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Buffalax: YouTube's Soramimi Video Meme
What is Buffalax?
Soramimi is the interpretation of words, usually lyrics, created in one language as sounding similar to words in another language. However, on YouTube, the username "buffalax" has come to mean the same thing as soramimi.
Buffalax is an Internet meme started by YouTube user Mike Sutton. Under the username "buffalax", Sutton uploaded a number of non-English music videos that he edited to include subtitles.
The subtitles for each video are not the actual translations of the lyrics, but rather what it sounds like the artists are singing. As the videos aren't in English, this results in funny soramimi.
Because of the popularity of buffalax's videos, when a video is created on YouTube using soramimi, the video is considered buffalaxed. Yep, buffalax is considered a verb in the YouTube world. Unfortunately, the buffalax account on YouTube has been suspended.
In light of this, a number of other users have uploaded buffalax's work, and, of course, many other users have carried on this meme by creating their own videos.
"Benny Lava" was originally uploaded by the buffalax account in 2008. When Sutton first created this video, he did not know the original title of the song. Thus, this song is popularly known by the fake English "Benny Lava" whereas other buffalax songs have retained their original foreign names.
The song many YouTube users know as "Benny Lava" is actually called "Kalluri Vaanil" and is from the Indian-Tamil film "Pennin Manathai Thottu."
This particular video led to the sales of a number of shirts and posters containing hilarious misheard lyrics such as, "my loony bun is fine" and "have you been high today?"
Tunak Tunak Tun
The Indian song, "Tunak Tunak Tun" has been victim to a number of Internet memes including buffalax. The dance in this video is also used as the dance for Draenai males in the MMORPG, World of Warcraft.
Nerd alert: I learned about buffalax when looking up World of Warcraft dances back in 2009.
Tunak Tunak Tun is so infectiously fun that there's is an entire meme dedicated to doing this dance.
Buffalaxed lyrics to this include "and you party laying bears" and "in your yard I am the Ferengi man, very odd and chunky."
"Moskau" by the German disco group Dschinghis Khan is my personal favorite not only because the misheard lyrics are hilarious, but the costumes worn by the artists are so incredibly over-the-top.
This song, released in 1979, wasn't particularly kosher with the Soviet government, but had gained underground success throughout the Soviet Union. Supposedly the song was aired during the holiday line-up in Russia and, because of this, the network's director was fired.
When watching this one, pay particular attention to the dancer at the beginning as he dances around with his cape. It's crazy awesome!
Which buffalaxed video is your favorite
As buffalax's account has been disabled and all his videos removed, it can be difficult to tell which songs are original buffalax videos and which have been created by fans. I'm not sure if girly man is an original, but it's still really funny.
"Girly Man" is a scene from the Telugu film "Kondaveeti Donga." This particular scene appears to be a Telugu rendition of Michael Jackson's 1983 music video, "Thriller."
DIY Project: Buffalax a Video!
Missing: Buffalax's "Boten Anna"
"Boten Anna" by Basshunter was covered by Buffalax, but is one that wasn't recovered after the removal of the buffalax YouTube persona.
The cover introduced me to Basshunter (and a number of awesome techno songs including my favorite, "Dota.") Since the loss of the buffalax account, a number of users attempted to remake the "Boten Anna" video in Mike Sutton's soramimi style, but they aren't quite as funny. If anyone has the soramimi version first created by buffalax, let me know!
Keep the Meme Alive!
As you can see buffalaxed videos are ridiculously hysterical. A number of YouTube users have created their own buffalaxed songs by taking other foreign music videos and creating their own soramimi lyrics to go with them.
If you'd like to give the art of buffalax a shot, check out the non-subtitled version of "Boten Anna" (in Swedish) above. Have fun and don't forget to comment back showing off what you've created!
Mike Sutton, the mind behind the buffalax username, is an absolute comedic genius! If you enjoy his videos, keep the meme alive by creating and uploading your own soramimi music videos!