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What's the easiest way to learn about a state? Watch the California Gurls parody made in that state's honor! [41LYT]

Warning: Some of these videos may be offensive to the states they "honor".
* indicates videos of people dancing to the original song. These videos included for notability


Arizona
Arkansas
California
California Dorks
California Gays*
Colorado
Connecticut
Washington D.C.
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Indiana (Lower production value, truer to the original.)
Iowa
Kansas
Kansas Boiz
Louisiana
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina (Same as SC)
North Dakota
Ohio
Ohio (Better production, much more offensive.)
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina (Same as NC)
Tennessee
Texas
Texas (Audio Only)
Vermont
Virginia
Washington*
Wisconsin
posted by 47triple2 (42 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
Delaware always disappoints.

/former Delawarian.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 5:49 PM on July 31, 2010


Also of note, Ke$ha's Tik Tok and Katy Perry's California Gurls are the same song.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 5:56 PM on July 31, 2010 [7 favorites]


What, not one for Alabama?

Oh well. I'll watch the Georgia one and imagine it 20% dumber.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 5:56 PM on July 31, 2010 [3 favorites]


Milwaukee Boys
posted by MikeMc at 5:56 PM on July 31, 2010 [2 favorites]


Staten Island Gurls.
posted by waitingtoderail at 6:01 PM on July 31, 2010


this song is not that good or interesting enough to become the new meme
posted by Danila at 6:20 PM on July 31, 2010 [5 favorites]


I normally hate this sort of thing, but that Milwaukee Boys one was pretty great.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 6:29 PM on July 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


Note: Though they appear in Milwaukee Boys, there aren't actually any palm trees in Milwaukee.
posted by Zephyrial at 6:40 PM on July 31, 2010 [2 favorites]


I tried to make a meme about finding better songs to go with that ridiculous music video, but it didn't catch on. Regardless, listening to Marcy Playground's "Sex and Candy" while watching that video is kinda funny.
posted by hopeless romantique at 6:41 PM on July 31, 2010


I only watched the MN one and I will admit, I LOLed. And then posted it to facebook.
posted by lunasol at 6:42 PM on July 31, 2010


The Ohio one is nice because it looks like they are having a fucking blast.
posted by josher71 at 6:51 PM on July 31, 2010


As expected, it was New York City, not the state.
posted by elmwood at 6:59 PM on July 31, 2010


Since this is an answer song to "Empire State of Mind" by Jay Z and Alicia Keys I'm going to link to some parodies of that song.

Wales
A galaxy far far away

Newark
Minnesota
New Hampshire
posted by josher71 at 7:13 PM on July 31, 2010 [2 favorites]


As expected, it was New York City, not the state.

Hate to break it to you...
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 7:23 PM on July 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also of note, Ke$ha's Tik Tok and Katy Perry's California Gurls are the same song.

Could someone please mash up that mashup with Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover"? 'Cause, like, yeah.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:24 PM on July 31, 2010


Also of note, Ke$ha's Tik Tok and Katy Perry's California Gurls are the same song.

Dr. Luke did write both.
posted by josher71 at 7:27 PM on July 31, 2010 [2 favorites]


Dr. Luke did write both.

Is he a doctor like Dr. Dre?
posted by birdherder at 7:48 PM on July 31, 2010


I am moving to Colorado
posted by will wait 4 tanjents at 7:54 PM on July 31, 2010


Yeah, I think he conferred the doctorate on himself.
posted by josher71 at 7:57 PM on July 31, 2010 [3 favorites]


Much better Massachusetts Gurls.
posted by adamg at 8:38 PM on July 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also of note, Ke$ha's Tik Tok and Katy Perry's California Gurls are the same song.

And Ke$ha is just a remix of John Travolta.
posted by Evilspork at 8:48 PM on July 31, 2010


Well, Georgia was spot on. Many thanks for not including WV.
posted by wv kay in ga at 8:50 PM on July 31, 2010


will wait 4 tanjents: “I am moving to Colorado”

Okay, I was ready to hate, but that video was one of the best fuckin' Colorado-representin' videos ever – a little Denver-centric, but otherwise great. Sticking in the "American Furniture Warehouse" jingle was an stroke of genius. The Coors Light reference was obnoxious (we make more varieties of beer than any other state, and they had to choose the shit one?) but everything else was awesome. Tom Shane! Blue Bear! Lakeside (with rides as functional, safe, and reassuring as that web page)! Also, the Water World water park mentioned happens to be three blocks from my house, and Casa Bonita... well, as the Westword (our independent weekly) so poetically put it, "it's like Disney had sex with Tijuana and left the goofy-looking bastard to fend for itself in a random strip mall on Colfax."
posted by koeselitz at 8:52 PM on July 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


I would just like to chime in here as a Californian: Katy Perry is not our ambassador and any treaties she signs with other states will not be respected.

Carry on.
posted by chairface at 9:18 PM on July 31, 2010 [4 favorites]


Man, who knew so many had states with girls sitting underneath pine trees.
posted by piratebowling at 9:30 PM on July 31, 2010


I am proud to say that I'm friends with the mother of the guy who shot the Colorado one and have just alerted her to this list. She will be thrilled.

Nice job, 47triple2. Don't know what iinspired you to do this but it's a great list.
posted by etaoin at 9:40 PM on July 31, 2010


Hate to say it but TN was spot-on too. Especially the part about the boys wearing the beaters.
posted by blucevalo at 11:01 PM on July 31, 2010


I hate this song with a twitchy passion, but yeah, Tennessee was kind of eerie. My little brother lives in the oft-referenced Cookeville, and I kept expecting him to pop up in the background.
posted by mostlymartha at 2:50 AM on August 1, 2010


there aren't actually any palm trees in Milwaukee.

This is not true. There are three palm trees in front of a gentlemen's club in Milwaukee.
posted by drezdn at 5:29 AM on August 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Pennsyltucky represent!
posted by fixedgear at 5:41 AM on August 1, 2010


Actually, the way it works is that nobody actually writes music anymore. It's all allegories to other songs. It's all ultimately derived from a small handful of songs made by the earliest civilizations. Human neurology simply cannot appreciate that many melodies.

The current vein is getting dry, but there was recently a new ditty found in the Mesopotamian ruins that our boys in Iraq found. It was supposed to be sold to the Korean pop cartels, who would then autotune the melody onto the hottest starlet, but the deal (held at a seedy port) went south and the artifact with the embedded melody fell into the ocean, and hit a transpacific current. Then, young Kesha Rose Sebert went diving off of California's western shore.

Anyway, since we're close to this relatively untapped ur-song, expect most new music that feels pleasant on the ear to sound like it.

Of course, there will be much less violence and murder once modern neurology finds a way to use fMRIs to reverse-engineer the most attractive melodies from our very grey matter. Expect the best music of tomorrow to not come from a record studio or garage band, but a university.
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:13 AM on August 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


I prefer Southern Girls.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 7:01 AM on August 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Delaware always disappoints.

I wouldn't know, I got stuck in traffic on the way through it.
posted by inigo2 at 9:28 AM on August 1, 2010


there aren't actually any palm trees in Milwaukee.

This is not true. There are three palm trees in front of a gentlemen's club in Milwaukee.


Touché! I stand corrected: there's at least two that I can see.
posted by Zephyrial at 10:50 AM on August 1, 2010


My local version, Iowa, was just awful and sad. So I had to watch the original to get the context. Oh I miss California, that video actually made me cry. WTF is wrong with me?
posted by charlie don't surf at 11:01 AM on August 1, 2010


Yeah, most of these are really quite bad but the Colorado one is actually pretty decent. The Minnesota one isn't too bad either.
posted by Justinian at 11:04 AM on August 1, 2010


I hate that song.
posted by jonmc at 1:12 PM on August 1, 2010


I must say that for a song that seems to champion the fresh-faced, beach-living, jeep-driving variety of golden-coastress, Katy's sure wearing a lot of makeup.

Also as an Angeleno that doesn't know how to surf, I'd like to see an item of popular culture celebrate those 'California gurls' that live in the desert and shoot guns and never see the ocean.
posted by thedaniel at 1:39 PM on August 1, 2010


Frankly until this thread I had never heard a Katy Perry or a Ke$ha song, but learning that Tik Tok and California Gurls are the *exact* same song has withered whatever hope I had left for the music industry.

If there is any area where communism is absolutely better than capitalism, music is the one. Independent music is the only thing remaining which has any originality whatsoever. Even the rock and metal being played on the radio these days all uses exactly the same guitar tone.
posted by Clamwacker at 2:27 PM on August 1, 2010


Frankly until this thread I had never heard a Katy Perry or a Ke$ha song, but learning that Tik Tok and California Gurls are the *exact* same song has withered whatever hope I had left for the music industry.

You still had hope for the music industry?!?
posted by charlie don't surf at 3:04 PM on August 1, 2010


Southtown Girls
posted by Narin at 3:59 PM on August 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also as an Angeleno that doesn't know how to surf, I'd like to see an item of popular culture celebrate those 'California gurls' that live in the desert and shoot guns and never see the ocean.

As a former Angeleno who also doesn't surf, your wish is my command.

Were you not aware that this is a whole subgenre of gun culture?
posted by charlie don't surf at 4:57 PM on August 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


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