Things sure catch on fire a lot in these films
June 13, 2018 10:32 AM   Subscribe

They Might Be Giants' classic medley Fingertips, as told by clips from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (contains spoilers)

Also for The Last Jedi (still more spoilers)

Also previously, with the previous Star Wars films.
posted by subocoyne (22 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
This was really just what I needed today. The "blue thing" part almost knocked me out of my chair.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 10:39 AM on June 13 [2 favorites]


Alternate post title: On Second Thought, You Can Keep the Milk.
posted by subocoyne at 10:39 AM on June 13 [4 favorites]


I can't watch this yet, but I can only assume that "I don't understand you" is keyed to Poe Dameron talking smack about Kylo Ren's stupid voice changer mask.
posted by Strange Interlude at 10:47 AM on June 13 [1 favorite]




(and now I see the "previously" link, and feel stupid)
posted by ook at 10:54 AM on June 13


I remember when TMBG had a dial-a-song service!
posted by JamesBay at 11:17 AM on June 13


I don't want the galaxy....I just want your half.
posted by Dr. Grue at 11:24 AM on June 13 [4 favorites]


TMBG still has Dial-A-Song. They lost the original phone number somehow but it's on that website and there's also a new number you can call.
posted by Ampersand692 at 11:35 AM on June 13 [1 favorite]


I saw the post, I thought, that's kind of dumb, I clicked the link, now dumb is the new GENIUS!
posted by rikschell at 11:44 AM on June 13


The original trilogy one has some good clips, but also includes a bunch of clips from some other movies I haven't seen, maybe a different and inferior space-wizard trilogy? Not sure.
posted by rikschell at 11:46 AM on June 13 [2 favorites]


HOW ARE THESE ALWAYS SO PERFECT
posted by potrzebie at 11:59 AM on June 13 [1 favorite]


Harry Potter too.
posted by goatdog at 12:01 PM on June 13 [2 favorites]


Back in the day, I had Apollo 18 on cassette, so I always felt a bit cheated that I never got to enjoy the shuffle aspect of "Fingertips". Something reminded me of it recently, and I realized that with my modren all-music-on-demand subscription, I could finally enjoy Apollo 18 the way it was intended. It was a delight.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:44 PM on June 13 [1 favorite]


Rabid child stays at home, builds droids on Tatooine...
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 12:44 PM on June 13 [7 favorites]


Also, this reminds me that I really love The Force Awakens.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:44 PM on June 13 [1 favorite]


It also reminds me that I should really watch FTA and TLJ back to back. I liked both, but I think I'll appreciate them better watching them closer than a few years apart. Big Purr is a fan of TMBG, so I'm sure he'll get a kick out of these videos.
posted by Hermeowne Grangepurr at 12:50 PM on June 13


Came for the "what's that blue thing, DOING HERE", was not disappoint
posted by benzenedream at 1:10 PM on June 13 [3 favorites]


When I was in high school a friend of mine knew a DJ at the local rock station. We went there on a Saturday night and he let us sit in with him. He said we could choose a song so we told him to play a certain track off the Apollo 18 CD. It was Fingertips.

We were falling out of our chairs watching him scramble to put an ordinary song on. I hope his boss didn't yell at him or anything.

Anyway, yeah I love this.
posted by Fleebnork at 1:23 PM on June 13 [2 favorites]


There are more great pop songs in Fingertips than most bands have in their entire career.
posted by Grangousier at 4:14 PM on June 13 [6 favorites]


Here's the results, from long ago, of The Fingertips Project, a Flash animation made by a bunch of different people. The original version was an actual Flash animation (which would actually randomize aspects of itself on each play), but this is just a video recording.
posted by JHarris at 10:35 PM on June 13


No, I'm sorry, I can't cope with "I'm having a heart attack".

Nope.
posted by Katemonkey at 5:32 AM on June 14


I'll take any excuse to link TMBG's Tiny Desk concert which features 100% A+ stellar versions of Can't Keep Johnny Down, Cloisonné, and Fingertips.
posted by lazaruslong at 5:37 AM on June 14 [1 favorite]


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