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Pure Brilliance.
posted by jonathanstrange at 3:42 AM on August 10, 2009


There are no words for how awesome this is. Which should probably tell you something.
posted by Eideteker at 3:43 AM on August 10, 2009


This is great.
posted by elephantday at 3:43 AM on August 10, 2009


Now we need a video of a hearse doing the Wall of Voodoo version.
posted by Eideteker at 3:45 AM on August 10, 2009 [3 favorites]


This is culture.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:48 AM on August 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


If you change two letters, you go from John Cash to John Cale; and if you make the verse a chorus, you have I Keep A Close Watch On This Heart Of Mine, the most beautiful song John Cale's ever written.

No fuel rigs, sadly, but the pitch-black 80's shades are almost as good.
posted by koeselitz at 3:49 AM on August 10, 2009


koeselitz, everyone knows Cale's most beautiful song is Buffalo Ballet. There needs to be a video made of a seven-story-tall construction crane singing it.
posted by item at 3:52 AM on August 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Needs more explosions.*

* Just kidding, that was the best thing I've seen in ages.
posted by maxwelton at 3:52 AM on August 10, 2009


I've had a think, and I've run the numbers, and the preliminary indications are that THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER.
posted by Jofus at 4:00 AM on August 10, 2009 [3 favorites]


Further investigation reveals that dude's youtube channel is reason enough for the internet to exist.
posted by maxwelton at 4:01 AM on August 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ah Jofus. You're wonderful.

Also.... TOTALLY right about them numbers.

I'd kind of like to see 'Paranoid Android' performed by a tank or something too. That'd be OSSUM.
posted by jonathanstrange at 4:09 AM on August 10, 2009


Hawkwind's "Silver Machine" by a car-carrying truck!
posted by elephantday at 4:11 AM on August 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


Gee, this guy is great. I really like

Barry White Ford
Patsy Cline Semi
Louis Armstrong Pickup
George Jones Big Rig
Four-Wheel Drive AMC Eagle

These are all oddly comforting. I also think it's somewhat amusing how the guy's user page is plastered with requests from people who want to see their car singing their favorite song.
posted by koeselitz at 4:16 AM on August 10, 2009


I always thought this song was going to be used for a commercial for hot links, which I love, but the ring of fire 12 hours later... less so.
posted by BrotherCaine at 4:17 AM on August 10, 2009


That Patsy Cline one is somehow twice as sad as the original.
posted by koeselitz at 4:18 AM on August 10, 2009


The magic is in the combination of image, car, layout and song choice. This is the perfect storm
posted by Jofus at 4:21 AM on August 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


Okay, Jofus is right. The three Minis singing The Left Banke's 'Walk Away Renée' at Stonehenge wins, hands down; in this video, Mogipbob has simultaneously invented and perfected an art form.

I didn't think it was possible to love this song any more than I did, and if someone had come up to me and said that I would be induced to even greater heights of ecstasy by seeing it performed by three stereotypically British automobiles in front of an emblem of ancient druidry, I would have smacked them with a fish and walked away whistling Dixie.

How very wrong I was. How very, very wrong I was.

Hats off to Mogipbob!
posted by koeselitz at 4:28 AM on August 10, 2009 [3 favorites]


koeselitz, all I can say through these tears is that I agree. I agree. I agree.

My life is now complete.
posted by item at 4:30 AM on August 10, 2009


"And when I see the sign / that runs one way..."

It... It suddenly makes so much sense!

posted by koeselitz at 4:31 AM on August 10, 2009


Everybody knows that ring of fire is about VD.

Dolly-truck needs bigger headlights.
posted by Pollomacho at 4:34 AM on August 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


I would have animated a Preparation H truck, but that's just me.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:45 AM on August 10, 2009


I'm starting to worry about you people.
posted by orme at 4:50 AM on August 10, 2009 [23 favorites]


I half expected the oil tanker to burst into the flames at the end.
posted by scrutiny at 4:55 AM on August 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


First, I agree with scrutiny, I was waiting for the explosion.

Second, is there a reason why the link is "Walk the Line" when it's "Ring of Fire" ?
posted by Atreides at 5:02 AM on August 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Because "Walk the Line" is the title of a film about the life of Johnny Cash, in which Joaquin Phoenix plays Cash and performs his songs. Item is suggesting that it would have been a better movie had Phoenix been replaced with an animated oil truck.

Got it?
posted by ocherdraco at 5:11 AM on August 10, 2009 [7 favorites]


This is no Sophie's Choice.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:23 AM on August 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


ocherdraco: Item is suggesting that it would have been a better movie had Phoenix been replaced with an animated oil truck.

Works for Gladiator, too. Hmm.
posted by koeselitz at 5:26 AM on August 10, 2009 [5 favorites]


Now I see why he retired from acting.
posted by koeselitz at 5:27 AM on August 10, 2009


"best thing ever? great? awesome? brilliant?" look at them again in a few weeks and they will appear flat and dull. just not enough there to maintain much interest.
posted by kitchenrat at 5:28 AM on August 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


Is everybody's threshold for amusement a bit lower today?
posted by chillmost at 5:31 AM on August 10, 2009 [5 favorites]


kitchenrat, chillmost, your favorite truck sucks too.
posted by Killick at 5:31 AM on August 10, 2009 [4 favorites]


I this a new fetish I see before me?
posted by The Whelk at 6:13 AM on August 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


[derail]

Item, Koselitz, stop fighting.

The most beautiful song John Cale wrote is "Paris 1919".

Don't know how it would sound in this arrangement, though.

[/derail]
posted by pxe2000 at 6:21 AM on August 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Retired? I heard he was going to play Thomas in Scorsese's The Three Railway Engines.
posted by GeckoDundee at 6:28 AM on August 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


No, they ended up casting an International Harvester.
posted by JeffK at 7:13 AM on August 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


Pish.
posted by the cuban at 7:18 AM on August 10, 2009


Hrm. Well, the animation was clever and nicely done. But where is the life lesson about slowing down and enjoying the journey? Isn't that what we're supposed to get out of creepy talking car videos?
posted by hippybear at 7:21 AM on August 10, 2009


Wait, is this entire thread ironic? MetaFilter is waxing rhapsodic over an amateurish animation of a truck singing a pop song?

Does this mean I can finally post the Crazy Frog/Axel F FPP I've been saving?
posted by ixohoxi at 7:24 AM on August 10, 2009 [6 favorites]


I still haven't been able to figure out what "Paris 1919" is about, beyond the sense that it seems to deal with religious repression. If you can help, you're quite welcome.

I'm just waiting for somebody to come along and say that the soul-crushing cover of "Heartbreak Hotel" is Cale's most beautiful tune.
posted by koeselitz at 7:27 AM on August 10, 2009


Ok someone please explain why this is good. I'm gonna be 40 soon, have I hit the "out of touch" wall? Because NOTHING happens in this as far as I can see except maybe around :53
posted by spicynuts at 7:28 AM on August 10, 2009


This has to be like that cilantro thing where some people taste soap. Because I'm tasting serious soap here.
posted by hermitosis at 7:34 AM on August 10, 2009 [10 favorites]


If you change two letters, you go from John Cash to John Cale

...or John Cage. I'm going to request a Volvo station wagon performing 4'33".
posted by moonmilk at 7:36 AM on August 10, 2009 [7 favorites]


moonmilk: I'd tried to formulate that in my brain 50 times before I gave up. I'm glad you got it right. :)
posted by hippybear at 7:41 AM on August 10, 2009


soap
posted by edgeways at 7:42 AM on August 10, 2009


Not even good soap..i'm talkin like that yellow cakey shit they always had at the sinks in the back of high school metal shop.
posted by spicynuts at 7:47 AM on August 10, 2009 [4 favorites]


Reading this comment thread is like when you go to see a movie and say to you self, "Hey, that movie was pretty good." Then, a few weeks later, after you've put the movie out of your mind, you realize that the movie has developed an enthusiastic following and is on its way to becoming one of the highest grossing movies of the year.
posted by deanc at 8:04 AM on August 10, 2009


> I'm going to request a Volvo station wagon performing 4'33".

Here's footage of a Volvo 245 at an outdoor concert. The performance starts out slow and somewhat uninspired, but keep watching, and you may find yourself moved by it.
posted by ardgedee at 8:05 AM on August 10, 2009


All Mogipbob needs to do now is Larry Wallis' "(I'm a) Police Car".
posted by Smart Dalek at 8:11 AM on August 10, 2009


This is great, so I hate to say this and bum everyone out, but this technique/look will be hijacked by ad agency douchebags before you can say Jack Robinson. (full disclosure, IAAAADB)
posted by Scoo at 8:14 AM on August 10, 2009


Hello, I'm a truck.
posted by roll truck roll at 8:23 AM on August 10, 2009


I think the windshield should be the eyes.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 8:36 AM on August 10, 2009 [5 favorites]


What in the shitting butt. You've discovered some Pure Internet, here. Wow.

Wait, is this entire thread ironic? MetaFilter is waxing rhapsodic over an amateurish animation of a truck singing a pop song?

If it had been just the one video, I'd agree with you I think, but this dude has an entire corpus of animated still photos of cars (and occasional other things) lip-syncing pop songs.
posted by cortex at 8:37 AM on August 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


I made it 30 seconds...is that good?
posted by OHenryPacey at 9:24 AM on August 10, 2009


Does this mean I can finally post the Crazy Frog/Axel F FPP I've been saving?

Now, perhaps you're joking, but please post this immediately.
posted by Pantengliopoli at 9:53 AM on August 10, 2009


Reading this comment thread is like when you go to see a movie and say to you self, "Hey, that movie was pretty good." Then, a few weeks later, after you've put the movie out of your mind, you realize that the movie has developed an enthusiastic following and is on its way to becoming one of the highest grossing movies of the year.

So, Mogipbob's videos are the new Slumdog Millionaire? Makes sense.
posted by naju at 10:14 AM on August 10, 2009


I secretly don't get it, but I'm going to pretend to love this since that's what I'm seeing from pretty much everyone else here in the comments.
posted by jeremy b at 10:17 AM on August 10, 2009 [3 favorites]


a) I truthfully had a really hard time watching the whole thing once I realized it was just a truck lip-synching. Moderately amusing, but hardly the best thing ever. Maybe I don't get it because I watch too much animation, maybe I don't get it because I don't drive. However, I do have to tip my hat the guy's dedication to the whole lip-synching vehicle theme.

b) I'm not sure of your definition of beauty, but seeing John Cale perform Gun live was terrifying and moving in a way that could certainly be described as beautiful. It was much slower and more menacing than the version in the link. Froze my blood.

c) I am now imagining a Plymouth Horizon singing The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy. This pleases me.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:09 AM on August 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


The uh, chassis-language of the vehicles as they sing is priceless!
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 11:29 AM on August 10, 2009


The ladies on backing vocals should have been portrayed as parking meters.
posted by longsleeves at 11:47 AM on August 10, 2009


These are pretty great. Thanks!
posted by rtha at 12:14 PM on August 10, 2009


That truck was singing a Johnny Cash song! It was a little entertaining.
posted by everichon at 12:28 PM on August 10, 2009


I need a Brown Betty teapot to be singing "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore". That would be fine.
posted by everichon at 12:31 PM on August 10, 2009


I think the windshield should be the eyes.

Really?
posted by jeremy b at 12:59 PM on August 10, 2009


Shucks, I meant to italicize "I think the windshield should be the eyes" since I was quoting rageagainsttheroots above...
posted by jeremy b at 1:00 PM on August 10, 2009


Because I'm tasting serious soap here.

Please stop licking the screen.
posted by Evilspork at 1:18 PM on August 10, 2009


The Beetles do "Octopus's Garden".

Of course they do.

Hee-YUK!
posted by Mike D at 1:20 PM on August 10, 2009


Sometimes Internet hyperbole makes me sad, the same kind of sad I got when I watched a video about the National Air Sex Championship.
posted by Bookhouse at 1:46 PM on August 10, 2009


Are all of you saying it's the 'best thing ever' being sarcastic?

It's horrible.

No, that's too mild.

It is the stuff of nightmares.
posted by Bonzai at 2:15 PM on August 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


I think we all know what mogipbob is about...
posted by geos at 2:41 PM on August 10, 2009


I'd like to see a Vespa singing The Specials' "Enjoy Yourself", a Harley singing Judas Priest's "Hell Bent for Leather", and probably a dozen others I won't bother y'all with.

Also, I bet some ad guy is already working on these. Perhaps for VW.
posted by hellbient at 2:43 PM on August 10, 2009


I don't know why, but the video cracked me up. Maybe it's the sheer stupidity, maybe it's the over-enthusiastic description ("A fuel truck is singing a Johnny Cash classic!") maybe I'm secretly eight years old, but it hit me just right.
posted by Turkey Glue at 2:44 PM on August 10, 2009


*quietly waves*

I've seen a few of you in here that didn't quite get it either -- I'm starting a separate "I didn't get it" room over in the den. Someone grab that extra bag of chips and a couple beers, I'll open that extra bottle of wine, someone else grab some cups...

(starts drifting out of room)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:13 PM on August 10, 2009


/quickly drinks all the booze
posted by item at 3:17 PM on August 10, 2009


Also, yeah, these might be funny for about an aunt week. Aunt week = from the time you've seen something on the internet until your aunt sends it to you.
posted by hellbient at 3:30 PM on August 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


I"m going to forward this to everyone in my address book, and become that person that everyone then black-lists for spam...
posted by HuronBob at 3:37 PM on August 10, 2009


oh, you think you're walking the line,
Me arse.
fuck Disney.
This Is Walking The Line - Alien Sex Fiend as it IS.


Cute mofo lip synching trucks and folks get all emo?
YOIKS.

That belongs in the book of Shite.


Crimminy. What next, Stairway to heaven advertising a funeral parlour? fucking hell. indeed.

Disneyland [puce] has invaded MetaFilter.
Jeebus.

:)
posted by alicesshoe at 5:05 PM on August 10, 2009


It is very difficult to make out the vehicles in your link, fwiw.
posted by cortex at 5:13 PM on August 10, 2009


NSWH - Not Safe While High!!
posted by jeisme at 7:45 PM on August 10, 2009


This has to be like that cilantro thing where some people taste soap. Because I'm tasting serious soap here.

YES

This video is pure and unmitigated awful, bordering on the disturbing. What's next, a single-image post with a LOLcat?
posted by dunkadunc at 8:40 PM on August 10, 2009


I'm just happy to have brought so much joy to so many people.
posted by item at 9:14 PM on August 10, 2009


ok, just a slight whisper, if you don't get this one then well... oh, my, naw, I'm actually fine, I'll pass on that drink, I'm enjoying humanity.
posted by Jeff_Larson at 9:29 PM on August 10, 2009


This American Life's Sarah Vowell did a piece a few years ago on the love story between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, and the full - almost unbelievably weird and ironic - story behind "Ring of Fire" featured prominently.

Unfortunately, I can't link directly to Vowell's piece, but the link below will take you to the page where you can stream the full 1 hour radio show and simply fast forward to Act 3, where Sarah Vowell tells "The Greatest Love Story of the 20th Century," Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

I can't recommend it highly enough, it's well worth your time.
posted by Auden at 9:46 PM on August 10, 2009 [2 favorites]


(sorry, I forgot to be a little more specific in my recommendation: Sarah Vowell's Act 3 piece starts around 47:33 into the radio stream, which requires you to wait a couple of minutes until it the flash player loads up to that mark; again, it is worth it (if you can handle Sarah's voice :-) - which i personally love)
posted by Auden at 11:12 PM on August 10, 2009


"Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback."
posted by madh at 12:40 AM on August 11, 2009


Thanks Auden, that was absolutely delicious, and I'm usually a bit 'enh' about Vowell's dry schtick.
posted by cavalier at 7:30 AM on August 11, 2009


I was enjoying it until that first weird moment when the thing's cheeks blinked. Wha? Were those things supposed to be the eyes? When there was that huge expanse of windshield that made much more convincing features? Trying to see those little cheek things as eyes changed the face of that truck from looking like Johnny Cash to looking like Joe Pesci.
posted by arcticwoman at 7:59 AM on August 11, 2009


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