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“I Wanna Love You Tender” is a 1970’s pop song that was sung by the Finnish duet Danny Ja Armi (Danny and Armi). The song saw exposure decades later after its music video was uploaded to YouTube in 2006, inspiring a series a dance covers, remixes, and parodies.
“I Wanna Love You Tender” was originally recorded by the duet Danny Ja Armi as the English version for the Finnish song “Tahdon olla sulle hellä,” and was released with a music video in 1978. Many years later, the music video (shown below) would be uploaded to Youtube on February 13th, 2006. The low quality of the video helped it receive attention, most notably for the number of poorly choreographed dance routines, gaining over 1.7 million views within the past seven years.
Due to the video’s low budget quality, it managed to garner attention with viewers, and eventually people began creating their own take to the video. As of July 2013, there are over 2,200 video relating to the song has since uploaded to YouTube.
Nico Nico Douga
This video was then re-uploaded to the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) on October 21st, 2007 with the title “The Most Uncool Music Video in the World”. From there, its weirdness caused a fad of uncool music videos called “The Most Uncool (X) in the World” (Japanese: 世界でいちばんダサイシリーズ). NND users has since created more than 1,500 videos of audio-dubbing parody for uncool dance music videos, with “I Wanna Love You Tender” being the most popular visual resource in this series.
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Short-lived in popularity, peaking in 2006, but remaining on a slow boil since:
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