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Author:  Poohtunia [ Fri Feb 25, 2005 8:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Dancer of the Numa Numa/Paris Hilton

From tomorrow's New York Times:

Internet Fame Is Cruel Mistress
for Dancer of the Numa Numa

By Alan Feuer and Jason George

The question remains why two million people would want to watch a doughy guy in glasses wave his arms around online to a Romanian pop song.


I don't know, but I watched it a couple of times. :D

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Author:  djb [ Fri Feb 25, 2005 11:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Dancer of the Numa Numa

You watched it only a couple of times?

A while back, I woke up one morning and turned on the TV, and there was a live performance of this song on the Today Show. I couldn't get "nu ma nu ma iei, nu ma nu ma nu ma iei" out of my head for the rest of the day. Very catchy drivel.

Here's more than you ever wanted to know about Numa Numa:

In case you missed the link contained in the article:

Video clip of the Today Show, showing a bit of O-Zone’s(?) appearance (they didn't appear to be the people in the complete video -- link below), singing the English language version, and a bit of the very popular version by Gary Brolsma:

Another lip-synch version by “Tom” and “Vince,” inspired by Mr. Brolsma’s masterpiece:

And here is the complete, original video by the Moldovan/Romanian boy band O-Zone:

Lyrics (in Romanian) and translation:

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Author:  djb [ Sat Feb 26, 2005 12:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Dancer of the Numa Numa

Forget about the second link -- that was yesterday's news. Too bad, because another video from yesterday showed Paris Hilton talking to reporters after being kicked (in the stomach, apparently) by a horse. Sorry, Stuart, crandc and Michael G.

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Author:  Azlan [ Sun Feb 27, 2005 10:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Dancer of the Numa Numa

Ha ha! Actually, Andy Serwer and Jack Cafferty of CNN's In the Money program get credit for unearthing this one -- they have a regular segment on interesting websites (another of CNN's programs, Andersen Cooper 360 Degrees may have tried to take credit). You know, it's serious business when a CNN money show does a spotlight on your site!

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:18 am ]
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As djb has already steered us to Paris Hilton here, I'm including a delightfully funny piece about this 21st Century polymath:

My favourite quote:

"I know music," [Paris] reassured the Sunday Times children's section. "I hear it every single day."

While this obviously gives Hilton a massive advantage over those who have never heard any music and thus believe it to be a variety of cheese, there remains the nagging suspicion that this might not represent sufficient qualification for a career as a singer, in much the same way as knowing what a child is does not fully equip you for a career as a consultant paediatrician.

click for more

Author:  salzberg [ Fri Aug 11, 2006 5:17 am ]
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I particularly like the photo caption, which is a link to (where one can purchase Ms. Hilton's book): "Buy Paris Hilton now".

It sort of reinforces the opinion we've all had of her, I think.

Author:  djb [ Fri Aug 11, 2006 2:15 pm ]
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On Stars Are Blind, the combination of tinny cod-reggae and your-call-is-being-held-in-a-queue vocal technique results in something so plasticky, it's perversely enjoyable. Elsewhere, Hilton's audible lack of interest torpedoes her own chances. Someone has encouraged her to make erotically charged squeals of affirmation and panting noises, with deleterious results. "Yah! Uh-huh-huh! Yah!" she huffs, like a Sloane Ranger having an asthma attack.

Listening to her sing Rod Stewart's Do Ya Think I'm Sexy, you are gripped by the fear that civilisation as we know it is doomed and that brimstone is going to start raining from the sky any minute. It doesn't, but a sense of terrible foreboding is further stoked by the sleeve notes, which make reference to "all my albums to come". You might call that another example of the sheer force of will that has got Hilton so far in so many improbable careers, but on the basis of the 11 tracks here, it sounds more like a threat.

My reaction to this almost got me fired for disrupting the workplace!

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