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This adult swim bump didn't make any sense until I saw this video. I think it changed my opinion of Taylor Swift, if only for just shy of two minutes.
posted by djduckie (109 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ok, that made me laugh pretty hard. It reminded me of Natalie Portman's rap.
posted by Joey Michaels at 8:36 PM on June 23, 2009


Disgustingly overproduced star of one disgustingly overproduced genre makes fun of a different disgustingly overproduced genre with the help of a disgustingly overproduced star of the second mentioned disgustingly overproduced genre.
posted by item at 8:38 PM on June 23, 2009 [7 favorites]


Sarcastic comment about what a brilliant work of parody that is.
posted by knave at 8:41 PM on June 23, 2009


Taylor Swift:Lady Gaga::Chrissie Hynde:Madonna
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:43 PM on June 23, 2009


The T is for Tallahassee? I feel somehow...let down.
posted by SassHat at 8:46 PM on June 23, 2009


Who?
posted by cheaily at 8:48 PM on June 23, 2009 [5 favorites]


Is this something I'd have to be American to understand?
posted by cheaily at 8:48 PM on June 23, 2009


Robyn--best known for the mallcore pop of "Show Me Love"--did it better, and with a stop-motion video and a Chapelle Show reference to boot.
posted by Ian A.T. at 8:48 PM on June 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Also, it's automatically funny when tiny white girls rap because it's so untinylady-like? What about Lady Sovereign?
posted by SassHat at 8:49 PM on June 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


No, SassHat. Lady Sovereign is automatically funny as a rapper because she's British.
posted by item at 8:50 PM on June 23, 2009 [13 favorites]


This fills my heart with joy. Thank you much!
posted by solipsophistocracy at 8:50 PM on June 23, 2009


How ironic...
posted by MaryDellamorte at 8:52 PM on June 23, 2009


So that's who that is. (I'd been wondering for the longest time.)
posted by Sys Rq at 8:57 PM on June 23, 2009


Disgustingly overproduced star of one disgustingly overproduced genre ...

Your heart is made out of pure ice, isn't it?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:58 PM on June 23, 2009 [2 favorites]


Yes it is.
posted by item at 9:01 PM on June 23, 2009 [5 favorites]


That made me giggle pretty hard. Thanks.
posted by lilac girl at 9:01 PM on June 23, 2009


I think it changed my opinion of Taylor Swift, if only for just shy of two minutes.

Yeah, it changed my opinion to. In that now I have one, having heard of her.
posted by delmoi at 9:03 PM on June 23, 2009 [14 favorites]


As I get old I need more and more help keeping up with the kids of today. Thanks for helping me connect with the people on my lawn MetaFilter.
posted by GuyZero at 9:04 PM on June 23, 2009 [9 favorites]


Funny, when I first saw that bump, I didn't think a photo of T-Pain and Taylor Swift was anything odd, but it's nice to have some context, and the video was pretty funny.
posted by sir_rubixalot at 9:04 PM on June 23, 2009


Also, it's automatically funny when tiny white girls rap because it's so untinylady-like?

Somehow I think it's the rapping about baking cookies and knitting sweaters and living with your parents that's supposed to make it funny rather than anything racial.
posted by XMLicious at 9:04 PM on June 23, 2009


Fearless is a pretty great pop album. Bee tee doubleyew.
posted by wemayfreeze at 9:06 PM on June 23, 2009


Hipsters, right?
posted by dead cousin ted at 9:13 PM on June 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Bump...ers? Taylor Swift?

Get off of my lawn.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:23 PM on June 23, 2009


Is this something I'd have to be under 40 to understand?
posted by mecran01 at 9:24 PM on June 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


I love it, and I think my favorite part is at the end when T-Pain says "she didn't even swear" and it still comes out in his singing voice.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:35 PM on June 23, 2009 [4 favorites]


it still comes out in his singing voice and they left autotune on.

FTFY.
posted by GuyZero at 9:39 PM on June 23, 2009 [7 favorites]


I really want to say that the "What? What? I knit sweaters, yo!" was sort of clever, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that Joey Michaels upthread got it right and this feels a lot like what Portman already did better and earlier.

Also, as I get older I've come to discover that whatever auto-tuner effect is being employed here is less and less likable; I can't sing, so I don't. Follow my lead.

But then, I'm over 30 and therefore naturally and probably righteously untrustworthy.
posted by quin at 9:43 PM on June 23, 2009


I am fond of T-Pain insofar as I suspect we have him to thank for Auto-Tune the News.
posted by bicyclefish at 10:05 PM on June 23, 2009 [10 favorites]


Okay, I get it now. All young white people see rap as a punchline.
posted by fungible at 10:08 PM on June 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Well?
posted by bicyclefish at 10:18 PM on June 23, 2009


Uh, no. Not all young white people see rap as a punchline. Have you perchance ever been to the midwest?
posted by GoingToShopping at 10:18 PM on June 23, 2009


"Also, as I get older I've come to discover that whatever auto-tuner effect is being employed here is less and less likable; I can't sing, so I don't. Follow my lead."

I only find the autotune bothersome if they try to hide it. I think it's a bit overdone the way T-Pain has made it popular, but it's pretty cool that it's being used in a way that was never really intended when the technology was designed, like an instrument in itself. T-Pain is all about selling music and making money, but there are moments in his music where I gotta admit he knows his instrument, which is his voice through the autotune effect. But it's limiting and sort of gimmicky.
posted by krinklyfig at 10:19 PM on June 23, 2009


new genre: knit rap!
posted by small_ruminant at 10:20 PM on June 23, 2009


His chain says "BIG ASS CHAIN".

Her voice is terrible for rap (I've never heard her do anything else, so I make no comment about her ability to sing), and there have been funnier instances of someone who is "so not a rapper" rapping, but it's got its moments, especially at the end.

Discovering that there is someone actually (pseudonymous or otherwise) named "Tallahassee" reminds me of Tallahassee Econolodge.

That is all.
posted by ErWenn at 10:28 PM on June 23, 2009


Who?
posted by koeselitz at 10:29 PM on June 23, 2009


I mean, I know who T-Pain is. But who the hell is Taylor Swift?
posted by koeselitz at 10:34 PM on June 23, 2009


I frequently find the adult swim bumps more compelling than the shows they surround.
posted by doctor_negative at 10:40 PM on June 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


I am fond of T-Pain insofar as I suspect we have him to thank for Auto-Tune the News.

Why is this the first time I'm hearing of Auto-Tune the News?
posted by Partario at 11:01 PM on June 23, 2009


How can someone I've never heard of afford a $410,000 chain?
posted by banishedimmortal at 11:08 PM on June 23, 2009


This post is really about that adult swim bump site, right? Because that's information I can use.
posted by silby at 11:20 PM on June 23, 2009


Why is this the first time I'm hearing of Auto-Tune the News?

Shawty! obviously you find yourself... on very thin ice. Very thin ice.
posted by GuyZero at 11:26 PM on June 23, 2009 [6 favorites]


This post is really about that adult swim bump site, right? Because that's information I can use.

Well had i known that bumpworthy.com wasn't common knowledge i certainly would have made it more about that.
posted by djduckie at 11:41 PM on June 23, 2009


This bump still strikes a chord with me.
posted by waxboy at 11:47 PM on June 23, 2009


Pinksuperhero is right, the auto-tone beauty of "she didn't even swear" makes the whole song. From what I've heard, his actual singing voice is pretty rough. I like that he's willing to poke fun at the software that keeps his career alive.

And yeah, Taylor Swift... I'd heard the name... somewhere. Is she the new Avril?
posted by Ghidorah at 11:59 PM on June 23, 2009


And yeah, Taylor Swift... I'd heard the name... somewhere. Is she the new Avril?

God, do I have to do everything for you guys??

Rolling Stone Magazine ("she came out of the gate at sixteen with a self-titled debut for which she wrote or co-wrote every song")
Blender Magazine ("Little Miss Perfect")
MySpace
Official Website
Wikipedia ("Swift was the biggest selling artist of 2008 in America with combined sales of more than four million albums")

At least one of those sites has auto-play music, and I'm not going to tell you which. You can figure that one out on your own.
posted by jabberjaw at 12:26 AM on June 24, 2009 [4 favorites]


you don't want to fight me / in my extra small white tee — that's really what makes it work for me
posted by blasdelf at 12:29 AM on June 24, 2009


I don't know who T-Pain (is it like T'Pau?) or Taylor Swift is.. but I like Igor and Natasha.
posted by Mael Oui at 12:29 AM on June 24, 2009


What's this "rap" music everyone is talking about?
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 12:45 AM on June 24, 2009


What on earth is that Adult Swim Bump site? I'm so confused.

As for the Taylor vs. T Pain... I liked it. It's silly, and as said above, the "she didn't even swear" bit is a nice cap to it.
posted by vernondalhart at 1:09 AM on June 24, 2009


Who? And indeed, what? Maybe even, WTF!
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 1:28 AM on June 24, 2009


Yeah, I'm not comfortable with all these famous super star people getting the famous without me knowing about it. Four million albums sold in the USA means I should feel the need to smack about one in every eighty-seven people I see walking down the street. I should need to be smacking them right in their ears. They should know better. But I can't do that because my shoulder is too sore, and I can't walk that fast anymore since my knee surgery.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 1:38 AM on June 24, 2009 [3 favorites]


I've somehow missed Portman's rap...the visually censored / explicit audio version is a thing of beauty.

I'm sure T-Pain/Swift's rap is funnier for those who actually know who the hell they are, Portman's video certainly is for me, but a comparison really isn't in their favor.

(According to Wikipedia, "Swift was the biggest selling artist of 2008 in America with combined sales of more than four million albums." So I listened to a couple of her hits and a) still no bells ringing, b) country-pop is as horrible as bling-rap.)
posted by Glee at 2:15 AM on June 24, 2009


I don't think it's that surprising that nobody knows who these people are. MTV doesn't play music videos anymore. Satellite radio is by far better than regular radio, except for the whole pay thing, and MP3 players are cheap and ubiquitous.
posted by P.o.B. at 3:25 AM on June 24, 2009


One of Swift's big hits is called "Love Story"; that's the song this video is inspired by.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:26 AM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Taylor Swift:Lady Gaga::Chrissie Hynde:Madonna
posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:43 PM on June 23 [+] [!]


I have no idea what this means, but it better not be slamming Chrissie.
posted by thinkpiece at 3:46 AM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Where people parade their ignorance as sign of their own perceived coolness...
posted by benzo8 at 4:06 AM on June 24, 2009 [12 favorites]


this is very german humor - someone thinks something is way funnier than it is and rolls with it for way too long.
posted by krautland at 4:39 AM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


tiny white girls

She's almost 6 feet tall, I wouldn't call her tiny (didn't you catch the height reference at the beginning of the rap?)
posted by davey_darling at 4:39 AM on June 24, 2009


For at least a year, I thought that Taylor Swift was the grey-haired guy from American Idol.
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 4:40 AM on June 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


For at least a year, I thought that Taylor Swift was the grey-haired guy from American Idol.

For the time it took me to read the post and click the links, I thought "Taylor 'Tell It to My Heart' Dane is still at it?! And changing peoples' minds about her?!!"
posted by Glee at 4:48 AM on June 24, 2009


that doesn't move like 10 lbs.
posted by fistynuts at 4:53 AM on June 24, 2009


Dayne. Sorry, Ms. WundermanDayne.
posted by Glee at 4:56 AM on June 24, 2009



The T is for Tallahassee? I feel somehow...let down.


I was really hoping I wasn't the only person who didn't now this...
posted by This Guy at 5:06 AM on June 24, 2009


I don't know who Taylor Swift or T-Pain1 are, but I am pretty sure I'm done with lolwhitepeoplerapping.

1Except I know that I also have him to thank for Auto-Tuned News. /me gets back to triple-rhymin' with Joe Biden
posted by DU at 5:27 AM on June 24, 2009


Metafilter: I feel somehow...let down
posted by Hands of Manos at 5:34 AM on June 24, 2009


that is great - i love it.
posted by Flood at 5:34 AM on June 24, 2009


I don't think it's that surprising that nobody knows who these people are. MTV doesn't play music videos anymore.

I think the surprise is that people here think they will always be up-to-date on the popular music, even though they still listen to the same bands they liked 10 years ago and don't listen to the radio because they don't like anything on it. Yes, this is just like your parents.
posted by smackfu at 5:36 AM on June 24, 2009 [8 favorites]


Ok, spent 15 minutes checking out the Adult Swim bump site.





Adult Swim is like BET for people who are high, isn't it?
posted by felix betachat at 5:41 AM on June 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


I think the surprise is that people here think they will always be up-to-date on the popular music, even though they still listen to the same bands they liked 10 years ago and don't listen to the radio because they don't like anything on it. Yes, this is just like your parents.

10-20 years ago we didn't have like crap like the Jonas Brothers, Mylee Cyrus or Justin Timberlake.

We had *real* music like New Kids on the Block, Billy Ray Cyrus and Color Me Bad.
posted by Hands of Manos at 5:48 AM on June 24, 2009 [9 favorites]


Even when she's rapping, Taylor Swift sounds like she's taking a shit. [/KathyGriffin]
posted by pxe2000 at 5:48 AM on June 24, 2009


oh and Deborah Gibson who played Susan Boyle in Les Miserable
posted by Hands of Manos at 5:50 AM on June 24, 2009


That was fine as an appetizer. Now give me Alison Krauss singing "Two Minutes to Midnight" or "Down with the Sickness."
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:55 AM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


oh and Deborah Gibson who played Susan Boyle in Les Miserable

You mean "Deborah Gibson of Megashark vs. Giant Octopus fame," Hands of Philistine.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:57 AM on June 24, 2009


"Big ass chain".

I laughed at the T. Pain - T. Swift video. But I'm totally going to hang with Natalie Portman, yo.
posted by Artful Codger at 5:57 AM on June 24, 2009


I would also accept Disturbed doing "Baby, Now That I've Found You."
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:59 AM on June 24, 2009


PostIronyIsNotaMyth: "What's this 'rap' music everyone is talking about?"

A helpful introduction, courtesy Look Around You. (previously)
posted by nicepersonality at 6:08 AM on June 24, 2009


ROU - oh god, thanks for the laugh. I'd completely forgotten about her being in that! Ah poor girl, she'll always be "Debbie" in my heart.
posted by Hands of Manos at 6:11 AM on June 24, 2009


That was fine as an appetizer. Now give me Alison Krauss singing "Two Minutes to Midnight" or "Down with the Sickness."
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:55 AM on June 24


How about Nina Gordon covering "Straight Outta Compton"?

Or perhaps Bend Folds covering Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit"?
posted by Pastabagel at 6:15 AM on June 24, 2009 [3 favorites]


Or perhaps Bend Folds

That would be a great name for a cover band.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:26 AM on June 24, 2009


And the number one hit of the week : Bend Folds "Spindle and Mutilate"!
posted by Pastabagel at 6:33 AM on June 24, 2009


Shit Sandwich, yu-oh.
posted by dbiedny at 6:38 AM on June 24, 2009


I can offer Alanis Morissette singing "My Humps".
posted by anthill at 6:46 AM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Eventually if not already these are going to get really tired, but T-Pain seems to be making a name for himself doing silly "Feat. T.Pain" stuff with his ridiculous voice modulation thingy. If you haven't seen it, to me the gold standard in this new T-Pain genre is I'M ON A BOAT(NSFW).
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:26 AM on June 24, 2009


Ignoring that which you do not approve of does not affect its existence. Rotting meat, even if overlooked, still smells just as putrid.

Shawty.
posted by discountfortunecookie at 7:46 AM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


!!

1. Auto Tooooooooon the Newwwwwwwwwwwwz! Also, Sarah Gregory of the Auto Toon the Newsss.... has a smokin band and a great voice without auto tune!

2. Wait.. wait... there's a site collecting Adult Swim bumps? Please please please tell me some guy at Wililams Street is quietly sending these up to the site, and that folks are not taking the time to record, rip, and upload the content themselves? The former is pretty great. The latter sounds like too much wrork...

3. Adult Swim kind of jumped the shark like 6 years ago, or whenever live action started taking more air time than Cartoons on the G_D D_MN CART__N N_TWORK!! Mighty Boosh aside, because if people haven't seen that, they need to see that.

4. Why am I numbering these?

5. I too, did not know the T stood for Tallahassee. I'm just a sucker for T-Pain because he seems perfectly self aware of his 15 minutes and is doing a marvelous job of not taking himself too seriously while making all this cash (see his SNL - I'm on a Boat track - kills, absolutely kills.)

6. AUTO TOON THE NEWWWWWWWS!

7. I first became aware of Taylor Swift by hearing her "Teardrops on my Guitar" single on the radio (Gasp!! radio introducing me to new music?! AYEEE) -- by the way, what the holy hell is up with her record label remixing it with a pop beat and acting like it hasn't changed? gross.. ANYHOO - I remember being struck by the simplicity and heartfelt writing in the song, expecting to find some long standing country star seeking to cross over and instead finding some new little kid. Nice stuff.

8. Auto Tune is kind of nauseating -- I think Cher first brought it back a few years ago? And I think Madonna had a track on her album near hers using it -- maybe American Life. I agree -- T-Pain has taken it in a whole new direction, drawing attention to it and actually making it part of the composition. I think it's a lot of fun, it'll get old, but not yet -- every T-Pain track still makes me giggle when I hear it. Did I mention Auto Tune the News?

9. Kanye's attempt at using it on his heartbreak album kind of.. well... didn't make fun of it, and it sounded weird. :(

10. God please stop numbering. WE LOVE YOU NATALIE!
posted by cavalier at 7:47 AM on June 24, 2009


11. So "Shawty" is the approved transcription of what he's saying? Because I've always wondered that, too.
posted by cavalier at 7:48 AM on June 24, 2009


12. T-Pain calls Akon. Akon being another pop star from a few years back who used auto tune as more an instrument than a support.
posted by cavalier at 7:50 AM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


I like some of Taylor Swift's songs and I like LOLcats and I don't care what you people think because you're all a bunch of meanies. MEANIES!!!
posted by Evangeline at 7:52 AM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: MEANIES!
posted by Hands of Manos at 7:56 AM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Heck, I didn't understand the original video until I looked up Taylor Swift to find out who she is.

Now I get it. She's a white country music star! And she's rapping (badly), which is hilarious, because she's white!

Oh man, that gag will never get old.
posted by ixohoxi at 8:06 AM on June 24, 2009


I can offer Richard Cheese, singing, well, every song he sings.
posted by FatherDagon at 8:13 AM on June 24, 2009


11. So "Shawty" is the approved transcription of what he's saying? Because I've always wondered that, too.

I think that he's literally say "Shortie", a hip-hop term of affection, but it's corrupted both in pronunciation and transcription.
posted by GuyZero at 8:26 AM on June 24, 2009


I think Cher first brought it back a few years ago?

Brought it back from when? Auto-Tune was released in 1997, and Cher's "Believe" was recorded in 1998.

If you're thinking of the vocoder, that's something entirely different and much more awesome.
posted by ixohoxi at 8:31 AM on June 24, 2009


banishedimmortal:How can someone I've never heard of afford a $410,000 chain?
GOD DAMN okay we get it. You've never heard of T-Pain or Taylor Swift. I'll mark your name down on the f-ing spreadsheet. You're obviously way too awesome for metafilter as well, so why don't you hang up the old hat and go someplace where your disdain for the plebeians can truly be appreciated?
posted by Baby_Balrog at 8:33 AM on June 24, 2009 [5 favorites]


Cavalier, I was with you up till you dissed the new Kanye album. Just because the man seems to be a highly functioning r-tard doesn't mean he isn't capable of making a good song every great once in a while. I consider that album to be all the good he had inside him all used up at once.
I expect soon that he'll announce the end of his music career so he can work on starting a new Jackass troupe.
posted by Bageena at 8:36 AM on June 24, 2009


Metafilter: Disgustingly overproduced
posted by DaddyNewt at 9:48 AM on June 24, 2009


I didn't really know who she was until I saw Crossroads with her and Def Leppard. I thought it was OK. And she seemed like a sweet gal.
posted by nimsey lou at 10:18 AM on June 24, 2009


from wikipedia via ixhoxi

Hildebrand realized the work that he did on seismic data exploration was applicable to detecting pitch

Worth it just for that sentance /invokes Gary Larson
posted by fistynuts at 10:20 AM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you had told me I'd be listening to Taylor Swift and Def Leppard cover their older material, I would have been rather incredulous...

Bageena, fair enough, I'll give 808 another listen tonight. I remember a few tracks that worked, but remember the rest of them terribly not working... worth a second chance though!
posted by cavalier at 10:42 AM on June 24, 2009


Is it Ghostbusters 2?
posted by medium format at 10:50 AM on June 24, 2009


can Metafilter auto tuned?
posted by Hands of Manos at 11:17 AM on June 24, 2009


Evangeline, hold it right there. a) Uncalled for dragging the good LOLcats into this, b) they're disliked?! (I'm completely with you there; for this throwaway joke alone, LOLcats will have a special place in my heart. "Mi tosis"...yeah, still funny.)
posted by Glee at 11:22 AM on June 24, 2009


My apologies, Glee. Somehow in my anger I conflated Taylor Swift and LOLcats.
posted by Evangeline at 11:42 AM on June 24, 2009


Oh lord I fucking hate autotune in hiphop. I hope they get over this T-Pain shit just as soon as possible. Jay-Z's got my back on this.

Those of you who are still amused by it clearly haven't been listening to hitlist rap and hiphop. Hiphop sounds progressively more like pop, with continuous autotune warbling and endlessly repeating hooks replacing verses. It's like the entire rap industry got ahold of this toy, and they're all like, "I gotta put out a track with this." Then they hear everybody else doing it, and they're like, "Well, we gotta have some auto-tune up in here, 'cause otherwise it sounds old."

Well, you aren't a rapper if your songs don't have verses. If the only thing I remember about your song is that it sounds like a malfunctioning Swiss cyborg, you're a failure as a hiphop artist.

And Taylor Swift is that bitch who did Teardrops on my Guitar? What insipid horeshit. She and T-Pain deserve each other. I hope they start a band. They'll definitely need a theramin, a didgeridoo, and a fucking keytar to round out the group. They can call themselves "Swift Induced Pain".

Props to adult swim, though. The bumps frequently intrigue me.
posted by Netzapper at 2:43 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Well, we gotta have some auto-tune up in here, 'cause otherwise it sounds old."

Dear Rappers,
Hate to break it to you, but an old white lady did that a decade ago.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:09 PM on June 24, 2009


The only T-pain song i really like is "buy you a drank" and i am not a taylor swift fan at all.

But this is a joke. I mean it's not supposed to be taken for it's musical merit, it's just for "lolz" if you will.

Michael Gregory though, i laugh at him and love the music.
posted by djduckie at 3:46 PM on June 24, 2009


Taylor Swift is the inverse of T-Pain.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 6:31 PM on June 24, 2009


They can call themselves "Swift Induced Pain"

Yes.
posted by wabbittwax at 8:01 PM on June 24, 2009


Just because [Kanye] seems to be a highly functioning r-tard

Yes. Doubly so.
posted by wabbittwax at 8:03 PM on June 24, 2009


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