21 August 2014
Video: Birth School Work Death (Singapore Version)
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
I first heard the song Birth School Work Death by The Godfathers in 1988 when I was a college student in the US.
I thought the title really reflected modern life, especially in Singapore. I also thought, how cool it would be if someone actually performed the song in Singapore?
But the song was not a big hit. It didn't help that the lyrics made references to Michael Caine, heroin and kissing Margaret Thatcher's shoes. I bet most of you have never heard of The Godfathers (apart from The Godfather movies).
But more than 25 years later, it remains one of my favourite song because of the monster guitar riff and catchy shouted chorus.
I thought maybe if I could come up with my own Singapore-specific lyrics for the song, I could...
Actually, I didn't know what I could do. So I carried the idea with me for two and a half decades and did nothing with it.
Then I woke up Monday morning and the lyrics just came to me as I was lying in bed. Excited, I decided to record myself performing those lyrics over the orginal song and even make a music video for it.
I downloaded the free software Audacity to record my vocals with a cheap computer microphone and created the video with Microsoft PowerPoint. Yes, this was how low-budget it was.
It took me about two days and the result is above.
My rapping is quite embarrassing, but some of you may be amused by how bad it is. Kenya West has nothing to worry about. Clearly, I'm no Shigga Shay.
My apologies to The Godfathers.
Like I said, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
TRENDING POSTS OF THE WEEK
First, the species confusion over Hello Kitty , and now this. Online registration opened at noon today for the Hello Kitty Run and the ...
It’s the biggest chicken-related food news to hit Singapore since KFC’s Chizza . On Friday, Ikea posted on its Facebook page : "De...
It’s like 1996 all over again. Only instead of the Macarena , we’re dancing Gangnam Style . Instead of watching the White House get bl...
I first met Darryl David at Gurmit Singh's wedding dinner in 1995. David's date was a woman named Lynette Pang , who was a stag...
Okay, I surrender. I admit it. I was wrong. In April last year, I wrote a column called “ So is Joanne Peh really going out with Qi Yuwu? ...
Lately, I've been noticing the recurring use of an unfamiliar word on social media. Aisey. Posted by SMRT Ltd (Feedback) on Wedne...
Toggle has reported that actress Carole Lin has given birth to her first child: Despite being told by a gynaecologist that conceiving at ...
A week ago, The Straits Times reported that middle-aged men are getting testosterone injections to boost their sex drive. This confused...
Former Singapore Idol co-host and current cupcake magnate Daniel Ong is in a bitter spat with his neighbour that has spilled online and b...
I don't believe in ghosts. (Or Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past, the new movie starring Matthew McConaughey, because, well, it stars Matth...