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My Name is John Daker
August 3, 2012 9:39 AM   Subscribe

John Daker is going to sing a song that's very popular nowadays, it's Christ The Lord Is Risen Today, and he's going to do Amore too, okay? There is a subtitled and animated version also.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 (35 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
What's a murry?
posted by slater at 9:42 AM on August 3, 2012


Truly, the Eternal Champion's path is difficult and twisted.
posted by infinitewindow at 9:42 AM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


whep.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 9:43 AM on August 3, 2012 [6 favorites]


As long as this video's been around, I have still not been able to sit through the whole thing. Too, too uncomfortable. Kinda surprising how few views it's got, given Daker's status as a meme.

I would have given anything if he just went ahead and closed with "Boom goes the dynamite."
posted by ShutterBun at 9:49 AM on August 3, 2012


The interactive transcript for this video is fairly amusing.
posted by swift at 9:56 AM on August 3, 2012


No, Piano Hag, clearly it's not okay.
posted by Mooseli at 10:01 AM on August 3, 2012


I couldn't sit through the original video either. The animated version made it bearable for me.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:11 AM on August 3, 2012


Those people need to get into some sophisticated theology, otherwise some nasty ol' atheists are quite unreasonably going to make fun of them.
posted by Decani at 10:17 AM on August 3, 2012


I don't think anyone is laughing about his faith, particularly his faith in that being amore
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 10:25 AM on August 3, 2012 [3 favorites]


aaaaaaaaaaaaaalleluuia~
posted by Valued Customer at 10:26 AM on August 3, 2012 [5 favorites]


What's the point of this exactly? Is that he's bad? Because if you sit next to me in Church next Easter Vigil, you can here a version of "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" that's significantly worse.

I'll also butcher "He is Risen" for no extra charge.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:43 AM on August 3, 2012 [4 favorites]


Apparently, I'll also write "here" instead of hear.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:44 AM on August 3, 2012


Well there you go.
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 11:03 AM on August 3, 2012


aaaaaaaaaaaaaalleluuia~

That's not a moray, that's a snake. Easy mistake though.
posted by The Bellman at 11:03 AM on August 3, 2012


When an eel bites your fin as you're taking a swim,
That's a moray!
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:25 AM on August 3, 2012 [8 favorites]


oblig
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 11:27 AM on August 3, 2012


I think the point is that he's bad, and he's adorable, and he tries really hard, and it's 1990, and it's public access. I think people have a lot of fondness for John Daker, but sometimes things are just objectively funny.
posted by thirteenkiller at 11:30 AM on August 3, 2012


I'd never seen this before, but I also find it adorable in a way that I hope wouldn't bother Daker too much.

Oddly, part of what makes it fun is the clip of the little girl just before Daker. The world this video inhabits is a world in which adults can take voice lessons alongside children without feeling embarrassed about their lack of skill. That's a world where I want to live.
posted by roll truck roll at 11:38 AM on August 3, 2012


"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie,
Houston we have a problem." -- Jim Rosenberg
posted by Infinity_8 at 11:51 AM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's the suit. Duh.
posted by mullacc at 11:53 AM on August 3, 2012


I dunno, I kinda like the dah dee dah, dah dee dah.... amore bit. I'm willing to cut him some slack. I've been to plenty of rock concerts where the band was so wasted, that's about the best they could swing. Still a great show.

I would have given anything if he just went ahead and closed with "Boom goes the dynamite."
Or disdainfully dropped the mic and walked off the stage.
posted by xedrik at 12:04 PM on August 3, 2012


This one is the very best version.
posted by Modica at 12:10 PM on August 3, 2012


I am not going to listen to this because "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" is my very favorite hymn.

Which might be in part because it doesn't get overused. I mean, you can only sing it once a year, so you never get bored with it.
posted by Sidhedevil at 12:11 PM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am not going to listen to this because "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" is my very favorite hymn.

Singing "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" while the Priest asperges the congregation is my most favorite part of the Church year and I have a ton of favorite parts of the Church year.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:40 PM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


I mean, you can only sing it once a year, so you never get bored with it.

Never worked as a church musician, have you?
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 12:58 PM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


I have, actually. Do not get me started on "On Eagle's Wings" or any of the junk set to the "Simple Gifts" tune.
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:07 PM on August 3, 2012 [2 favorites]


I am not going to listen to this because "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" is my very favorite hymn.

YOU SHUT YOUR HERETIC MOUTH! Praetorius is where it's at.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 1:17 PM on August 3, 2012


This subtitled version of the original video is pretty funny.
posted by mediated self at 1:29 PM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thank you, Bulgaroktonos, for giving me my word of the day: asperges.
posted by Morrigan at 5:20 PM on August 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


No, Piano Hag, clearly it's not okay. Wha? This is so mean.
posted by sweetkid at 7:07 PM on August 3, 2012


Mean, but I LOL'd heartily at "piano hag"
posted by slater at 7:47 PM on August 3, 2012


What the hell is the deal with piano hag lady's hair? OMG.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 10:44 PM on August 3, 2012


He's actually good for the parts he was able to sing -- he was on pitch, gets enough breath to project, and gets some expression into it. What supposedly makes him "bad" is simply that he was nervous enough to fade out on chunks of the lyrics, and I think that's highly forgivable. I'm not sure why the Internet decided to hold him out as an object of memehood.
posted by WCityMike at 7:13 AM on August 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


I tried finding out more about John Daker, to see what sort of a life he might have led -- I'm guessing it's a largely blameless one, spent in the insurance field -- but I didn't come up with much. I did find out the name and dates for the piano player -- Reva Cooper Unsicker (1915-1995).

Presumably Mrs. Unsicker, the former Miss Cooper, lived a long, eventful life, struggled through the Depression, raised a family during wartime, and dedicated her leisure hours to her church. It's impossible to say what sort of woman she was, of course. Still, she died and was buried and her family dried their tears and moved along and now here we are, in 2012, and she is part of a small nationwide sensation, as Piano Hag.

The future is so inexplicable.
posted by Countess Elena at 8:40 AM on August 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


"All I want to do, all I want to do is praise Him."
posted by [insert clever name here] at 5:56 PM on August 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


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