Swedish Marines in Afghanistan lip sync Greased Lightning from Grease

Swedish Marines based in Afghanistan decided to perform a lip sync to “Greased Lightning” from Grease.


It’s a shame they don’t carry Swedish Marines at my Ikea.

UPDATE: The video has been pulled, because of a copyright claim made by the man who directed the video, Boris Zelada.  There’s a story here.  Since the video was deleted, I added a few more an imated gifs. It was really well done, and even with the pranks, it’s too bad it was taken down – the guys deserve a hand for creating this.  Honestly, I didn’t even know the Swedes had Marines, or that they were in Afghanistan.  This video only makes me like the Swedes even more than I already did.

Also, for the time being, there’s a lesser-quality copy of the video here.




Reader BearEyes noted in the comments that there are a number of racy Easter Eggs, of sorts, hidden in this video – can you find them?  I’m actually blown away as to how many there are in the video. I didn’t catch any of them at first.  Here are a few:

0:50 Guy on the far right in the background doing some interesting hand movements. I couldn’t get a good gif of it. I did get a decent gif of the other two guys, to the right of the lead, but behind him, uh, going at it at 0:50


1:00 Two men on the upper left of the vehicle having some fun:


1:22 Some subtle pumping and grinding going on with two guys standing on the ledge of the vehicle on the left. Again, couldn’t get a good gif of it.

2:05 A nice gay pose from the man leaning on the right side of the vehicle:


2:15 On the far right, way in the back, a man is servicing something other than a military vehicle (this one is obvious when you look at the real video below):


225 There’s some loving going on on the left, behind the man waving:


303 Possibly the funniest one. Look under the foot that’s raise on the far left – keep your eye on the two guys in the back of the scene, like 30 feet back, the one in welder’s hat cracks me up – you’ll see this better in the actual video below:


Here’s a still shot of it:


Are there any I’m missing?

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For the moment, this copy of the video works…

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50 Responses to “Swedish Marines in Afghanistan lip sync Greased Lightning from Grease”

  1. U.S. military uptight? Brass, maybe. The rednecks and inbred they used for cannon fodder in Iraq after we ran out of teenagers without police records? Strong possibility. But need I remind you of this:


    Not all our flea-bitten children in uniform have a flag-pole up their butt!

  2. Yes! Dark, swarthy Turkeys…. um… Turgids… dammit… lubed and ready with hands in their … huh? what? Sorry John… you were saying?

  3. Cuben Cuben says:

    An alternative interpretation about what they are mocking.

    The interested viewer may compare the Swedish Marines clip to the parody the
    Russians did a while back of the Swedish Armed Forces, not only the original
    Travolta one. It may put the Swedish Marines video in another broader context.
    I think there may possibly be a “subtle” message in the Swedish
    Marines video. Watch the Russian one first; you have already seen the Swedish
    one I gather.


    In the Swedish Marines, at 2.30 you see “Russian dancers” and a third guy
    just behind, possibly an Easter Egg in the Swedish Marines clip. You also see
    the flag of another country in the beginning, not Sweden’s, behind glass like
    the ones you break to get to the fire extinguisher, Easter Egg. 1.26 one guy
    “we are going to kick ass”. 0.19 and 2.27 a sign in Russian above the gate,
    there at two words, the last word says Afghanistan. In the last seconds of the
    clip you see the sign in Russian again The words of the Swedish Marines are; Go
    “greased” lightning!

    You may after having seen the Russian film wonder about the Swedish Minister of
    Defense. Do you think she is military trained? Yes, she is Captain in the
    Swedish Marines! Same regiment “Amf1” as the Marines in the YouTube clip, by
    the way. The insignia of the Swedish Marines is the Neptune Trident similar as
    the Navy Seals and their green beret is a heritage from its roots the British
    Royal Marines Commandos. The guy who did the film is a communications expert.

    The avid reader of Ayn Rand has also observed that the name in Swedish of the light
    armored vehicle is “Galt”. The Swedish Armed Forces shared the base in
    Afghanistan with the Finnish Armed Forces.

    “Grease my Palm” from the Economist.


    But,probably any references made are purely coincidental.

  4. LOL I’m pretty sure that movie has already been done :)

  5. Island In The Sky says:

    John, you should direct a version of this featuring U.S. Marines ;)

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  7. But it makes no sense that the guy who produced it filed a copyright claim to get it taken down. Glad the brass liked it – it really is neat.

  8. I found a higher res one I posted above – there are a gazillion copies of this out there, it aint’ going nowhere now :)

  9. People need to learn to steal high quality copies of videos ;-)

  10. Ninong says:

    I don’t think the video was anti-gay in any way. I think they were teasing their more uptight comrades in arms from some of the other coalition countries (e.g., USA) who think the Swedes are all gay. After all, Sweden was the first country to allow openly gay military service and their constitution specifically forbids any LGBT discrimination. Same-sex marriage has been legal there for the past five years. Existing same-sex partnerships were give the option to convert to marriages after their marriage law was made gender neutral in 2009.

    Besides, as Tobias pointed out above, Sweden’s Supreme Commander, General Sverker Goranson (SG), has this video clip featured on his official blog. He liked it.

    I worked with a couple of straight guys from Sweden and they were very open-minded about sexual orientation and joked that guys from other Western countries always made jokes about all Swedes being gay.

    P.S. — And that video clip is still available all over the Internet, just use Google. http://entertainment.ie/wtf/Watch-Swedish-marines-recreate-Greased-Lightning-out-of-boredom-in-Afghanistan/239286.htm

  11. Strepsi says:

    The beauty of the Swedes either maks you 100% horny or 100% suicidal.

  12. Tobias says:

    As the SC of the Swedish armed forces posted a screengrab of the film on his instagram, I think it has the official approval… http://instagram.com/overbefalhavaren

  13. Ninong says:

    Here’s a copy of the Swedish Marines video that still works:


  14. emjayay says:

    Wierd. Glad I caught it when I could. Wonder what the money making angle is on this?

  15. And there’s always a chance the jokes were taken as anti-gay. I could see them being taken that way. I didn’t take it that way, but I also could have been wrong :)

  16. DRoseDARs says:

    You bet your sweet bippy they did. It’s all fun and games until Brass finds out. Brass isn’t known for its sense of humor or even a passing familiarity with fun.

  17. Oh it gets even more interesting. Boris Zelada filed a copyright claim with YouTube to get it taken down. But this is the same guy who directed it, and did an interview with the swedish press all excited about the video going viral. Kind of odd to file a copyright claim against your own video that you interviewed about.

  18. heimaey says:

    The perils of ergonomics. I løve character jókës!

  19. It actually wasn’t intentional – my goofy keyboard, that’s quite nice (ergonomic), does that to me occasionally.

  20. Oh no, they may have gotten in trouble.

  21. DRoseDARs says:

    Is this the gayest thread you’ve posted, John? Imma go with yes. :-)

    *AND the video has been taken down. Lame.

  22. heimaey says:

    Nice joke but the ø isn’t in the Swedish language – Norwegian and Danish, yes.

  23. karmanot says:

    If you ever visit again I volunteer to be your food taster! :-)

  24. karmanot says:

    It will make a great Valentine’s Day posting. :-)

  25. jomicur says:

    Quick note: I posted the clip without listening to it all the way through, assuming the lyrics were the ones I’m familiar with. I have an old LP of Coward doing the song, and the lyric is definitely “Each bold marine..” Oh well. Lesson learned.

  26. eahopp says:

    That’s a BIG gun….

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  28. Indigo says:

    ¡Que inocente!

  29. karmanot says:


  30. karmanot says:

    A hope chest for sure!

  31. karmanot says:

    lol! I’ll need those wrist supports, I just put my fan on high!

  32. I didn’t see any of the extras until someone below pointed it out.

  33. Zorba says:

    Oh, yes! We visited Sweden a few years ago, and we loved it. We were in Stockholm.
    Great country, great people.
    And the men……I swear, they all seemed to be at least 6 feet tall, good builds, handsome, and very nice.
    Well, all I have to say is, if I wasn’t a happily married woman, there would have been a whole lot of temptation there. ;-)
    And, BTW, Mr. Zorba himself is 6 1/2 feet tall, and in many countries that we have visited, he always felt like some kind of oddball because of his height. He didn’t feel like that in Sweden.

  34. Indigo says:

    “subtle”? I didn’t see subtle, I saw obvious. Waaay obvious! So who’s their booking agent and how much? (Speaking of subtleties . . . ;)

  35. keirmeister says:

    By the way, at the :50 mark, that soldier is enjoying a bare, bent-over behind. I mean…seriously, when I first saw this video this morning, I thought it was a cute performance. Now it’s on a whole new level.

  36. emjayay says:

    Great, but not the first. Maybe the best choreography and camera direction, but I’ve seen several similar efforts from US military.

    Notable for one thing because they are lip synching to a female singer. And representative of the US military with the prescence of women:


    From a year before the end of DADT:


    Not entirely stereotypically butch Call Me Maybe:


    Harlem Shake compilation (it has its moments):


    No camerawork, nice choreography, and another cute lead guy (too bad they didn’t go a little farther with the birthday suit line)


    Whoa…what’s up with the Royal Marines?

    Anyway all of this certainly demonstrates changes in younger guy’s (and women’s) concepts of sexuality and sexual identity. These are volunteer militaries, not even a random cross section of their generation.

  37. LOL Just updated – I think 303 is my favorite.

  38. BearEyes says:

    3:03 under the out-stretched leg on the left.
    2:25 – looks like a little more action on the left.

  39. Okay, just updated the post to reflect the hidden Easter Eggs, did I miss any?

  40. And this isn’t an Easter Egg, just a pair øf nice chests :)

  41. OMG me too. Okay, so :50 is the guy on the far right, doing the interesting hand movement. 1:00 is the guys on the upper left going at it. What are the other ones? At 1:22 there’s a little m2m action going with the 3 guys standing on the edge of the vehicle on the left.

  42. keirmeister says:

    OMFG, I totally missed all of that…now this video is even funnier!

  43. kingstonbears says:

    What a great treat on a Sunday morning. Thanks John. I think I’m either going to have to take another blood pressure pill or put on my wrist supports.

  44. jomicur says:

    My favorite is at :50. Also at 1:00 (upper left). You have to watch closely and quickly, but the stuff’s there. Will the day ever dawn when we see US marines making a video like this? (I suddenly find myself remembering Noel Coward’s gay rewrite of Cole Porter’s “Birds do it, bees do it”: “Each bold marine, shooting crap, does it…” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9aLNZoy1bs

  45. keirmeister says:

    Definitely unböring. Alexander Skarsgård approves.

  46. BearEyes says:

    Watch this a few times – there are 4-5 somewhat hidden little suggestive gems in here ;-)

  47. heimaey says:

    I went there for my 40th last year. Wonderful country – the cleanest I’ve been to, and beautiful people. The men are the best looking in Europe IMHO – tied with Italy and Spain.

  48. TheOriginalLiz says:

    Damn! I really need to check out Sweden.

  49. cambridgemac says:

    Sweden keeps looking better and better.

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