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September 26, 2013 4:48 AM   Subscribe

"Our brother asked us to be his best men for his wedding. We knew the hardest thing would be doing a traditional best man’s speech, because we would cry too much. So instead, we made a music video - a plea not to leave us! Which he did, regardless." Presenting We Are Brothers by Baddy Paris and Rufus Starlight in the tradition they know best, 80s glam rock.
posted by Leucistic Cuttlefish (19 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
Like if Peter Serafinowicz was in Front 242.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 4:59 AM on September 26, 2013


80s glam rock??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
posted by tantrumthecat at 5:39 AM on September 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


An example of 80s glam rock is Poison. This is nothing like Poison.
posted by COD at 5:53 AM on September 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


This is definitely the best example I have seen in the over-the-top made-for-youtube wedding genre. Beats the pants off of synchronized dancing down the aisle.
posted by 256 at 5:59 AM on September 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Glam rock it wasn't (synth rock or new wave maybe?) but it wasn't as much of a parody of some other '80s music as I assumed it would be. It isn't so much a caricature as a recreation. If I didn't already know better, I could have been convinced that this came out in the '80s.
posted by VTX at 6:03 AM on September 26, 2013


4:52 moment, best moment.
posted by 256 at 6:20 AM on September 26, 2013 [5 favorites]


I feel like the first five comments of this thread should have been something about how awesome this was because.... Holy shit that was awesome. As in, people are amazing and maybe I've been too hard on the human race amazing.

I wish I had been there. The moment the father appeared, yes 4:52,that's when the house was brought down. What a great family.

it was 80s synth pop, think Marc almond, depeche mode, etc
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 6:53 AM on September 26, 2013 [9 favorites]


This was so much better than I could have imagined it being.
posted by Rory Marinich at 6:55 AM on September 26, 2013


That was epic.

And the older brother's really cute!
posted by droplet at 7:28 AM on September 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Awesome. The synth chords sounded right out of Visage - Fade To Grey.
posted by rocket88 at 7:31 AM on September 26, 2013


I managed to keep a straight face until they pop up and "AAAAAHHH" at the dad. This is why I don't do YouTube at work.

Thank you thank you thank you for posting this!!!
posted by Mooseli at 7:41 AM on September 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


Between this and the kitten saving firemen, my faith in humanity has been restored for a time. That family seems awesome, and I hope that Helen realizes what a great bunch she's marrying into.
posted by sparklemotion at 7:46 AM on September 26, 2013


This is AWESOME. I am filled with awe.

I managed to keep a straight face until they pop up and "AAAAAHHH" at the dad.

I did not bother to keep a straight face (nobody to judge me here but the cats, who, being cats, are always judging.) I did wonder how many takes it took to do that because I bet Dad just lost his shit laughing at least four or five times.


Stylewise, I'm sensing more of an homage to Kraftwerk and Gary Numan here.

If I were at a wedding and they showed this I would absolutely die.
posted by louche mustachio at 7:47 AM on September 26, 2013 [5 favorites]


Agreed that this is much, much better than I expected.

From the "band's" Facebook page:

Rufus Starlight formed in August 1977. 'We Are Brothers' was inspired and produced just six short weeks later. Not only did it define a music video genre, it has been credited, by somebody, as inspiring '80s icons such as Human League, Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, Heaven 17, ABC, George Michael, David Hasselhoff, and Tom Cruise.

Rufus's star shone brightly but, oh so briefly. Almost as soon as it banded it disbanded, because of unresolvable creative differences. At the time, NME called this "a pity".

posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:49 AM on September 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


That was brilliant.
posted by Elly Vortex at 8:24 AM on September 26, 2013


Well, that did it. My cynicism about stunt wedding videos is permanently shattered.
posted by mykescipark at 9:12 AM on September 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


And the older brother's really cute!

Rufus the older is the short one! Baddy the younger is the tall one. Although I didn't figure that out until the tenth listening. My verbal comprehension gets screwy in a music context. Just, the glam. halp
posted by Leucistic Cuttlefish at 10:53 AM on September 26, 2013


4:52 moment yt , best moment.

Of course, someone from reddit has already made an upvote gif from it.
posted by orme at 2:54 PM on September 26, 2013


I can't stop watching this, it's just perfect. Imagine being there when they introduced it, with everyone probably expecting a little home movie of them on the couch talking to camera about their brother.

There are so many great little touches, like that silver headband, the slow-mo hood shot while driving over a bridge at night, gradually getting closer together during one chorus, and the indulgent breakdown in the church where you think it's over. The pop-up at dad made me lose it, and then the giant R made me lose it again.
posted by lucidium at 3:14 PM on September 26, 2013


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