The Internet: The Music Video
May 10, 2014 6:51 AM   Subscribe

So this new music video called 'Tip Tip', by KIDS N CATS, looks like it was shamelessly engineered to go viral on the Internet. I WILL HELP THEM.
posted by dgaicun (35 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Welp, that's certainly a thing.
posted by dismas at 7:11 AM on May 10

Needs more memes.
posted by surplus at 7:12 AM on May 10

More cats, less beards. Also, the cats should drop the kids and get more cats.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:27 AM on May 10 [1 favorite]

WELLLLLLL that was weird.
posted by katrielalex at 7:38 AM on May 10

I've seen some strange stuff. And that was quite possibly the strangest of all.
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 7:42 AM on May 10

I will lick a dirty lollipop if that video gets viral momentum.
posted by So You're Saying These Are Pants? at 7:43 AM on May 10 [2 favorites]

I've seen some strange stuff and that was sure trying hard to be that.
posted by cmoj at 7:59 AM on May 10 [12 favorites]

Despite how it was designed and engineered for virality, I found the songwriting pretty clumsy, and the video so-so.

You can't make ironically good things with the spirit of irony. You really have to believe in yourself wholeheartedly to make good art/work, even if the work is supposed to be silly.

posted by sixohsix at 8:00 AM on May 10 [6 favorites]

It looks and feels like one of those mildly disturbing but in the end annoyingly tedious dreams you get when you ate too much before hitting the bed.
posted by Iosephus at 8:07 AM on May 10 [1 favorite]

When hipsters get old.
posted by ReeMonster at 8:07 AM on May 10 [2 favorites]

It comes across to me as trying a little too hard. Some nice individual bits, though
posted by rmd1023 at 8:08 AM on May 10 [1 favorite]

Is this satire?
posted by thivaia at 8:39 AM on May 10 [1 favorite]

I ask honestly.
posted by thivaia at 8:40 AM on May 10

You can't make ironically good things with the spirit of irony.

yes. it felt, ironically, like the work of Artists. I didn't even make it to the cats.

This on the other hand ...
posted by philip-random at 9:07 AM on May 10

i did like the goggly-eye butt cheeks, though, in terms of random WTF imagery
posted by angrycat at 9:09 AM on May 10 [4 favorites]

Is 4 minutes too long for viral? It seemed twice as long as it needed to be to get in what it had.
posted by achrise at 9:13 AM on May 10 [3 favorites]

posted by Bruce H. at 9:51 AM on May 10 [1 favorite]

"Japan think you're trying too hard."

Fuck yeah! More please. I love this batshit Tim & Eric 4chan netpunk aesthetic.
posted by dgaicun at 10:24 AM on May 10

I was just coming in here to post a link to Kyary Pamyu. Beat me to it, chrominance!
posted by LMGM at 10:26 AM on May 10

She's so great! Though I don't like her music as much as some of the other projects her producer works on. The Tim & Eric thing wasn't a one-off, either, though the aesthetic has evolved over the years. I have no idea what this video has to do with family parties. If you can't be bothered to watch her two albums' worth of music videos, this video for her high-school-graduation song is a lovely recap of her career. (It's better if you realize that the polar bear is supposed to be her dad.)
posted by chrominance at 10:32 AM on May 10

At least she's not riding a wrecking ball in the buff in this one.
posted by prinado at 10:49 AM on May 10 [1 favorite]

More butts than eye expected.
posted by maryr at 10:51 AM on May 10 [1 favorite]

dgaicun: "This video is, like, art!"

posted by symbioid at 11:17 AM on May 10

I need to show this video to an acquaintance who has a slime fetish due to Double Dare and see what she thinks. It really felt like it was trying to trigger fetishes I don't have.
posted by egypturnash at 11:27 AM on May 10 [2 favorites]

I didn't much care for this video. Visually cool, but the song grates.

But... I know my opinion means nothing. What I REALLY want to know is what does the fox say?
posted by Debaser626 at 12:04 PM on May 10

I was just coming in here to post a link to Kyary Pamyu. Beat me to it, chrominance!

Sorry for the derail but:
The thing with Kyary's music videos is that after a while they somehow start to make sense (as in: cute colorful multi-layered visualizations juxtapositioned with very mild "horror elements" set to upbeat music (basically the blueprint to the whole Kyary catalogue) or recently even some slight melancholic undertones (the last three Kyary singles and parts of her latest album, IMO)). It's all very "wild" and "over the top" but it feels like a cohesive universe to me.

The above video on the other hand just comes off as being weird for the sake of weirdness to me.

(But maybe it's unfair to judge something you've watched twice now versus something you've kept around as your favorite go-to tool for escapism for two years.)
posted by bigendian at 2:16 PM on May 10

Here's a hip hop video that uses this kind of aesthetic. Some of my favorite blogs on tumblr post these kinds of images, evoking terrible early 90s Internet design, but amped up into hyper-ridiculousness. Wikipedia calls it seapunk. I just dubbed it netpunk (which I think is more accurate). Frankly, calling every new fashion and design subculture a kind of "punk" is fucking lazy. From now on I'll call it netcamp, since it's much more a celebration of retro Internet cheesiness than "punk"
posted by dgaicun at 2:16 PM on May 10

Here's Rihanna rockin' some netcamp on SNL. What I appreciate more about the kids n cats video is the heavy incorporation of actual weird shitty animated gifs.
posted by dgaicun at 2:54 PM on May 10

So. Uh, yeah. Um. So hey, how about them Dodgers, eh?
posted by happyroach at 3:58 PM on May 10

So that's where those gifs were coming from.
posted by NoraReed at 4:35 PM on May 10

You will help them go viral? But why?? That was awful.
posted by harrietthespy at 6:39 PM on May 10

Netcamp aesthetic from Tim & Eric. I love their visual vocabulary, which also mines cable access and corporate videotoaster terribleness.

Bob Odenkirk (their producer), I imagine, had a lot to do with that style being used in those Breaking Bad commercials for Saul Goodman.
posted by dgaicun at 1:12 AM on May 11

Someone entered the mind of Ann Coulter and hit the record button whilst she was thinking about liberals. Behold the resulting film.
posted by Monkey0nCrack at 4:14 PM on May 12

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