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Pu-pu-pu-puccini.
posted by box at 6:21 PM on January 3, 2011


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFxTvffJqOg
posted by slumberfiend at 6:21 PM on January 3, 2011


Judging by the sign on the shelf end around 0:01, it's the Library of Congress' classification, rather than Dewey's decimals, that are keeping her company.
posted by box at 6:32 PM on January 3, 2011 [7 favorites]


Ch-ch-check it out, now....
posted by jonmc at 6:40 PM on January 3, 2011


So basically, what she's saying is, yes I'm nerdy, but I still want to date an average barscene douchebag instead of a nice library-going geek boy?
posted by autobahn at 6:41 PM on January 3, 2011 [9 favorites]


it's the Library of Congress' classification, rather than Dewey's decimals, that are keeping her company.

I was also bothered by her saying she would loan him an encyclopedia while gesturing to what looks like a set of conference proceedings. I think that library needs to work on it's student worker training program. Still, it was kind of a cute song, and I do not regret my time spent watching. Besides, it kept me from working on some library projects.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:49 PM on January 3, 2011 [7 favorites]


You can't check encyclopediae out of the library. They belong in the reference section.
posted by DU at 7:00 PM on January 3, 2011 [13 favorites]


This seems to be a popular theme in the music of young, female artists.

To wit: Hey popular boy. I'm better than the popular/sorority girls (because I were unhip clothes, think too much, don't drink, wear glasses, like video games, etc.). So, you should date me instead.

Which always leaves me thinking "If you are so much better than those sorts of girls, then why do you want a guy who's into those sorts of girls?"

Catchy tune, decent effort with the resources of a music label behind she could totally chart.
posted by oddman at 7:02 PM on January 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I don't think she said anything about loaning an encyclopedia.
posted by Flunkie at 7:05 PM on January 3, 2011


No encyclopedia for you.
posted by stbalbach at 7:09 PM on January 3, 2011


Well, I am NOT a an average barscene douchebag, but I could play one on TV for a cute, smart girl.
posted by Samizdata at 7:16 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


This song takes me back to my younger awkward self. I only regret not asking my geek girl out sooner.
posted by humanfont at 7:22 PM on January 3, 2011


You're going to make this douchebro read Willa Cather and listen to opera? Good luck! I'm a nerdy library boy and even I'm thinking this relationship is too much work.
posted by naju at 7:25 PM on January 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


I prefer Nerf Herder's Nosering Girl myself...
posted by PuppyCat at 7:34 PM on January 3, 2011


riigghtt bbbaaaccck inn thee stttaccks shhheee
posted by clavdivs at 7:34 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


As a total derail side note, thanks to metafilter links I've got myself trying to imagine how Puccini would've done a musical version of Poochinski (that detective dog puppet pilot show thingy).
posted by BrotherCaine at 7:41 PM on January 3, 2011


Um, yeah. Horrid romantic concept- she calls her poor rivals "drama queens" while quietly building her own little melodrama. I would hope by university you'd get over the high school mentality and frankly the margarita with the sorority girls is starting to sounding a lot more inviting than black coffee at her little pity party.

At least she segues into sounding like she's open to who he is- too bad she's going to trash talk his friends.
posted by Phalene at 7:47 PM on January 3, 2011


I coudn't get past the part where she was in the coffee shop reading Chaucer. Then all I could think of was this Upright Citizens Brigade sketch.

That said, my library girl rocks SO MUCH MORE than this twee lady. SHE ROCKS HARDER THAN BLACK FLAG ok i will shut up now
posted by not_on_display at 8:05 PM on January 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


Aw, c'mon. I would totally have dated her. But I was a geek so she wouldn't have been interested.
posted by unSane at 8:07 PM on January 3, 2011


I can't believe no one has referenced the "sexy librarian" trope yet. Perhaps it's because she doesn't wear glasses.
posted by kozad at 8:17 PM on January 3, 2011


This is the female version of Nice Guy Syndrome.
posted by Bookhouse at 8:17 PM on January 3, 2011 [5 favorites]


This is the female version of Nice Guy Syndrome.

I don't believe in "nice guy syndrome." I know far too many nice guys who are in stellar relationships. I suspect nice guy syndrome is a manifestation of internalizing too many network sitcoms.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 8:30 PM on January 3, 2011 [6 favorites]


I know far too many nice guys who are in stellar relationships.

That means they're nice guys, not "Nice Guys."
posted by griphus at 8:33 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


No true nice guy fallacy.
posted by Space Coyote at 8:35 PM on January 3, 2011 [5 favorites]


"Just file these books, Michelle, and if you need any help with anything just ask me..."

...
posted by ovvl at 8:36 PM on January 3, 2011


I totally hit on hot library chicks. I'm like "hey, you must be overdue in my life because you're so FINE!" and "you're like a hot library book cos I'm checking you out!" and "how'd you like to slip out of that dust jacket and do a little inter-library loaning?"

Not once have any of these lines ever worked for me.

That's why I gave up reading.
posted by twoleftfeet at 8:50 PM on January 3, 2011 [14 favorites]


I suspect nice guy syndrome is a manifestation of internalizing too many network sitcoms.

Nah, I think it's the manifestation of being sort of a douche nozzle.
posted by brundlefly at 9:08 PM on January 3, 2011


(Not that I've been one or anything.)
posted by brundlefly at 9:08 PM on January 3, 2011


Am I the only one cringing at the fact that she's shelving at points during the song? Because it's not like the library wants their books put back in order or anything fancy like that.

It's a nice tune (not so nice lyrics but she sings them well) and god knows anything about libraries is likely to get a decent discussion on MeFi.
posted by librarylis at 9:10 PM on January 3, 2011


Jeez, what a bunch of grumpypants here. I liked it.
posted by blucevalo at 9:13 PM on January 3, 2011 [3 favorites]


come on folks, members of the 793.1 club...show us your rug burns.
posted by clavdivs at 9:18 PM on January 3, 2011


I really like her. (mathowie on keyboards)
posted by various at 9:27 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


I can't believe no one has referenced the "sexy librarian" trope yet. Perhaps it's because she doesn't wear glasses.
posted by kozad at 11:17 PM on January 3


"Why, Ms. DelCid....when you let your hair down...and take your glasses off...why, you're beautiful !"

How's that?
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 10:17 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Soooo, this is the library remix to that Taylor Swift song about sitting on the bleachers?
posted by kkokkodalk at 11:05 PM on January 3, 2011


And I'm not like those other girls
Oh no, I'm not, I think a lot


In my experience, people that "think a lot" = some form of Anxiety Disorder.
posted by SouthCNorthNY at 11:16 PM on January 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


look lady, tori amos can't get away with having her own ridiculous made-up accent so i have no idea what makes you think you can

okay but actually this was kind of cute and represents a charming point in the life of many charming people which they will then grow out of and maybe that's why there is so much discomfort to be had from watching it, who knows

but as a time capsule it is pleasant enough and i'm sure she will eventually grow into someone who has the decency to be embarrassed by this but is also kind of proud of it, in a goofy way, and both of these reactions are absolutely the right ones to have

however, in closing, no you do not get to rhyme "latte" with "frothy," what the fuck were you even thinking, you march right back to wherever you wrote this song and you fix that
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 11:31 PM on January 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


You can't check encyclopediae out of the library. They belong in the reference section.

It could be an older edition. They sometimes go in the circulating stacks, especially if they aren't the big, multivolume sets. Just sayin'.
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:56 AM on January 4, 2011


needs more uke.
posted by HuronBob at 3:06 AM on January 4, 2011


Wow, lotta grumps here. Maybe, just maybe, instead of longing after a "barscene douchebag", she simply has a crush on a cute guy who moves in a different social circle - one that she feels shut out of, and therefore resents her competition from that circle. No one here has ever done that sort of crush, huh?

Guess I was just a pretty unique geek in college, daring to lust outside of my prescribed social circle.
posted by IAmBroom at 8:26 AM on January 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


needs more uke.

Or cowbell.
posted by anothermug at 6:39 PM on January 4, 2011


I'd just like to say that in the fullness of time the catchy-ness has won me over and I retract my previous snark.
posted by Bookhouse at 10:24 AM on January 5, 2011


IAmBroom, I never really saw different social circles as a reason someone was out of reach. Maybe life is less tribal for me.
posted by Phalene at 11:38 AM on January 5, 2011


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