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Inappropriate Soundtracks are mashup videos created by pairing a movie clip with unfitting background music to offset the mood or tone of the original scene. Following a simple audio / video-editing formula, YouTube users have recreated several dozens of well-known movie scenes featuring popular songs for humorous effect.
Outside the context of video-editing, the term “inappropriate soundtrack” has been occasionally used by film reviewers and bloggers in film review articles. The majority of “Inappropriate Soundtrack” videos originate from Something Awful forums, as cited by active contributors to the series on YouTube. The earliest known discussion about inappropriate soundtracks on Something Awful was posted on May 5th, 2002, in a thread titled “Ruin movies with inappropriate soundtracks.. again,” which suggests that there had been previous threads relating to the topic. Although the original videos have been removed, the movie review website Top5 Movies published a two-part list titled “The Top 8 Inappropriate Soundtrack Songs” on June 11th, 2004:
1. The Passion of the Christ – “Whip It”
2. A Beautiful Mind – “Let’s Go Crazy”
3. Reservoir Dogs – “Ear to the Ground”
4. Titanic – “Under the Sea”
5. Alive – “Hungry Like the Wolf”
6. The Miracle Worker – “I Can See Clearly Now”
7. The Exorcist – “I’m in You”
8. Walking Tall – “I Am a Rock”
While its origin dates back to early 2000s in Something Awful, “Inappropriate Soundtrack” gained much of its popularity through Something Awful users’ contributions on YouTube and other major video-sharing
platforms in 2006. The first YouTube instance was uploaded by WhoDares on July 3rd, 2006, featuring the body dumping scene from GoodFellas set to “Dirty Little Secrets” by All-American Rejects.
YouTuber Boonehams played a vital role in spreading the audio/video remixing fad, producing over 60 “Inappropriate Soundtrack” videos and garnering over 4.2 million YouTube upload views as of February 2011. The sound mixing phenomenon has been also written about by a number of film review blogs including Living Read Girl, FIlmsight, Jason Kottke and news sites like Inquisitr.
Most “Inappropriate Soundtack” typically juxtapose somber or violent scenes with lighthearted, happy soundtracks, such as Saving Private Ryan (1998) set to GI Joe Theme Song, Braveheart (1995) set to the NFL theme and Shawshank Redemption (1994) set to Mortal Kombat theme.
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