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Ernie and Bert’s Drum Play Parodies, better known as “Susami Street” (Japanese: 荒みストリート) in Japan, refers to a series of parody videos on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) which are inspired by a remix video of a drum play by Ernie and Bert from Sesame Street.
The source footage of Ernie and Bert sketch is taken from 801th episode in Sesame Street originally aired on December 8th, 1975 (shown below, left). In 2007, a YouTuber HAYW1R3 made a remix of this video with the song “A Divine Proclamation of Finishing The Present Existence” by Dutch goregrind band Last Days Of Humanity (shown below, right). As of August 2013, this video has earned over 5.4 million page views.
HAYW1R3’s video was reprinted to NND with the title “Hardcore” (ハードコア) on January 29th, 2008 and got a much attention also in that community. Then, NND users began creating their own “Hardcore” parodies by mimicking his video. Those videos are tagged under “Susami Street”, a play on words linking “Sesame” and “Susami” (荒み) which is a Japanese adjective word meaning “Brutal” in this case.
As of August 2013, the amount of videos in this series on NND is more than 180.
Nijntje Pluis a.k.a Miffy
Miku Miku Dance Reenactment
There are dozens of MMD videos of the drum play by various characters, which are made by borrowing the motion data from this MMD video above. A series of those videos have its own tag “MMD Hardcore Championship” (MMDハードコア選手権).
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