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The leg-slapping makes this.
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:36 AM on March 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm a huge fan of StS, but that's not what/who this is, near as I can tell. It's just an overdub of bad singing of the original song, the vocals of which are perilously close to stereotypical mockery of the mentally handicapped.

Maybe I'm just a killjoy, but I don't see it.

I'd rather watch any of those marvelously clever StS clips all over again.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:40 AM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yeah, it didn't really move me. But it did get me to go find some old Beach Boys footage on YouTube, so... thanks?
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:43 AM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I watched this the other night and almost expired from laughing so hard. Yes.
posted by capnsue at 9:44 AM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


It is so much, or so little, more than a bad overdub. The leg slapping, man, it's all about the leg slapping.
posted by zippy at 9:44 AM on March 25, 2013


Yeah. Turning the Rolling Stones "Start Me Up" into "Hey, wazzup big ape, ein waffel-scham" takes an actual crazy musical acumen. Stsanders manages to match the mouth/hand movements of musicians to create a uniquely terrible/confusing performance. This is just someone making a hurf durf "retarded" joke.

But on the subject of Stsanders, his website has said for years that he will be doing a Blade Runner overdub. I have been dying for its release
posted by to sir with millipedes at 9:46 AM on March 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


This is more like classic StSanders than the 2nd round of StSanders where he was doing the singers. It just imagines "what if the Beach Boys were still the Beach Boys, but were incredibly terrible?", with the added ultra-fidelity to what appears onscreen (no mics, unplugged guitars, leg slapping).

I loved the early StSanders guitarists clips but his "Start Me Up" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" never worked for me. As zippy observed, the parody was undercut when it got away from "awesome musician is terrible" and went to "awesome musician is terrible and also sings crude, scatological or gibbering nonsense".
posted by anazgnos at 10:05 AM on March 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


I had to turn it off, I'm at work, crying from laughter.

For me the spareness of it is part of the hilarity. I agree it's about the leg slapping and the claps.

This is just someone making a hurf durf "retarded" joke.

This is a fairly heavy accusation and it is, I think, without basis. Strained, "off" pronunciation is not (necessarily?) a de facto '"retarded" joke'.
posted by dirtdirt at 10:07 AM on March 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


I see no humor in this other than the juvenile obviousness of it.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 10:12 AM on March 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm a huge fan of StS, but that's not what/who this is, near as I can tell. It's just an overdub of bad singing of the original song, the vocals of which are perilously close to stereotypical mockery of the mentally handicapped.

Maybe I'm just a killjoy, but I don't see it.


I didn't think it a mockery of the mentally handicapped but rather as a commentary on the sheer amount of processing that music undergoes these days between the singer's larynx and the finished product, and a jokey "what-if" about the Beach Boys, who had serious vocal chops, being just as crap as $InterchangeableBoyBand.

But yeah, either way, I am also having trouble seeing the appeal here. If anything, it reminds me of The Onion on an off day when the story is essentially just the headline repeated and paraphrased eighteen times. It is ten seconds of joke squeezed into two-and-a-half minutes of footage.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 10:12 AM on March 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Wow, y'all are reading a lot into this. And in the process missing it by a mile. This is the funniest goddamn couple of minutes of video I've ever seen. I've watched it at least ten times now, and it gets funnier every time.

If you want to think that "mocking Mike Love" equates to "mocking the mentally challenged", I guess I won't stop you.
posted by Fnarf at 10:23 AM on March 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


stereotypical mockery of the mentally handicapped

I'll be another vote for "watched whole video and did not get even the slightest inkling of a whiff of a hint that this was what they were going for."

It's "hey, let's pretend the Beach Boys were actually totally incompetent and see what that would sound like somewhat plausibly matched with actual video of the Beach Boys." There's really no connection at all between "mentally handicapped" and "crappy singing/guitar playing."
posted by yoink at 10:25 AM on March 25, 2013


As someone who has hung out with many a band and been in a couple of them myself, this didn't strike me as overblown mockery of any sort as much as it did a straight up documentary. That moment when you think "YES! We are REALLY GETTING GOOD AT THIS! Let's record that and see what we sound like!" and then play back the recording? Yep. exactly like this.

It's possible that they did intend this to be a mockery of people with cognitive disabilities, and if that's the case, shame on them. But honestly, it is plenty of funny without even a whiff of that.
posted by KathrynT at 10:41 AM on March 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


Oh fuck yes! I love these. Doesn't anyone remember the Queen 'We Will Rock You' one? It was taken down a while back but it's just as good (?).
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:43 AM on March 25, 2013


Personally, I prefer Legion of Rock Stars for this sort of thing. They also record hilariously awesome videos but in a unique way: they gather together mediocre musicians, they all put on sound-proofing headphones that play the song, and then they try to all sing and play along (without being able to hear themselves play).

The end result is incredible. (See the cover of Danzig's Mother... sublime).
posted by Old Man McKay at 1:18 PM on March 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


I forgot to mention... Legion of Rock Stars' version of Going Up the Country may be even better than Mother.
posted by Old Man McKay at 1:21 PM on March 25, 2013


Personally, I prefer Legion of Rock Stars for this sort of thing. They also record hilariously awesome videos but in a unique way: they gather together mediocre musicians, they all put on sound-proofing headphones that play the song, and then they try to all sing and play along (without being able to hear themselves play).

The end result is incredible. (See the cover of Danzig's Mother... sublime).


HOLY SHIT, THAT WAS AWESOME.

Their version of Any Way You Want It was... one of a kind.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 3:19 PM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]




ricochet biscuit: " It is ten seconds of joke squeezed into two-and-a-half minutes of footage."

"They really SNL'ed that one!"
posted by mannequito at 8:35 PM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Has Andy Rehfeldt ever been mentioned on Mefi? If not, he should for his metalization of The Beatles "Twist and Shout."
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:35 PM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


The LRS's Bad Moon Rising is not bad. I mean, it's bad, but it's not bad.

Mathemusicologically, LRS is a function of the real hits onto Jad Fair
posted by zippy at 10:12 PM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


LRS's Don't fear the reaper is quite good.
posted by zippy at 12:57 PM on March 26, 2013


That Andy Rehfeldt stuff is funny, KS.

I liked this, too, which is sort of the photo negative of that Beatles gag: Alice in Chains - Man in the Box (Funk Version)
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:52 PM on March 26, 2013


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