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Published on Aug 27, 2009
This is an exclusive video of Belle & Sebastian performing "I'm A Cuckoo" in concert in both Japanese and English at the Lowlands Festival in England in 2006... NEVER HAPPENED (haha).
HOW IT WAS MADE:
The original concert footage (sung entirely in English) was enhanced with widescreen HQ (from the original 4:3 format); the resulting video was synced with a newly substituted bilingual audio track. Additional cutaway shots from other concert footage were added to make the lip sync (or lack thereof) less apparent because of the new audio track having been added. The audio is a mashup of the original studio track in English, live concert audio, and a rare Japanese version of the song intended solely for distribution in Japan.
Incidentally, the "live" concert performance had no horn section, although the recorded version does. Again, a little mixing magic fixed that. I then added the cutaway video shots of the horn player from another Belle & Sebastian performance.
I tweaked the EQ and reverb of the composite track a bit to balance the different sources (the lead vocal on the Japanese version is not as distinct as on the English version -- it was mic-ed differently). I adjusted the timing and pitch of the separate audio tracks and, lastly, added English captions of the Japanese lyrics.
As for why I went to all this trouble? As a Japanophile, I was intrigued by the lyrics "I'd rather be in To-kyo... And watch the Sunday gang in Harajuku." The lively melody also won me over. After stumbling across the Japanese version I simply took it to the next level. Plus I've got waayy too much time on my hands (haha).
Unfortunately, the one-and-only Japanese version of "I'm A Cuckoo" has since been removed from YouTube for reasons unknown. I'm glad I downloaded it because I can't even find an mp3 of it anywhere on the web. This may be the only copy in existence outside of Japan.
Lyrics to I'm A Cuckoo (Japanese) :
Ureshii yo, kimi no yume wo mita Panku na kakkou de Odori ni iku tokoro datta Demo kimi wa wakasugite oboetenai
Ureshii yo, boku wa ie no soto Kyou wa enerugi ga denainanda, Genki mo, demo ureshii yo Kimi ga issho ni itekurete
Sayonara wa tsurai, Bokura no kouya ga mieru Tetsugaku ni jamasareta Demo, moshi sou janakattara...
Yokatta ne, jouzu kuitta ne Tayori ni shiteta no ni Konya kimi wa tomodachi to iru, sabishii yo Zutto shinjiteta no ni
Yokatta ne, shitteru yo Kono itami wa toku sa, dare mo iyasenai Karabbo no beddo ni suwatteru Netsu ga agaru, gan gan gan gan
Sore yori itai Tokyo Sore yori kikou Thin Lizzy wo Mitai nichiyou no Harajuku Okashii yo ne, boku wa kakkoo
Aitai yo, demo sotto shite okou Kimi no eikou mo ii Boku ga kimi no bosu dattashi Kimi wo aishiteta, demo owari da ne
Sabishii toki mo, kimi no soba ni ita Kimi ga kanashii toki mo, ijiwaru na toki mo Kondo wa boku no ban Sou kimi ni onegai suru no?
Sore yori itai Tokyo Sore yori kikou Thin Lizzy wo Mitai nichiyou no Harajuku Okashii yo ne, boku wa kakkou
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