Mediengruppe Telekomander
October 27, 2009 5:08 PM   Subscribe

This is to teach you how to dance.
posted by vronsky (52 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
The link is borked for me. Great. Now who will teach me to dance? I just bought this copy of 'Funky Cold Medina' for NOTHING.
posted by Bageena at 5:12 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]

Youtube seems to be down.
posted by Mister Cheese at 5:18 PM on October 27, 2009

I think we just slashdotted youtube.
posted by idiopath at 5:19 PM on October 27, 2009

Slashtubed youdot.
posted by DU at 5:20 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]

We've killed it. It's dead.

ha ha, now no one will learn how to dance! Only me!

*dances away*
posted by vronsky at 5:22 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]

Remember that silly Finnish instructional dance video? It's that. With a new soundtrack.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 5:24 PM on October 27, 2009

don't know what youtube you guys have but I can see it just fine

and i can safe-fully, and gleefully, say that IT IS AWESOME
posted by litleozy at 5:24 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]

Fun Fact: German cocaine has little toasted fennel seeds in it.
posted by tkchrist at 5:30 PM on October 27, 2009 [7 favorites]

same vein
posted by ropeladder at 5:31 PM on October 27, 2009 [16 favorites]

That was engrossing long after it had any right to be.
posted by JaredSeth at 5:34 PM on October 27, 2009

ropeladder that is awesome so very awesome
posted by selenized at 5:37 PM on October 27, 2009

I hope I'm that cool when I get that age...oh, wait... *dances off crying*
posted by haunted by Leonard Cohen at 5:38 PM on October 27, 2009

This is just so full of awesome.
posted by threetoed at 5:46 PM on October 27, 2009

Åke Blomqvist
posted by gubo at 5:52 PM on October 27, 2009

+1 ropeladder. Thanks for that link.
posted by meinvt at 6:04 PM on October 27, 2009

Meh. Yes, that's right, I said Meh.

Old people dancing out of sync with German synth bass gronk. Did I miss anything?
posted by Sys Rq at 6:07 PM on October 27, 2009

You missed the part where this video has been posted to the Blue like twice already.
posted by P.o.B. at 6:10 PM on October 27, 2009

please credit gmm, upon whose blog I first saw it a while ago. why does he keep coming up on this site?
posted by ropeladder at 6:16 PM on October 27, 2009

This video should get a special double-post exception. I love that guy!
posted by diogenes at 6:27 PM on October 27, 2009

I knew Disco. Disco was a friend of mine. You are no Disco. ***Glares at Disco impersonator to thunderous applause and laughter***
posted by Daddy-O at 6:30 PM on October 27, 2009

I'd say they were tied for the first minute and a half or so, but then the guy really turned on the awesome and left her behind.
posted by mannequito at 6:31 PM on October 27, 2009

posted by MaryDellamorte at 6:43 PM on October 27, 2009

Crap, I mean double.
posted by MaryDellamorte at 6:44 PM on October 27, 2009

Just to be clear, this is more like a triple.
posted by P.o.B. at 6:48 PM on October 27, 2009

double? triple? Guess that makes mine the home run!

*twirls, dances away again*
posted by vronsky at 6:56 PM on October 27, 2009

Good god, I love this.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 7:16 PM on October 27, 2009

And before this post acts like the end of the record and fades out...
posted by darkstar at 8:12 PM on October 27, 2009

Imma watch it again!
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 8:20 PM on October 27, 2009

All I need to know about dancing I learned from zefrank.

(Jeez, those things must be 10 years old by now.)
posted by CaseyB at 8:32 PM on October 27, 2009

I love this post!
posted by water bear at 8:50 PM on October 27, 2009

Tkchrist, you were suppose to put that on your bread at breakfast.
Not up your nose, silly.

Or the stuff had been cut in the Netherlands with gestampte muisjes.
posted by jouke at 9:07 PM on October 27, 2009

Reminds me of playing the stereo while watching the TV with the volume way down, and trying to find the right channel where it just makes you laugh. I suppose that's how people figured out about the "Dark Side of Oz" thing, too.

vronsky, you are the best at posting stuff that will keep my attention way longer than it should, especially late at night. I don't care that the source material was posted before (I thought I saw this years ago, packaged on some blog with all the rest of those wacky 70's scandinavian utubes) , or that it wasn't quite in sync, or that the music wasn't teh awesomist. The video just juxtaposed in such a great way and set off some sort of pleasure circuit in my brain. Thanks for that.
posted by not_on_display at 10:04 PM on October 27, 2009

I like this one, too.
posted by wsg at 10:10 PM on October 27, 2009 [3 favorites]

Ballad of Bilbo Badbrains
posted by not_on_display at 10:20 PM on October 27, 2009

I want my 3 minutes and 20 seconds back.
posted by brenton at 10:41 PM on October 27, 2009

**watches, gets the dry heaves, pauses, comes back, Dry heaves again...*
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 12:19 AM on October 28, 2009

ropeladder, that was seriously the awesomest thing I've seen on the internet in quite some time!
posted by lonefrontranger at 12:44 AM on October 28, 2009

This is a strange thing to say, but I really liked this – I mean I really liked it, that song is awesome and I'm going to have to track it down – but the link is wrong. It would have been better to link to this version, since in the version linked above the name of the band is spelled wrong and the song title is given incorrectly.

The song is "Bis Zum Erbrechen Schreien" by Mediengruppe Telekommander (note the extra 'm' in Telekommander). What an awesome song it is, too.

  • Mediengruppe Telekommander on Wikipedia.
  • Mediengruppe Telekommander's website. [Auf Deutsch, obviously.]
  • Some other great songs of theirs: Trend. Was ganz Feines. Original tour video of "Bis Zum Erbrechen Schreien" including endorsement by Steven Seagal. (!?)

  • posted by koeselitz at 12:52 AM on October 28, 2009

    koeselitz: that song is awesome and I'm going to have to track it down...

    Das Vinyl ist unauffindbar, wie kann das nur sein?
    posted by koeselitz at 4:37 AM on October 28, 2009

    Can somebody who actually knows German explain some of this to me? I can't really get past the first line, and given that the chorus seems to my baffled eyes to be an exhortation to 'heed the call to vomit,' I think maybe I'm missing the point.
    Das Vinyl ist unauffindbar,
    Wie kann das nur sein?
    Stattdessen werdet ihr jetzt Pop
    Bis zum Erbrechen schrei’n!

    Sag mir wer stellt hier noch fragen,
    Ja wo führt das denn hin?
    Wenn das was alle sagen wirklich stimmt
    Kauf' ich das blind,
    Denn ich will Pop, Pop, Pop.

    "Gab es so was nicht schon Gestern?"
    Meine Schwestern war'n empört
    Und sie sagten zu mir lästernd
    Ich hätt’ sie beim hör’n gestört.

    Ihr wollt Konsum-Kritik,
    Doch die kriegt ihr nicht!
    Ihr habt so hart dafür gekämpft,
    Doch das liegt uns nicht!

    Mehr Pop, Pop,
    Bis zum Erbrechen schrei’n

    Dein persönlicher Begleiter:
    Dein Lieblingsreim.
    Ein Leben in der Hucken
    Um mehr Pop zu schrei’n.

    Sag mir wer will da was wagen,
    Weiß doch heute jedes Kind:
    Wenn’s stimmt dass das schon alle haben,
    Dann vertrau’ doch einfach blind!
    Ist doch nur Pop, Pop, Pop

    "Ja so was gabs schon früher"
    Meine Brüder war’n verstört.
    Sie erzählten mir darüber,
    Als wär’n sie voll angeturnt.

    Ihr wollt Strom-Gitarren,
    Doch die kriegt ihr nicht.
    Ihr wollt den deepsten Shit
    Doch daraus wird wohl nix.

    Mehr Pop, Pop,
    Bis zum Erbrechen schrei’n
    posted by koeselitz at 4:48 AM on October 28, 2009

    The chorus is "scream till you puke". Otherwise -- there's not really much of a plot there, so it's hard to give you a summary.
    posted by creasy boy at 5:43 AM on October 28, 2009 [1 favorite]

    many years ago, i worked for a wonderful man by the name of dill boan.* he told me that during the 2nd world war, his mother worked in a factory somewhere in indiana. on fridays, the powers that be would bring in a band, and the workers would have a dance during their lunch hour. i thought & still think that this is a wonderful idea. i bugged him at least weekly to do the same for our office, which had only 5 fulltime employees, 4 of whom were women. i was completely convinced that he was actually going to do that some day, and was _certain_ it was happening when a guy came in to place an ad, and mentioned that he played both spoons AND harmonica. i was waiting for him to pull out that harp & blow some tunes. i'm not much of a dancer, but i was ready to cut a rug that day! i was beyond crestfallen when he paid for the ad & left.

    dill boan never did bring in a musician/band/boombox for a friday afternoon dance session, which may be why i've never really learned how to dance. and i'm reading this post at work, where youtube is big NYET on the network, so i couldn't view the video even if metafilter hadn't broken it.

    but ha HA! i moved to new orleans, where, no matter how inept one is nor how many left feet one possesses, it's almost impossible not to bob & weave & shuffle & sway when the music starts. i never got my lunchtime dance, but i finally lost my inhibitions & i'm out there at the festivals making a fool of myself alongside the best & worst of them.

    no moral to this story, except perhaps more of us would know how to shake that thang if our employers would just bring back the friday lunchtime dances.

    *name slightly changed because even though he's now dead, i don't think he'd be down with having it posted on the internets.
    posted by msconduct at 6:24 AM on October 28, 2009 [1 favorite]

    and oh, yeah: i miss you dill boan. for a curmudgeonly old bastard who wouldn't throw a lunchtime dance for an enthusiastic employee, you pretty much were the best. r.i.p.
    posted by msconduct at 6:29 AM on October 28, 2009

    This has been one of my favorite YouTube clips for a while now. The Rap in the middle of "Clint Eastwood" states that evahbody gots the funk in them, it just needs to be brought out.

    Q.E. D.
    posted by djrock3k at 6:39 AM on October 28, 2009

    Perhaps it's just semantics, but it's more appropriate to say that the Funk has everyone in it, they just need to learn to sublimate their ego to It.

    ...or to re-state Give up the Funk!
    posted by djrock3k at 6:56 AM on October 28, 2009

    Oh man that guy is SO getting laid tonight! You can just see it in her eyes.
    posted by Mike D at 8:07 AM on October 28, 2009

    My german is rustier than I want to admit, but reading those lyrics, it seems to be a (perhaps ironic, perhaps not) paean to Pop music overall. Music is played for a sister, who is a culture critic and who hates it... it's play for a brother who wants heavy guitar and hates it... But the song is mostly about loving pop music so much it makes you want to scream until you puke.

    Or maybe it's a critique of the European pop music culture which (when I was there, anyway) sort of uses pop music as aural kleenex, with a constant rotation of insipid songs achieving number one and then being discarded and none of them having any real staying power, and that makes the song about being so frustrated with pop music that you want to puke.

    Or maybe I'm doing it all wrong, and someone whose german isn't 20+ years out of use should take a whack at it.
    posted by hippybear at 9:32 AM on October 28, 2009

    Do I have to dress all in white?
    posted by binturong at 10:30 AM on October 28, 2009

    I think you will find that most other clothing colors are not as effective for making the outlines of your genitalia visible, no matter how tight your pants. And this man makes a pretty convincing case that the visibility of the outlines of your genitalia are an important part of dancing properly.
    posted by idiopath at 10:34 AM on October 28, 2009

    re the synching issue. It was running smoothly and perfectly in sync (had even been manipulated to match the beats) when I posted it, but then YT crashed and has been acting hinkey ever since.

    koeselitz - I saw that other vid but didn't think the video quality was as good as the one I posted. Sorry about the misspell though - my bad.
    posted by vronsky at 3:03 PM on October 28, 2009 [1 favorite]

    vronsky: koeselitz - I saw that other vid but didn't think the video quality was as good as the one I posted. Sorry about the misspell though - my bad.

    Not your fault - it was the video's title's fault.

    Awesome post, anyway - this was one of those things that's so cool that I become obsessed. Still can't stop listening to that song.
    posted by koeselitz at 10:04 PM on October 28, 2009

    That guy looks unpleasantly similar to Josef Fritzl.
    posted by Hello Dad, I'm in Jail at 2:57 AM on October 29, 2009

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