Back Dorm Boys
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Back Dorm Boys
|Occupation||Lip sync artists, singers|
|Also known as||Back Dormitory Boys|
Two Chinese Boys
Asian Backstreet Boys
Chinese Backstreet Boys
Tow Chinese Boys
The Back Dorm Boys is a Chinese duo who gained fame for their lip sync videos to songs by the Backstreet Boys and other pop stars. Their videos, captured on a low quality Web cam in their college dorm room, have been viewed by Internet users within China and around the world. Many of their videos can be seen on YouTube, giving them YouTube fame. The two, Wei Wei (simplified Chinese: 韦炜; traditional Chinese: 韋煒; pinyin: Wéi Wěi) and Huang Yixin (simplified Chinese: 黄艺馨; traditional Chinese: 黃藝馨; pinyin: Huáng Yìxīn), were sculpture majors at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (simplified Chinese: 广州美术学院; traditional Chinese: 廣州美術學院; pinyin: Gǔangzhōu Měishù Xuéyuàn).
The Dormitory Boys, a blog of note on Blogger, which some believe is not maintained by the Back Dorm Boys, but written by a ghostwriter, took requests, asking fans to recommend a song they should lip sync to. In January 2006, a poll was conducted from songs picked from 427 requests received 2005, December. The Black Eyed Peas' song "My Humps" won the poll, but the Back Dorm Boys lip synced to the song "Don't Lie" by the Black Eyed Peas instead, which was a huge hit on YouTube as well as their host country.
As many fans do not know the real names of the Back Dorm Boys, Wei Wei is often called simply "the big one" and Huang Yi Xin "the small one". In most videos, Wei Wei is seated on the viewer's right and Huang Yi Xin on the left. Huang Yi Xin has a cast on his left arm in some early videos from when he got hurt playing basketball.
A third "dorm boy", Xiao Jing, is in the background of most of the videos. He is often playing the Counter-Strike computer game while Wei Wei and Huang Yixin are performing. His back is usually turned to the camera and his face is only rarely seen. He does, however, occasionally play a role in the videos. In the video for the Trio song "Da Da Da", Xiao Jing gets up from his chair to hold a cardboard soccer ball in the air for Huang Yi Xin to head and kick.
Xiao Jing did not appear in the video for 'Radio In My Head'.
The Back Dorm Boys graduated from the Guangzhou Arts Institute in June 2006.
The Back Dorm Boys initially began making videos to show to their friends. They took their inspiration from a funny 10-second lip sync video that they watched, creating a video of themselves lip-syncing to an entire song. They completed their first video in March 2005, after much trial and error, uploading the finished video to the local network at their college. The other students liked it so much that they helped to spread the video more widely.
While still at school, the Back Dorm Boys were signed as spokespeople for Motorola cellphones in China and eventually become host of Motorola's online lip-sync contests. They also signed a contract with Sina.com, one of the largest Chinese Internet portals as bloggers and podcasters. The Back Dorm Boys maintain a Chinese-language blog through Sina.com. In 2006, they received "The Best Podcaster Award" from Sina.com.
In February 2006, a few months before they graduated, the Back Dorm Boys signed a five-year contract with Taihe Rye Music, a talent management company in Beijing, to continue making lip-sync videos as well as to appear in commercials for major brands such as Pepsi. They went to Beijing to build their own Studio Video and Multimedia Arts. They also began studying singing, dancing, and stage arts with Taihe Rye.
The Back Dorm Boys filmed a lip-sync video, "The Perfect Day", as a pilot project for their new studio. They also released their first original single, "O Yi O Yi A". This single was accompanied by both a professional music video and a lip sync version showing the Back Dorm Boys giving their own song their usual treatment. They are also known for making their own film in their new studio, directed by Huang Dao, in late 2006.
The Back Dorm Boys make use of their art school education to help them prepare the composition, visual effects, and lighting in their videos.
The Back Dorm Boys phenomenon has resulted in an Internet meme and spawned a variety of parodies and imitations, including attempts by non-speakers to lip-sync to Chinese lyrics of songs used in their videos. The Back Dorm Boys received mainstream media attention in the United States through The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
|Video #||Episode[a]||Date Released||Song(s)||Original artist(s)||Notes|
|#1||1||January 2005||"As Long As You Love Me"||Backstreet Boys||Later performed live in October 2005.|
|#2||2||"I Want It That Way"||Backstreet Boys|
|#3||3||"Get Down (You're The One For Me)"||Backstreet Boys|
|#4 (1st song)||"Larger Than Life"||Backstreet Boys||This was their first appearance on a radio show.|
|#4 (2nd song)||"Du Qing" (渡情; "Reincarnate Love")||Charles Tso (左宏元) & Chang Hui-ching (張慧清)|
|#4 (3rd song)||"Wei Yi" (唯一; "The Only One")||Leehom Wang|
|#5||November 13, 2005||"Radio in My Head"||Pu Shu||Also a Motorola advertisement. An accompanying blooper video was later released.|
|#6 (1st song)||4||November 20, 2005||"Tong Hua" (童话; "Fairy Tale")||Michael Wong|
|#6 (2nd song)||4||November 20, 2005||"Bosi Mao (波斯貓; "Persian Cat")||S.H.E|
|#6 (3rd song)||4||November 20, 2005||"Super Star"||S.H.E|
|#7||"Fen Kai Lü Xing" (分开旅行; "Travel Separately")||Rene Liu & Stanley Huang|
|#8||5||"Bu De Bu Ai" (不得不愛; "Can't Help To Love")||Will Pan & Zhang Xianzi|
|#9||May 26, 2006||"Shuo Chang Lian Pu" (说唱脸谱; "Peking Opera Masks")||Xie Jin (谢津)|
|#10||6||June 20, 2006||"Don't Lie"||The Black Eyed Peas|
|#11||June 30, 2006||"Da Da Da"||Trio||2006 FIFA World Cup tribute and submission to the Pepsi Creative Competition. Later performed live as a part of Sina.com's promotion online.|
|#12||July 20, 2006||"A Public Affair"||Jessica Simpson|
|#13||August 1, 2006||"Super Star"||S.H.E||Recorded for the Chinese TV show "A Date With Luyu". The second version features Huang and Xiao performing fast motions in the background while Wei sings.|
|#14||August 26, 2006||"Da Da Da"||Trio|
|#15||January 12, 2007||"Ben Cao Gang Mu" (本草纲目; "The Herbalist's Manual")||Jay Chou|
|#16||7||January 13, 2007||"We Will Rock You"||Queen||Recorded outdoors, the video starts off with the boys behind a screen, acting with puppets before appearing in person to lip-sync.|
|#17||January 15, 2007||"Qian Li Zhi Wai (千里之外; "Faraway")||Jay Chou||Parody of the Jay Chou music video for the song.|
|#18||8||March 22, 2007||"The Perfect Day"||Catcher in the Rye (麦田守望者)||Recorded as a pilot project for their new studio, this video took 51 hours to create, and was performed with a large television in the background.|
|Single||July 17, 2007||"O Yi O Yi A"||Original composition||This was their first official single, and is a self-composed song made in their studio.|
|#19||"O Yi O Yi A"||Original composition||This was their lip sync version of their first single. Also features a subtle fast motion effect.|
Notes and references
- Some videos are given an episode number, whereas others are not.
- 2 Chinese boys, The Associated Press Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- China 'net stars not just for geeks, Sam Flemmings blog Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
- China's Internet Media Awards Ceremony, china.org.cn
- Out of the dorm, economist.com
- Lip-synching Duo Look Beyond YouTube Fame, by china.org.cn
- A Decade of Internet Superstars: Where Are They Now?, PC World. Retrieved on April 22, 2014
- Coleman, Beth (August 29, 2006). "Back Dorm Boys interview". Project Good Luck. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
- 后舍男生的BLOG Official Chinese Back Dorm Boys blog
- Sina BDB site Official Chinese Back Dorm Boys site
- Back Dorm Boys showcase Several downloadable wmv videos
- What Tian Has Learned Basic information and links for videos (mov)
- Back Dorm Boys Reviews[dead link] Another links for their lip sync, videos, bloopers, and real life video.