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Hot Chip - I Feel Better
posted by stresstwig (65 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Directed by Peter Serafinowicz
posted by stresstwig at 4:47 PM on March 17, 2010


heh heh very amusing.

This track's heavy use of autotune was jarring to me when I first listened to the new disc--- wait holy shit, is that the Just Like a Mini Mall guy?!
posted by Dr-Baa at 4:53 PM on March 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ready For The Floor
posted by finite at 4:54 PM on March 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Y'know, I'm usually in favor of the reasonable use of medical science, but I think the extremely high levels of chemotherapy they're using to treat cancer patients these days are having some very unfortunate side effects.
posted by koeselitz at 4:59 PM on March 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


Reminiscent of the fake New Order band named "the Killers" in the Crystal video from 2001.

Only with more lasers.

Hot Chip is good.
posted by nutate at 5:00 PM on March 17, 2010


If only those lasers killed the autotune function.
posted by lalochezia at 5:06 PM on March 17, 2010


At first I thought this was hackneyed but then I loved it. And is that really the mini mall guy? It sure looks like him!
posted by cell divide at 5:07 PM on March 17, 2010


Danse Macabre meets Beautiful Boy Band?
posted by bearwife at 5:08 PM on March 17, 2010


For all of us Americans, it's worth it to note:

Hot Chip are not, repeat not a boy band. They only play one in this video. This video is supposed to be a joke. Hot Chip are an interesting electropop band. Now go listen to The Warning right now. For electropop, it's pretty fucking good.
posted by koeselitz at 5:14 PM on March 17, 2010


No, sorry, this is still the Ultimate Boy Band.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:14 PM on March 17, 2010


Hell, I'm pretty sure that's not even Hot Chip in the video. Not unless there's an extreme amount of makeup involved.
posted by koeselitz at 5:17 PM on March 17, 2010


Hot Chip, The Warning
posted by koeselitz at 5:20 PM on March 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Woah, that was awesome
posted by memebake at 5:20 PM on March 17, 2010


Hell, I'm pretty sure that's not even Hot Chip in the video.

It's not Hot Chip on the stage, no - but they do appear several times in the audience, cameo-style.
posted by metaxa at 5:22 PM on March 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Eliminate the ninnies and the twits!
posted by runehog at 5:26 PM on March 17, 2010


Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation: scary, but ever so useful for playing the new Hot Chip disc.
posted by woodway at 5:29 PM on March 17, 2010


MAR'VAINE!
posted by infinitewindow at 5:39 PM on March 17, 2010


This is what Japan points at when it gets tired of all the smack talk about it's cultural quirks.
posted by deliquescent at 5:39 PM on March 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Warning was one of my favorite songs for driving around to. I'd never seen the video before. That's great.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 5:40 PM on March 17, 2010


The first 45 seconds made me think, "stresstwig must really like boy bands or something" and then the awesomeness began. I'm cracking up right now just thinking about the Buddhist monk shooting lasers out of his mouth.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 5:41 PM on March 17, 2010


Pepsi Lipsynch.
posted by Skygazer at 5:44 PM on March 17, 2010


OK, just watched The Warning... that was really good.
posted by deliquescent at 5:45 PM on March 17, 2010


So, the gag here is making fun of boy bands on the video for a song that sounds exactly like every boy band song, huh? More like Hot Shit... uh, i mean... lukewarm poop. Plus the vocals sound like they were sung by the old pedophile dude from Family Guy.
posted by joe defroster at 5:47 PM on March 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


ah, spoke to soon. Those death rays rock.

4 stars.
posted by Skygazer at 5:48 PM on March 17, 2010


I've liked some of Hot Chip's remixes but I've never liked any of their own songs. This doesn't change that pattern.
posted by blucevalo at 5:48 PM on March 17, 2010


Hot Chip are not, repeat not a boy band. They only play one in this video. This video is supposed to be a joke. Hot Chip are an interesting electropop band.

I know I shouldn't, but FTFY.

Now go listen to The Warning right now.

The POSTER of that video at YouTube wrote: "Music video for Hot Chip's "The Warning". Try to watch the whole thing, the end attempts to make up for a few minutes of nothing." Attempts. Does not succeed.

For electropop, it's pretty fucking good.

There is a reason that the videos for both "I Feel Better" and Lady Generic's "Telephone" contain so little of the actual songs they are videos for. Because there is no THERE there. I don't want to be all "music in my day" about it, but this is another symptom of the lobotomizing of pop music. The last time pop was this un-entertaining was the nadir of the Disco era of the 70s... Case in point.

End of rant, okay, you can get back on my lawn, but bring some MUSIC.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:55 PM on March 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


The last time pop was this un-entertaining was the nadir of the Disco era of the 70s

No, a lot of music labeled "disco" was and remains fantastic, innovative, soulful and fun. There's a reason those styles have cropped back up again.
posted by chaff at 6:03 PM on March 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


oneswellfoop: “There is a reason that the videos for both "I Feel Better" and Lady Generic's "Telephone" contain so little of the actual songs they are videos for. Because there is no THERE there. I don't want to be all "music in my day" about it, but this is another symptom of the lobotomizing of pop music. The last time pop was this un-entertaining was the nadir of the Disco era of the 70s...”

Yeah, I don't deny that. I only wanted to point out that Hot Chip really have produced some electropop that is quite good; I don't know how much I dig this new stuff, but they've got a good track record, so there's that.
posted by koeselitz at 6:13 PM on March 17, 2010


Timely.
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:14 PM on March 17, 2010


And yeah, GaGa's music is abysmal. I constantly argue with people who throw up the false "guilty pleasure" dichotomy. I don't object to it being pop; it's just bad. I prefer my guilty pleasures to actually be, you know, pleasurable.
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:16 PM on March 17, 2010


Which is not to say awesome pop music is completely dead.
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:17 PM on March 17, 2010


The POSTER of that video at YouTube wrote: "Music video for Hot Chip's "The Warning". Try to watch the whole thing, the end attempts to make up for a few minutes of nothing." Attempts. Does not succeed.

I'm sorry, but are you really trying to critique the song based on its video? That seems unfair to me.
posted by reductiondesign at 6:24 PM on March 17, 2010


I think I'm feeling a contact gay! Oh, so very sorry. [hangs head in shame...slinks off.]
posted by airgirl at 6:34 PM on March 17, 2010


There is a reason that the videos for both "I Feel Better" and Lady Generic's "Telephone" contain so little of the actual songs they are videos for. Because there is no THERE there. I don't want to be all "music in my day" about it, but this is another symptom of the lobotomizing of pop music.

You are being "music in my day" about it. Grow a pair of ears, fish a brain out of the sewer and dig your enjoyment of life out from the back yard.
posted by setanor at 6:38 PM on March 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


And yeah, GaGa's music is abysmal.

Particularly the shit that RedOne hack did. He ruined the Little Boots album, too. Him and Greg Kurstin. Fucker.
posted by setanor at 6:40 PM on March 17, 2010


song that sounds exactly like every boy band song, huh?

Yeah, Burzum's Aske is totally the same as Away from the Sun by Three Doors Down, too.
posted by setanor at 6:41 PM on March 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Anyway, the big news here is that Brian Butterfield made a music video.
posted by setanor at 6:42 PM on March 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I found this video quite amusing.

It also gets funnier each time I watch it.

As far as pop music goes, I prefer criticism that sites a counterexample.

"This music is too fluffy and light for my tastes, unlike Glitch Mob."

or

"Needs more self reference like Balls to the Walls and This Is the Hook."
posted by poe at 6:57 PM on March 17, 2010


Hot Chip kinda run hot and cold with me, but One Life Stand is one of the best electronic pop records I've heard in at least a decade. Seriously, it's really, really good.

Really good.
posted by Ratio at 6:59 PM on March 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Dr. Jimmy, your dissing Lady Gaga in favor of MIKA just leaves me baffled and sad.
posted by Rory Marinich at 7:25 PM on March 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


The last time pop was this un-entertaining was the nadir of the Disco era of the 70s...

Really?
Really?
REALLY?

I'm not a Lady Gaga fan, but I'd appreciate it if the GIT OFF MAH LAWN TURNTABLE would kindly remove their heads from their asses. She is not the downfall of pop music. Get over yourselves.
posted by dw at 8:04 PM on March 17, 2010


Where Hot Chip fails, and Lady Gaga clearly wins, is on the dancefloor. People may call Gaga pop music, but it's really a revival of disco, electro, house, and all that stuff you can, you know, dance to. Hot Chip reminds me of of 1950s pop music. Stuff you may have on, but you're sure not dancing to it. I know people do remixes of Hot Chip, but I don't know where they get played...
posted by l2p at 10:47 PM on March 17, 2010


The first 45 seconds made me think, "stresstwig must really like boy bands or something" and then the awesomeness began. I'm cracking up right now just thinking about the Buddhist monk shooting lasers out of his mouth.

I liked the inverse. Hot Chip as a generic boy band with teenage fans was hilarious (given what Hot Chip actually look like); the laser mouth revenge fantasy was adolescent and cringe inducing.
posted by benzenedream at 11:53 PM on March 17, 2010


People who are defending Gaga and Hot Chip need to remember that one of Metafilter's general predilections is derisiveness towards dance music. Please recall the last couple of threads where Robyn was mentioned and people started complaining that her electroclash cover of "Cobrastyle" was not reggae-pop like the original, thus managing to miss the point by several hundred thousand feet. Every time good dance music gets mentioned in a thread, people start moaning because the lyrics are not poetical enough or there aren't six billion chord changes and a mandolin solo or shit like that.

These are people who do not understand that "Evacuate The Dancefloor" by Cascada is unsubtle on purpose, because Cascada understand that the purpose of good dance music is to hit you with a brick in the face called "the beat" and then, when you think you've heard everything they can offer, they hit you with another brick. These are people who will whine piteously about Autotune and not understand that, if you are in a club and hear a good groove, you're really never ever going to care if the singer can't perform the track live to save her life, because you're never going to go see these artists live and that's just dandy because it's not about the performance with dance music, it's about the participation.

Because these people do not dance. Pity them.
posted by mightygodking at 12:21 AM on March 18, 2010 [4 favorites]


I've always thought Hot Chip look like the band you'd get if you just signed up everyone who happened to be in the Astrophysics Common Room one Tuesday morning.
posted by Phanx at 12:21 AM on March 18, 2010 [5 favorites]


The bit from 0:55 to 1:38 - the facial expressions combined with the chorus and the guys voice - is one of the most surreal things I've ever seen in a pop vid, I think.
posted by memebake at 12:49 AM on March 18, 2010


y'know, you can still defend "good dance music" without having to bring CASCADA into this...
posted by setanor at 12:53 AM on March 18, 2010


lobotomizing of pop music: Tautology
posted by jadayne at 1:51 AM on March 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Shake A Fist is one of my Hot Chip favourites.

I'm wondering if those saying Hot Chip aren't suited for the dancefloor or whatever have actually been to one of their gigs (or even heard their songs in a club).

Stuff you may have on, but you're sure not dancing to it.

The 2000 people there when I saw them sure as hell were.
posted by djgh at 2:12 AM on March 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also, Peter Serafinowicz is awesome.
posted by djgh at 2:15 AM on March 18, 2010


djgh: Peter Serafinowicz is indeed awesome and here is his twitter feed.
posted by numberstation at 5:03 AM on March 18, 2010


Hot Chip reminds me of of 1950s pop music. Stuff you may have on, but you're sure not dancing to it.

Crazy talk. Over and Over was one of the biggest club singles of the year.
posted by Adam_S at 5:55 AM on March 18, 2010


Lady Generic? We obviously have very different understandings of that word.
posted by ninebelow at 6:01 AM on March 18, 2010


It's time for the percolator.
posted by sneebler at 6:19 AM on March 18, 2010


More like Hot Shit...

I have checked the manual and the correct response was actually "Chip Sandwich."
posted by cortex at 7:10 AM on March 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


I like how each member of the boy band fails to recognize that dancing is not the way to defeat lasermouth. Also, and maybe this is just me, but the whole thing seems very "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!"
posted by Monster_Zero at 8:34 AM on March 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hot Chip reminds me of of 1950s pop music. Stuff you may have on, but you're sure not dancing to it.

I saw them at the Hay-On-Wye Festival some years ago; they played in an auditorium, which had previously seen authors discuss the issues in their books. From five seconds after they started, everyone was dancing, and dancing solidly for the hour or so that they played. None of the standing-like-a-White-Person-at-a-Belle-&-Sebastian-gig stereotype.
posted by acb at 10:29 AM on March 18, 2010


this hot chip track is for me what makes them great. A mellow start, and a thumping finish. No fit state.
posted by kev23f at 11:49 AM on March 18, 2010


Does anyone know who the bald guy is? And also the floating head dude at the end, he looks very familiar...
posted by memebake at 11:53 AM on March 18, 2010


Dr-Baa: I don't think its the mini mall guy. Comparison
posted by memebake at 12:39 PM on March 18, 2010


The bald guy is Ross Lee
posted by memebake at 12:57 PM on March 18, 2010


I love love love this DFA (probably Tim Goldsworthy) remix of Hot Chip's (Just Like We) Breakdown.
posted by Magnakai at 1:06 PM on March 18, 2010


ok, my last post here: The floating head guy is a model called Antonio Francis, and his eyes really do bulge like that (although they don't shoot lasers, admittedly)

Full credits for the vid here
posted by memebake at 1:10 PM on March 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Just a heads up that the file has been pulled from Youtube. Currently it's available as a Myspace exclusive. *shrug*
posted by infinitewindow at 2:42 PM on March 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Main link is working again now, although its not embeddable. Peter Serafinowicz has also added the vid to his own youtube channel, and that one is embeddable, and is where, you know, all the cool people are hanging out now.
posted by memebake at 5:15 AM on March 20, 2010


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