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Smoke on the Yangtze

Deep Purple was REALLY into LSD when they put on this show.

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January 25th, 2008 at 6:02 pm misterbig says:

It just goes to show that great music can transform any genre. Brilliant work.

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January 28th, 2008 at 9:57 am Pokey says:

wow, i just found this on stumble, no wonder it has so many votes :/

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January 28th, 2008 at 2:27 pm stuckfootage says:

This should really be called "Smoke on the Biwa",
because the musicians are Japanese, not Chinese.

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January 28th, 2008 at 3:22 pm bluerocker says:

Classic baby....Classic

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January 29th, 2008 at 7:20 pm somniloquist says:

Lol I stumbled this too...that's awesome x3

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January 30th, 2008 at 1:06 pm Rebel975 says:

How the -hell- does this video have so many votes? Does the site really have so many visitors? Like... 10 people actually post, though. :O

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January 30th, 2008 at 1:10 pm nika says:

I think it's time to revoke the anonymous voting.

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January 31st, 2008 at 4:15 pm chewbaka says:

Someone must have linked it to a big site. You'd think a few of these 800 would make an account and post a comment.

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January 31st, 2008 at 4:36 pm Administrator says:

Yeah, 800 votes in 3 days kind of throws off our video voting democracy, so I've disabled the ability to vote anonymously now.

If you look at the comments, you can see that two people *did* make accounts and comment ;)

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January 31st, 2008 at 9:26 pm nrkn says:

"stuckfootage says: This should really be called 'Smoke on the Biwa', because the musicians are Japanese, not Chinese."

Well, yeah, except that they're singing "Smoke on the Yangtze", listen to the chorus. Who are you to tell them what they should sing :P

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February 2nd, 2008 at 12:36 am Suzzsin says:

Amazing! Does anyone know anything about the orchestra or the subtitle translation?

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February 4th, 2008 at 3:32 am GrimmRaven says:

Thats so awesome. i found this on stumble, that seriously rocks my world. haha

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February 4th, 2008 at 9:03 am Stageplay says:

This is terrific. When Deep Purple did their concert in Tokyo back in the early '70's they were a huge hit...the Japanese love Deep Purple. I remember because I was there at the time in the Navy.

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February 6th, 2008 at 1:35 pm kattsu says:

I was sent this by a friend who loved it and knew I would too. Its fantastic. Love it !!

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February 6th, 2008 at 1:39 pm kattsu says:

The shamisen is a 3-string lute. It is believed to be a variant of the Okinawan sanshin. The length of the shamisen varies from 1.1 to 1.4 meters. It first became popular in the pleasure districts during the Edo Period (1600~1868)

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February 7th, 2008 at 10:02 pm kamkmom says:

Wow, far out, man----like I would have said the first time I heard Smoke on the Water! That was really enjoyable.

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February 10th, 2008 at 1:54 am the black pearl says:

I registered to vote for this video. I don't know what the winner gets but I think you're being unfair to whoever posted this. I read that this vid had 800 votes but now I'm number 12? Apparently you wiped out 800 votes and made this guy start over. Did you do that to everyone else in the contest? Do their voters have to sign up to vote or can anyone vote on theirs? They had the same opportunity this person did to get linked to a major site and passed around. Face it this vid kicks butt. This person should be declared the winner!

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February 10th, 2008 at 2:30 am Administrator says:

Howdy stranger. The 800 votes that were erased were anonymous votes (votes from people who didn't have accounts), and it wasn't just this video, it was done site-wide.

PS: The prize for the video with the most votes is a gigantic hug.

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February 10th, 2008 at 4:43 am BlackOrchid says:

The Japanese are a bizzare culture.. but cool..

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February 10th, 2008 at 9:39 am kevg43 says:

I also stumbled on this video, pretty funny

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February 10th, 2008 at 8:48 pm Cartman101 says:

Love it. Good effort.

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February 11th, 2008 at 8:27 pm capecodjewel says:

This would make an awesome theme song for a new James Bond movie!

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February 12th, 2008 at 2:21 pm j.h.julian says:

I most definately like this vidio......its ....grrrrrrrrreat!!!

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February 14th, 2008 at 3:49 pm recordcousin says:

Ritchie Blackmore, eat your heart out. This beats the Kronos Quartet covering Purple Haze. Can't wait for the Boys are Back in Town cover.

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February 22nd, 2008 at 5:26 am Silver Wolf says:

Well i still prefer the original done by deep purple but i was sent this link by my dad and all i can say is awsome he was speechless i registered just so i could vote for this video guys it pwns so bad i love it

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February 22nd, 2008 at 5:28 am Silver Wolf says:

also there was a comment about it being smoke on the yangtze instead of Biwa as they are japanese playing japanese instruments but has it occured to you that they might be singing in chinese as there are japanese subtitles. i dont speak either language so i could be wrong but it just seems strange to me that if they were singing in japanese why would there be japanese subtitles. In which case if they are singing in chinese they would be well within their rights to sing a chinese version instead of japanese.

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February 24th, 2008 at 11:34 am Wheelnut says:

This kind of thing happens more often "over there", right?

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February 25th, 2008 at 8:19 pm amyjenc1 says:

This is wonderful! Truly a great way to connect the music of cultures!

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February 28th, 2008 at 2:14 pm SuperElectric says:

The lyrics are about a bunch of firefighters coming home at night and walking by Lake Biwa. There they see a traveling theatre troupe from Tokyo (Edo) putting on a show. As the firefighters stop by to watch, the set catches fire, at which point they spring into action. Contrary to what was suggested above, they are singing in Japanese, and they don't mention the Yangtze river at all :).

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March 3rd, 2008 at 3:41 pm narleyharley says:

I remember this song as a teenager and believe me this has got to be one of the best versions i have ever heard! Come on! This is unbelievable! Rock on!

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March 3rd, 2008 at 3:45 pm narleyharley says:

I agree with Silver Wolf, I registered just to vote on this song. Who cares if it's Chinese or Jap, it shows how other cultures can dig ours! AMEN!

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March 17th, 2008 at 2:12 am MODEFOUR says:

I'm a Deep Purple Fan for a long time and also a guitar player for he same amount of time. Being able to play Smoke On The Water is way too much fun. This makes the video really fun! What a great job they did of combining an orchestration of this rock icon.

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April 1st, 2008 at 9:16 pm Kaci says:

Simply superb!!! I watched it over and over again as it was fantastically done!

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April 8th, 2008 at 9:44 am Smiler1946 says:

What strings did that guy use wow !!!

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April 9th, 2008 at 9:58 am Franklin says:

Loved the clip, seen it ten times now. Pretty sure it's Chinese though.

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April 10th, 2008 at 1:26 pm MUDMEN says:

Wow this is pretty awesome!!
Hi everyone I'm new here so, yeah nice to be here!

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April 12th, 2008 at 7:27 pm DeMeNTeD says:

Nicely done

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April 24th, 2008 at 11:43 pm nitecab says:

I'm really impressed ! Found this site stumbling, Me So Happy !

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May 17th, 2008 at 3:00 am ninjahobo says:

f-in sweet all i can say

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May 28th, 2008 at 11:59 am morhkt says:

I just love this!

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May 30th, 2008 at 11:44 am pk says:

Love this! I'm a Stumbler-inner, too, and had to create an account just to give this a thumbs up!!

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June 5th, 2008 at 9:48 pm Jiggy says:

"...Angular banjoes sound good to me..."

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June 22nd, 2008 at 4:05 pm s0ulreaper3 says:


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June 22nd, 2008 at 10:02 pm Niruzz says:

Oh, those silly asians and their silly clasical music.

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June 24th, 2008 at 12:27 pm Sissy says:

Very unexpected. Friend sent it to me!

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June 26th, 2008 at 10:43 am s0ulreaper3 says:

Still good!

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June 27th, 2008 at 4:16 pm Ripley says:

Am I the only person who finds this video stupid and unamazing? I think the Duke Nukem Chat Prank video should be on top. No me gusta.

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June 27th, 2008 at 6:45 pm morhkt says:

If this is stupid and unamazing, then I wonder what words would be terrible enough to describe the Duke Nukem Chat Prank video.

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July 7th, 2008 at 2:07 am Dutch says:

Ok, I signed up so i could comment. I know this came out about 6 mos ago but a friend just sent it to me and I've sent it on to a bunch of others. This is so wicked. I love it.

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July 8th, 2008 at 7:08 pm Zed says:


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July 11th, 2008 at 10:17 am Kindilan says:

Love this!!!!!

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July 11th, 2008 at 10:50 pm Dutch says:

I can't find anywhere the name of this orchestra or the ocaission of its playing. Anyone?

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July 14th, 2008 at 10:58 am 10electro01 says:

This was pretty good, but i dont think it deserves the number 1 spot.

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July 14th, 2008 at 7:57 pm Ripley says:

Duke Nukem wouldn't deserve terrible words. It's probably one of the most famous and funny videos on the intarnetz.

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July 20th, 2008 at 12:22 am chinpindo says:

The title is a misnomer, as pointed out by a couple others: this is a Japanese production, not a Chinese one. The singers are singing in Japanese and it does match the subtitles. Regarding Silver Wolf's point: it is not unusual to see subtitles provided on Japanese music videos (even for rock and pop). Aside from the orchestra, the instruments played are Japanese. They are wearing kimonos with hakama "culottes" - standard traditional wear in Japan to the current day.

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July 20th, 2008 at 7:28 pm audioxience says:

Jeeze this has alot of votes, and comments o.0
hmmmm... not my favorite.

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July 21st, 2008 at 3:13 pm PlaymobileHazmatSquad says:

"This kind of thing happens more often "over there", right?"-Wheelnut

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July 21st, 2008 at 10:33 pm Dutch says:

Chinpindo, what are they saying? Are they singing the lyrics to Smoke on the Water?

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July 26th, 2008 at 8:31 am chinpindo says:

Hi Dutch,
The Japanese version has a text which is completely unrelated to the original, other than that it was about a fire that happened near a big lake.
The following link contains the lyrics in Japanese with a full (and quite good) English interpretation, as well as the lyrics of the original:

Also wanted to mention that if you listen closely you can hear the (presumably Japanese) audience chuckling at the beginning - they definitely had heard the original! FWIW, most of the Japanese reviews I read on this (on other sites) were in awe of this piece.

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July 30th, 2008 at 8:30 pm Dutch says:

Thanks so much for your reply and the link to the translation. I love this little movie and have posted the link elsewhere to raves as well. I like best the singer who seems to "yell"! LOL Thanks again.

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July 31st, 2008 at 12:41 pm chinpindo says:

NP. That dude rocks! Love the stoicism.

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August 31st, 2008 at 11:29 pm Alaedan says:

Pretty cool.

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September 11th, 2008 at 8:31 pm Mario_Man says:

though not as good as duke nukem,it still has my vote and lurks my favortes,just for its pure............catchyness?

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September 13th, 2008 at 7:06 pm cabinsc says:

Ha, that was the first song i learned on my guitar.

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October 12th, 2008 at 7:47 pm Wertise says:

Wow the japs are awesome.

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October 18th, 2008 at 4:59 pm Titan1203 says:

Sounds great..... all though I didn't like the vocals.

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November 7th, 2008 at 11:47 pm Foontis says:


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November 15th, 2008 at 9:07 am LetalNoise says:

darn nice movie

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November 16th, 2008 at 2:39 pm Original says:

They are not japs -.-

Chinese. hence the Yangtze

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November 30th, 2008 at 5:32 pm CaptainHoogus13 says:

pretty cool

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December 15th, 2008 at 1:54 pm bornintoninjas247 says:


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December 15th, 2008 at 7:58 pm A Guy says:

incredible, they should do ironman

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December 23rd, 2008 at 1:51 am Dutch says:

The word just sounds like Yangtze. The song's about Edo (old Tokyo) firefighters coming off the night shift. chinpindo, below, has a link to a translation by someone's mother who's Japanese.

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January 7th, 2009 at 9:41 pm assault_4150 says:

loved it.

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January 21st, 2009 at 6:52 pm guycong says:

lol the singing but kwl music =)

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January 22nd, 2009 at 8:08 pm Deathwarmedup says:

you know i dont care weather it is chinese or japanese (most likely japenese, the subtitles match the singing) all i can say is that it is amazing that a group of people would come up with such amazing ways to change music, with diferent combinations of sounds. this clip definatly should be no one of all time!!

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January 23rd, 2009 at 5:18 pm Zaren says:

kind of ok

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January 26th, 2009 at 10:07 am miKel says:

I think I just pissed myself... from awesomeness...

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February 1st, 2009 at 6:09 pm ShaneTheBane says:


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April 15th, 2009 at 11:09 am FrewFrew54 says:

Its ok

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April 28th, 2009 at 4:14 am Nebonit says:

I always wanted to hear a different culture cover and it's pretty good.
Also they look japanese.

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May 1st, 2009 at 7:56 pm felis20 says:


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June 30th, 2009 at 7:48 am im so happy says:

this is amazing

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November 26th, 2009 at 1:52 pm FordMan says:

WOO! I was the 100th vote for this video!

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November 26th, 2009 at 9:36 pm duckwariorrandom says:


What does it say about us that this is the number one video?

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October 11th, 2011 at 8:38 am Deftonze says:

THis is GREAT!!!I love this clip!

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