Is there any meaning to this song? / There's no meaning to this song.
January 29, 2011 9:00 PM   Subscribe

Paradichlorobenzene. Antichlorobenzene. Paradichlorobenzene x Antichlorobenzene.*

* To view an alternate version of the Paradichlorobenzene x Antichlorobenzene video with extra translations, click here.

Sung by Len and Rin Kagamine (vocaloids). Paradichlorobenzene and Antichlorobenzene were created by Owata-P (music/lyrics) with illustrations/video by Agatha and Mieno Hito, and were originally posted to Nico Nico Douga here and here. The Paradichlorobenzene x Antichlorobenzene video/song mash-up is by TakumiSilence. Translations and english subtitles by Kanannon, Blacksaingrain, VampiressSilecene, and TakumiSilence.
posted by anthy (23 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am reminded of Warren Zevon's Run Straight Down.
posted by adamrice at 9:14 PM on January 29, 2011

So, the first thing I checked was the active ingrediant in Ritalin, and it's Methylphenidate hydrochloride, not Paradicholorbenzen.... 
posted by HuronBob at 9:16 PM on January 29, 2011

.......C -C
.......C -C
posted by clavdivs at 9:17 PM on January 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

Paradichlorobenzene replaced napthalene in mothballs.
You can't get that anymore.
I know what it means.
posted by the Real Dan at 9:22 PM on January 29, 2011

Wife's verdict: "This is really annoying."
posted by Deathalicious at 9:24 PM on January 29, 2011

Paradichlorobenzene would have a singlet for its NMR spectrum, and probably a nice clean vibrational spectrum, though I don't feel like working out its symmetry group right now.

I might be using chloro or bromobenzene latter this week in my lab class. Not dichloro though...
posted by Canageek at 9:38 PM on January 29, 2011

posted by escabeche at 9:43 PM on January 29, 2011

This is what happens when organic chemists eat what they synthesize.
posted by Cheminatrix at 9:43 PM on January 29, 2011 [2 favorites]

Row row row your boat
gently down the stream.
Merrily merrily merrily merrily
posted by charlie don't surf at 9:55 PM on January 29, 2011 [14 favorites]

This song sucks. They totally rhymed "paradichlorobenzene" with "paradichlorobenzene".
posted by cthuljew at 10:31 PM on January 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

What am I singing for?
I just sing without understanding the meaning.
posted by en forme de poire at 10:32 PM on January 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

also, is there any context to the "brainwashing song" tag? It's also in the description, right? Is this like a genre now? I tried googling it and didn't get anything but of course, it might not be an English-language trend...
posted by en forme de poire at 11:23 PM on January 29, 2011

These two tracks tend to be a little divisive. They're really likely to either seriously appeal to someone or else solidly put them off, because they bridge the gap between 'mainstream' Vocaloid music and the weirder stuff from producers such as Treow. With Crypton having just released the improved synthesis software for the two voices that sing them, I'm curious as to whether we'll see retakes and remixes in a slightly more realistic-sounding voice - it would seem to almost be counter to the spirit of these songs.

The uninitiated might want to check out this recentish previously which goes more into the robot side of things.

I'm pretty sure 'brainwashing song' was simply included in the title of the original song as a tag; the success of the song has made the phrase virtually synonymous, and it all harkens back to the whole idea of doing something while not knowing what you're doing it for.
posted by stelas at 11:35 PM on January 29, 2011

posted by benzenedream at 12:52 AM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Nominally, it's D2d, three perpendicular axes of rotation, centre of inversion, three planes of reflection.
posted by bonehead at 9:53 AM on January 30, 2011

I was expecting something a little more like The Amateur Transplants' Paracetamoxyfrusebendroneomycin.
posted by James Scott-Brown at 10:45 AM on January 30, 2011

Isn't paradichlorobenzene the stuff they put in urinal cakes? I know it looks and smells the same.....
posted by TravellingDen at 12:36 PM on January 30, 2011

Am I supposed to like these songs? 'Cause I kind of really like these songs.
posted by maryr at 12:51 PM on January 30, 2011

Oh man, you can definitely like them. I do, or I wouldn't have posted the links. Though I think stelas above is right...they're a "you really like them or you don't at all" thing.

I've had the Para x Anti mix in my head all week. It's the most awesome earworm.
posted by anthy at 2:28 PM on January 30, 2011

A mosquito was heard to complain
That the chemists had poisoned his brain
The cause of his sorrow
Was paradichloro-
posted by kcds at 3:26 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Anime hamsters on crack, what next?

my ears hurt.
posted by ~Sushma~ at 8:11 PM on January 30, 2011

Also, the nerd in me wants to rename the other two songs Metadichlorobenzene and Orthodichlorobenzene...
posted by en forme de poire at 8:19 PM on January 30, 2011

I put together a quick mega-mix. (via mediafire)

posted by odbo255 at 11:12 PM on February 4, 2011

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