was great.
Trololo: The Prequel
Goddamit! If YouTube were back in the day I would have been famous for my Elvis. Seriously
Clearly a lipsync.
you know what. all in all it was a pretty good day. first that higgs boson thing, then I heard something about dark matter, and now this video. my life is complete. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY EVERYONE!
I want to see his Downfall parody.
Is it just me or does this kid look like Eduard Khil? I did a side by sideand the kids a dead ringer!
I do not think “performs” means what you think it means.
Looks like he’s performing to me?
Slightly out of time and whilst watching a video/autocue off to his right, but I guess it’s still a performance, no denying that.
The proclamations of ‘nailed it!’ must be from his mum though, at best it deserves a ‘that’s alright!’, which admittedly isn’t as snappy as an Internet comment.
He’s performing in the acting sense, but “performing a song” involves actually performing the piece, not acting.
It’s like “performing a sexual act” or “performing an operation” or “performing a marriage ceremony.”
Feigns. He feigns the piece.
He’s performing, but “performing a song” involves actually performing the piece not acting.
First of all, in the original video, Mr. Khil is lip-synching, albeit to his own voice. Second, there is one original, but hundreds of homages. This means that lip-synching is in fact the primary way that one “performs” Trololo.
Perform: to render (music) by singing or playing.
You can believe what you want. Jan appears to understand that performance musically means a particular thing. I was concurring.
So DJS don’t perform? When dancers dance to music, they’re not performing? Nobody said that he was performing music. He’s performing a cultural piece.
SpaceTard gets it exactly right, as any musician will tell you. My comment was due to expectations raised by Cory’s headline being dashed. The kid is blameless. I was looking forward to a musical reinterpretation of the tune, a cover if you like, but it seems the Internet cannot make all my wishes come true. Blame me for being an optimist.
boingboing’s hyperbolic headlines strike again! At least they didn’t say he “played” Trololo, or there would be blood, as they say.
Seriously, it would have been cool if this kid had hired an orchestra, rewrote and arranged the score, recorded his version of it, set up the stage, lights and cameras, choreographed his blocking, visited the costume department and actually put on a real lip synching performance.
Guess he was just a little lazy. Single camera, no professional lighting – like what is this, amateur hour in mom and pop’s basement? Oh ..
Still, gave me lols.
So this doesn’t count as a performance then?
Great lip-synch, great performance by the lad, and a respectful homage to Eduard Anatolyevich Khil.
Eduard Anatolyevich Khil, was an amazing guy. Trololo was his most well known song, at least in the west, but his oeuvre is much more than the one song.
He has been called the ‘Russian Lawrence Welk’, because his show’s format was similar, and many older, elderly, Russian Immigrants acquaintances of mine love Welk because they used to watch Khil back home.
I cannot sit through ten minutes of Welk unless I’ve altered my state. With Khil, I don’t need to alter my state. He didn’t take himself seriously and he kind of reminds me of a Benny Hill who continued to play it straight and did not evolve his show to burlesque (I’m a Benny Hill fan, and his very, earliest shows (B&W) were much like Welk and Khil.)
BTW, here is a fairly decent WikiP about EAK:
Great lip-sync? Really?
Perhaps I’m spoiled by the efforts made by German dubbers (Though the standards declined in recent years), but this looked pretty off to me.
Probably enhanced by the the discrepancy between the young boy and the deep voice, which can’t have come from him
Well, by great I wasn’t talking about whether or not the lip-sync was technically great .
You’re right of course about it looking off, and you’re also right about this being enhanced by the discrepancy between the deep voice and the young boy. These reasons are the reason I used the word ‘great’, as in I really liked the overall effect.
I should have been more clear and wrote something like ‘great video’ while acknowledging this was lip-synced which was my intent.
Yes, I agree that the German dubbers are pretty amazing ;)
This lipsync may be funny, OK. But what the author made to Cyrillic alphabet (“HAKOHELI BO3BPAIII,AIOCB ,II,OMON”) is just disgusting. While laughing at “Funny Engrish”, it may be useful to know it needs about 6 clicks (depends on OS) to set ANY character set to one’s computer.
some of you take critiquing this kid way too seriously. I think some people just can’t handle others getting applause. Give the kid a break you sour m*therf*ckers, loosen up and have a laugh for once.
Calling others “sour m*therf*ckers” is a sure sign of one.
As is censoring “mother”.
like I said loosen up. I’ll c*nsor wh*tev*r I want. I ain’t too sour to enjoy this kid having fun.
As Boney M said in Rah,Rah, Rasputin, “Oh, those Russians…”
Does he not realize this will be now forever on the interwebs and he’ll never be able to live it down?
It shall be forever known that Tom Greto is a funny, confident young man with a taste for weird, geeky humour. The editors are already looking at hiring him to write for the new boingboing (For Kids!) section.
Wait, seriously? I am the original poster of this on Reddit and Tom’s cousin. I can give you contact information if you need it.
I think that if you look through his other videos, you’ll find that this kid has a solid group of friends, they are very talented, and they are having enough fun doing this that they just don’t care what anyone else thinks. The fact that as many people watched this as did is reward enough. Plus, the slightly off lip-synch, the young/old juxtaposition, and the fact that that voice could never come out of this kid are what makes the video hysterical. A++, would watch again.
Yep, in earlier generations a kid like this would be a lonely nerd, but no longer. He and his friends probably do still get picked on in school, but these days it’s much more obvious that jocks and bullies at school don’t actually matter, so kids like these (often, not always) are better equipped to deal with them or ignore them. Youtube plays a large role in this.
can we fix the audio. Sounds like its a stereo playing it in a room. Would be easy enuf to swap out, eh?
Well… this made my day :) Very cool kid and great reenactment :0)
Well, this is a little freaky. I just started humming this song about a minute before I scrolled down to this story!
Although I heard about the “Trololo Guy” video, this is the only version I’ve seen. This kid will forever be the Trololo Guy in my mind.
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