Holy fuck, look at that cat!
October 22, 2010 11:35 AM   Subscribe

If Toonces the Driving Cat and Keyboard Cat mated, this would be the outcome: The new video Red Lights from the Canadian band Holy Fuck.

Obligatory Play Toonces off, Keyboard Cat video.
posted by MaryDellamorte (51 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Don't mess with Drift Cat!
posted by yeloson at 11:41 AM on October 22, 2010


That's so fake. Cats can't play instruments!
posted by ericb at 11:44 AM on October 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 11:46 AM on October 22, 2010


Holy Fuck rules. And it drives the CBC sort of crazy because they're the perfect CanCon band. With a name the CBC can't say.
posted by GuyZero at 11:53 AM on October 22, 2010 [4 favorites]


It's ok if cats want to play music but having them drive cars is not cool. And dogs.
posted by everichon at 12:02 PM on October 22, 2010


Here's a live version of this song.
posted by suetanvil at 12:02 PM on October 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Holy Fuck does what it says.
posted by The Whelk at 12:03 PM on October 22, 2010


Holy Fuck has perhaps the 4th worst band name in "indie" music today. (Or best, depending on your point of view)

3rd: Fuck Buttons
2nd: Fucked Up
1st: Pissed Jeans

Natalie Portman's Shaved Head used to be on the list, but took themselves off after they changed their name to Brite Futures.
posted by Dr-Baa at 12:03 PM on October 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


I DO NOT LIKE FIRE
posted by angrycat at 12:04 PM on October 22, 2010


Commercial for the remix
posted by not_on_display at 12:04 PM on October 22, 2010


Number 1 with a Bullitt!
posted by Mike D at 12:08 PM on October 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


I think I dated that drummer back in '06.
posted by heyho at 12:13 PM on October 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Love Holy Fuck. Also agree that their name is pretty shitty. I guess they really like cats— I dig this cowboy cat shirt.

They don't use digital effects. Before their sets they spend 30 minutes plugging in dozens of effect pedals, boards and just huge huge piles of gear. Then they rock out the bent-over-knob-twisting style of dancing on stage.
posted by fontophilic at 12:15 PM on October 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Dr-Baa: "Holy Fuck has perhaps the 4th worst band name in "indie" music today. (Or best, depending on your point of view)

Les Savy Fav, !!!, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Also: Check out Stay Lit from Latin, the album this song is from.

posted by battlebison at 12:16 PM on October 22, 2010


Here's a live version of this song.

Man, that recording does not do the song justice at all. Why is the sound all weird? The bass is really muted and other things that should be softer are really loud.

Anyway, I saw them like a month and a half ago at the same venue where that video was made and it was fantastic. I love Holy Fuck.
posted by malthas at 12:17 PM on October 22, 2010


Oh and their new(ish) album Latin is awesome. My favorite tracks are probably "Latin America" and "SHT MTN".
posted by malthas at 12:19 PM on October 22, 2010


I've always said that cats rock and dogs suck, and here we have the proof.

Also, "Latin" is one of the albums of 2010 and if you don't have it yet, well, shame on you.
posted by Decani at 12:22 PM on October 22, 2010


Holy Fuck has perhaps the 4th worst band name in "indie" music today. (Or best, depending on your point of view)

3rd: Fuck Buttons
2nd: Fucked Up
1st: Pissed Jeans

Natalie Portman's Shaved Head used to be on the list, but took themselves off after they changed their name to Brite Futures.


Don't forget Fuck.
posted by anazgnos at 12:22 PM on October 22, 2010


I was going to say - their name is probably not helping them. I feel compelled here to make a list of bands with "Fuck" in their names, including Fuck but, uh, fuck it. I will say it seems like one of those "funny/shocking band names" that gets less funny and just ends up being a burden.

I say this as someone who made some very nice posters for a band that rejoiced in the name "Fuck You Whitey" - nice as in handmade, block printed posters. Oh, it was hilarious at first, but the joke wears off very quickly when painstakingly carving each letter backwards in linoleum. The name was also discordant with the kind of music they were making, which was melodic instrumental rock, and not what you would expect from a band with such a confrontational title.

Now I am not anti-profanity, no, not by any means. And I am not against funny or rude band names. I'm just saying, it doesn't help, unless your band intends to be funny or rude. If not, people might have a hard time getting past the name - you might be alienating the audience you want and distracting from your intentions as artists and performers.

But I will go on the record as stating that I am a proponent of kitties in music videos.
posted by louche mustachio at 12:25 PM on October 22, 2010


Dog music is incessant, pointless barking.
posted by tommasz at 12:26 PM on October 22, 2010 [3 favorites]


If not, people might have a hard time getting past the name - you might be alienating the audience you want and distracting from your intentions as artists and performers.

I see what you're saying, but the word fuck is so ubiquitous that it's really lost it's edge as an offensive and shocking word. Someone who is going to be alienated from a band because of the use of the word is probably someone who isn't going to like the music anyway.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 12:31 PM on October 22, 2010


They don't use digital effects. Before their sets they spend 30 minutes plugging in dozens of effect pedals, boards and just huge huge piles of gear.

Feh. Back in the day it was a big deal if your gear used tubes instead of transistors. In the future people will rave about the warm frequency curve of mechanical hard drives versus SSDs, and the romance of spinning platters.
posted by fleetmouse at 12:33 PM on October 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


All those guys pale in comparison


3rd: Fuck Buttons
2nd: Fucked Up
1st: Pissed Jeans

Don't forget Fuck.


All those dudes pale in comparison to The Fucking Champs
posted by orville sash at 12:36 PM on October 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


My band opened for them back in '06 and their set was incredible. One of the guys played a 35mm film reel. No, really. He had a long reel of film that he'd spastically unspool in rhythmic ways to create these crazy, funky squeaks. It was something else.
posted by naju at 12:50 PM on October 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Don't forget "You’ve Got Foetus on Your Breath" who became "Scraping Foetus off the Wheel" and then eventually just "Foetus".
One of those has to be the worst band name in history.
posted by w0mbat at 12:52 PM on October 22, 2010


> Dog music is incessant, pointless barking.

How many more years, do I let you dog me around
posted by christopherious at 12:53 PM on October 22, 2010


Ah, here's a clip of him playing it. Holy Fuck's 35 mm film synchronizer.
posted by naju at 12:54 PM on October 22, 2010


I think I dated that drummer back in '06.

I think I adopted the keyboardist from the Humane Society back in '02.
posted by spinifex23 at 12:54 PM on October 22, 2010 [6 favorites]


If I made this, I would have had the driving cat suddenly pull over, dart out of the car, stop on the side of the road and just start licking himself. Dog driver would just circle around, utterly confused.
posted by orme at 12:59 PM on October 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Don't forget "You’ve Got Foetus on Your Breath" who became "Scraping Foetus off the Wheel" and then eventually just "Foetus".
One of those has to be the worst band name in history.
posted by w0mbat at 8:52 PM on October 22


I think you are confusing the word "worst" for the word "best".
posted by Decani at 1:12 PM on October 22, 2010


Don't forget "You’ve Got Foetus on Your Breath" who became "Scraping Foetus off the Wheel" and then eventually just "Foetus".
One of those has to be the worst band name in history.


a. no.
b. composing the Venture Brothers theme music means you could call your band The Goatfuckers Who Fucked Goats And Then Fucked Goats Some More and still be triple awesome.
posted by Shepherd at 1:28 PM on October 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


They sound good, but they are standing on the shoulders of giants.
posted by JBennett at 1:41 PM on October 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


That video was great, but I'm not sure it's going to catch on. Us folks on The Internet usually don't care for funny cat videos.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 1:44 PM on October 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


Saw Holy Fuck at Sled Island (Calgary's better version of NXNE) and loved them, enough to buy that cat t-shirt.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 2:10 PM on October 22, 2010


One day about 10 years ago I was driving past the Whiskey on Sunset Blvd. and there was a band on the marquee named "Penus Flytrap."
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:47 PM on October 22, 2010


3rd: Fuck Buttons
2nd: Fucked Up
1st: Pissed Jeans


Dude, AIDS Wolf? DJ Dog Dick? Your top three aren't even in the top ten.
posted by i'm offended you're offended at 5:08 PM on October 22, 2010


Dude, AIDS Wolf?

I'm partial to Vagina Panther, myself.
posted by naju at 5:35 PM on October 22, 2010


Millions of Dead Cops
posted by longsleeves at 7:20 PM on October 22, 2010


Oh, damn. Vagina Panther is really...good.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 7:25 PM on October 22, 2010


I love Holy Fuck and sort of stumbled on their music by accident, but I have all three of their albums now. I thought it was electronic until I read some background, although that's their intent. Will have to check this video out.

As far as the name ... well, they're never going to be in mainstream channels anyway, and I think it's kind of descriptive, like it might be something an audience member might say. Another of my favorite musical groups these days is Fuck Buttons, which sounds a little more lyrical. They're an electronic noise band and are probably always going to be obscure anyway.
posted by krinklyfig at 7:35 PM on October 22, 2010


Feh. Back in the day it was a big deal if your gear used tubes instead of transistors. In the future people will rave about the warm frequency curve of mechanical hard drives versus SSDs, and the romance of spinning platters.

People still buy tube amps, particularly for electric guitars, and DJs still use vinyl, although plenty of DJs use CDs or just computer files in Sareto or other DJ software with controllers (you still need something better than a keyboard and mouse). The synthesizer and electric piano never really replaced a real piano. There are just more options now, but plenty of musicians insist on archaic devices for various reasons, just as many writers still use mechanical typewriters. As to your example, I can't see a particular advantage of spinning HDDs versus flash, however, at least not from a musical POV, except right now the old style is still cheaper. There is nothing romantic about higher failure rates, and nothing is gained for the musician once the price comes down for solid state drives.
posted by krinklyfig at 7:45 PM on October 22, 2010


the least they could've done is put the cat in a 67 Mustang GT 390 interior if they want to hint around about him driving the Bullit car. Wrecked the video for me, though the song kicks some fine ass
posted by Redhush at 8:47 PM on October 22, 2010


Holy Fuck rules. And it drives the CBC sort of crazy because they're the perfect CanCon band. With a name the CBC can't say.

When the fuck did that happen, anyway? Is it a Harper thing? I clearly remember watching episodes of Kids in the Hall and Comics! (the latter of which aired at 5:30pm, IIRC) back in the '90s that were chock-a-block with unbleeped f-bombs.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:10 PM on October 22, 2010


I dunno. All I know is poor Craig Norris on Radio 3 saying "Holy F" and sighing as he does so.
posted by GuyZero at 10:42 PM on October 22, 2010


All those dudes pale in comparison to The Fucking Champs

But really, everyone does. As do everyone else's song names. There will never be better metal song names than "These glyphs are dusty" and "Thor is, like, immortal."

Seriously. Never.
posted by freebird at 12:08 AM on October 23, 2010


MDC cheated, longsleeves, because they could stand for whatever they wanted. I remember at least:

More Damn Christians
Millions of Dead Cops
Multi Death Corporations
Millions of Dead Children

Holy crap, those guys are still around?
posted by freebird at 12:12 AM on October 23, 2010


See also Fuck Off Machete.*

Seen the Holy Fuck twice. When you have a name like that you better bring the noise. There albums are brilliant, but one dimensional samples of a living, coruscating live sound.

*Machete are so named in the Scottish parlance, where a large prominent thing is a 'fuck off' thing.
posted by artaxerxes at 5:47 AM on October 23, 2010


Pointlessly offensive band names are a Canadian tradition. Remember the Barenaked Ladies? The CBC got in trouble a few times for putting them on the bill at family-friendly concerts, getting the squares all riled up at the name.
posted by sixohsix at 7:17 AM on October 23, 2010


( Takes monitors off of head )

... Okay ...

So, really, who was keeping the utterly awesomeness of Holy Fuck a secret from me?

( Puts monitors back on )

( RAWKS OUT FURIOUSLY )
posted by PROD_TPSL at 11:52 AM on October 23, 2010


There will never be better metal song names than "These glyphs are dusty" and "Thor is, like, immortal."

Submitted for your approval: the Anvil titles March of the Crabs, Butter Bust Jerky and Pussy Poison.

Bonus: Samain titles Gonna Swing My Chariot and The Metal Breaks My Senses.

These are from metal's iron age, not its irony age.
posted by fleetmouse at 2:08 PM on October 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


damn how did I miss this thread?? Love the Holy Fuck.

In regards to their name, I think it's really apt. A few years ago I worked with this borderline retarded guy who never stopped talking. My one decent memory of him was one day when we were in the car together headed somewhere, I had my iPod playing, and he asked if he could look through my collection. He was silent for a few minutes and then said "Whoa, Holy Fuck! What's that like?"
Me: "It's the kind of music that makes you say Holy Fuck!"
He picked the track Safari, got about a minute into it, then starts bouncing around with a big grin on his face - "Holy Fuck! You weren't kidding!"
posted by mannequito at 8:45 PM on November 8, 2010


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