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May 23, 2008 10:21 AM   Subscribe

The music video for Pork and Beans by Weezer is an homage to every web video meme. Ever. [via]
posted by Plutor (129 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
so good... SO GOOD
posted by splatta at 10:22 AM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


I really enjoyed that. I liked it when karate guy kicked the ninja's asses.
posted by Mr_Zero at 10:27 AM on May 23, 2008


Great video, but I think the Barenaked Ladies did it first.
posted by kaefer at 10:29 AM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


No 2g1c? Eepybird can double as tubgirl, though.
posted by DU at 10:31 AM on May 23, 2008


I don't know if I wanted to hate it but loved it or wanted to love it but hated it. Maybe if they painted the kick drum head to resemble goatse I could get completely behind it.
posted by bunnytricks at 10:34 AM on May 23, 2008


That song was much better than I expected, and I'm glad they included both Tay Zonday and Chris Crocker. Certainly an improvement over "Beverly Hills" and "Hash Pipe".
posted by nonmerci at 10:35 AM on May 23, 2008


I can say with complete honesty that is probably the first music video I have watched, start to finish, without looking away, in years. Note: laughing the entire time.
posted by banannafish at 10:39 AM on May 23, 2008 [3 favorites]


No pancakes
posted by chillmost at 10:40 AM on May 23, 2008


Wait a sec... No Rick Astley?
posted by Mr_Zero at 10:42 AM on May 23, 2008


That was fun. Seemed pretty good natured in the treatment of its subjects, too.
posted by RokkitNite at 10:43 AM on May 23, 2008


I agree Mr_Zero. The lack of Rick Astley was a huge oversight. I was really hoping to see the hotpants bartender doing a backflip off the wall. That would have made my day.
posted by diogenes at 10:44 AM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


I didn't see Stick Figure Fighting, but it did have Peanut Butter Jelly Time, so I can't be a complete hater.
posted by quin at 10:44 AM on May 23, 2008


Hey, it's that thing I'm familiar with!

Snark aside, that was pretty cute. Good to know Weezer can still turn out a catchy tune, too.
posted by malphigian at 10:44 AM on May 23, 2008 [10 favorites]


I had forgotten about that flip-on-his-head nunchuck guy.... I wonder what he's up to nowadays?
posted by Kabanos at 10:45 AM on May 23, 2008


So, I guess this is an answer video to the Barenaked Ladies one, right?

FIGHT!
posted by mwhybark at 10:46 AM on May 23, 2008


Seemed pretty good natured in the treatment of its subjects, too.

Agreed. That was homage without fromage.
posted by rokusan at 10:48 AM on May 23, 2008 [7 favorites]


That was fantastic.
posted by spiderskull at 10:49 AM on May 23, 2008


That was surprisingly well done. It took me a while to realize they included the real "stars" and not just the edited videos. Even so, I fear that the internet-memes-in-mainstream(ish)-media meme will get old pretty quickly.

And seconding Mr_Zero: no Rickroll? No frozen flash mob?
posted by pheideaux at 10:49 AM on May 23, 2008


Who is the girl in the rainbow leggings supposed to be?
posted by chudmonkey at 10:49 AM on May 23, 2008


How can they disrespect the godfather of web memes like this.
posted by any major dude at 10:50 AM on May 23, 2008


Any major dude: I think the memes are limited to video and animation memes. No Hopkin, to name one close to my own heart, for example.
posted by mwhybark at 10:52 AM on May 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


Meta-memes are just as annoying as regular memes.
posted by jeffamaphone at 10:53 AM on May 23, 2008


I recognized damn near all of those memes. Which means I probably need to get out more. It was still a neat video.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 10:53 AM on May 23, 2008


Wait. I thought they broke up.
posted by cortex at 10:54 AM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm alarmed that I recognized so many. I'm wasting my life.
posted by grouse at 10:57 AM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


I was really hoping that at some point all the boys in Weezer would start humping an ottoman.
posted by turaho at 10:57 AM on May 23, 2008 [11 favorites]


Weezer: Internet :: Foo Fighters : Mentos.

Well played.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:59 AM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


They hiatified after Pinkerton in 1997, came back respectably with the green album in 2000 and Maladroit in 2002, were replaced by replicants on Make Believe in 2005, were hunted down by Deckard (himself possibly a replicant), and if this song and Rivers's ironic mustache are any indication, appear to be making a run at a comeback in June with the red album.
posted by Plutor at 10:59 AM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


So who's the girl with the eye makeup, and the kid who breathes away from the mic?
posted by jinjo at 11:02 AM on May 23, 2008


I move away from the mic to breathe in
posted by grouse at 11:05 AM on May 23, 2008


mwhybark wrote:

Any major dude: I think the memes are limited to video and animation memes. No Hopkin, to name one close to my own heart, for example.


Mahir does Youtube

I guess Weezer didn't want to end up in court with Borat!
posted by any major dude at 11:06 AM on May 23, 2008


I take the fact that I didn't get more than 10% of the memes as a postiive step in my attempt to make something of my life.
posted by signal at 11:08 AM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


jinjo, the girl is actually a boy named Chris Crocker. It was discussed here. The kid is Tay Zonday doing a song called Chocolate Rain.
posted by quin at 11:09 AM on May 23, 2008


I am incensed that there was no Yatta!.

Unless there was small Yatta! or background Yatta! that I did not notice.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:09 AM on May 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


Which meme is it that made the lead put that woolly bear on his upper lip?
posted by Dave Faris at 11:13 AM on May 23, 2008


"girl" with the eye makeup

I think that's who you're wondering about.

Oh, what the hell, let's just unpack it all here, shall we? I'll start with the easy stuff.

PBJT


Diet Coke and Mentos


Star Wars Kid

hamster.


Phew! Google and the wikipedia must be tired from all that single-link research!
posted by mwhybark at 11:15 AM on May 23, 2008


I really, really hated this song the first time I heard it, but it actually sounds okay in Youtube mono. It's not a bad song, it's just a lousy mix that's less offensive in low-bitrate mono. I really disagree with their production decisions since the green album; it's not music that needs the overblown, radio-rock production. Pinkerton is manufactured lo-fi, and it's perfect. Everything since green has featured these super-wide, heavy guitars all over the place (among other "stupid mixer tricks"), and I don't think it usually fits the music.

I'd love to hear more restrained mixes of some of the recent tunes, because some of them are pretty good songs that are ruined by the album arrangments and mixes.

Also, Rivers really looks like a pedo in that mustache. Look at some of his Youtube videos: it's really, really creepy. I can't tell if he's always stoned, or just crazy.
posted by uncleozzy at 11:16 AM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh, and I am INCENSED over the lack of Pretty Much Everywhere.
posted by mwhybark at 11:17 AM on May 23, 2008


I wish they could have found the Techno Viking guy.
posted by yhbc at 11:21 AM on May 23, 2008


Valleywag links the 24 source videos that inspired Weezer.

I find it odd that some people were in both the Barenaked video and the Weezer video - did they not mention it to Weezer? I mean, sure the Barenaked Ladies isn't the biggest band on the planet but there's got to be a lot of overlap in the fan base of the two bands.
posted by GuyZero at 11:23 AM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


jinjo, the girl is actually a boy named Chris Crocker.

Ha ha, I did not know that was a guy. It is nice to see that Seth Green has decided to defend him.
posted by Mr_Zero at 11:28 AM on May 23, 2008


Wow - I'd never seen the BNL video, so a significant number of demerits to Weezer that are quickly recouped given how much better Weezer integrated the clips, and how lame that BNL song is.
posted by jalexei at 11:30 AM on May 23, 2008


Valleywag links the 24 source videos that inspired Weezer.

Oh, great! Nevermind!

No Tron guy? An outrage!
posted by mwhybark at 11:34 AM on May 23, 2008


That valleywag link kills my Firefox dead, so what's the answer to the leggings girl?

I'm pretty sure there has to be more than just 24 sources there. Some of them are pretty subtle. Charlie the Unicorn prances by in the background at the end and GI Joe catches his sunglasses.
posted by DU at 11:34 AM on May 23, 2008


Oh Weezer, what happened to you? I used to love you so...
posted by not applicable at 11:34 AM on May 23, 2008


Wonderful! The video was fun and the song was swinging, too. I'm always pleased to see good ol' Gary Brolsma having a good time.

I would have like to have seen the German kid who screams at his computer in there, though. But the cast they gathered was pretty comprehensive.

Oh, and "leave Britney alone" girl is a dude? No way!
posted by EatTheWeak at 11:39 AM on May 23, 2008


I also don't know the leggings girl one. It ain't on the valleywag site.
posted by dobbs at 11:40 AM on May 23, 2008


I don't like Weezer. I've never liked Weezer.

And it really pisses me off that most of their videos are spectacular.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 11:41 AM on May 23, 2008 [3 favorites]


I'm pretty sure there has to be more than just 24 sources there.

I bet you're right - there's some CGI in the last scene that seemed to refer to Dancing Baby, which might be the very first animation meme.
posted by mwhybark at 11:43 AM on May 23, 2008


From a Digg comment:

Tay Zonday
Miss Teen South Carolina
Kelly, from the Shoes video
the Will It Blend? blender
Chris Crocker
the dude in Evolution of Dance
Daft Hands
Charlie the Unicorn (!!!)
the ninja guy
the Dramatic Look Gopher!!
it's peanut butter jelly time!
K-Fed
the Soulja Boy dance
diet coke and mentos
lightsaber guys
t shirts
numa numa kid
all your base are belong to us
GI Joe PSA
posted by Who_Am_I at 11:43 AM on May 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


Smell yo dick.
posted by fungible at 11:47 AM on May 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


How about angry dude?
posted by Mr_Zero at 11:54 AM on May 23, 2008


I realize that every band ends up sounding the same, I mean, they have a sound they cultivate, but it just struck me how very much this at once sounded like both a Weezer song and a song I sort of got tired of 9 years ago. That said, the video made it very enjoyable!
I'm glad they let the ninja dude redeem himself and kick ass..
posted by cavalier at 11:55 AM on May 23, 2008


See, the first two Weezer albums were timed right for me to bond with them. Being a teenager around power pop is like being a duckling around, well, anything that moves I guess.

So for all I know, this is as good as their old stuff, and I'm just less susceptible. It's pleasantly catchy and harmless, and that sure gives it a leg up over some of the crap they've put out between then and now.

And yeah, the video's good.
posted by nebulawindphone at 11:55 AM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


I liked this a lot. Thanks for the post.
posted by Cyrano at 11:58 AM on May 23, 2008


Smell yo dick. FTW!

Bravo!
posted by Mr_Zero at 11:59 AM on May 23, 2008


I remember when I found the Weezer "Buddy Holly" video, hidden in the Windows 95 install disk, and played it, and I really thought, "wow. this version of windows is SO neat."
posted by Dave Faris at 12:03 PM on May 23, 2008 [10 favorites]


That video is a Brazilian ass shaker.
posted by Banky_Edwards at 12:09 PM on May 23, 2008


I was surprised the karate guy was in it. The video was a leak from an audition (he's a stuntman/actor). After he regained his composure he continued and I think he even got the part, but the leaked video made it hard for him for a while.

Same kind of fallout with Star Wars kid. Cool of them all to be in it, cool of Weezer to invite them.
posted by JeremiahBritt at 12:11 PM on May 23, 2008


I was really hoping that at some point all the boys in Weezer would start humping an ottoman.

And I was really, really hoping they'd jump on some treadmills. That would've been so metacool.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 12:13 PM on May 23, 2008


Rivers Cuomo is quoted as saying he came up with this song after the record label kept rejecting his songs so he made the most stupid, catchy thing he could think of. This is the result. That the video is pretty much the most stupid, simple shit anyone could come up with should come as no surprise.

They should have stopped after Pinkerton.
posted by puke & cry at 12:17 PM on May 23, 2008


Valleywag links the 24 source videos that inspired Weezer.

That's what I call overthinking a plate of pork and beans.
posted by The Bellman at 12:18 PM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Miss Teen South Caroline is blending something with the word MAPS on it.

But what is that thing floating by behind her?
posted by mwhybark at 12:19 PM on May 23, 2008


Also, the evolution of dance guy has 86 MILLION views? Is that really right, or is it some kind of YouTube bug?
posted by The Bellman at 12:32 PM on May 23, 2008


Thank you, oh glorious IT people, for unblocking YouTube on a boring Friday afternoon.
posted by desjardins at 12:34 PM on May 23, 2008


How is babby formed? How girl get pragnent?
posted by mattbucher at 12:35 PM on May 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


Oh my god that was awesome! I was all ready to hate it when I saw the ground hog, thinking "oh great, they're just going to do cheap parodies..." but then I began to realize they had recorded new stuff with the actual people who made/were in the memes! THAT is really cool of them.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 12:45 PM on May 23, 2008


Can someone tell me what the appeal of the evolution of dance video is? To me it looks like a dude dancing.
posted by mrnutty at 12:58 PM on May 23, 2008


Weezer themselves list the original videos.
posted by GuyZero at 1:03 PM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Though on review they actually missed a lot of them, like Miss America and the unicorns one. Also, per someone earlier comment we still have no source for the dancing baby (babies?) that appears briefly when the camera does the wide-angle pull-back. "Will It Blend" is also missing from these lists. At least the Barenaked Ladies ran credits at the end of their video.
posted by GuyZero at 1:05 PM on May 23, 2008


And... The video in high quality. must get back to work!
posted by GuyZero at 1:07 PM on May 23, 2008


I know a lot of co-workers who loved that evolution of dance video. All female, for what it's worth. Something about notalgia for old dances, that OMG!! non-intellectual recognition of stuff you haven't seen for a while, which often provokes laughter or joy, repeated again and again in a short amount of time.

As a comedian, it looks to me like a pretty standard closer. Some kind of performance always brings the house down. Why is it funny? Can't answer that but I heard the peals of laughter so empirically it is.
posted by msalt at 1:09 PM on May 23, 2008


Valleywag links the 24 source videos that inspired Weezer.

Also, the room at the beginning "One man band" homage is furnished exactly like the room in Canon Rock.
posted by bobo123 at 1:13 PM on May 23, 2008


GuyZero:

Those aren't dancing babies. It is from an unlicensed motion capture of Disney/WB characters.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/cgi/worst-mocap-ever
posted by JeremiahBritt at 1:21 PM on May 23, 2008


It is from an unlicensed motion capture of Disney/WB characters.

Huh. What's the original video? There's two backup-dancer ninjas or something and a UFO that floats by. I hate being stumped by an unknown meme.
posted by GuyZero at 1:29 PM on May 23, 2008


It looks like they've only caught the last 3 to 4 years of video memes, so it's a pretty small subset of "Ever". Still cool though.
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:29 PM on May 23, 2008


msalt, the "dancing babies" are referring to this.
posted by drumcorpse at 1:30 PM on May 23, 2008


...and JeremiahBritt beat me to it.
posted by drumcorpse at 1:31 PM on May 23, 2008


The "backup dancers" are just additional bad mocap. (Some videos in the link I gave). The UFO is unrelated; looks like it's made of computer fans.
posted by JeremiahBritt at 1:38 PM on May 23, 2008


Did they actually reshoot the videos with Crocker, Zonday etc? I thought it was just clever CG lip-resynching...
posted by Drexen at 1:39 PM on May 23, 2008


Same kind of fallout with Star Wars kid. Cool of them all to be in it

Wha?! I didn't see the actual Star Wars Kid in it. I'd be shocked if that kid were in it and suspect it would weaken his ridiculous legal suit.
posted by dobbs at 1:40 PM on May 23, 2008


I can't watch the video from work, but I assume the rainbow leggings are a reference to the Fark 'Rainbow Brite' girl.

Stolen from this random blog:

Post #4, Oct 26, 2007
About a week or so ago there was a thread on Fark that started out being about "slutty" Halloween costumes for girls. Fairly early in the thread a guy posted a pic of a reasonably attractive girl in a dorky looking "Rainbow Brite" costume, saying it was his sister. Soon the thread had degenerated into total chaos and the picture started popping up in other threads all across the Farkiverse. Folks pretty quickly started referring to her as the "new Fark cliché" and I got a couple of e-mails urging me to find her a room here.

Meanwhile somebody, presumably either the guy that posted the original picture or the girl herself, contacted someone in power at Fark and requested that the image be removed. I don't have a lot of info on this part, but the original thread was deleted and her image started disappearing in the other threads as well. Possibly a lawsuit was threatened or maybe Drew just had a temporary bout of compassion, but for whatever the reason the request is being complied with whenever a mod or admin runs across the image.

posted by WinnipegDragon at 2:00 PM on May 23, 2008


Each one of the tshirts is a web meme... layered!
posted by furtive at 2:06 PM on May 23, 2008


I guess that I shouldn't admit that I either have never heard Weezer before or at least don't remember hearing them. Funny video for one viewing. No LOL cats though.
posted by octothorpe at 2:09 PM on May 23, 2008


Possibly, WinnipegDragon. Or, it could refer to this video that Weezer listed in their list of references, which GuyZero linked to above.
posted by yhbc at 2:11 PM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'd heard of this "Chocolate Rain" meme but hadn't heard the song before. So I checked out the links. My god, that's terrible. What a talentless schlub.

The Weezer song and video are great, though.
posted by ten pounds of inedita at 2:19 PM on May 23, 2008


I love the video. I love the Weezer. That is all.
posted by grubi at 2:20 PM on May 23, 2008


Did they actually reshoot the videos with Crocker, Zonday etc?

If you look carefully you'll see the two of them working the diet coke fountain at one point along with Weezer and the Mentos guys.
posted by GuyZero at 2:22 PM on May 23, 2008


Specifically at 2:22 in the video Crocker and Zonday are clearly working the pop fountains.

I think I've watched it 10 times already - I may require an intervention.
posted by GuyZero at 2:25 PM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


BrotherCaine: "It looks like they've only caught the last 3 to 4 years of video memes, so it's a pretty small subset of "Ever". Still cool though."

If there was video on the internet before March 2002 (i.e. the release of Flash 6 and FLV), let us never speak of it again.
posted by Plutor at 2:25 PM on May 23, 2008


msalt, the "dancing babies" are referring to this.

OK, but I was answering mrnutty's question: Can someone tell me what the appeal of the evolution of dance video is?


posted by msalt at 2:35 PM on May 23, 2008


Can someone tell me what the appeal of the evolution of dance video is?

Nostalgia - what else?
posted by GuyZero at 2:45 PM on May 23, 2008


Some of the Star Wars stuff is from the Ryan vs. Dorkman series on the YouTubes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NE5elL30w4
(One of the participants was also involved in the Brokeback High School contretemps)
http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid28004.asp
They were brought in because of the skill they showed in their production and, I think, because Star Wars Kid is still traumatized by his ordeal and hates the Internets.
posted by Listener_T at 2:54 PM on May 23, 2008


Neat...this is becoming more self-referential. Blendtec blends the Weezer's Pork and Beans CD.
posted by jaimev at 2:55 PM on May 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Man oh man, yet more proof that pop music sucks these days.

The song is lame, forgettable, unlistenable pap with a sound that flashed into pop music several years ago and thankfully flounced back out again. One saving grace is that this video gives the whole thing an expiration date of about a week, so hello, goodbye, and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

But hey, as long as you hit a half-million hits by monday, that's all that matters these days.

How about some Tom Waits to clear the ugly commercial blandness out of your pipes?
posted by KirkJobSluder at 3:06 PM on May 23, 2008


The actual star wars kid is still really, really bitter, $351,000 later.
posted by anthill at 3:11 PM on May 23, 2008


About a month later, one U.S. Web blog that had posted the video said it had been downloaded 1.1 million times already.

A Web blog. Not, like, a newspaper blog or a TiVo blog or a dishwasher blog.
posted by cortex at 3:19 PM on May 23, 2008


Also, the evolution of dance guy has 86 MILLION views? Is that really right, or is it some kind of YouTube bug?

Thats for real I believe. It's been the most watched video on YouTube forever, and I think it's become a self-fulfilling prophecy at this point... because at some point everyone new to YouTube goes, "Hm, I wonder what the MOST popular video is?" And then they see that and go, "Huh. Weird."

86 Million and one.
posted by rooftop secrets at 4:03 PM on May 23, 2008


Needs more treadmills... and more Rick Astley. and maybe some cowbell.
posted by mhh5 at 4:06 PM on May 23, 2008


A Web blog. Not, like, a newspaper blog or a TiVo blog or a dishwasher blog.

That's just the stick-in-the-mud AP stylebook, there.

I thought this was a better song than the BNL one (which I missed), and even if they overlapped a bit on concept, it was a concept that fit the song better. And it's the most likeable song from Weezer in years. Marrying the making-music-I-like thing with Youtubing-me-doing-what-I-like is, well, not exactly brilliant and original, but certainly effective. It's also a better song by far than either Internet People and ... uh ... that other mash-up of all the memes that appeared last year that I've utterly forgotten.

On the other hand, BNL did have Dancing Matt, which is the only one of these internet memes that I can actually watch repeatedly, so there.
posted by dhartung at 5:09 PM on May 23, 2008


My favorite band sucks!

So for all I know, this is as good as their old stuff, and I'm just less susceptible.

Surely not. It was said best elsewhere on the intertubes today:
I think music would be a better place if Rivers Cuomo had died in 1997 instead of absolutely everyone else that's died since, including, say, Laurie Lee or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
That said, have you heard any of the other tracks from this doubtless turd of an album? The Greatest Man That Ever Lived is on YouTube, and Heart Songs was but seems to have been taken down. They both make Pork and Beans sound like Across the Sea.
posted by ludwig_van at 6:20 PM on May 23, 2008


Those who wanted to see Rick Astley or OK Go's treadmills in a music video might want to... oh I don't know... watch the respective music videos in which they actually appear in?
posted by Serial Killer Slumber Party at 6:34 PM on May 23, 2008


Man even Weezer's own list doesn't have the catching sunglasses with your face viral ad as one of the references, but it's totally there; after the first mentos/diet pepsi clip, when he takes off the goggles and throws them off-camera and they land on the GI Joe PSA guy's face in the next clip.
posted by churl at 8:09 PM on May 23, 2008


god weezer sucks these days.
posted by es_de_bah at 8:20 PM on May 23, 2008


NO HAMSTERDANCE. yeesh! noobs.
posted by mwhybark at 8:50 PM on May 23, 2008


Also thought it was so-so till I noticed the original people were in it. Nice.

Can't talk internet meme medleys without linking to this, though.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 9:48 PM on May 23, 2008


The Meth Minute memvid is betterer: frederatorblogs.com.

Catchier tune and memier!
posted by monocultured at 9:20 AM on May 24, 2008


Gah, ninjad by Durn. Ninjad a day later, nonetheless...
posted by monocultured at 9:34 AM on May 24, 2008


Mostly great, some things clearly left out, but a decidedly insane-awesome ending.
posted by puzzler at 1:54 PM on May 24, 2008


This song seems to be based on the shaker hymn.
posted by empath at 4:00 PM on May 24, 2008


But I'd rather listen to the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles perform Simple Gifts six times in a row than hear that weezer song/abortion again.
posted by ludwig_van at 4:55 PM on May 24, 2008


I'm fond of Charlie the Unicorn in the background and
somehow happy someone else also noticed the glasses catching.
Also - the "DOWNLOAD THE FREE MP3" Zonday t-shirt.
posted by zenzizi at 6:12 PM on May 24, 2008


A Web blog. Not, like, a newspaper blog or a TiVo blog or a dishwasher blog.

That's just the stick-in-the-mud AP stylebook, there.


No, that's not AP style. AP would be "weblog". Web blog is simply a mistake.
posted by ryanhealy at 6:44 PM on May 24, 2008


Interesting sidebar to the appearance of the "Ryan vs. Dorkman" lightsaber guys in the Pork And Beans video: Apparantly, Michael Scott ("Dorkman") was able to convince (or in his words, "begged") the visual effects company, MotionTheory, to let him do all the lightsaber effects for the video.

MotionTheory actually granted Dorkman's wish, and he ended up doing 14 visual effects shots for the video, including the lightsaber'ed versions of the drummer's sticks, as well as Miss Teen So. Carolina's microphone saber.

Pretty neat.

(btw, the band originally wanted the Star Wars Kid, but he not surprisingly turned them down)
posted by melorama at 3:51 AM on May 25, 2008


I liked it, and say fie to the naysayers. My favorite part is seeing South Carolina girl have a nice, non-humiliating moment.
posted by aerotive at 12:51 PM on May 25, 2008


One of the few I don't know is the girl with the rainbow socks at 2:05. What is that?
posted by grouse at 1:24 PM on May 25, 2008


Is that the "Haiti UFO" or "Dominican Republic UFO" flying past those dancing mo-cap abortions?

Great video, especially the finale. But I'm glad I missed a lot of these YouTube fads, because they were terrible.

Also great to see Miss Teen South Carolina become Cool. I don't know why; she's a moron. But she's a pretty moron with a lightsaber.
posted by kenlayne at 3:43 PM on May 25, 2008


THE MADELINE ALBRIGHT AND JEAN-LUC PICARD AND MAHATMA GANDHI OF ALL MAY 2008 YOUTUBE MUSIC VIDEOS

So heartwarming to see Chris Crocker and Tay Zonday standing side-by-side together spraying Mentos'ed Diet Coke into the air, right next to the band. Heartwarming to see said Crocker get a much-needed hug from RC in front of that fabled yellow sheet.

The most "META"-useful thing about the video is the link list of all the memes used. I had to look up more than half of all the memes. I had never seen that guy in the Orange Crush T-Shirt dancing, unlike 86 million other people. I had never seen the Ryan vs Dorkman battle, and let out an incredible howl out loud near the end of their battle, then loved the twist.

I find it most incredulous that Miss South Carolina went along with this. Are we sure that she is not just fancy computer graphics?!

And weren't those Kevin Federline images merely swiped from the original video?

I think the images of cartoon WEEZER characters in the Gay GI Joe PSA open up new dimensions for entertainment ideas --- Saturday morning Weezer cartoons.

The gopher -- that is Dave Grohl's face?

All Your Base is a pre-9-11 meme. Has it really been that long!? NEVER FORGET!!

How bout the O RLY owl? Lolcats!? Here, this should help: List_of_Internet_phenomena

I am strongly attracted to Kelly Shoes, and the headless Daft Bodies. But who isn't!?
posted by shipbreaker at 12:12 AM on May 26, 2008


A very meta post. Simple yet effective. And not that many light sabers.
posted by telstar at 12:31 AM on May 26, 2008


Will It Blend? Pork and Beans edition
posted by grouse at 1:12 AM on May 26, 2008


Wait. No Casey Serin? No Blue Ball(tm)? Hopelessly incomplete.
posted by telstar at 2:12 AM on May 26, 2008


I just downloaded the widely-available torrent of the red album (FOR EVALUATION PURPOSES ONLY, I ASSURE YOU). One-quarter of the way through it, I can guarantee that Pork and Beans's lack of experimentation is an aberration, not the norm for this album. It's not a stretch at all to believe what puke & cry said about the single.
posted by Plutor at 8:12 AM on May 27, 2008


Is that a good thing, though, Plutor? I caught a couple of tracks on Youtube before they got killed, and... not too excited about it. I mean, I'll buy it--at least in part to make up for the fact that I "borrowed" and never returned copies of blue and Pinkerton when they came out--but I don't have high hopes.
posted by uncleozzy at 8:26 AM on May 27, 2008


I'm pretty sure it's a good thing. After two listens, I've decided it's a big step up from Make Believe. Is it the blue album? No, (a-doy). Will it hold up to repeat listens? Can't say. Will I pay cold, hard cash for it? My wallet's already in the freezer.
posted by Plutor at 9:42 AM on May 27, 2008


Ah yes Plutor, but you neglect to mention that multi-tracked pooping noises would be a big step up from Make Believe.
posted by ludwig_van at 11:40 PM on May 27, 2008


Oh Weezer, what happened to you? I used to love you so...
posted by not applicable at 11:34 AM on May 23


perfect user name.
posted by vaportrail at 1:43 PM on May 31, 2008


One of the few I don't know is the girl with the rainbow socks at 2:05. What is that?

Rainbow Stockings

Not sure if she is a meme but there you go.
posted by vaportrail at 1:55 PM on May 31, 2008


Kicesie answers, 'yes, that would be me in the new Weezer music video!'
posted by vaportrail at 2:06 PM on May 31, 2008


Video: Tay Zonday and Weezer's Brian Bell: "Pork and Beans" (acoustic version)
posted by msalt at 11:34 AM on June 17, 2008


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