And I said / What about / The Mothman Prophecies
April 2, 2018 10:35 AM   Subscribe

 
This will keep that earworm fresh and hilarious for hours to come.
posted by knownassociate at 10:36 AM on April 2, 2018 [4 favorites]


I said, “What about Breakfast at Tiffany’s?”
And you’re like, “Isn’t it totally racist?”
And I said, “Oh God — that’s right, Mickey Rooney”;
I’m not quite sure how I could have forgot.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:39 AM on April 2, 2018 [98 favorites]


1995?? What? Why did I think that song came out like four years ago?
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:42 AM on April 2, 2018 [6 favorites]


Also: every single one of the puts a smile on my face. "And I said/What about/The Bourne I-den-tity" is just sublime.
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:44 AM on April 2, 2018 [21 favorites]


When I was in high school a girl I carpooled with would add, "In common," to the end of of the chorus. She thought it made the song better. I thought she was ridiculous. But now I can't stop adding the line, and it makes me chuckle each time.
posted by frecklefaerie at 10:46 AM on April 2, 2018 [23 favorites]


Droids attacking Wookiees
posted by J.K. Seazer at 10:49 AM on April 2, 2018


My Little Chickadee wins hands down.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 10:54 AM on April 2, 2018 [3 favorites]


I said, “What about Breakfast at Tiffany’s?”
And you’re like, “Isn’t it totally racist?”


I said, “What about Breakfast at Tiffany’s?”
And you’re like, “Berlin Stories was better the first time.”
posted by octobersurprise at 10:54 AM on April 2, 2018 [2 favorites]


And I said, “What about Breakfast at Tiffany’s?”
She said, "Mickey Rooney's part was really racist."
I said, "Was it really racist, or are people too sensitive?"
And she said, "You are too stupid to date."
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:57 AM on April 2, 2018 [40 favorites]


Death Bed: The Bed That Eats
absolutely ~flawless~
posted by halation at 10:57 AM on April 2, 2018 [34 favorites]


No but in all seriousness, I would have sworn on a stack of bibles that this song came out in the past decade. A STACK. Did it show up in a commercial or something? I feel like I'm having a psychiatric event over here.
posted by showbiz_liz at 10:59 AM on April 2, 2018 [3 favorites]


Les Cousins Dangereux
posted by BungaDunga at 11:00 AM on April 2, 2018 [8 favorites]


showbiz_liz, it does pop up in media from time to time. Orange Is The New Black, Top Gear, SNL, and New Girl have all used it in the past few years.
posted by halation at 11:08 AM on April 2, 2018


I think I like the scansion of The Man from Laramie best, although I would also like to submit Dead Poets’ Society and Toy Story 3 for consideration.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 11:10 AM on April 2, 2018


Toy Story 3 would seem to be too short. Unless you said "Toy Story number 3."
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:12 AM on April 2, 2018 [1 favorite]


"I said, 'what about Koyaanisqatsi?'
"She said, [extended sequence of Tuvan throat singing overlaid with industrial noises]"

I like that one because the meter works. I mean, the first line, anyway.
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 11:13 AM on April 2, 2018 [85 favorites]


2 Fast 2 Furious

(this post rules, thank you for making it Iridic!)
posted by everybody had matching towels at 11:14 AM on April 2, 2018 [12 favorites]


... I know the meter is different, but I think "Koyaanisqatsi" actually works better. In fact it's stuck in my head now and I think this might become my own personal eggcorn whenever I hear that song. Oh god.
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 11:15 AM on April 2, 2018 [3 favorites]


Po-lice Academy and The Princess Diaries are my favorites. I think.
posted by uncleozzy at 11:20 AM on April 2, 2018 [7 favorites]


Toy Stor-ry Three-ee works. Mostly I'm willing to make it work, because it's universally beloved even between a mismatched couple with nothing else in common.
posted by politikitty at 11:27 AM on April 2, 2018


And I said, “What about The Bourne Identity?”
She said, "Jesus Christ ... that's JASON BOURNE."
posted by komara at 11:30 AM on April 2, 2018 [4 favorites]


This song makes me oddly nostalgic for that brief, dull period in the mid-90s when it seemed like 75% of the videos played on MTV contained clips from the movie Benny & Joon.
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:32 AM on April 2, 2018 [15 favorites]


I miss the mid-nineties like the deserts miss the rain.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 11:38 AM on April 2, 2018 [64 favorites]


halation: Death Bed: The Bed That Eats

I'm confused. Why is the thread still going on?

or, Why haven't I jumped yet, Al?
posted by Naberius at 11:38 AM on April 2, 2018 [7 favorites]


and I said/What about/Judgment at Nuremberg
posted by Iris Gambol at 11:40 AM on April 2, 2018 [39 favorites]


I maintain that this is the worst song in recorded music history.
posted by girlmightlive at 11:43 AM on April 2, 2018 [5 favorites]


And I said, "What about Night of the Living Dead?"
She said, "That's where they just won't stay dead
And as I recall, I think the zombies eat brains"
And I said, "Well, that's the one thing zombies do"
posted by drlith at 11:43 AM on April 2, 2018 [17 favorites]


Double Indemnity is the best as a drop in replacement, it even kinda rhymes with Breakfast at Tiffany's. I felt most of the suggested titles scanned pretty poorly.

Plus, like, what a meet cute! "Wow, you like this movie about an insurance fraud murder too?? Say, you wouldn't happen to be married, would you?"
posted by potrzebie at 11:46 AM on April 2, 2018 [23 favorites]


I maintain that this is the worst song in recorded music history.

And I said, what about Breakfast At Tiffany's?
She said, I think I remember the song
And I said, as I recall, we both kinda loathed it
And she said, well, that's one thing we got
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:48 AM on April 2, 2018 [12 favorites]


I maintain that this is the worst song in recorded music history.

That's what I said now.
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:52 AM on April 2, 2018 [12 favorites]


Aaaaaand I said, "What about The Human Centipede?"
She said, "I thought that we walked the fuck out,
And we drank our asses off to forget that it happened,
But now, you dumbass, you brought it back up."
posted by Mister Moofoo at 11:59 AM on April 2, 2018 [44 favorites]


how about some TV titles:
"Parks and Recreation"
"How I Met Your Mother"
"Bill Nye, the Science Guy" (the show, not the actual guy)
"The Larry Sanders Show"
"Scooby Doo, Where Are You!"
"Fullmetal Alchemist"
"All in the Family"
"Mission: Impossible" (also a movie, surprisingly not on letterboxd's list)
"CSI: Miami"
"Malcolm in the Middle"
"Whose Line Is It Any...?" (damn)
"Making a Murderer"
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents"
"The Legend of Korra"
"Orange Is the New Black"
"Garth Marenghi's Darkplace"
"The League of Gentlemen"
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (if you pronounce it Slayr)
"Californication"
"Dexter's Laboratory"
"That Mitchell and Webb Look"
"The Andy Griffith Show"
"Tennessee Tuxedo"
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
"Penn & Teller: Bullshit!"
and, what the heck, "MST 3000"
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:04 PM on April 2, 2018 [2 favorites]


This would be equally fun to move outside of film while aiming on perfect scansion.

“A plate of charcuterie.”
“Giving eugooglies.”
“Chatting insipidly.”
posted by leotrotsky at 12:07 PM on April 2, 2018 [27 favorites]


I curse drlith for getting there first and doublecurse him or her for not working "It's not a bad question, Bert" into it.

Aaaand I said what about The Story of Ricky
You mean the one where he explodes that guy's head?
Yeah they used it on the old The Daily Show
I liked the bit with the eye violence
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 12:13 PM on April 2, 2018 [2 favorites]


And I said, "What about Buckaroo Banzai?"
She said, "I think I remember the film
And as I recall, I think we both kinda liked it"
And I said, "Well, why is that watermelon there?"
posted by chavenet at 12:22 PM on April 2, 2018 [8 favorites]


And I said what about “Highlander: Endgame?”

She said “I think I remember the film and as I recall both of us liked it”

And I said “but there can be only one”
posted by MoonOrb at 12:31 PM on April 2, 2018 [31 favorites]


The Mighty Ducks: D3
posted by Rock Steady at 12:33 PM on April 2, 2018 [1 favorite]


In the spirit of this, I like to replace the phrase "I love you" with " I sniff glue" in every song. Try it at home , it's a blast.
posted by Liquidwolf at 12:38 PM on April 2, 2018 [10 favorites]


And I said, what about, pronouncing it Meffy?
posted by Rock Steady at 12:38 PM on April 2, 2018 [5 favorites]


frecklefairie: My friends and I did this too! No idea who started it.
posted by Emmy Rae at 12:48 PM on April 2, 2018


I maintain that this is the worst song in recorded music history.

It's up there, but it can never be truly in the running while Butterfly by Crazytown exists, a song who's sole useful purpose is to demonstrate to Anthony Kiedis what it is that people who don't like Anthony Kiedis don't like about Anthony Kiedis.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 12:50 PM on April 2, 2018 [17 favorites]



I maintain that this is the worst song in recorded music history


Not even close. And I'm not a fan of this song.
posted by Liquidwolf at 12:56 PM on April 2, 2018 [1 favorite]


And I said what about Berlin Alexanderplatz?
She said I think I remember the film
And as I recall I think Franz is tormented
And sinks into the despair that a-waits us all.

And I said what about The Fellowship of the Ring?
She said I think it was just too long
And as I recall I think the hobbits were charming
But the ex-tended version becomes just a slog.

And I said what about Aguirre the Wrath of God?
She said I think I like Popul Vuh
And as I recall Kinski learns a hard lesson
And I said well life is ultimately futile

And I said what about Tarkovsky's Stalker?
She said I think I remember The Zone
And as I recall a bunch of guys died in production
And I said well that's a small price to pay
posted by Kafkaesque at 1:02 PM on April 2, 2018 [11 favorites]


And I said what about breakfast at Taco Bell?
She said I think it sounds pretty gross
But as I recall I think, we both kinda liked it
The Naked Egg Taco was one thing we got
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:24 PM on April 2, 2018 [10 favorites]


I keep finding out that my idea of what scans or doesn't is very different from most people's... But c'mon, a bunch of of these don't even have the correct number of syllables... And I said, what about, The-huh-huh-Brady Bunch... what now?

One that actually works for me though is Police Academy. Also The Bourne Identity, but the next line is less obvious.
posted by kleinsteradikaleminderheit at 1:28 PM on April 2, 2018 [4 favorites]


And I said what about Tarkovsky's Stalker?

And I said what about Tarkovsky's Solaris?
She said is that the George Clooney one?
I said I'm quite sure he was in the other one
Well anyway really they're both rather good
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 1:30 PM on April 2, 2018 [5 favorites]


And I said, what about, The-huh-huh-Brady Bunch... what now?

And I said what about The Brady Bunch Movie...
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 1:31 PM on April 2, 2018 [3 favorites]


And I said what about I Can Haz Cheezburger?
She said "IM ON UR PLATE NOMMING UR FOODZ"
And as I recall the Ceiling Cat was watching us
And I said well the long cat is long
posted by Daily Alice at 1:32 PM on April 2, 2018 [24 favorites]


>And I said what about The Brady Bunch Movie...

OK but then you'd have a stress pattern that nobody sane would use in real speech, which is even worse:

And I said what about the bradybunch MOO-(hoo) vie...
posted by kleinsteradikaleminderheit at 1:34 PM on April 2, 2018


The BRA-dy BUNCH mo-VIE? Nope
posted by kleinsteradikaleminderheit at 1:36 PM on April 2, 2018


You swallow the "The" on the pickup, it's a tongue-tap on the 16th before you say Bra-dyBunch Moo-vie. (a One - and-a - and - and)
posted by uncleozzy at 1:54 PM on April 2, 2018 [4 favorites]


And I said / what about / Benedict Cumberbatch?
posted by kerf at 2:01 PM on April 2, 2018 [15 favorites]


And I said / what about / Benedict Cumberbatch?
She said / "I think I / remember that dude
And, / as I recall, / didn't he play Khan?"
And I said / "Yes, but / he wasn't that good"
posted by hanov3r at 2:12 PM on April 2, 2018 [17 favorites]


And I said / what about
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh
Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl f̴̘͗̆̑̐̄̆͗h̵̛̦̯̝͍̠͊͋̑̃̓̄͐̇͘͘̚ͅt̵̨̘͙͓͇̘̟̜̽̈́ͅa̷̢̬͎̯̭͓̱͇͇͇̹̳̬̮͈̓̎̿̆̀̓̔͋͒̋g̵̢͚͍̙͕͔̪̫̹͚̻̩̓̚n̸̠͖̻̘̪͙͔̜͑̒͗̿̓̅̀ͅ
posted by Barack Spinoza at 2:26 PM on April 2, 2018 [35 favorites]


There needs to have been a book version too right?
posted by gnuhavenpier at 2:30 PM on April 2, 2018


And I said / what about / Benedict Cumberbatch?

She said I think I remember that guy
Isn’t he the one I used to call
Benadryl Cabbagepatch?
And I said, oh right,
That’s why we broke up
posted by dephlogisticated at 2:40 PM on April 2, 2018 [30 favorites]


If you reverse the scan, the current Chinese Megahit "Operation Red Sea" works.
posted by Megafly at 4:01 PM on April 2, 2018


I don’t think “the” scans well on an accented syllable. There I said it.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 5:19 PM on April 2, 2018 [4 favorites]


um hey everyone i think that the wrong accents thing to make it fit is part of what makes it funny :D
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 6:16 PM on April 2, 2018 [7 favorites]


And I said, "What about Crocodile Dundee?"

She said, "I think I remember the film and as I recall I think we both kind of liked it,"

And I said, "That's not a knife."
posted by MoonOrb at 6:25 PM on April 2, 2018 [11 favorites]


And I said, "What about When Harry Met Sally...?"

She said, "I think I remember the film and as I recall I think we both kind of liked it,"

And I said, "[Dramatically faked orgasm]"
posted by MoonOrb at 6:27 PM on April 2, 2018 [8 favorites]


I reject all of you for attempting to ruin a song AND movie so important to my teenaged years, and also the obvious replacement is "Heckerling's Clu-ueless"
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:02 PM on April 2, 2018 [3 favorites]


Also you should all know that I can still sing the entire god-damned album "Home" and that the first fully instrumental song on the album is called Gammer Gerten's Needle and no I don't fucking know why, I just have this whole album seared into my synapses, because fuck you, that's why.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:05 PM on April 2, 2018 [2 favorites]


Well, that’s one thing you’ve got.
posted by leotrotsky at 7:55 PM on April 2, 2018 [32 favorites]


I keep meaning to write a plugin that replaces the Google Calendar prompt to be anything other than Breakfast at Tiffany's for exactly this reason. Been thinking "Barefoot in the Park" for starters, though that can be problematic as well.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 8:01 PM on April 2, 2018


And I said / what about / Manos: The Hands of Fate
posted by stevis23 at 8:58 PM on April 2, 2018 [11 favorites]


"I said, 'what about Koyaanisqatsi?'
"She said,


"I think I remember the film
and as I recall that was our first date."
"And I said now we've been married 27 years."

Totally singing "Koyaanisqatsi" if I'm every subjected to this song again.
posted by straight at 10:44 PM on April 2, 2018


And I said / what about / Manos: The Hands of Fate
I said I think Torgo had a good theme...
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 11:20 PM on April 2, 2018 [3 favorites]


It really isn't hard people:

BREAK-fust at TIF-uh-nees
DUH-duh da DUH-da-da

POlice aCAde-me -->nope that ain't right

THE bourne i-DENT-i-tee --> nope
posted by Meatbomb at 1:26 AM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Oh man. I'm doing this. I'm going to Chicago with coworkers for a trade show/convention type thing. Last year we ended up at a karaoke bar. None of us did it (I put my name on the list but we left before I was called).

This year.........i'm SLAYING BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS. It looks like the line gets repeated five times in the song.

The Bourne Identity. Police Academy. Bridget Jones Diary. The Bourne Supremacy. The Princess Diaries.

I'll make it work. Time to queue this up on repeat in my car.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 3:35 AM on April 3, 2018 [16 favorites]


And I said, "What about studying poetry?"
She said, "I think I majored in STEM
And as I recall, my school won’t fund the humanities"
And I said, "That’s why your scansion is crap"
posted by Metroid Baby at 4:51 AM on April 3, 2018 [59 favorites]


And I said, "What about the works of Steve Guttenberg?"
She said, "I think I have seen every film.
And as I recall, I thought Short Circuit's a tour de force."
And I said, "That's not the one I'd have picked."
posted by uncleozzy at 5:29 AM on April 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


Mefi Poetry Tips:

Let Perfect be the Enemy of Good - Poetry, like all art, is fun! Nothing is more fun than perfection, so when you write any kind of lyrics or poetry you should make sure there's never too many syllables or not enough syllables or weirdly accented words or slant rhymes. These are all grave sins that true poets always avoid.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:32 AM on April 3, 2018 [12 favorites]


Gammer Gerten's Needle and no I don't fucking know why

Gammer Gurten's Needle was a common one-act play at the time. As you can tell from the song titles, these guys were really into art/stage in school (Kandinsky, Gammer Gerten's Needle, and Breakfast at Tiffany's)

That's my guess.
posted by The_Vegetables at 7:48 AM on April 3, 2018


TIL: Deep Blue Something originally performed as "Leper Messiah"

And I said "What about Leper Messiah"?
She said "I think that's a terrible name when you're trying to sell your song Breakfast at Tiffany's"
And I said "Well, that's the one hit we've got".
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:50 AM on April 3, 2018 [7 favorites]


When you sing songs like 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' I don't think you're allowed to name yourself after a David Bowie lyric turned Metallica song.
posted by box at 9:20 AM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


It's just funnier the closer it matches. I like

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Bridget Jone's Diary
Manos the Hands of Fate
Safety Not Guaranteed
Death Bed the Bed that Eats
United 93

POlice aCAde-me -->nope that ain't right

I'm sad that you grew up saying po-LICE instead of PO-lice. Because it probably means they made you try to sweeten your iced tea after it was already cold.
posted by straight at 11:02 AM on April 3, 2018 [11 favorites]


Po-lice Academy and The Princess Diaries are my favorites. I think.

Well that's the one thing we've got.
posted by dances with hamsters at 6:35 PM on April 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


Bloodlust: Subspecies III is absurd and fantastic but the "-st:S-" and "-sTh-" at the bookends of "Subspecies" make it a little tonguetwistery to actually sing.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 5:02 AM on April 4, 2018


I am late to the party (and what a great party). My wife and I were inspired to write this:

GBBO

You say, the cake's got soggy bottom
The dough's not really risen,
And the crust's falling apart
You'll say the texture's much too close now
The tart's not that delicious
But please try the koign amann

And I said "What about breakfast with pastries"
She said "I think I remember the danish"
"And as I recall, I think with peaches I liked it"
And I said "well, let's see what they've got"

And I said "What about Francis' de-co-ration"
She said "Yeah that was always quite good"
"and as I recall Ruby made tasty tea cake"
And I said "and she owns a real cat"

So I said, What about pretzels as technical?
You said, I think that's a bit of all right.
And if they fail, they can still win the whole final
And I said, I'll drink a cuppa tea to that.
posted by Gorgik at 12:23 PM on April 12, 2018 [4 favorites]


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