A bunch of Swedish marines based in Afghanistan decided to make a parody video of the famous "Greased Lightning" song from the 1978 movie "Grease." They never expected it to go viral but, of course, it did.
Thanks to a contributor on Reddit, shortly after the video was uploaded to YouTube over the weekend, it went viral. By Sunday, the video had received over half a million hits and was mentioned in the media worldwide.
Boris Zelada directed the video, which shows around a dozen Swedish marines, lip syncing and dancing to the classic song. The only difference was, instead of John Travolta and a whole load of snazzy cars, the video offers army vehicles and guys in camo gear. (Please note that the article does continue after these featured links).
Zelada was surprised that the video went viral so quickly. He told the Nyheter24 news website: "We knew it would be big, but not this big."
"We've got so many nice comments and likes. Even the director of the actual Grease Lightning film has commented on our clip and that's so unbelievably cool for all of us who were part of it," he added.
Some people thought that the guys would get into trouble for misusing their time, but this was put to rest when a spokesman for the Armed Forces, Philip Simon, actually praised the video. He told the media: "It's a professional parody that was made during their free time. This doesn't affect the trust in them in a negative way, on the contrary."
While the original video went so viral, and the Swedish Armed Forces appeared to be OK about the whole thing, for some reason the original clip has been removed from YouTube. Luckily at least one clone survived (above) and is receiving a healthy number of page views itself.
While the video has received a mixed bag of comments, one contributor did say that the marines were about to be sent home from Afghanistan and were asked to make some sort of video to show the others about their stationing there. This, apparently, is what they decided to go for.
Anyone wishing to see the original from the movie "Grease" can enjoy it below: