'Our moms weren't happy'
March 25, 2018 2:21 AM   Subscribe

I kinda don’t want to get any explanation as to the thought process. I ought to hate everything about the turn down video but I’ve always fucking looooved it!!
posted by Iteki at 6:49 AM on March 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

Somehow I’ve lived under a rock and not seen the video for “Turn Down For What” until now, but I have to agree with Lil Jon that it, indeed, “is my shit”.

Also, Daniels has done some really great videos, including this one for Battles (and GARY F’N NUMAN!) which includes the most horrifying thing to happen on an escalator since Trump announced his candidacy for President.
posted by snortasprocket at 7:51 AM on March 25, 2018 [5 favorites]

I've always compared the scene when the drugs kick in in Lucy to Turn Down For What. Only lacking the self-awareness, because, by all deities, it manages to be the most incredibly dumb shit on the entire universe, and also the most amazing (Lucy, on the other hand, is just dumb and terrible). I remember doing stuff on the computer with the arts channel on the background, and suddenly, this dude power-humps a hole on the floor and that's just the start.

It's probably my favourite videoclip of the past 10 years or so, since Franz Ferdinand's This Fffire and Take me Out.
posted by lmfsilva at 8:12 AM on March 25, 2018


I'm not sure there's anything ish about a dude destroying an entire apartment building with his dick.
posted by selfnoise at 8:39 AM on March 25, 2018 [11 favorites]

I'm not sure there's anything ish about a dude destroying an entire apartment building with his dick.

Depends what you do for a job.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:17 AM on March 25, 2018 [3 favorites]

As a building inspector, this is actually quite relevant to my work.
posted by roger ackroyd at 9:34 AM on March 25, 2018 [24 favorites]

Stud finder?
posted by benzenedream at 10:38 AM on March 25, 2018 [8 favorites]

That was fun!
For those interested in further adventures in self-aware silly dancing executive produced by The Daniels:

Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone (probably NSFW)
posted by the letter at 10:58 AM on March 25, 2018 [5 favorites]

I can't believe I hadn't seen that video before now. Thank you, that was hilariously enjoyable!
posted by Xyanthilous P. Harrierstick at 11:15 AM on March 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

My life is so much better now that I've realized the hijab-wearing Iranian hacker from Mr. Robot ("Trenton") is also the woman from the "Turn Down For What" video.
posted by prosopagnosia at 11:30 AM on March 25, 2018 [8 favorites]

Boundless joy for all of humanity.
Turn Down for What is a blessing to us all.
posted by littlewater at 12:14 PM on March 25, 2018 [3 favorites]

I'd seen the "Turn Down For What" video before (and recently just recommended it to a co-worker who mentioned they like videos with crazy dancing), but that interview added another level of enjoyment to it for me. Daniel Kwan embracing his Asian heritage through starring in this video is really sweet and unexpected, and the broom boner and bra-puppet details are delightfully rag-tag for a video that is so utterly nasty (I say that as a term of endearment).

I'm making croissants this afternoon and the dough has to rest between turns. Between Anatomy of a Music Video and more stuff by Daniels, I think I've got my wait time covered.
posted by too bad you're not me at 12:15 PM on March 25, 2018 [1 favorite]

The thing I really love about the Turn Down for What video is it recognizes, and celebrates, that sexuality is for all of us.

My favorite dancing experiences are wedding dances and clubs that have wildly diverse clientele. I want to see young and old, rich and poor, all races, sexual orientations, all sizes and shapes, and everyone going absolutely bananas. Those are the very best nights. This video really captures that.
posted by littlewater at 1:01 PM on March 25, 2018 [8 favorites]

I love this video with all my heart and I'm so glad to hear the story of its creation. Thank you for sharing this.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 2:01 PM on March 25, 2018

This is the next great action-horror movie franchise, right here.

Asian man becomes patient zero for a virulently contagious STD that gives uncontrollable super funk powers to everyone near it, crossing all social, ethnic and economic boundaries. Get this shit greenlit today.
posted by delfin at 2:04 PM on March 25, 2018 [6 favorites]

The song, it does nothing for me.

The video? Made of 100% awesomium!
posted by Samizdata at 2:34 PM on March 25, 2018

What the fuck did I just watch? That was... That was a video, right there. Also, the practical effect for the mom's breasts was great.
posted by rmd1023 at 3:13 PM on March 25, 2018

I often wish I could time travel to bring current day cultural artifacts back in time to inspire and delight. Imagine landing at Valley Forge to see Washington's men cold, discouraged, and weary. You project this masterpiece over the camp yelling THIS IS THE AMERICA FOR WHICH WE FIGHT!!! This video is worth that.
posted by missmary6 at 6:18 PM on March 25, 2018 [3 favorites]

This is great.
posted by Artw at 7:33 PM on March 25, 2018

The weirdest takeaway I got from the interview was that in some ways, the song lets down the concept of the video because while the events of the video point to things amping up and getting crazier, the song actually blows its load (pun fully intended) right at the beginning and kind of coasts to a conclusion. That ten-minute directors' cut of Turn Down For What where the dad humps a raw chicken and it explodes into fried chicken can't happen unless the song's entire progression changes.

DJ Snake, Lil' Jon, I implore you. Right this wrong. HUMP RAW CHICKEN INTO FRIED CHICKEN.
posted by chrominance at 8:47 PM on March 25, 2018 [3 favorites]

Things to love in this video:
  • cop’s face melting
  • teapot dance
  • gun-cock sound when Sunita Mani bumps her hips
posted by um at 9:15 PM on March 25, 2018 [4 favorites]

"doo doo dumb guy" must be from the Bay Area
posted by atoxyl at 10:52 PM on March 25, 2018

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