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December 1, 2008 5:23 PM   Subscribe

When I was a kid Meat Puppets were a band. When I was an adolescent a meat puppet was a cool concept in a cool science fiction book. Now that I am an adult I have no idea what this is: Pete The Meat Puppet (maybe NSFW).

Apparently it's an ad for Diesel jeans (site has many more sick twisted and wrong videos).
posted by cjorgensen (31 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
DO NOT WATCH WHILE INTOXICATED
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 5:32 PM on December 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


Awful? Just putting that out there. Thanks for the other links though.
posted by joelf at 5:32 PM on December 1, 2008


PepsiBlueJeans.
posted by loquacious at 5:41 PM on December 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


1) Construct strange, abstract, rags-to-riches story about a butcher who builds a Pinocchio who goes from rags-to-riches-to-prostitution-to-cannibalism-to-rags as viral marketing for jeans
2) ...
3) Profit!
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 5:58 PM on December 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


Should their be spoiler alerts for this? If so - ALERT!

Why would she be shocked that the meat puppet came to life? Wasn't that her goal? And when one dies of fright, doesn't that happen quickly?

Sloppy work, or the most viral of marketing?
posted by Lesser Shrew at 6:24 PM on December 1, 2008


I haven't even seen the video yet and I'm feeling all discombobulated by your chronology. If you were wise to the Meat Puppets at the age, then I have a certain feeling with kinship with you -- literally, I suppose, as such a thing reminds me of my older brother and his friends, who managed to be hip about things pre-MTV, let alone 120-minutes-hip mtv; but for that same older-brother-who-is-into-the-meat-puppets-reason, I am just scared enough to not watch the video.
posted by theefixedstars at 6:26 PM on December 1, 2008


theefixedstars, I listened to the Meat Puppets when I was 15 or 16. 1985 or 1986. I was more into the goth stuff, but my friends all liked the punk stuff. I read Neuromancer when I was 17 or 18. I'm now 38. I don't think the video will offend your sensibilities in the way you're probably thinking.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:29 PM on December 1, 2008


Why would she be shocked that the meat puppet came to life? Wasn't that her goal?

We've all attempted to breastfeed a small person we contructed out of meat, but I think we'd all be very surprised if it actually came to life.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:38 PM on December 1, 2008


Cjorg: I watched it and was not surprised with the sensibility it evoked (not landing far from my original expectations). Leading me to wonder, who came up with this very visual and awesome and gross term, meat puppet?
posted by theefixedstars at 6:41 PM on December 1, 2008


l33tpolicywonk: Step 2) Get some wonk to post it to metafilter!

ANd I get all blushy, when Marisa Stole the Precious Thing favorites one of my posts!
posted by cjorgensen at 7:14 PM on December 1, 2008


That was awful, and not in a good way.

much better Meat Puppets link
posted by mmoncur at 7:47 PM on December 1, 2008


Well thanks for that. At least I know in advance what's going to wake me up screaming at 3:00 am.
posted by Evangeline at 7:55 PM on December 1, 2008 [3 favorites]


Why would she be shocked that the meat puppet came to life?

How could it suck upon her teat if it wasn't already alive to begin with?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 7:55 PM on December 1, 2008


How could it suck upon her teat if it wasn't already alive to begin with?

You people are using logic again. Cut that out.
posted by Evangeline at 7:57 PM on December 1, 2008


Every teat I ever sucked on brought me to life.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:04 PM on December 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


Meat!
posted by Hands of Manos at 8:40 PM on December 1, 2008


Durn Bronzefist: DO NOT WATCH WHILE SOBER
posted by cjorgensen at 9:46 PM on December 1, 2008


Well, I could only get through about 6 seconds of that before being convinced I was in a permanent psychedelic nightmare hell. I think that might be a new record, unless you count Venetian Snares.
posted by tehloki at 11:16 PM on December 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


So... viral marketing seems evil and all to me, but does this come as close as we'll ever see to an artist tricking a corporation into spending their marketing budget on funding and promoting pure art? It seems like it would be purely accidental if this actually sold any jeans.

I could imagine Rob Zombie or someone like that making this for fun, and there's less reference to the corporate sponsor than in a U.S. public television piece.
posted by XMLicious at 11:41 PM on December 1, 2008


The Meat Puppets (band) are almost everything "Pete the meat puppet" advertisement is not.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:33 AM on December 2, 2008


I always thought meatpuppet was slang for a male porn actor
posted by chillmost at 12:59 AM on December 2, 2008


Needs more cow.
posted by mandal at 1:28 AM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


The Meat Puppets are still a band. I saw them last spring.
posted by Tullius at 3:50 AM on December 2, 2008


The Meat Puppets' first couple albums are amazing. The rest are made of Grade A meh.

And this, uh, ad, is it? Huh. I don't really get how it's supposed to make me want to buy jeans.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:33 AM on December 2, 2008


I don't get the whole clothing advertising aspect either. If you go to the site in the last link, there are other videos that I found worth watching. I see them more as sponsored film shorts than anything else. I realize this might not appear to many people, but I prefer this kind of marketing to the "Saved by 0" crap, or the product placement. Those get annoying pretty quick.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:50 AM on December 2, 2008


The people that buy the jeans are the real meat puppets, I do declare. Mass Market Marionettes.

Meatpuppet is what I lovingly call my best friend's daughter. She's made out of meat, and her mom is in total control (for now).
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:52 AM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


I don't feel so well...that was just wrong. Jeans? WTF
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 at 9:42 AM on December 2, 2008


Neuromancer ...study guide?

I'm going to sit down now.
posted by electronslave at 12:32 PM on December 2, 2008


PeterMcDermott, it's best that you don't know the things people might do with a Baby Alive. Teats are the least of it.
posted by Lesser Shrew at 7:49 PM on December 2, 2008


electronslave, I thought the same thing. Going to have to dust off my copy. That was a happy find for me. Glad I did the search.

I've had this damn song going through my head for the last few days!
posted by cjorgensen at 12:01 PM on December 3, 2008


DO NOT VIEW AFTER HAVING JUST EATEN STEAK.

Oh dear sweet jesus i need to throw up so much steak. I haven't had steak in so long because it's so goddamn expensive in New York and I come home to visit my parents and they love me and feed me steak and then I watch this and I regret everything and maybe if I vomit enough I'll be skinny and then my clothes won't fit me anymore and I'll need to buy a new pair of jeans and... oh.

I see what you did there.
posted by Jon_Evil at 7:13 PM on December 8, 2008 [2 favorites]


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