No More Kings - Sweep The Leg (2007)





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Published on Jun 14, 2010

No More Kings got much of their exposure from their 2007 music video "Sweep the Leg", which is presented as a continuation of the 1984 film The Karate Kid and features the entire original male cast except for the late Pat Morita, who portrayed Mr. Miyagi in the film. Martin Kove reprises his role as Sensei Kreese, and the actors who played the Cobra Kai members in the 1984 film, Ron Thomas, Rob Garrison, and Tony O'Dell are also part of the cast. William Zabka, who played villain Johnny Lawrence in the movie, directed the video as well. Pat E. Johnson, who was the martial arts director for the 1984 The Karate Kid as well as the martial arts director for Bruce Lee, worked on this video. Dennis Haskins and Liza Snyder also make an appearance. Sweep the Leg was also featured on Sony's MLB 08: The Show.

The video received over 80,000 views within its first week of release and became the number one video on YouTube on March 16, 2007.

The premise for the music video finds William Zabka living in a trailer in the desert, now an out-of-work actor who has become obsessed with The Karate Kid and the fight he lost years ago. He is haunted by the band No More Kings and chases Pete Mitchell across the desert until they have a final showdown. He then claims victory, but after realizing it was a fantasy, William Zabka is run over by Ralph Macchio as Pete Mitchell looks on.

The music video references not only The Karate Kid, but also the 1986 film Back to School (which also stars William Zabka), the 1987 film Raising Arizona and the 1984 video for The Cars song, "You Might Think."

There are various versions of the video, the longest being a little over seven minutes. The video was collaboration between No More Kings' record label Astonish Records, and Chapter Seven Films, a film company in Los Angeles.

"Sweep the Leg" was featured on MTVu.com, Vh1.com, MySpace, E!, and YouTube. In 2008, Astonish Records released a special collector's edition CD/DVD.


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