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Fingertips, using clips from Star Wars
October 31, 2012 7:07 PM   Subscribe

Fingertips, using clips from Star Wars
posted by Deathalicious (44 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh my god that is just genius.
posted by ook at 7:18 PM on October 31, 2012


Amazing.
posted by pitrified at 7:23 PM on October 31, 2012


Love this.
posted by ColdChef at 7:25 PM on October 31, 2012


My wife told me that on a third grade field trip the other day, my daughter turned to the girl next to her and said, "Have you ever listened to They Might Be Giants?"

I've never been prouder.
posted by ColdChef at 7:26 PM on October 31, 2012 [14 favorites]


Cue Disney lawyers in 3....2....1....
posted by erniepan at 7:27 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hey! You got your Star Wars in my They Might Be Giants!

Hey! You got your They Might Be Giants in my Star Wars!

ZOMG LOVE THIS SO MUCH
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 7:47 PM on October 31, 2012


For the full effect, all those clips need to split into their own YouTube videos that come up randomly during a shuffle.
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 7:48 PM on October 31, 2012 [12 favorites]


Oh, thank you!
posted by Greg Nog at 7:50 PM on October 31, 2012


As each clip came up I was like, "this is the cleverest use of the song/clip" then, "no, wait! this is". I think overall my favorite one is this clip at the 1:52 mark
posted by Deathalicious at 8:07 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Although what's that blue thing, doing here is a strong contender for second place.
posted by Deathalicious at 8:09 PM on October 31, 2012


The two that made me laugh so hard I had to pause the video were "What's that blue thing doing here" and "Something grabbed a hold of my hand."
posted by roll truck roll at 8:20 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


'What's that blue thing doing here' is easily the best. I will fight anyone who says otherwise.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:33 PM on October 31, 2012 [5 favorites]


This has brightened an otherwise lousy day. Thank you, Deathalicious.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 8:36 PM on October 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think I giggled through the first 2 minutes. Loved it.
posted by jillithd at 8:39 PM on October 31, 2012


Where...

...where are the words for this glory I don't have them.
posted by greenland at 8:46 PM on October 31, 2012


Saw TMBG a few months ago...and they did Fingertips. The whole thing. I was so proud of them guys.
posted by Zerowensboring at 9:22 PM on October 31, 2012


Oh my god. I laughed so hard I cried and upset the dogs. I think I really started to lose it on "Leave me alone leave me alone."
posted by town of cats at 9:52 PM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is even more confusing if you've never heard Fingertips before. Still great though.
posted by Erberus at 9:59 PM on October 31, 2012


What key? What key?

(sorry, wrong Fingertips)
posted by plasquatch at 10:16 PM on October 31, 2012


that was pretty awesome, even despite fingertips being my least favorite TMBG song
posted by Dr. Twist at 11:06 PM on October 31, 2012


fingertips being my least favorite TMBG song

I don't understand you
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 12:20 AM on November 1, 2012 [25 favorites]


My only complaint is that I didn't get to hear "space suit" at the end (though I don't know what they could have done with that song)
posted by Red Loop at 2:56 AM on November 1, 2012


It's worth pointing out that a certain amount of TMBG's discography (the 123s/ABCs/Science kids albums) is also owned by Disney, just like Star Wars is now. Of course, "Fingertips" is still in the hands of Warner/Elektra. BUT FOR HOW LONG?
posted by Strange Interlude at 3:44 AM on November 1, 2012


I also wouldn't mind if somebody made a 42-minute supercut montage along these lines with The Residents' Commercial Album.
posted by Strange Interlude at 3:47 AM on November 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


fingertips being my least favorite TMBG song

I don't understand you
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike


Eponysterical!
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 3:59 AM on November 1, 2012


This is probably the most brilliant thing I have seen all year.
posted by Foosnark at 5:18 AM on November 1, 2012


Love this.
posted by tommasz at 6:12 AM on November 1, 2012


That was great, except that every time someone even mentions TMBG I think about how every year when I unpack the stuff that goes outside in the springtime I find the little ornamental birdhouse that hangs over the shed and it reminds me of that little birdhouse in your soul song and it ends up getting stuck in my head all. fucking. day.

not to put too fine a line on it, say I'm the only bee in your bonnet . . . just shoot me now
posted by Curious Artificer at 6:43 AM on November 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


Birdhouse. It took me twenty damn years before I realized that because the narrator of the song is a nightlight, the "picture opposite me of my primitive ancestry" is a picture of a lighthouse. I guess when you're a kid you don't think too hard about the lyrics.

On the other hand, I'm pretty sure there isn't anything that would fly over a kid's head in Fingertips.
posted by stopgap at 7:00 AM on November 1, 2012


Right around "Blue Thing" I had to conclude that these songs were written ABOUT Star Wars. That's the only possible explanation.
posted by RobotHero at 8:37 AM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


The first time I heard a live version of 'I walk along darkened corridors' I died. Turns out it's the greatest rock anthem ever written. Whodathunk?
posted by waxbanks at 8:49 AM on November 1, 2012


TMBG just posted this on their Facebook page about twenty minutes ago. We got something big here!
posted by this one is danny at 9:18 AM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


The first time I heard a live version of 'I walk along darkened corridors' I died. Turns out it's the greatest rock anthem ever written. Whodathunk?

The funny thing is that as far as I know, they never did Fingertips live until sometime around 2005. Now, the epic, draw-out version of "darkened corridors" is a major staple of their shows.
posted by roll truck roll at 9:26 AM on November 1, 2012


I came in here hoping it did what it said on the tin. To my unimaginable delight, IT DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN!
posted by ElGuapo at 9:51 AM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


The music is so disjointed and all over the place, so this made for a very jarring experience of little cohesion for me.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 9:57 AM on November 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


that's the joke
posted by roll truck roll at 9:58 AM on November 1, 2012 [4 favorites]


Seekerofsplendor: "The music is so disjointed and all over the place, so this made for a very jarring experience of little cohesion for me."

Yup, that's fingertips.
posted by Deathalicious at 10:01 AM on November 1, 2012


And for Buffy fans, there's this similar video of clips.
posted by Deathalicious at 10:05 AM on November 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Luke Skywalker's Adoption
posted by homunculus at 10:39 AM on November 1, 2012


I know it is not listed as part of Fingertips, but how could this not include Space Suit - the lovely, sane, grounding salve that blows in after fingertips, and would mix so nicely with any number of atmospheric Star Wars scenes?
posted by dirtdirt at 11:05 AM on November 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


I always hoped TMBG would play individual bits of Fingertips at random in concert between other full-length songs, like listening to Apollo 18 on shuffle.

Which is how I always assumed they were intended to be heard.
posted by straight at 12:31 PM on November 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


I wonder how many people thought it was a teaser for the next TMBG album, Fingertips?
posted by straight at 12:47 PM on November 1, 2012


Major demerits for not using Ep. IV's "blue milk" for "Please Pass the Milk Please"
posted by anazgnos at 12:52 PM on November 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


roll truck roll, I saw them perform Fingertips live in 2001. I don't know when they started doing it.

What blew me away was that they could nail it. I always assumed Fingertips would just be a studio thing, but I guess Linnell is pretty damn good at changing settings on his keyboards.

Oh, they didn't play Spacesuit after Fingertips, but instead just jammed Darkened Corridors out for like 10 minutes.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 9:26 PM on November 1, 2012


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