Being deployed in the Middle East presents a dangerous set of circumstances for the men and women in uniform. When not engaged in combat, the troops’ day-to-day living situations can also be a bit rough, and there is certainly a longing for familiarities of home.
To help pass the time and keep their spirits up, a group of soldiers created a video rendition of Gunther’s “Ding Dong Song,” and the result is hilarious.
The video uploaded to YouTube states that the soldiers were from the HHC 1-21 Mortar Crew, and that the creation was filmed entirely in Baghdad, Iraq.
Check out the entertaining music video in is entirety below:
“Ding Dong Song” is a pop song released in 2004 by the Swedish artist Gunther and features the Sunshine Girls. The beat is based on a 1984 Dutch hit entitled “Tralala,” performed by Phil & Company. The mildly inappropriate song was a top 50 hit on charts around the world when it was released.
The soldiers can be seen lip-syncing and dancing to the catchy beat in a creative display. The clips seem to be a compilation of a fair number of troops, and at least 20 people are credited at the end.
The production was directed and edited by Chris O’Leary.
In the video, the troops bop in sync, comically mouth the lyrics and play around with one another in a setting that is often disassociated with such a good time. At the end of the music video, the soldiers enjoy a makeshift nightclub party with flashlights and glow sticks.
While troops deployed can often be viewed as fierce, combat-ready individuals, it is sometimes easy to forget that they too can enjoy themselves at the appropriate time. O’Leary’s music video is certainly not the first humorous content to come from soldiers stationed around the world.
A number of different dance-offs, lip-sync battles, performances and routines have popped up online over the years that show the lighter side from some of our service members deployed overseas. While the men and women must always remember their mission, it is great to see that they can have a little fun, as well.