Entry #8 - Greased Touch Screen Song | View All Contest Video Submissions >>

* keep in mind we're not announcing the ten finalists in any particular order - 5 more to come! *

Warning: If you watch this video you may find yourself randomly bursting into Greased Touch Screen lyrics and funky dance moves for days and days to follow. Don't blame CrackBerry. Instead, you can blame Charles Hedberg, our fifth finalist in the I Love My BlackBerry video contest, for putting together the video above. No, there's no fancy lighting or post production work on this one, but that doesn't take away from this rock'n video with a homemade karaoke flavor. Charles has heart and a definite love for his BlackBerry, that's for SURE. GREAT video Charles. I especially love the dance solo that kicks in at 2m28s. You can find the lyrics and story behind Greased Touch Screen below. 

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Greased Touch Screen Lyrics

Why this phone is automatic, it's systematic, it's charismatic, why
it's greased touch-screen!
It's got the Blackberry Voice Dial and four berry keys oh yeah, (keep
talkin', whoa keep talkin'...)
Cool stereo Bluetooth, chrome plated trim oh yeah (it's got push
email, I'll get your email...)

With a Qualcomm on the board, they'll be waitin' at the store, you
know that ain't weak you'll be gettin' lots of tweets with greased
touch-screen...(go... go....go... go go go go go go go go gooooo...)

Go greased touch-screen you're surfin' up the world wide web (greased
touch-screen, go greased touch-screen...)
Go greased touch-screen you're postin' through the CB forums (greased
touch-screen go greased touch-screen...)
You are extreme, the geeks will scream for greased
touch-screen..(go...go...go...go go go go go go go go gooooo...)

We'll get some really nice headphones and forty cool apps oh yeah (ooh
ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh)
An Incipio Feather and duel holster twins oh yeah (ooh ooh ooh, ooh
ooh ooh ooh ooh)
With new ringers, themes, and docks, I can get off my rocks..
You know that I ain't braggin' she's a real 3G ragin' greased
touch-screen... (go...go...go...go go go go go go go go goooo...)

Go greased touch-screen you're surfin' up the world wide web (greased
touch-screen, go greased touch-screen...)
Go greased touch-screen you're postin' through the CB forums (greased
touch-screen go greased touch-screen...)
You are extreme, the geeks will scream for greased
touch-screen..(go...go...go...go go go go go go go go gooooo...)

Go greased touch-screen you're surfin' up the world wide web (greased
touch-screen, go greased touch-screen...)
Go greased touch-screen you're postin' through the CB forums (greased
touch-screen go greased touch-screen...)
You are extreme, the geeks will scream for greased
touch-screen..(touch-screen touch-screen touch-screen touch-screen,
touch-screen touch-screen touch-screen touch-screen touch-screen)

The Story Behind Greased Touch Screen

Here's what Charles had to tell us about his entry:

After the announcement of the contest I was thinking about how I'm always holding my Crackberry and trying to hide from people. For example, I will go into the bathroom and surf the internet, even if I don't actually need to go to the bathroom. And I'm always looking around to see if someone is watching me. So, my original plan was to do a music video using the Rockwell song "Somebody's Watching Me." But then I couldn't figure out exactly how to twist that into "I Love My Blackberry." I may still do that video just for the fun of it, but for now I decided the best thing to do was actually sing a song that somehow related to the strengths of the Blackberry. I spent three nights listening to love songs mostly and just couldn't figure out which one to use. I had to keep in mind that anything I used had to be YouTube "OK," so that limited me a bit. For example, I couldn't use an Elvis song like I wanted to! Well, when I least expected it, "Greased Lightning" started playing from my Storm and it hit me...I could re-write the lyrics so they would apply to a Blackberry! I have to be honest, it took me several hours over two nights to put the lyrics together, and I still couldn't get everything to rhyme perfectly. The biggest problem I had was actually the title and trying to rhyme something with "Lightning." After a couple hours of beating my brain over it, I decided that "Greased Touch-Screen" was as close as I was going to get and since the screen does tend to get greasy on the Storm, it was at least fitting. Then I had to decide whether or not I wanted to record the vocals, dub them into the instrumentals later, and the dance and lip sync, or just record the whole thing in one session. With the help of a friend we decided that the best thing was to just play the instrumentals and sing along since it would give it a lot more home-made Karaoke flavor. My friend did the back-up vocals and the hand clapping part despite the fact that he hates that song (he's weird). I used Adobe Audition 3.0 to remove the original vocals from the music and then we just sang along! It took 7 takes to get it to what you get to view. We probably could have done it the first run, but I kept laughing and losing my concentration. Then it was just a matter of putting things together in Premiere Elements and uploading it to YouTube! Oh yeah, I felt the "oh my god" from the Sir Mix A Lot song "Baby Got Back" was appropriate after we finished singing. As well, I figured some credits to the people and companies who made the project and contest possible was in order too!

I have to say that I've NEVER gotten in front of a camera or anyone before to sing. I have always suffered major stage fright and my friends haven't even been able to get me to go do Karaoke. This is one of the most embarrassing things (to me) that I have ever done, but also one of the most fun. Maybe I'll try Karaoke now after a few drinks!