Phoenix suburb of Goodyear delivers epic police lip-sync battle entry
PHOENIX — Goodyear may have been late to the police lip-sync battle party, but it was definitely worth the wait.
The West Valley suburb answered the viral video challenge Monday with an epic 11-song #LipSyncBattle entry, with each unit of the police department getting a turn in the spotlight.
Many law enforcement agencies across Arizona took part in the viral challenge last month, but none were as ambitious as Goodyear.
The clip, which runs for more than seven minutes, has it all, from awkward choreography to toy guitars to attack dogs to bushy ’70s mustaches.
It starts with Chief Jerry Geier driving around and playing a radio DJ-like role as he checks in with his troops. He calls each unit on the police radio, and the video cuts to each group’s segment.
The songs often fit the theme of the unit, such as “Who Let the Dogs Out” for the K9 crew and “I Can’t Drive 55” for traffic.
We’re not sure what lip-syncing to “The Lazy Song” says about the department’s lieutenants.
The professional standards unit’s version of the Beastie Boys’ manic video for “Sabotage,” complete with shaky camera work, shaggy wigs and shaggier mustaches, is among the many highlights.
Another fun detail is when the detectives are studying photos of suspects that include Heisenberg from “Breaking Bad” and the Hamburglar.
When Geier drives back to headquarters, he’s met by the whole department in the parking lot, and the video closes with everybody dancing to “No Parking on the Dance Floor.”
“Police work is a demanding field, sometimes it’s nice to show the fun side of the sons, daughters, husbands, wives, moms and dads … real people, who go to work each day to protect and serve our community,” Geier said in a news release.
Here’s the song-by-song breakdown:
• Patrol: “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats.
• School resource officers: “School Days” by AC/DC, covering Chuck Berry.
• Traffic: “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar.
• K9: “Who Let the Dogs Out?” by Baha Men.
• Lieutenants: “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars.
• Police assistants: “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer.
• Professional standards: “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys.
• Community services: “What Is Love” by Haddaway.
• Detectives: “One Way or Another” by Blondie.
• SWAT: “The Champion” by Carrie Underwood.
• Everybody: “No Parking on the Dance Floor” by Midnight Star.