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September 25, 2014 6:39 PM   Subscribe

Eleven, a music video by Hitchhiker

An interview with the man behind the hazmat suit.
posted by ardgedee (18 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.
posted by erniepan at 7:41 PM on September 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

and I shall annoy my coworkers with it greatly …
posted by scruss at 7:44 PM on September 25, 2014

It's infectious...almost viral.
posted by Benway at 7:53 PM on September 25, 2014

It's 10:58 PM, do you know where your Sims are?
posted by Strange Interlude at 7:58 PM on September 25, 2014

It would be great to see a crowd sing along to this at a concert. And I love the huge dreams for the Hitchiker character- movies, figurines, kids' vitamins...
posted by Secretariat at 8:00 PM on September 25, 2014

I watched half of it. It certainly is a thing. And now it's done.
posted by clvrmnky at 8:17 PM on September 25, 2014

Hey! Jessamyn and I did a song six years ago called Eleven! I kinda like our version better. I couldnt take more than 20 seconds of this.
posted by not_on_display at 8:21 PM on September 25, 2014 [3 favorites]

Well, I won't be able to get THAT 3 minutes and 51 seconds back . . . .
posted by birdhaus at 8:23 PM on September 25, 2014

I loved that. Super earworm.
posted by jessamyn at 8:26 PM on September 25, 2014

That is the worst thing I have ever seen in my life. Not the video itself, so much, but the video along with the knowledge that this will be part of popular culture and jokes on Jimmy Fallon, etc., for like 6 months. It's the fucking dancing baby from Ally McBeal, but it's like 18 years later. Now I have to explain this to my mom at Thanksgiving?
posted by Mid at 8:36 PM on September 25, 2014 [3 favorites]

Interesting that his daughter is not just responsible for this composition, but also for his composing comeback when he was distracted by having to attend her and instead of deciding to not the label use his composition, he was like, "Yeah, sure, whatever," and ended up being largely responsible for the Brown Eyed Girls hit "Abracadabra."

Although I did laugh at this part in the interview:

Q: Compared to other idol companies’ music, SM’s music seems to be more focused on its artistry than following the hit song formula. Making quality music doesn’t always mean it’ll sell well. In that way, they have a very clear direction.
A: There’s an underlying commitment to try something different from the norm. When I create demos, I let the employees listen to it. After listening to it, we discuss whether to give it to TVXQ or f(x), among other things, but never have they asked me create something more mainstream. It’s the complete opposite from other companies. Other companies would say, “it’s not mainstream enough, we need a hook.” In the case of SM, they really value the quality of the finished product. They understand that the quality of the sound and the lyrics will impact the quality of the musicians.

Because that's definitely not my understanding of SM, since they are, to my mind, the epitome of mainstream -- not to mention SM is all about making money, and not so much about the artistry. Although, to be fair, I think f(x) is perhaps one of the most versatile of the SM groups, despite being largely centered in electro-pop. It does make me curious as to what companies wanted him to be more mainstream than what SM would want. Or maybe it's because SM has so many in-house and contracted producers that they can have a few "non-mainstream" tracks here and there.

Or perhaps it's because they do seem to use a variety of producers instead of relying on the same ones over and over, like Brave Brothers and whatever producers are responsible for the "Mordeny present" and "leggo

Skimming through his compositions, a few of my favorites are f(x)'s "Kick"; TVXQ's "Getaway" and "Double Trouble"; Super Junior's "Now" and "A-Cha"; SHINee's "Electric Heart", "Dynamite", and "Nightmare"; and Infinite's "Come Back Again" (which is a pleasant surprise, because it's the one debut song of theirs I actually really like, and I say that as a self-proclaimed Inspirit).

It looks like he's had more success with f(x) and SHINee, which makes sense, because those are the two SM groups that I think have a little more freedom to play around with their music. Although the "A-Cha" repackage redeemed SuJu's Mr. Simple for me.

Now I'm becoming acquainted with Roller Coaster's music, which I like so far (and omg Lee Sang Soon's hair!).

(Oh yeah, and the linked vid -- I saw it a few days ago when it made the kpop blogs; it's pretty crazy, but it kinda grows on you. And I like it a lot more knowing Hitchhiker designed the MV himself by learning animation programs. A labor of love, esp. since that's his daughter's voice.)
posted by paisley sheep at 8:49 PM on September 25, 2014 [5 favorites]

From the description:
The song '11(ELEVEN)' is EDM genre song, with impressive and addictive 'ABABA' sound.
You could describe it that way...
posted by Strass at 11:00 PM on September 25, 2014

The Spinal Tap stuff made me think this was going to be a song composed of samples of Nigel Tufnel dialogue.

To say I was disappointed is a gross understatement.

(It was OK, I guess. But it kinda sounded like cats fighting in a disco.)
posted by Ursula Hitler at 1:29 AM on September 26, 2014

This is straight up the best time to be alive.
posted by jake at 2:14 AM on September 26, 2014 [3 favorites]

My mother always told me, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."

Regarding this "music", my opinion is
posted by HuronBob at 3:17 AM on September 26, 2014

I very much look forward to the Archer cast version of this video. Every time the shiny bald lady babbling her lips came on I saw Krieger's face and soulless stare in its place.
posted by abulafa at 4:49 AM on September 26, 2014

I have a feeling that many people will imitate this and get nothing more than dirty looks and a sore mouth.
posted by Woodroar at 2:03 PM on September 26, 2014

I listened to it again, and I liked it much more, but I won't listen to it again. If I wanna hear it again, I'll sing it myself.
posted by not_on_display at 11:44 PM on September 27, 2014

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