Papaya...wait, what?
April 6, 2009 1:41 PM   Subscribe

Papaya is an... indescribable video by Alexander Marcus. Is it satire? Is he even a real person?

More "electro lore" goodness, for the curious.
posted by Unicorn on the cob (30 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
At least someone's carrying KLF's torch, if perhaps unintentionally.
posted by runehog at 1:53 PM on April 6, 2009

posted by Lipstick Thespian at 1:56 PM on April 6, 2009

awesome to see Alexander Marcus on here. I've been fascinated with him for a while now!

Next to Papaya, his best song/video is Spiel, Satz und Sieg, which I think is more a piece of dadaistic art then a music video. Like his pained reaction to the hot cup, or the archetypical parents outside who say "Wir müssen Zivilcourage zeigen!" (We have to show civil courage), or Globi, the globus that appears everywhere.

I don't know if it is a certain kind of humour only funny to germans who grew up with cheesy "Schlager" music, but I nearly fell down laughing when I first saw this...
posted by kolophon at 2:08 PM on April 6, 2009

Most probably ;). There is some more information on Wikipedia:
posted by SAnderka at 2:17 PM on April 6, 2009

hahaha. yeah, i don't think its satire, more like tongue-in-cheek silliness. but it is pretty hilarious. i burst out laughing at the chorus of Papaya for absolutely no reason.
posted by molecicco at 2:18 PM on April 6, 2009

This is made of 50% pwn, 50% legend, and 50% win. (That's 150%, motherfucker.)

Also, the 808 still rocks.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:22 PM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]

Yeah, I have been dying over this for a full 24 hours now. 150%, indeed.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 2:29 PM on April 6, 2009

So, am I now going to die in 7 days or what?
posted by The Whelk at 2:54 PM on April 6, 2009 [3 favorites]

Señor Coconutty.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:56 PM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]

First "Mormon Rap." And now this.

I echo Lipstick Thespian:


posted by Tena at 3:30 PM on April 6, 2009

Everyone knows honeydew is the money melon.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:32 PM on April 6, 2009 [1 favorite]

OK, so how did I miss this in 1987?
posted by paddbear at 4:33 PM on April 6, 2009


His pink pants totally sell it. I want to argue that the music isn't just ironic throwaway kitsch, but is actually secretly awesome.
posted by LMGM at 4:56 PM on April 6, 2009

its awesomeness is no secret
posted by bonefish at 5:12 PM on April 6, 2009

Da hilft nur noch Rocko Schamoni
posted by yoHighness at 5:33 PM on April 6, 2009

I'm down with the flu and that cheered me right up. Thanks Unicorn :)
posted by vronsky at 6:34 PM on April 6, 2009

We can learn from him.
posted by MC Wafflestick at 6:57 PM on April 6, 2009

i don't understand the mystery here, but that was a great fucking music video. i'd love to get a translation of the sped up monologue towards the end of the river bit. the "Danke fur Alles" not was hilarious though, and the dance sequence just raised a lot of fun "how/why did they do it that way" questions. i'll definitely check this guy out more in the future. thanks!
posted by es_de_bah at 7:43 PM on April 6, 2009

reading molecicco 's comment, i'm suddenly struck by a strange dilemma, does this guy rip off Pavement more or do I? If the answer is this guy, I'm pretty sure he's doing it better than me.
posted by es_de_bah at 7:47 PM on April 6, 2009

The guy sort of looks like me. Therefore, this is ridiculous.
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:31 PM on April 6, 2009

It's a German thing, you wouldn't understand.
posted by tighttrousers at 8:48 PM on April 6, 2009

Wow, he is really getting his money's worth out of that globe.

Thanks, I now know what I'll be for halloween. No one else will get it, but I'll be laughing my ass off every time I pass a mirror and catch a glimpse of my lobster necklace and wet pink pants. Make your own fun, I say.
posted by rmless at 8:49 PM on April 6, 2009

You don't understand. This is just catchy and stupid enough to become the next summer mega-hit. I listen to radio a lot at work. This could mean that next summer I have to listen to this song a lot.

Seriously this is just a t&a music video and some serious dj marketing away from becoming a runaway summer hit in Europe. If even that.
posted by Authorized User at 9:25 PM on April 6, 2009

Is there a rubber vagina on the shore... or?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:38 PM on April 6, 2009

I paused the video and looked at it for a while, and it looked like it, but I couldn't tell. Probably?

I enjoyed the random duck.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:24 AM on April 7, 2009

the Herbert Achternbush of Krautpop videos...
posted by progosk at 7:44 AM on April 7, 2009

This video touched my tralalala, my ding ding dong.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 8:51 AM on April 7, 2009

Kind of reminds me of candi hank. kinda.

(ACHTUNG! candi hank is some of the worst/campiest music ever.)
posted by 5imian at 9:10 AM on April 7, 2009

I really like the world he is living in.
posted by Free word order! at 10:00 AM on April 7, 2009

The lyrics are really great too.
posted by nzero at 12:09 PM on April 7, 2009

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