It's an unlikely YouTube sensation: U.S. soldiers with the 82nd Airborne, stationed in Afghanistan, perform an enthusiastic Lady Gaga sendup. Surprisingly, it's gotten a thumbs-up from military brass.
Harold Levine liked the video so much, he created a Facebook page devoted to its star, Aaron Melcher. Levine recently walked All Things Considered host Michele Norris through Melcher's version of "Telephone" and compared it to Lady Gaga's original.
More than 3 million people have watched the video on YouTube, and Levine says that's because, in a time of unhappy news, it's become the feel-good video of the week.
"I think people really have an affection and love for the servicepeople who are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq," he says. "We like to think that the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, who are serving in what are relatively godforsaken places, are well enough and happy enough and have enough leisure time that they can do something like this — and send it to us to show us that they're OK."