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February 28, 2006 5:09 PM   Subscribe

One of the great virtues of the internet is the manifold ways in which it has revolutionised the arts. The postmodern works of contemporary artists Pomme & Kelly (Google Video), when viewed together in context, form a striking example of a well-placed critique of popular culture, and modern living at large. The zeitgeisty meta-irony of their seemingly content-free interpretations of popular songs are only enhanced by the fact that, in a clever keeping with style, they blog about it as well.
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posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:11 PM on February 28, 2006

Excellent use of the 'ogodwhy' tag.
posted by mullingitover at 5:18 PM on February 28, 2006

Way too many smilies in the blog entries. Is that what the kids do these days?
posted by birdherder at 5:22 PM on February 28, 2006

I kept wondering what "XD" meant. I guess it's like a "squinting and laughing" emoticon thing.
posted by sklero at 5:27 PM on February 28, 2006

all I can say is this post is no pig in a cannon.
posted by isopraxis at 5:28 PM on February 28, 2006

Shania Twain isn't even pretending to be country anymore, is she.
posted by stavrogin at 5:28 PM on February 28, 2006

That's five minutes in the penalty box, and I don't want to hear "zeitgeisty meta-irony" out of you again.

"'Counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor...' Death's too good for them."
posted by darksasami at 5:32 PM on February 28, 2006

If this is a commentary on modern life, the comment is "Modern life is full of idiots, just look at us."

Maybe they could come up with something that every 12 year old with acess to a video camera hasn't done.
posted by lumpenprole at 5:37 PM on February 28, 2006

My favorite was "Toxic". Admittedly, I couldn't' sit through much of any but there is that car crash thing going on. Yeah, Toxic I laughed out loud, but Britney has been making me laugh a lot lately. Terrific post.
posted by Hanover Phist at 5:43 PM on February 28, 2006

Well, they've certainly found a niche. I can't say I'm happy for them, though. I'm a bitter old man.

I wish when I was a boy of fifteen I had access to a webcam, broadband, and Google Video. My friends and I did these bizarre little art films, one of which was set to a Les Baxter song and involved a mate of mine dancing in a Goofy mask and quilt while the other laughed hysterically. Hey, if Pomme & Kelly can be sensations, then why couldn't "two red-headed geeks and a fat kid with glasses" make the Best of the Web?
posted by ford and the prefects at 6:17 PM on February 28, 2006

posted by ford and the prefects at 6:17 PM on February 28, 2006

this reminds me of how lousy pop music is. i wonder if the girls know it... they certainly portray it in a kitschy, surface-only way :) that being said, i'm not going to read the blog. :)
posted by teletype1 at 6:27 PM on February 28, 2006

This would have made an excellent April 1st article. While I get much amusement out of referring to these girls as "contemporary artists" and describing their work as "postmodern" and full of "zeitgeisty meta-irony," I don't really hold it against them. When I was a kid, my friends and I recorded things much dumber than this (on an audio tape). We didn't put them on the internet, but that might just be because it was the 80s.

teletype1: quote from the "About" page:
"we pick some songs (which are often very lame...)"
posted by ErWenn at 7:44 PM on February 28, 2006

Where's the link to the two Chinese guys who did this first?
posted by terrapin at 7:48 PM on February 28, 2006

wow, are there people getting legitimately upset over these girls? Have... I mean... didn't you... did you sleep through your adolescence?

btw, gnfti, this post is awesome. bonus points for the excellent use of the "batshitinane" tag.
posted by shmegegge at 7:49 PM on February 28, 2006

I'm not sure which is pomme and which is kelly...
but the brunette?
"I'd hit it."
posted by I, Credulous at 8:00 PM on February 28, 2006

I feel like I just put myself on some FBI watchlist somewhere for watching that.

You can add us to msn at...

Now what possible good could come from advertising that to the world? That just makes my stomach ball up in a knot.
posted by Gamblor at 8:17 PM on February 28, 2006

If I find my old tape recorded homemade radio shows that I did when I was 10, can I put them online as examples of pop culture meta-irony?
posted by papakwanz at 8:50 PM on February 28, 2006

Hey, what's wrong with wanting the attention that these guys are getting?
posted by crunchland at 8:58 PM on February 28, 2006

They do a decent job on "Because I got High," however, that is very very wrong.
posted by arcticwoman at 9:02 PM on February 28, 2006

Now those two chinese boys, they are funny.
posted by arcticwoman at 9:05 PM on February 28, 2006

I just completed my 16th straight day of work (the last 4 being day and night)... watching these videos has definitely taken me to a happy place. Thank you.
posted by VulcanMike at 9:44 PM on February 28, 2006

posted by crunchland at 10:07 PM on February 28, 2006

I have been addicted to these for a while - Toxic is definitely my favorite.
posted by greycap at 11:24 PM on February 28, 2006

These girls are talentless hacks. I need to convince a certain chubby 15 year old jewish kid I know to let me film him lip-syncing NWA's Fuck tha Police.
posted by Citizen Premier at 12:46 AM on March 1, 2006

Okay, I watched all of them. I am infatuated-but-not-in-a-sex-way-because-i'm-twice-their-age.
posted by sklero at 1:36 AM on March 1, 2006

Awesome awesome awesome! zeitgeisty indeed! And the batshitinane tag is my favorite.
posted by OmieWise at 6:24 AM on March 1, 2006

Also, I was surprised by the Shania Twain song. I mean, I know Country tends to be more of a marketing demographic than a musical style these days, but that song was just a dance song, right?
posted by OmieWise at 6:26 AM on March 1, 2006

Citizen Premier, will you settle for an audio recording of Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt performing "Straight Outta Compton"?

And Omie, I'd be the last to contend that Canadians can't do country, but Shania ain't no country.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:28 AM on March 1, 2006

the nina gordon straight outta compton cover is my favorite thing I've heard all year.
posted by shmegegge at 12:53 PM on March 1, 2006

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