Sure as kilimanjaro rises like olympus above the serengeti
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Toto - Africa like you've never heard it before (via)
posted by Christ, what an asshole (137 comments total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
 
Have you actually listened to the lyrics of "Africa" before? They're crazy.

The thunder was awesome.
posted by Mwongozi at 12:54 PM on June 6, 2009


Amazing, if they can do J Dilla's Won't Do while keeping the French accents I'll be seriously impressed.
posted by geoff. at 12:55 PM on June 6, 2009


I really liked that. More than I think I should.
posted by pointilist at 12:59 PM on June 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


The thunder was, indeed, awesome. I love clever a capella stuff.
posted by absalom at 1:00 PM on June 6, 2009


Haha that's how I've always felt about this song regardless, pointilist. Thanks for the link, CWAA!
posted by juliplease at 1:02 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Whoa! Very nice!!
posted by tristeza at 1:03 PM on June 6, 2009


Toto - Africa like you've never heard it before

I've only ever heard it sung by white people, actually. Funny, that.
posted by Sys Rq at 1:05 PM on June 6, 2009 [6 favorites]


Great, until the obligatory embarrassing beatboxing comes in. Would have been cool if the environmental sounds were integrated with the song more. Would have been awesome if the environmental sounds became the beat, somehow.
posted by speicus at 1:05 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


Awesome stuff. I'm glad they weren't flashmobbing a Gap or something.
posted by jquinby at 1:05 PM on June 6, 2009 [10 favorites]


Awesome. I loved watching how much the choir was so obviously enjoying themselves. It was inspiring, actually.
posted by nevercalm at 1:06 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


There's a few Toto songs that I count as guilty pleasures. Say what you will (like "Ugh -- pop pabulum!" and you'd be right, BTW), but they were all A-list musicians.

The thunderstorm idea was both novel and amazingly well executed. Cool stuff.
posted by Devils Rancher at 1:06 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Having your choir do a capella songs to be posted on YouTube is the new “selling out.” Seriously, have these kids ever even heard of madrigals?

Now get off my lawn.
posted by koeselitz at 1:07 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


The thunderstorm idea was both novel and amazingly well executed.

Meh. It's pretty unimpressive by summer camp standards.
posted by Sys Rq at 1:08 PM on June 6, 2009 [9 favorites]


I would not want to be the one in charge of cleaning the beatbox guy's microphone.
posted by captainsohler at 1:20 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


The thunderstorm idea was very well executed, and the thunder was enough to make me smile, but, yeah, I am jealous of anybody who hasn't sat through a "let's make a rainstorm!" icebreaker a couple dozen times already.

All that said, I love this stupid song and will listen to just about any rendition of it. I am impressed they managed to make it sound even whiter, though.

You know what's always bugged me, though? The phrasing on "Serengeti". That's some bullshit meter right there.
posted by cortex at 1:24 PM on June 6, 2009 [8 favorites]


Toto - Africa like you've never heard it before

Sys Rq: I've only ever heard it sung by white people, actually. Funny, that.

The thunderstorm idea was both novel and amazingly well executed.

Sys Rq: Meh. It's pretty unimpressive by summer camp standards.


For reference, what race summer camp are we talking about here?
posted by grobstein at 1:26 PM on June 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


Christ, what a cool rendition.
posted by deezil at 1:27 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


What's the obsession with what race these people are who sing it? There's white people in Africa too, you know.

That being said, at first it didn't sound like much, but when it got to the knee-patting "harder rain" it finally sounded like rain to me.

I liked it!
posted by Malice at 1:32 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


Ah, MetaFilter. Showing me something awesome and then pointing out how unawesome it is and how bad I should feel for liking it.

I love this place.
posted by never used baby shoes at 1:39 PM on June 6, 2009 [79 favorites]


Amazing chore uses there hands to stimulate storm

How else do you make Kilimanjaro rise?
posted by katillathehun at 1:40 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


Y'know what? I'm not impressed. The rainstorm is a cute idea for the performance, but the same stunt has been a summer-camp icebreaker for decades. Then when the actual song begins, we get a very conservative arrangement that really doesn't add anything. No imagination. From a technical point of view, there's not much good to say either. The women were imprecise. The leads didn't blend. The vocal percussionist (not a beatboxer) was pretty good; I'll grant that. But all in all, this isn't a great performance. Sorry.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:40 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


Toto: Africa || Rosanna.
posted by ericb at 1:42 PM on June 6, 2009


Take Me Away
posted by empath at 1:43 PM on June 6, 2009


Having not seen such a stunt, evidently from lack of summer camping, I enjoyed it. Assuming the long, storied history of faking rainstorms via hands and jumping is as claimed, I guess I'm in the position of someone seeing a vinegar-and-baking-soda volcano for the first time and saying, "Whoa, how cool."
posted by sgranade at 1:47 PM on June 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


Have you actually listened to the lyrics of "Africa" before? They're crazy.
Funny that, I just went and looked up the lyrics, and realized I have misunderstood a line of that song my entire life: "There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do", I always understood as "There's nothing that a hundred men on Mars could ever do".
posted by msali at 1:48 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


How else do you make Kilimanjaro rise?

$20, same is in town.
posted by ericb at 1:50 PM on June 6, 2009


*as*
posted by ericb at 1:50 PM on June 6, 2009


I love how people are disappointed by this. It's TOTO for god's sake, people. Look at them. They are not Nelson Mandela.
posted by Kloryne at 1:52 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


It sounded better when it was 200 girls at a girl guide camp doing it. 20 years ago. Not especially novel at all. They missed a lot of the steps in the lead up to the rainstorm, too.
posted by Hildegarde at 1:55 PM on June 6, 2009


I don't know about rain sounds in Africa. I like it when choirs make car sounds.
posted by twoleftfeet at 1:55 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


Those car sounds are pretty wicked, twoleftfeet.
posted by Hildegarde at 2:01 PM on June 6, 2009


There's nothing that a hundred men on Mars could ever do

That's awesome. I mean, there really isn't anything that 100 men on Mars could do that would be worth much of anything.
posted by Mid at 2:02 PM on June 6, 2009


The guys in Toto did a pretty good white-man-funk when they played backup for Boz Scaggs in the album "Silk Degrees".

You gonna come back around
To the sad sad truth, the dirty lowdown

posted by wendell at 2:02 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


For reference, what race summer camp are we talking about here?
posted by grobstein


Let's just say you're familiar with our national anthem.

(P.S. The snapping fingers sounded like a swarm of beetles nibbling my face off.)
posted by Sys Rq at 2:04 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I've been listening to a lot of 80's music lately (for no particular reason) and thinking about how my generation is going to be listening to this stuff in the nursing home and reminiscing about the good ol' days of crazy hair, scrunch socks, and day glo. And really, a lot of 80's songs are nothing short of totally awesome in a total "WTF?" kind of way. This is definitely one of my favorites.

Also: Am I the only one who has always heard that line "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like a lepress" ?
posted by grapefruitmoon at 2:10 PM on June 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


they were all A-list musicians

They were actually some of the top session musicians of the 80's, who decided to form a band. But I think the lack of a charismatic front man sort of doomed them. But we'll always have Africa.

(My love for this song and weakness for acapella makes this post a win!)
posted by kimdog at 2:11 PM on June 6, 2009


I've only ever heard it sung by white people, actually. Funny, that.

Yeah, I've only heard Europe and Antarctica and Asia and America songs only sang by white people too. At least "whitey" has left Austrailia up for grabs.
posted by chambers at 2:12 PM on June 6, 2009


There's nothing that a hundred men on Mars could ever do

The Doom thread is a few posts down, yo.
posted by cortex at 2:12 PM on June 6, 2009


Arrgh. that should be Europe
posted by chambers at 2:13 PM on June 6, 2009


Obligatory link to Perpetuum Jazzile.

Immediately obvious the performers were loving what they are doing. Smiles are infectious.
posted by netbros at 2:16 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


1 . 2
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 2:18 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


This is the pedantic comment about how to spell a cappella properly.
posted by Balonious Assault at 2:22 PM on June 6, 2009


Toto always sucked ...

Except one night, maybe 1982, I'm driving home through west coast rain, coming down off strong acid (not a good idea to be driving on acid, I admit, but I was young and silly then) and the car only had AM radio ... and on comes this Grammy Award winning song by Toto that I fucking hated ...

And I loved it, so flowing and exquisitely arranged, and exactly what my half-melting consciousness needed at that moment in space-time.

But Toto still suck.
posted by philip-random at 2:23 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


For musical invention, I prefer Andy McKee
posted by IndigoJones at 2:28 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


But what has become of Guy Lombardo? Now there was a guy who made music.
posted by Postroad at 2:31 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


man you guys are haters...that was totally sweet. I love choral music :)
posted by supermedusa at 2:31 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Did you understand "lepress" to be a female leopard or a female leper?
posted by The Tensor at 2:33 PM on June 6, 2009


It's DEFINITELY "lepress," as is female leopard. Never mind that it doesn't make sense, or that it isn't what they were really singing, I know what I heard. It's my understanding the Serengeti is chock full of lepresses, so there you go.
posted by chihiro at 2:45 PM on June 6, 2009 [5 favorites]


I can't say a single bad thing about this song or this rendition. I'd like to thank everyone involved personally, including the person who linked to it.

Rock!
posted by Afroblanco at 2:48 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


Um. Has nobody noticed the main vocalist's iridescent yellow ascot? I am now on a quest to find one to wear at the MetaFilter 10th Anniversary Meetup.
posted by greekphilosophy at 2:59 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


msali: Funny that, I just went and looked up the lyrics, and realized I have misunderstood a line of that song my entire life: "There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do", I always understood as "There's nothing that a hundred men on Mars could ever do".

I've always hated that line. Making it about Mars makes it slightly better, but…well, admittedly I've never even read the lyrics, but “there's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do” is just so patently false as to be absurd. A hundred men or more could build a bridge, a hundred men or more could defeat Napoleon at Waterloo, a hundred men or more could sing a pointlessly complex and carefully-orchestrated version of a crappy eighties tune. And it would be bad enough to say “there's nothing a hundred men could do;” obviously, there are a lot of things a hundred men could do, but you could at least come up with a few things a hundred men couldn't do: man the Death Star, make a baby, form eleven separate Minyans, et cetera. But when you add the qualification “or more,” you start reaching into the absurd—am I to understand that I can choose any number of men to do any task I can think of, and that no matter what that number of men of my own choosing will not be able to do the job? This is leaving off the fact that I'm told by “Toto” that there's nothing they could ever do, implying that they'd give me as much time as I'd want to rally as many men as I want to do whatever task I'd want and still I would fail.

Serious, what would possess someone to reach the insane conclusion that there's nothing a hundred men—or more—could ever do?
posted by koeselitz at 3:01 PM on June 6, 2009 [15 favorites]


Have you actually listened to the lyrics of "Africa" before? They're crazy.

Oh yes. Pretty sure "It's gonna take some time to do the things we never had" doesn't make sense on a couple levels. Awesome song though, and awesome link!
posted by wundermint at 3:04 PM on June 6, 2009


Serious, what would possess someone to reach the insane conclusion that there's nothing a hundred men—or more—could ever do?

All fit in the trunk of a '68 Impala.
posted by chambers at 3:06 PM on June 6, 2009 [4 favorites]


I'm not even going to get started on “It's gonna take some time to do the things we never had.”
posted by koeselitz at 3:07 PM on June 6, 2009


Am I the only one who has always heard that line "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like a lepress" ?

Nope. I might argue that that's what the words actually are, and that the lyrics sheets are inaccurate (as with "Blinded By the Light," where the word that is sung is clearly "douche" and not "deuce.")

I did wonder whether a lepress/leopress was a female leopard, or a female leper.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 3:08 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's my understanding the Serengeti is chock full of lepresses

I saw only one leopress in the Serengeti. She had dragged her kill (a gazelle) up into a tree and then gone to sleep. We saw her again the next day and nearly half the gazelle had been eaten.
posted by Slothrup at 3:19 PM on June 6, 2009


From the "more info"

Amazing chore [sic] uses there [sic] hands to stimulate [sic] storm.
posted by stbalbach at 3:19 PM on June 6, 2009


Obligatory link to Perpetuum Jazzile.

Thanks netbros. The swedish explains some of the slightly odd meter/pronunciation.

Ah, MetaFilter. Showing me something awesome and then pointing out how unawesome it is and how bad I should feel for liking it.

If I could favorite that twenty more times I would.
posted by Big_B at 3:20 PM on June 6, 2009


You know what Toto song I always like? Hold the line.
posted by Navelgazer at 3:21 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Tough crowd. I enjoyed it. Thanks
posted by RussHy at 3:23 PM on June 6, 2009


... above the Serrrrrrengetiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii


(frightened of this thing that I've become.)
posted by Kloryne at 3:27 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I don't normally like Seinfeld but he was funny in that.

'Perpetuum Jazzile' though, it sounds like a latin wank mag.
posted by biffa at 3:29 PM on June 6, 2009


Bee Gees Medley from apparently the same show. Not nearly awesome, but pretty good.
posted by Big_B at 3:30 PM on June 6, 2009


Serious, what would possess someone to reach the insane conclusion that there's nothing a hundred men—or more—could ever do?

All fit in the trunk of a '68 Impala.


Well, there goes my AskMe question for the week.
posted by ShawnStruck at 3:30 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


chambers: All fit in the trunk of a '68 Impala.

You may prove to me, sir, that there is something a hundred men or more can never do; you may even prove to me that there are many things a hundred men or more can never do—but, upon my word, I tell you that you shall never prove to me that there is nothing a hundred men or more can ever do.
posted by koeselitz at 3:34 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


The real story of Toto. "The root chakra is my taint."
posted by Kloryne at 3:35 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Heard it before. Done it before. Better before. Liked it before."

Get the fuck out and do something new and impressive yourselves then, fucktards.
posted by benzo8 at 3:37 PM on June 6, 2009 [25 favorites]


You know what Toto song I always like? Hold the line.

More than the Dune soundtrack? Heretic. I WILL kill him!
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 3:39 PM on June 6, 2009


It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do


That's like what, 40 ladies there? So we'll need a bit more than 3 men each to drag them away. That's about what I usually budget for.
posted by StickyCarpet at 3:41 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Perpetuum Mobile
posted by Navelgazer at 3:46 PM on June 6, 2009


I really dislike Africa by Toto, so I'm making a negative into a positive by listening to Perpetuum Jazzile's version of the Austin Powers theme song.
posted by vespabelle at 3:46 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


Get the fuck out and do something new and impressive yourselves then, fucktards.

benzo8 just entered my hall of heroes.
posted by Navelgazer at 3:47 PM on June 6, 2009


not a good idea to be driving on acid, I admit,

Meh, depends what dimension you're in.
posted by doctor_negative at 3:59 PM on June 6, 2009


Perpetuum Jazzile's (from Slovenia) -- MySpace || Facebook.
posted by ericb at 4:01 PM on June 6, 2009


storm was cool -
reminds me of
this honda commercial
(sorry if already linked - late for dinner

and was cool to hear Africa done by a choir
(always thought toto got a bad rap)

but after the storm, I was expecting a more interesting/surprising arrangement
not that this was bad - i quite enjoyed it -
just not very inventive -
especially following that beginning

in particular,
the drums deserve more justice than just one mediocre beatbox dude

(and since when is youtube in stereo ??)
posted by sloe at 4:06 PM on June 6, 2009


Perpetuum Jazzile's official website [English version].
posted by ericb at 4:08 PM on June 6, 2009


Or, what netbros said!
posted by ericb at 4:11 PM on June 6, 2009


MetaFilter: Showing me something awesome and then pointing out how unawesome it is and how bad I should feel for liking it.
posted by straight at 4:11 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


like you've never heard it before

I wouldn't go that far. "Africa" is sort of an a cappella cliche these days, like an Irish band playing "Danny Boy". Although I'm darned if I can figure out why.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:15 PM on June 6, 2009


This is the pedantic comment about how to spell a cappella properly.

This is the contrapedantic rebuttal noting that the OED lists both the one-p and two-p spellings together and favors neither.

I'm not even going to get started on “It's gonna take some time to do the things we never had.”

Ellipsis, surely. "It's gonna take [us] some time to do the things we never had [done]." Life on Mars is hard, there's never enough time.

Get the fuck out and do something new and impressive yourselves then, fucktards.

Sorry, I don't have an ambitious bone in my body. I am just an angry inert brain in a jar, wholly without creative faculty, screaming soundlessly as in indirect expression of my own self-loathing. My opinions do not exist in any sort of meaningful critical context, and are, as you imply, doubtlessly without merit or justification. And stuff.
posted by cortex at 4:19 PM on June 6, 2009 [5 favorites]


Yeah, I've only heard Europe and Antarctica and Asia and America songs only sang by white people too. At least "whitey" has left Austrailia up for grabs.

You mean you haven't heard Europe performed by Indian people?
posted by lexicakes at 4:21 PM on June 6, 2009 [5 favorites]


I like the song and I liked this performance, but the "most different rendition of Africa I've ever heard" title goes to my college friends who, back from a foreign study program in Kenya and drunk at a party when this song came on, proceeded to huddle in a circle and sing it very loudly and off key. Fortunately this will never be on Youtube.
posted by A dead Quaker at 4:58 PM on June 6, 2009


I'm stepping back in kinda late to state that I never went to a summer camp of any sort ever in my life, and you summer-camp-goers apparently have some sort of "What rain-impersonation-thing happens at sumer camp STAYS at summer camp" unerstanding amongst you, because you certainly haven't shared it much with us non-summer camp folks. So my expression of novelty was informed by ignorance, yes, but my ignorance was informed by your summer-camp-secretiveness. What the hell else are you hiding?
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:10 PM on June 6, 2009 [9 favorites]


I understood "lepress" to be a female leopard, and in my mind, this made total sense. She would be rising from a nap, and then she would run off and kill something.

And the real words to Blinded By the Light are totally "wrapped up like a douche, another rubber in the night." I can't accept any other explanations.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:10 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


The first use of that rain sound effect in a piece (that I'm aware of) is Cloudburst by Eric Whitacre. It's stunning.

The "rain section" starts approx. 5 minutes in, but the whole piece--a setting of a couple of Octavio Paz poems--is one of my favorite pieces of music, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the conductor of the All-State chorus in this link was my undergrad choral music professor!
posted by the_bone at 5:12 PM on June 6, 2009


At least "whitey" has left Austrailia up for grabs.

Midnight fucking OIL!
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:34 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I kinda wish they hadn't done the "waaaah".

Doo-doo-doo, doo,
doo-doo doo DOOOOOMMM. That's how it goes. Otherwise very nice.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:39 PM on June 6, 2009


More Midnight fucking Oil.

Back on topic, as for Toto, start at 2:47 here. All I ask for is a song to have at least one interesting idea. That 6/4 jam tacked on to the end is definitely it.
posted by kurumi at 6:16 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


I think the sound has been removed.
posted by pxe2000 at 6:28 PM on June 6, 2009


More Midnight fucking Oil.

Back on topic, as for Toto, start at 2:47 here.


1. Hagstrom 12-string in M.O. video!
2. Doubleneck Fender Strat/Precision in Toto Video!

awesome.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:37 PM on June 6, 2009


It's funny. I just discovered the acapella group Straight, No Chaser.

Wait for it... (say, around 1:50)
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 6:41 PM on June 6, 2009 [8 favorites]


Huh. It really is popular meme, isn't it?
posted by Sys Rq at 6:49 PM on June 6, 2009


(same link, less noise)
posted by Sys Rq at 6:51 PM on June 6, 2009


Ok, totally loved that, thought it sounded delightfully like a storm, charmed by the Slovenian accents, adorably corny-wholesome, even with the cringes around the cute-pathetic Euro beatbox. Wonderful Sunday beaming smiles and thoughts my niece would like this! Had never heard a camp icebreaker and somewhat fascinated to hear of this tradition. Will somebody explain this to me please?

Lyrics of the song, now you all got my curiosity whetted. Amusing Olympus became "a lepress", I love misheard lyrics.

Adding to the a slightly surreal a capella mix with a snapping fingers sound bite in Mr Sandman: the Israeli VocaPeople dressed as white bald people or something doing a fun mishmash? Star Wars a cappella by one guy.
posted by nickyskye at 6:56 PM on June 6, 2009


That storm thing is a popular game to play with preschoolers these days, too.
posted by not that girl at 7:09 PM on June 6, 2009


I am jealous of anybody who hasn't sat through a "let's make a rainstorm!" icebreaker a couple dozen times already.

What the hell are you referring to? Is this one of those upper-middle-class things that upper-middle-class MeFites think that everyone has experienced?

We didn't all grow up in fucking Lake Forest and we didn't all get sent to "summer camp" as kids.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 7:34 PM on June 6, 2009 [14 favorites]


SCENE: Camp Wenowitallcha, somewhere upstate...

COUNSELOR: "Okay, now I know this is going to be pretty boring for you return campers, but for the noobs it has to be done. Yeah, I know - the rain clap. No, Stu, you can't go back to the bunkhouse and I don't.want.to.hear.it.from.you.again!"

RETURN CAMPERS CHORUS: "The rain clap is lame! Anyone can do it! Can't we just get to the marshmallows already? GAWWWWD!"

FIRST-TIMERS CHORUS: "What's the rain clap? I wanna do it - sounds cool!"

RETURN CAMPERS CHORUS: "Shut up, Squirrel! You talk when we say you can talk!"

FIRST-TIMERS CHORUS: "WEE WANNA TALK! AND WE WANNA CLAP! WEE WANNA TALK AND WEE WANNA CLAP!"

COUNSELOR: (sighing) "OKAY EVERYONE! SILENCE! The rain clap is a thing we do every year for the first night around the Campfire to welcome everyone back to camp. Now imagine you're in Africa, on a rainy night, and you're walking through the forest...."

RETURN CAMPERS CHORUS: (mimicking the sound of rain with their hands) "This is lame!"

COUNSELOR: "THAT'S ENOUGH, STU!"

CUT TO: CAMPFIRE, twenty minutes later....

COUNSELOR: "Now First-Timer Squirrels, now - you have seen the Rain Clap. And you must swear to never say anything of what you've seen here tonight. No matter how many a capella groups you see in your lifetimes, or viral videos, or on the Youtube...the secret must remain here by the fireside...."

FIRST-TIMERS CHORUS: (spooked) "We swear...."
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 7:40 PM on June 6, 2009 [12 favorites]


Well played, sir!
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:10 PM on June 6, 2009


For the record, I experienced the whole "let's all make a rainstorm" thing at a Unitarian Universalist church, not at summer camp.

It's even creepier when grown-ups do it.
posted by mmoncur at 8:56 PM on June 6, 2009


Thanks Lipstick Thespian!
posted by nickyskye at 9:02 PM on June 6, 2009


o my god it's not "men on Mars"?

apocalyptic epiphany right here right now.
posted by exlotuseater at 9:28 PM on June 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


to clarify (since, against all reason this thread is still alive) ... yes, I still fucking hate Toto ...

But that's a pretty cool version of Out Of Africa or whatever it's called.

Seriously people, Obama has challenged the Muslim world.
posted by philip-random at 9:29 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


and also: that was amazing, and makes me wish I sang with a group.
posted by exlotuseater at 9:36 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


The guys in Toto did a pretty good white-man-funk when they played backup for Boz Scaggs in the album "Silk Degrees".

Oh, WOW, I am listening to this on the headphones right now, and just noticed for the first time in my life that this song has two high hat tracks, panned hard left and right. Sounds like the right one is the basic & the left is the overdub.

I love this song beyond all reason & Jeff Porcaro was a monster.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:02 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oops, I meant specifically the song Lowdown from Silk Degrees. Forgive me -- I was in the throes of ecstasy.
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:38 PM on June 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I saw only one leopress in the Serengeti. She had dragged her kill (a gazelle) up into a tree and then gone to sleep. We saw her again the next day and nearly half the gazelle had been eaten.

So it was a female leper?
posted by ActingTheGoat at 10:42 PM on June 6, 2009


that was amazing, and makes me wish I sang with a group.

Technology makes possible the implementation of a "Metafilter chorus". I mean a realtime event where we all sing through our computers with mics and stuff. We could sing about the last FPP.

Like many of my brilliant ideas, this one will probably be ignored.
posted by twoleftfeet at 11:04 PM on June 6, 2009 [3 favorites]


Lepress sounds too much like leperous to my ears.
posted by bwg at 11:13 PM on June 6, 2009


Is this where we inflict covers of Africa on others? Because I don't think anything can quite top Karl Wolf's version. Oh Karl Wolf, Canada's greatest contribution to the world of music since Snow.
posted by Kattullus at 11:16 PM on June 6, 2009


twoleftfeet, I would like to volunteer as tenor and iridescent-yellow-ascot-wearer for your MetaFilter choir.
posted by greekphilosophy at 11:32 PM on June 6, 2009


twoleftfeet, I have JUST learned to play the drums this evening. I will provide percussion. I've been told I am very good and I must say, I am.
posted by Kloryne at 11:39 PM on June 6, 2009


(unless you wanna do the fruity lap-slapping thing instead)
posted by Kloryne at 11:40 PM on June 6, 2009


cortex: Life on Mars is hard, there's never enough time.

True, very true. In fact, it's hard to know if there is life on Mars, and even there were, it's not exactly the kind of place you can raise kids.
posted by koeselitz at 11:41 PM on June 6, 2009


Ah, Metafilter. Showing me something awesome and then pointing out how unawesome it is and how bad I should feel for liking it.

Ah, the universe. Showing me something mediocre and then having a bunch of people try and point out how awesome it is and how I should feel bad for not liking it.
posted by speicus at 12:27 AM on June 7, 2009


Wow, this is simply amazing!
posted by LittleMissItneg at 5:39 AM on June 7, 2009


The Karl Wolf version's lyrics lack lepresses, which disappoints me.

However, the sweater he's wearing at 3:30 makes up for it. Especially in contrast to the yellow bikini of his consort. BLINDED BY THE SWEATER.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 6:35 AM on June 7, 2009


I always thought Kilimajaro was rising like an empress, which makes more sense than a lepress but less than Olympus.

'Course, I also thought that Styx was proclaiming that "WE ALL NEED KUNG FU" in Mister Roboto. To my early-80s pre-teen mind, this made perfect sense. Of course we all need kung fu. Everybody needs kung fu.
posted by jquinby at 7:07 AM on June 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: I've only ever heard it sung by white people, actually.
posted by liza at 8:15 AM on June 7, 2009


that straight, no chaser link was awesome!
posted by liza at 8:23 AM on June 7, 2009


At my summer camp, they ripped off SNL skits and taught us the patience song. harumph.
posted by nomisxid at 9:08 AM on June 7, 2009


'Course, I also thought that Styx was proclaiming that "WE ALL NEED KUNG FU" in Mister Roboto.

I love a good mondegreen, but for the life of me I can't figure out which line you'd mistake for "We all need kung fu."
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:31 AM on June 7, 2009


Is this one of those upper-middle-class things that upper-middle-class MeFites think that everyone has experienced?


Must be. We didn't do it at Boy Scout camp, that's for sure. We did sketches involving Hitler and sang old songs like "Mountain Dew" (about moonshine, not the soft drink) that featured Chester the Child Molester. See, children of the suburbs, things really are better for the lower classes, in many ways.
posted by Halloween Jack at 12:15 PM on June 7, 2009


Serious, what would possess someone to reach the insane conclusion that there's nothing a hundred men—or more—could ever do?

In defence of Toto, and notwithstanding koeselitz's excellent, searching analysis of the logical problems with this lyric upthread, I think the implication is clear: there's nothing a hundred men or more could ever do to drag me away from you. And yet we may infer from the preceding line that there is indeed something that could drag me away from you, but that it would be "a lot". What might this something be? Well, options not excluded by the line about the "hundred men or more" would include:

1. A woman, or women
2. Children
3. Animals
4. An act of God
5. Some kind of machine, properly designed to perform the dragging operation. (Although here one could protest that such a machine, if imaginable at all, could surely be designed and built by "a hundred men or more", so indirectly, this could qualify as an act performed by those men.)

Don't even get me started on "but in this ever-changing world in which we live in"
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 12:43 PM on June 7, 2009 [7 favorites]


Or, thinking about it,

6. Fewer than a hundred men. Now, this is interesting: might the dragging somehow be successfully undertaken by a smaller number of men, but not by "a hundred men or more"? Perhaps the couple in question are locked in an embrace on a frail rope bridge, like you get in the Stereotypical African Jungle, and a five-man team could do the dragging, where a 100-man team would break the bridge, and fail in their aim?

I must consider this matter further.
posted by game warden to the events rhino at 12:47 PM on June 7, 2009 [7 favorites]


...can't figure out which line you'd mistake for "We all need kung fu."

"I need control / We all need control."
posted by jquinby at 1:26 PM on June 7, 2009


We didn't do it at Boy Scout camp, that's for sure.

Well, we did at mine, so nyah.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:07 PM on June 7, 2009


Is this one of those upper-middle-class things that upper-middle-class MeFites think that everyone has experienced?

I wasn't a camp kid; for me it was more of a church-and-youth-ministry thing, the likes of which i was exposed to a lot of growing up.
posted by cortex at 2:09 PM on June 7, 2009


I went to science camp from 4th Grade through 11th Grade. The only reason I didn't go in 12th Grade was because I was named a Texas Aerospace Scholar and got to go to NASA to design a hypothetical mission to Mars after hearing all the different program staff talk about what goes into mission design. There was no singing of any type during my summers. Gel electrophoresis and theoretical plasma rockets. But no singing.
posted by greekphilosophy at 2:56 PM on June 7, 2009


"They were actually some of the top session musicians of the 80's, who decided to form a band. But I think the lack of a charismatic front man sort of doomed them. But we'll always have Africa."

Yeah, but they're sort of like the Edgar Winter to Steely Dan's Johnny Winter (trust me on this). Pretty good musicians, and catchy enough to get on the radio and sell some records, but the real deal is right over there.
posted by krinklyfig at 5:29 PM on June 7, 2009


I liked this a lot. But that song and a number of dodgy others from that dodgy era I admit I am embarrassingly fond of, despite my hardearned alty punky elevated-nose rocknroll taste credentials.

I am jealous of anybody who hasn't sat through a "let's make a rainstorm!" icebreaker a couple dozen times already.

Never heard of it before.

it was more of a church-and-youth-ministry thing

Ah, that would be why, then.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:53 PM on June 7, 2009


game warden to the events rhino: In defence of Toto, and notwithstanding koeselitz's excellent, searching analysis of the logical problems with this lyric upthread, I think the implication is clear: there's nothing a hundred men or more could ever do to drag me away from you. And yet we may infer from the preceding line that there is indeed something that could drag me away from you, but that it would be "a lot". What might this something be? Well, options not excluded by the line about the "hundred men or more" would include:

1. A woman, or women
2. Children
3. Animals
4. An act of God
5. Some kind of machine, properly designed to perform the dragging operation. (Although here one could protest that such a machine, if imaginable at all, could surely be designed and built by "a hundred men or more", so indirectly, this could qualify as an act performed by those men.)

…Or, thinking about it,

6. Fewer than a hundred men. Now, this is interesting: might the dragging somehow be successfully undertaken by a smaller number of men, but not by "a hundred men or more"? Perhaps the couple in question are locked in an embrace on a frail rope bridge, like you get in the Stereotypical African Jungle, and a five-man team could do the dragging, where a 100-man team would break the bridge, and fail in their aim?

I must consider this matter further.


7. A leopress.
posted by koeselitz at 12:27 AM on June 8, 2009


When I was in college, I made all kinds of awesome when during a widely attended talent show I did a variant on the "audience rainstorm" that sounded absolutely like people have raucous sex.

I was a virgin at the time....
posted by Deathalicious at 4:46 AM on June 8, 2009


they're sort of like the Edgar Winter to Steely Dan's Johnny Winter (trust me on this)

Radio Edgar Winter, yes. "Entrance", uh, HELL NO!

MetaFilter: Showing me something awesome and then pointing out how unawesome it is and how bad I should feel for liking it.

Get the fuck out and do something new and impressive yourselves then, fucktards.

I agree.

Metafilter: Enjoying it for what it is, whining about what it isn't.
posted by Enron Hubbard at 6:40 AM on June 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


I am jealous of anybody who hasn't sat through a "let's make a rainstorm!" icebreaker a couple dozen times already.

And I'm jealous of anyone who has. I keep trying to talk the local rec centre into allowing me to join in the local day and summer camps. But they keep calling me things like "creepy" and "disturbed" and they threaten to call the cops if I don't quit "harassing" them.
posted by deborah at 11:56 AM on June 8, 2009


you summer-camp-goers apparently have some sort of "What rain-impersonation-thing happens at sumer camp STAYS at summer camp" unerstanding amongst you... What the hell else are you hiding?

Well, this one time, at band camp...
posted by LordSludge at 1:00 PM on June 8, 2009


MetaFilter: Your favorite music sounds like a swarm of beetles nibbling my face off.
posted by shadytrees at 7:46 PM on June 8, 2009


i am really late to this thread, but i've got to say, i always misheard that line as there's nothing that a hundred men on board could ever do

which doesn't make sense, but i always liked it. damnit, metafilter, for smashing my toto illusions and aural hallucinations.
posted by apostrophe at 9:43 PM on June 11, 2009


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