November 2, 2001
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Very childish. [Warning: sound file. Some may find offensive.]
posted by Mocata (27 comments total)
who did this mocata
posted by clavdivs at 7:22 AM on November 2, 2001

A british comedian signed to Warp Records did this, I believe.,1004,48525,00.html
posted by Darke at 7:24 AM on November 2, 2001

Incidentally, the ID3 tag for this mp3 lists the genre as "Christian Gangsta Rap". 8)
posted by chrimble at 7:27 AM on November 2, 2001

It's Chris Morris, a comedian that has been discussed on this site before several times. He does a show in the UK (not from there, so I don't know as much about it as some). It was originally posted at the Warp Records site a couple days ago, but now it looks like it's making the rounds.
posted by almostcool at 7:36 AM on November 2, 2001

This is (apparently) the work of none other than the infamous Chris Morris and Darke is right, he's signed to Warp Records home of Aphex Twin amongst others.

Morris is always doing stuff like this, only a few months ago there was a great furore over a special episode of Brass Eye that was about paedophilla, for more details see here, here and here.
posted by gi_wrighty at 7:47 AM on November 2, 2001

something anyone could have done.
offensive, frightening and surreal.

'the flu vibe'

can this man do no wrong?
more power to your arm ooomorees.
posted by asok at 7:51 AM on November 2, 2001

Even by Chris Morris's standards this is pretty pointless. And very badly done, especially towards the end.
posted by Summer at 7:53 AM on November 2, 2001

All a matter of taste, of course, but in my view there's nothing "frightening" or interesting about this, and it's only surreal if you've never heard any bits of digitally sliced up speech. Negativeland this ain't.
posted by BT at 8:15 AM on November 2, 2001

Hold on, what could possibly be offensive about this? There's nothing offensive in this - it's parody. If anyone deserves a good old-fashioned lampooning it's George Bush for God's sake. Don't forget America thought Bush was a total idiot before the war started and he got all Churchillian on your asses.

But Summer: I don't think it's pointless at all. We need people to make us laugh right now, and to make us question authority at a time when the authorities are taking liberties with our liberty.
posted by skylar at 8:31 AM on November 2, 2001

posted by clavdivs at 8:48 AM on November 2, 2001

posted by clavdivs at 8:48 AM on November 2, 2001

>em> lampooning+pedophila=public outcry and self righteous indignation
couldn't you have guessed? ;-)
posted by andrew cooke at 8:50 AM on November 2, 2001

bt, please retain some wonder.
speech does not have to be digitally edited. the 'musique concrete' movement of the '60's and '70's experimented with the re-splicing of recorded speech, as well as any other sound.

Nicked from cookd and bombd/verbwhores:

The reason Bush's speech is so easy to edit is that every sentence follows the same intonation... listen to it, it sound something like this:
_______/_______= =________
___________________= = =__

as in:
this is an enemy that likes to

but they___________________
________can't hide for_____

tm and c Shaft.
posted by asok at 8:51 AM on November 2, 2001

that's pretty brilliant...except for the very obvious cuts when he tries to relay something sexual. I'm not offended by that but it's just not as smooth as the rest of it and the piece would've been much more powerful without it.
posted by xochi at 8:58 AM on November 2, 2001

I just don't find it funny Skylar. There's no invention there. I didn't find the paedophile Brass Eye funny either. Apart from the bit where paedophiles dress up as schools in order to attract children. That was pretty funny.
posted by Summer at 10:25 AM on November 2, 2001

asok, I see what you mean about the patterns; but what in this ought to invoke a sense of "wonder"? First he makes Bush say we're going to bomb our allies. Hilarious. Then he makes Bush say "cunt" and talk about a little girl. Wow! These things don't make me laugh, because they seem to me to be obvious and trite. Some obviously find the sound of the Bush saying these things funny -- as I said, that's a question of taste. I was pointing out that I don't think this cuts it as surrealism, isn't powerful enough to disturb, and doesn't offer much to think about.

And if I sound pissy about it, it's because it seems like a missed opportunity: I was waiting for some satirical teeth as I listened, and I didn't get any. But then, I'm a grumpy old man.
posted by BT at 10:38 AM on November 2, 2001

Ok, so let's summarize:

Text files which advocate punching people in the face for protesting the war = funny

Sound files which make it sound like Bush is saying things he didn't actually say = offensive and frightening

It's so obvious.. why don't you get it, HIPPIES?
posted by Hildago at 12:04 PM on November 2, 2001

Big GB

Even Ron and Nancy have something to say!

Anybody know anything about the art of speech choping?

posted by Niahmas at 12:23 PM on November 2, 2001

I thought it was pretty funny.
posted by owillis at 12:29 PM on November 2, 2001

Text files which advocate punching people in the face for protesting the war = funny

Those text files advocate punching war protestors in the face in the same sense that Swift's "A Modest Proposal" advocates eating children. That is to say, they don't.
posted by kindall at 12:48 PM on November 2, 2001

The best stuff Chris Morris did was on his shows on GLR, which used to be the BBC's station for London. He did a Sunday lunchtime show and later a Friday afternoon show which were much more effective because they had the outward appearance of being entirely normal DJ shows, but then as you listened you found that in fact they were anything but.

There were false news, traffic and weather reports (a classic was announcing that the Circle Line on the London Underground had slipped so all the stations were now one along from where they should be), information features such as environmental campaigns for crows on the motorway to be given helmets to protect them and daft competitions with impossible answers. It wasn't as extreme as his later work, but I think ultimately more subversive.
posted by kerplunk at 12:48 PM on November 2, 2001

This is one of the funniest things I've ever heard from Chris Morris (which is, admittedly, very little.)
posted by Danelope at 1:01 PM on November 2, 2001

There wasn't an ounce of sarcasm in that text file. It's nice to see Swift get trotted out again, though, as he is whenever something genuinely idiotic and offensive needs to be defended. :)

In fairness, I admit we'll never know the truth unless we find the author, who to my knowledge is nameless. That doesn't really change the fact that people did take it seriously and find it funny, while taking offense to the (in my view) much more harmless subject of this thread.
posted by Hildago at 2:57 PM on November 2, 2001

Pfft, some of you people take yourselves way to seriously.
posted by bicyclingfool at 4:04 PM on November 2, 2001

I'd give the sound file about a 6/10.

I saw an episode of Brass Eye where whats-his-name dressed up in a huge diaper and had some 24" tall plastic dome thing on his head, and was walking around London/Bristol/somewhere like that asking drug dealers for made up drugs like "woozy-wozzers" and "wobbly-vikings".

Now that...that's funny.
posted by daragh at 4:44 PM on November 2, 2001

I heard a pretty sweet speech chop up on 'Johnathan Brandmeyer' that had Spock and Kirk gettin' it ooonnnnn. I laughed.
posted by hellinskira at 6:07 PM on November 2, 2001

Daragh - I believe it was "Clarky khats" he was looking for.
posted by skylar at 2:34 AM on November 3, 2001

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