Thumbs up for Rock and Roll / Believe in yourself

Thumbs up for Rock and Roll / Believe in yourself

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Thumbs Up for Rock and Roll/Believe in Yourself is a youtube video of a small boy giving a speech after successfully riding his bike for the first time. The video has spawned many remixes as well as parodies involving superimposing the audio on clips where other speeches are being made.


On April 19, 2011, YouTube user katdangers[1] submitted a video of 6-year-old Owen Kosevich expressing excitement about what seems to be his first successful attempt at riding a bike. His father, Nick Kosevich, who is recording him, asks him if he has any words of encouragement for other kids learning to ride a bike. Owen, in his excitement, gets up on a curb and starts giving a speech about believing in yourself, and ends with two thumbs up, saying, “Thumbs up, everybody, for rock and roll!”

In the same vein as David after Dentist, the video quickly gained views, though it wasn’t until about a month later that this occurred. By the beginning of June, the video had gotten 2 million views. On June 6, 2011, Owen and his family appeared on ABC Good Morning America to talk about the inspiration of the video.


Remixes of the video have begun to pop up, most using auto-tune to make the speech into a song. The most notable example is the version from the Gregory Brothers, who did a remix that they posted on June 8, 2011.


Certain clothing sites, including Red Bubble and Busted Tees, have also started selling hats and shirts with the phrase “for rock and roll” surrounded on the sides by two thumbs up symbols that are similar to the Facebook like symbol.


Many videos have also been posted where clips of speeches have been taken from films, and have had Owen’s speech superimposed over.

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[1]YouTube – katdangers

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