All of the dialog in The Sims games is in “Simlish”, a gibberish version of American English. The Sims 3 has radio stations that play pop music with the lyrics in Simlish, some of which are real pop songs with the vocals re-recorded by the original singers.
I’ve always wondered if versions of The Sims localized into other languages include Simlish versions of that language.
(Also, I just remembered that Rayman 2 — one of the greatest video games of all time, I’ll have you know — had dialog in French-accented gibberish. One of the things that ruined later Rayman games for me was that they ‘advanced’ to intelligible dialog. Once you could understand what the characters were saying, it turned out to be really stupid.)
A gibberish song many of us are familiar with is the ending theme song to the WKRP in Cincinnati sit-com. Originally it was supposed to be a test track to see if the producers liked the sound of the music, so gibberish was sung for the vocals. The producers liked it, and kept it.
Something I liked about the Japanese band the Boredoms is that you could tell when they switched back and forth between American gibberish and Japanese gibberish in their songs. They even sang in a specifically James Brown gibberish.
A gibberish song many of us are familiar with is the ending theme song to the WKRP in Cincinnati40 sit-com. Originally it was supposed to be a test track to see if the producers liked the sound of the music, so gibberish was sung for the vocals. The producers liked it, and kept it.
That’s hilarious! I had no idea.
And while we’re all on the subject, here’s my favorite, Charlie Chaplin singing gibberish at the end of Modern Times:
And it was also the first time his voice was heard in a movie.
According to a 1980 DV news item, the gibberish song Chaplin
sings “stems from a classic old ribald joke about the girl who goes to
[a] pawnbroker to cash in the ring she earned by getting picked up only
to be told by him it’s a fake. The tag-line, uttered by her, was ‘My
God, I’ve been raped!’”
You can even hear the “pawnbroker” word, and everything that happens in the story is clearly seen in his pantomime.
EDIT: Okay, no “pawnbroker”, but I’ve definitely read the lyrics where the line was there: “Les de, le ce, pawnbroka, Lee de ce peu how mucha Lee ze contess e kroke, punka wa la, punka wa”. Urban legend?
EDIT2: Hey, here’s this song with this line! But why is it cut in most clips, including the full film I found?
I recall seeing a video on youtube a couple years ago, taken by a US soldier of one of his Afghan soldier counterparts doing a hilarious “American Gibberish” impression, complete with mirrored glasses and bubblegum.
For the life of me though, I’ve never been able to find the video since.