Charile Tuna Unabomber Track
November 24, 2004 10:39 AM   Subscribe

I can't stop watching this video (QT), and the rest of the videos directed by Ruben Fleischer are rather punchy too. I'm not really big into this genre but this director has a really good eye...
posted by moonbird (32 comments total)
(I double checked several references to be sure this wasn't a double. It's was mentioned in passing in the grey but not linked)
posted by moonbird at 10:41 AM on November 24, 2004

I downloaded that about a year ago and showed it to everyone I could find. It is extremely amazingly awesome.
posted by zelphi at 10:52 AM on November 24, 2004

(i'm also not into this genre. I wonder if people who are like it less?)
posted by zelphi at 10:57 AM on November 24, 2004

I know Ruben. Went to school with him, and now he lives in LA, roommates with a very good friend of mine.

He and I ... had our disagreements back in college, but I must admit that he makes some pretty damn good videos.
posted by Dr. Wu at 11:14 AM on November 24, 2004

That Dj format one is an older one's he's done. There's one with Abdominal on the same page called "Vicious Battle Raps" that is a single take with all the action speeding up and down that's all done in camera. He puts out a mix tape every Christmas (+-a few months) that is quite good. I like a video director who knows when to use some slick CG and when not to (if course budgets also have something to do with that too).
posted by phirleh at 11:14 AM on November 24, 2004

That was really fun! Thanks!
posted by PossumCowboy at 11:24 AM on November 24, 2004

I had the same experience as zelphi. The problem I have with it is that it's not 3 hours long. I'm a huge rap/hip-hop fan, but too frequently for me there is a huge gap between the form (the talent, flow, beats etc) and the content (boasting about the money and/or bitches and/or liquor and/or murder etc). It's not that I'm offended; there's just a sameness to it. This kind of track bridges that gap with humor and aplomb.
posted by Scoo at 11:26 AM on November 24, 2004

Scoo, i agree, and the lyrics help.
posted by moonbird at 11:34 AM on November 24, 2004

not working.. mirror?
posted by mrplab at 11:38 AM on November 24, 2004

I,too, am getting a broken link.
posted by Yellowbeard at 11:58 AM on November 24, 2004

i can mirror it when i get home from work.
posted by moonbird at 11:58 AM on November 24, 2004

If that's the video with the dudes in the furry costumes, then I too downloaded it quite a while ago and drove my wife nuts with, "you gotta watch this. again. again. again" *slap*

DJ Format is where it's at.

/kickin' it ol'skool
posted by C.Batt at 12:16 PM on November 24, 2004

you can see dj format's "the hit song" at boardsmag too. (seems all the links on the ruben site are broken.)
posted by howling fantods at 12:22 PM on November 24, 2004

This was on MeFi about a year or two ago but not as an FPP. I emailed a bit with Ruben after seeing it and he seemed pretty cool. Indeed, it's a fun video.

I MoFi'd this video (not Ruben) a week or two ago, which also has someone in a costume and which I can't stop watching, though I can't explain why as it's not nearly as good as Ruben's stuff.
posted by dobbs at 12:22 PM on November 24, 2004

that was a fantastic video.
posted by das_2099 at 12:56 PM on November 24, 2004

Linky no worky.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 1:02 PM on November 24, 2004

This is the video i spent weeks watching.
posted by modernsquid at 1:32 PM on November 24, 2004

Sorry to go off on a tangent, but,why is it that people always complain if it's a RealPlayer or WMV file, but people never complain about Quicktime? I hate Quicktime links - they rarely, if ever, work for me, and even if they work, they're always a little tiny window that look really crappy. Am I the only one who feels this way?
posted by greasepig at 1:56 PM on November 24, 2004

posted by moonbird at 2:11 PM on November 24, 2004

Thanks, moonbird.
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:30 PM on November 24, 2004

Quicktime, in my experience, is superior in every facet (streaming, consistency, platform-compatability) except for the fact that you can't make that buggering little screen any bigger. Does anyone know how to make this change?

And please, please, please never link to a RealMedia file. I refuse to install that junk on my machine.
posted by rooftop secrets at 4:17 PM on November 24, 2004

I love music videos, but not Ashlee Simpson or shows about putting DVD players in 1989 Hyundais. I don't even have cable, anyway, so this is awesome. Great music, great videos. Thanks so much.
I could almost swear that the DJ Format song (We Know Something) is actually a Jurassic 5 song. Or is DJ Format in Jurassic 5? I feel my hipster cred slipping away.
posted by cilantro at 4:32 PM on November 24, 2004

Does anyone know how to make this change?

In QuickTime preferences, enable the cache. Once you do this, you'll have an additional option on the tiny menu at the bottom of the movie (looks like a down arrow) -- Save As Source. Save it to your hard drive, then play it in the regular player. Embedded movies in web pages TEH SUCK0RS. For instance, moonbird's embedded movie clip plays fine, but the one linked to in the post doesn't.

Oh, and XP SP2 also TEH 5UCKS. I'm going back to Win2k.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:59 PM on November 24, 2004

After seeing that video for the first time (a year or two ago, you N00BZ!!!!!!111) I had this strange desire to learn how to breakdance. I figure I'm athletic and flexible enough to pull it off with practice, but there's really no space in my house big enough to try and learn it. I've always wanted to just start pin-wheeling on the dance floor at some club. The cool factor would make up for the fact I'd be then covered in dirt, sweet, and booze. So these days I just have to pop'n'lock instead.

Actually, maybe I just want a giant animal costume.
posted by Kleptophoria! at 7:19 PM on November 24, 2004

Those lyrics are woefully wrong in many places.

Not being able to find them anywhere on the web, a friend and I went through the song as best we could and got about 98% of the lyrics down.

Parts of two lines continue to elude us.

For those interested, this is what we came up with:

We know something you don't know
and if we don't share then we don't grow
Unabomb will set the whole world on fire

Yo! We make you feel the heat
This lyric liquid my gills secretes
Ill-speech spills and leaks 'til it fills and reveals the beat
Dollar bills don't make me feel complete
Only the wonders of God can repel and dispel deceit
Burn opponents until they smell defeat
I repeat, turnin' moment was when they yelled "Retreat!" on the beat
My brain cells are tweaked from insane levels of heat
I'm the fish with the carnivorous teeth

Finessin' the shot
Connectin' the dots, we wreckin' the spot, we thicken the plot
It's extra hot {unsure}
Rock 'til the detective come and inspect the spot, Manphibian ha
I know they're not hot, and slingin' the shot
With that ricochet rhythm that be rockin' the spot
I secure my service, the purpose out
I defeat your whole crew, the verses pop
Electrical burnout, we turnout
Fast and furious flames, you'll get the word out
You heard about what we 'bout
From the horse the word of mouth
Turnin' out without a doubt
Known for always speakin' out
We haul ass and smash, outlast and surpass
Feel the blast, so the whole world lovin' like OutKast
The heat provider, yo heat up the cypher
Spark up the bass with mics and start a fire!

Yo! The format is down pat
Rest assured that it's the Akil Chali 2Na Unabomber track
We always give you that stare warfare rap
5,4,3,2,1, time to blow black (x2)

This is the Soul-Jam victory chafer
Your whole camp quick to see anger
But be cool tramp, pick the remainder
That old damn trickery changed the game
Put it in danger, givin' it major fame
My task is tryin' to excel past
The ill-masks that glamour and glitz can spellcast
And through the foul trash absorb the shell blast
Like I was the most bombed hotel in Belfast! BOOM!
Uh, my rhythm reveal I never fail
Just push it to the limit when I'm serving 'em well
Yo cuss and yell, roll up another L
But can't fuck with this young tough black male
My hands-on experience, no limitless
Top notch deliverance sound boy killer shit
Protect the fame in the names of the innocent
Spark the flame hot rain you can't extinguish it
Brothas abandon ship the minute they test tune
I flow like motion sensitive faucets in restrooms
Deeper than flesh wounds, or legends of Neptune
Investigation pending I'm makin' arrests soon
But until then {unintelligible} play
I cradle-rock the mic like Rebecca DeMornay
Impeccable foreplay rappers do what the song say
If you use your gift of tongue-play the wrong way

Chorus (x2)
We know something you don't know
and if we don't share then we don't grow
Unabomb will set the whole world on fire
posted by bwg at 7:20 PM on November 24, 2004

word up. Listen to the furries throw it down.
posted by wah at 7:35 PM on November 24, 2004

a sincere "wow that was great!" from me.

I'd love to have the mp3, can you buy it on iTunes or get it off a site?

This is sort of, but not really, but sort of in the same genre as Frontalot
posted by Hands of Manos at 10:10 PM on November 24, 2004

Here's the breakdown: The beats were laid down by dj Format, the rhymes dropped by Jurassic 5. In most of the other dj Format vidoes on the site, rhymin' skillz are exhibited by one 'Abdominal", a fine MC in his own right. Check out "Vicious Battle Raps" or "The Hit Song".

Yes, knowing this does make me cooler than you.
posted by Optamystic at 3:37 AM on November 25, 2004

pretty good, indeed
posted by ruelle at 7:52 AM on November 25, 2004

This becomes a lot cooler now that I can think of it as furry hip-hop. Thanks wah!
posted by Kleptophoria! at 2:24 PM on November 25, 2004

There's also an Electric Six video on that page, "Dance Commander". In the realm of great Electric Six videos with pseudo-homosexual overtones this one sucks.
posted by geoff. at 3:19 PM on November 25, 2004

Thanks wah!

My pleasure. Here's the philosophical breakdance. (ssp)
posted by wah at 10:23 AM on November 26, 2004

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