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January 3, 2008 1:58 PM   Subscribe

This + This = This, brought to you by M.I.A.

Previously on MeFi: 1, 2.
posted by hermitosis (50 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Nice. Cheers!
posted by Artw at 2:04 PM on January 3, 2008


I hit my head really hard during the seizure I was thrown into by the M.I.A. site. Whose pants are these?
posted by Mr_Zero at 2:07 PM on January 3, 2008


More importantly, whose fish is this?
posted by wendell at 2:12 PM on January 3, 2008


It's not that bad, at least 50% of the .gifs on that homepage are not animated.
posted by Artw at 2:13 PM on January 3, 2008


(The 1st previously FPP kind of ownz this one though)
posted by Artw at 2:13 PM on January 3, 2008


Also, here's her video for Paper Planes, which was just released a couple weeks ago.
posted by hermitosis at 2:14 PM on January 3, 2008


Dude. I totally saw her LIVE in Central Park, and my understanding of the attraction is still M.I.A.
posted by Oddly at 2:15 PM on January 3, 2008


Sweet merciful Jesus, the colors! The fucking colors are flashing and making me want to do bad things...

Like dance!

*dances*

I like M.I.A. but I can only listen to her in limited doses. Unlike her web page which I can't take any doses of at all.
posted by quin at 2:17 PM on January 3, 2008


Man, that song was on the radio this morning when my alarm went off and I had a dream that I was in the kabab shop around the corner and I ordered a döner for breakfast.

CRazy!
posted by chillmost at 2:19 PM on January 3, 2008


I love this song. It's one of the only M.I.A. songs on my ipod, and I listen to it way too much.

I have liquorice to blame--er, thank.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 2:19 PM on January 3, 2008


Hey, was that the beastie boys making a cameo at the end of the Paper Planes vid?

my understanding of the attraction is still M.I.A.

My understanding of MY OWN attraction is M.I.A. Maybe i just like her because William Gibson does.
posted by TechnoLustLuddite at 2:28 PM on January 3, 2008


All this YouTube viddery is makign me miss being able to see decent videos on TV.
posted by Artw at 2:29 PM on January 3, 2008


NSFE
posted by wfc123 at 2:35 PM on January 3, 2008


Y'all know her dad is a high ranking Tamil Tiger? Think she mighta even been turned around at a US airport once. Look for tigers in her film clips.

Can't Wiki for the exact facts right now, but I have it on the authority of the Sri Lankan fella I used to sit next to at my previous job.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 2:41 PM on January 3, 2008


That's all discussed in the 1st "previously" thread, uncanny. Which you should probably check out, since it's so much better than this one.

Just joking, Artw. Really, she's been thoroughly discussed on the blue before, I just thought these videos were all too delightful together to resist sharing.
posted by hermitosis at 2:45 PM on January 3, 2008


Hey, was that the beastie boys making a cameo at the end of the Paper Planes vid?

Yup.

I like MIA a lot, even if only in small doses. Paper Planes was the for sure jam on that last album, it deserved a better video
posted by Divine_Wino at 2:47 PM on January 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


MIA's site reminded me to visit 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111.com. It feels like coming home.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 2:56 PM on January 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


Can't Wiki for the exact facts right now, but I have it on the authority of the Sri Lankan fella I used to sit next to at my previous job.

It's all true, as you can see on her Wiki Page if you want too. Although I'm not sure about the "tigers in video" bit, but I've only seen 'em on youtube, not known for high visual fidelity.
posted by delmoi at 3:04 PM on January 3, 2008


That's all discussed in the 1st "previously" thread, uncanny. Which you should probably check out, since it's so much better than this one.
Maybe I was one of those discussing it??? Will check it out now.

In fact... metafilter.com was my introduction to MIA! She gets a reasonable amount of airplay in Oz - she's certainly not an underground artist.

I like how Sri Lankans look almost the same as Indians, but are shinier.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 3:11 PM on January 3, 2008


There's a tiger in the video for "Sunshowers"... I had a hankering to hear "Boyz" yesterday, and got sucked into her website. I, too, can only take her in limited doses, but once heard, her songs get inextricably stuck in my head.
(Never heard of her until I saw a link to "Galang" on Scott McCloud's website. Of all places.)
posted by not_on_display at 3:16 PM on January 3, 2008


delmoi writes "It's all true, as you can see on her Wiki Page if you want too."

Well, the wiki page says that he was involved in another organization, the Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students, which has been sporadically linked to the LTTE. I don't know if there's any evidence that he was ever personally involved in the LTTE itself, let alone as a "high ranking" member.
posted by mr_roboto at 3:17 PM on January 3, 2008


hermitosis, you clearly need to add the same tags that the person that uploaded the video to youtube:

m.i.a. kala jimmy hot maya sri lanka boyz bird flu world town xr2 paper planes sexy bitch porn xxx lesbian sex

Snap to it!
posted by piratebowling at 3:18 PM on January 3, 2008


It's well done and very funny.
posted by hellslinger at 3:27 PM on January 3, 2008


M.I.A is bubbles/wizard/dope/efn/good.

Personally, I can't get enough of A Plus D's mash of M.I.A. and INTERPOL: Mammoth Boys.

Plus I have always thought of M.I.A. as being my favorite member of Sterling's G7.
posted by humannaire at 3:43 PM on January 3, 2008


If you like M.I.A., you might also enjoy Santogold. (And more.)(Unfortunately not metafilter's own Santogold.)
posted by serazin at 4:25 PM on January 3, 2008


As much as I like M.I.A. and that song, I can't get past the fact that the video is Gondry-lite.
posted by Weebot at 4:27 PM on January 3, 2008


And I just had an epileptic fit after visiting her webpage.
posted by Weebot at 4:29 PM on January 3, 2008


The only problem I have with that Paper Planes song is that is sounds like the background loop/sample is from an old Clash Song and it just makes me want to dig up my old Clash albums and listen to them again.

And sadly, the chinese dancers video is much better than the derived M.I.A. video. Mostly because I was induced into a mild flashback by the chinese dancers, while the M.I.A. video made me kind of nauseated. Strange.
posted by daq at 4:32 PM on January 3, 2008


That Paper Airplanes is mostly built on one of my favorite old Clash songs, about a half-breed vietnamese kid, right? "It ain't coca-cola - it's rice"...damn, so many layers of palimpsest and re-reference in there!

I get tired of her after more than a song or two, but I really love her up to that point, and continue to love the concept of here thereafter.

It also sounds like she may be expanding her sound a bit which should help.But damn, that Clash remix paper airplanes song is good! In an african chuckwagon with her metallica shirt on, yarra!
posted by freebird at 4:36 PM on January 3, 2008


I kept hearing about her music and finally gave several songs a listen the other day. Generally awful stuff, except for Jimmy, which is passable. I don't get what the raves are for at all.

The woman in the original Bollywood video reminds me a lot of Penelope Cruz for some reason, even vocally.
posted by cmgonzalez at 4:48 PM on January 3, 2008


MIA's Jimmy is simply marvellous...no questions.
posted by mattr at 5:00 PM on January 3, 2008


MIA is so attractive. I think if I was designing a woman in a lab to be attractive to me and a genie was involved and I made this awesome girl and she was my idea of perfect and then M.I.A. winked at me I would dump the genie lab girl for her. And I would have to make do with just one vagina.
posted by I Foody at 5:14 PM on January 3, 2008 [4 favorites]


Fuck Yeah.
posted by chunking express at 5:29 PM on January 3, 2008


That Paper Planes song is awesome. I've been a little standoffish to MIA so far, but I am reconsidering.
posted by Bookhouse at 5:46 PM on January 3, 2008


MIA's site reminded me to visit.....
I was so ready to be angry at you EMRJKC, but then I realized how great that site actually is; also, how remarkably similar it is to M.I.A.'s.
posted by KingoftheWhales at 5:48 PM on January 3, 2008


You know, I was going to send some links of M.I.A.'s vids to a friend / colleague that works on music in Kerala, and then this FPP comes along. Thanks, hermy, for doing all my work for me! How did you find the original "inspiration" vids?
posted by LMGM at 6:31 PM on January 3, 2008


Yeah, Paper Planes alone makes me want to pick up her cd. Radical politics and a world beat? I think Joe Strummer would be very happy to see how his music was being used by her.
posted by cazoo at 6:36 PM on January 3, 2008


if you're gonna do the blink tag, as EastManitoba claims, you've got to go all the way like 60x1.com
posted by mrgrimm at 6:38 PM on January 3, 2008


Great song. "Kala" is deserving of all the end of the year acclaim it just got. "Arular" is pretty good too, though with somewhat less of the world music mash-up thing going on.
posted by hwestiii at 6:50 PM on January 3, 2008


If anyone wants mp3s of the disco track in the first link, or the Clash track sampled, look here.

Also, there was a pretty good re-working of Paper Planes with new vocals that got a lot of attention on music blogs a few months back by African (Malawi) singer, Esau Mwamwaya. The track is called Tengazako; I found it via Music For Robots - the mp3 there is dead now, but it's elsewhere on music blogs, or on Myspace. I was never too big a fan of MIA's vocals, so I think I actually prefer the African version to the original.
posted by p3t3 at 7:09 PM on January 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


Bob: I think if I was designing a woman in a lab to be attractive to me and a genie was involved and I made this awesome girl and she was my idea of perfect and then M.I.A. winked at me I would dump the genie lab girl for her. And I would have to make do with just one vagina.
Charlotte: ...ok.
posted by From Bklyn at 7:12 PM on January 3, 2008


ESAU MWAMWAYA IS THE AFRICAN PHIL COLLINS!

I'm especially happy that I ain't got the fuckin foggiest what that means. Wow, that's really great, thanks, p3t3. MIA (and Joe Strummer) can't be anything but happy about that.
posted by Divine_Wino at 7:16 PM on January 3, 2008


LMGM, a friend sent me the bollywood video this morning. The chinese dancers were featured on MeFi years ago, before everything was thoroughly YouTubized.

I'm a big fan of her "Kala" album, though it does have a few spots that I can't get into. The videos for Bird Flu and Boyz really built a bridge for me though in appreciating the album, and Paper Planes was one of the best new songs of the year, IMO.

I can totally see how the music would be obnoxious after a few songs, though it certainly helps if you are totally spliffed out and dancing your balls off.
posted by hermitosis at 7:37 PM on January 3, 2008


Here's another truly awesome remix of "Paper Planes" featuring Bun B and Rich Boy. I actually prefer it to the original
posted by feathermeat at 8:02 PM on January 3, 2008


I must say, the vid for paper planes totally re-arranged how I heard the sounds and lyrics of that song. In a good way, too.
posted by LMGM at 8:11 PM on January 3, 2008


My bad... It's a leopard in the video for Sunshowers. Not a tiger.
posted by not_on_display at 8:54 PM on January 3, 2008


Paper Planes has been my favorite song lately. Great stuff! Much as I like the M.I.A. video, I've got to say that the opening choreography of the second video is just friggin' awesome.

I'd like to officially petition for a "Not Safe for Epileptics" label for stuff like the M.I.A. homepage. Being epileptic, I prefer to know about this kind of thing in advance.

(Let's not talk about the friend of mine who sent me a link to "something funny" where "something funny" was seizure robots. He realized ten seconds later - which of course was ten seconds too late - that I was not the right demographic for that kind of hilarity. Ok, so, we did just talk about it.)
posted by grapefruitmoon at 9:05 PM on January 3, 2008


Flapjax at Midnite was doing stuff like this years ago... but he ain't nowhere near as cute in bicycle pants and he's shorter. And he don't play with seizure graphics. Go figger.
posted by zaelic at 10:27 PM on January 3, 2008


I meant this Flapjax! Oops!
posted by zaelic at 10:28 PM on January 3, 2008


I like how Sri Lankans look almost the same as Indians, but are shinier.

That is the most random thing I have read all day. And we are not shinier we are - okay, we're shinier.

I'm not much of an M.I.A fan but this song caught my heart and I managed to get a few Mefite's on to it as well!
posted by liquorice at 3:04 AM on January 7, 2008


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