The eyepatch is A-OK.
February 28, 2006 11:56 AM   Subscribe

Flickr: The Musical (Google video). Random lyrics inspired by random images fom Flickr. A wonderful & worthy effort by Jonathan Coulton, subject of this previous Mefi post.
posted by squalor (23 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Okay, that was brilliant.
posted by The Bellman at 12:06 PM on February 28, 2006

Awesome. I particularly loved the revelation about eyepatches.
posted by mckenney at 12:11 PM on February 28, 2006

He had me when he rhymed "slurpees" and "herpes."
posted by brain_drain at 12:22 PM on February 28, 2006

Thank you for that - a really great use of Flickr there.
posted by crustygeek at 12:35 PM on February 28, 2006

Do yourselves a favor and pick up "Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow". The Future Soon alone is worth the price of admission.

Oh, and check out the now-defunct Little Gray Books Podcast hosted by Jonathan Coulton and John Hodgman. What few shows they've done are great.
posted by unsupervised at 12:35 PM on February 28, 2006

Also, Coulton plays guitar while John Hodgeman reads 700 hobo names. I think this feat was previously discussed.
posted by The White Hat at 12:40 PM on February 28, 2006

::sheds a tear::
posted by Down10 at 12:44 PM on February 28, 2006

Coulton's recording of SirMixAlot's Baby Got Back is a staple track in my Hot Hit Collection 2005.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 12:56 PM on February 28, 2006

I figured this had been on here before, but either way, I'm in the aluminum foil robot part picture wearing the turqouise... and I used to live mere blocks from the concrete teddy bear giving head to that dude...
posted by CharlesV42 at 1:06 PM on February 28, 2006

Is that an ocarina I hear?
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:26 PM on February 28, 2006

Seen this before, but thanks for reminding me of it. That was great.

"If you're receiving, then you're not gay"
posted by FeldBum at 1:28 PM on February 28, 2006

That was awesome.
posted by danb at 1:40 PM on February 28, 2006

posted by elderling at 2:10 PM on February 28, 2006

Baby_Balrog, I knew i recognised the chord sequence between the photo of the old candle dude and the photo of the baby: i was expecting JC to launch into his country version of Baby Got Back. Im now going to have to play that track.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 2:25 PM on February 28, 2006

To use a phrase I learned here on MeFi: That was the awesomest awesome that ever awesomed.
posted by gleuschk at 3:17 PM on February 28, 2006

I just heard his sensitive rendering of Baby Got Back on the Coverville podcast countdown. Now this?
Two words: gee nyuss.
posted by the sobsister at 3:43 PM on February 28, 2006

Am I missing something? Random photos sung about in a style reminiscent of James Taylor just don't do it for me. Although I will allow that there were about five funny seconds towards the end.
posted by rhymer at 4:03 PM on February 28, 2006

yes. apparently you are missing something. and we can't help you find it.
posted by crunchland at 4:06 PM on February 28, 2006

I saw this guy at a One Story reading with Jon Hodgman and this is almost as brilliant.
posted by shownomercy at 6:46 PM on February 28, 2006

If you haven't heard Skullcrusher Mountain (mp3), you're really missing a treat. Jonathan Coulton is a freaking genius, full stop. And his support of the Creative Commons just makes it exponentially more awesome.
posted by icosahedral at 8:54 PM on February 28, 2006

omg squalor, I love this guy. Thank you so much! Great songs. Love that catchy Ikea song.
posted by nickyskye at 10:05 PM on February 28, 2006

I'm not so sure crunchland. I've listened to a couple more of his songs with as open a mind as a I can muster. And he can sing, he can make music and there's a sort of amusing whimsy to what he does. But try as I might....well let's just say I'll have to remain the contrarian in this thread.

However if anyone can explain to me why he's a genius or great or why they love him (rather than simply stating that they do) I'm prepared to give it another go.
posted by rhymer at 1:33 AM on March 1, 2006

lol rhymer, please listen to Podsafe Christmas Song and rethink your opinion...Kidding aside, the music's fun, pleasantly witty in a mod pop kinda way, he's got a good voice and plays nice acoustic guitar. Something like Christopher Cross meets Simon and Garfunkle for the iPod crowd. The lyrics are playfully articulate about unexpected subjects, like Mandelbrot Set, Ikea, I Hate California or Devolving. I find it likeable. :)
posted by nickyskye at 6:50 PM on March 1, 2006

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