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27 April 2011 @ 11:49 pm
Just.... wow.

I just saw a pretty cool music video. "Ravenclaws" is a parody video of a song called "Friday", which i hadn't heard of before. For a fan music parody video it's pretty darn good. Assuming you have even the slightest interest in Harry Potter it's pretty amusing, and the singer actually sounds pretty good, and the tune is kinda catchy. (Also, the singer is performing a geeky song while dressed in a schoolgirl outfit with a very short skirt. I don't think i want to find out exactly how old she isn't *cough* =P)

The the Topless Robot post that informed me about the video said "infinitely more clever than the original (although that admittedly isn't saying much)", but i just thought that was the usual "ha ha, modern commercially produced pop music is so dum!"

Then i went and watched the original video, Rebecca Black - Friday. It's hard to compare such things, but i think it may be the most insipid music video i've ever seen/heard. The lyrics are... beyond dumb. The choreography (or whatever you call it) seems... amateur is perhaps too good a word for it. The other video was clearly an amateur effort, but _it_ was a lot more interesting than the original. And her voice was clearly auto-tuned. I'm not going to say all auto-tuning is bad, some pretty creative stuff has been done with it, but they somehow managed to do a _bad_ job of auto-tuning it. During the chorus it almost sounds like she's out of pitch _despite_ the auto-tuning.

shelleycat and i just kinda stared for the whole video with our mouths open going WTF??? We finally concluded that the only way to salvage it, besides making an awesome Harry Potter parody of course, would be to swap out the singer and replace her with a cat. This song would be a staggering work of genius for a cat. It even uses lolspeak for part of the lyrics =P

Oh, and the best(?) part? The video currently has 122 _million_ views. It has 333,000 likes, and 2.4 _million_ dislikes.

And what the hell _is_ a Hufflepuff anyways? :)
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Leora: ouroborosleora on April 28th, 2011 07:07 am (UTC)
The song "Friday" is making the rounds of the internet because of how bad it is. Some people have declared it the worst song ever. I haven't bothered to listen to it to find out.
balivatnbalivatn on April 28th, 2011 08:05 am (UTC)
I don't particularly like the song (too much on the higher end of the pitch register for me, and I'm not a fan of Auto-Tune). But it reminds me a lot of the bland European pop that I've heard around - I think it would have been received differently if it was a European teen. I don't think anyone would have noticed. But Rebecca Black has been very classy and shown a great sense of humor dealing with the misogyny and hatred she's gotten online, which makes me consider downloading it just to show support for her.
DonAithnendonaithnen on April 29th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
Well if people have been harassing her personally that sucks :(

But what kind of European pop are you thinking of? The closest things to modern European pop i've heard have been the Pizza Hut song, the Numa Numa song, and Caramelldansen.
balivatnbalivatn on April 29th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
There's a group called the Fast Food Rockers and another called Cheeky Girls that have that similar sort of major sounding primary color sort of pop music (although they're older), and some other bands I don't remember because it was just heard in passing. But I've had friends that have spent time in Europe and are more familiar with the music that comes out of the various countries say that "Friday" would have blended in pretty well, and probably charted well.

Apparently when she went in to do the song, there was that song and one about adult love, and she was like "I'm 13, I don't really know anything about love," so she did the silly bouncy song about the weekend. She's also donated a bunch of money to Japanese relief funds. So she's pretty cool, even if the song is rather insipid.
Kirin: BewareOfPeoplekirinn on April 28th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
Welcome to several weeks ago! :) Yeah, the Friday video has been a "thing" for a while now. I'm sure Ms. Black is a fine person, but man, the song is bad. And the video is bad. Though apparently it was only semi-professional, as I hear (through the internet rumor-mill so take with gallons of salt) that her parents just paid some production company too much money to make a video. I'd say they deserve a refund, but OTOH, they did garner her a metric crap-ton of publicity, so hey.
Johndolohov on April 28th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
I feel bad for the kid -- she's a teenager whose parents paid for her to record her own music video for her birthday. She's being held up to a ridiculously high standard because the format puts her video on the same footing as videos written and shot by pros.

The whole thing makes me sad. It used to be basically OK for amateurs to suck. They showed off for their friends, had fun, and that was the end of it. When my mom was a kid, she and my uncles used to play Beatles covers at family reunions. They were probably terrible, but it wouldn't have even occurred to anyone to critique them as if they were supposed to be on the same level as the pros.
DonAithnendonaithnen on April 29th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
I don't think that's quite the case here. There are a ton of amateur videos on the web. Some of them are awesome (cf. the first video) and a lot of them are bland or worse. The good ones get shared, but i don't think most people give the bad ones a second thought.

In this case, the possibility that it was an amateur video never crossed my mind when i first watched it. It certainly wasn't any good, but it actually managed to come across as being professional. I never would have bothered mentioning it to anyone else if it had been just as bad but looked like any other amateur attempt.

I think the fact that it was trying so hard to look professional short-circuited everyone's brains and made them judge it differently than they judge other amateur videos. Clearly the lesson that other amateurs should take away is that they shouldn't try _too_ hard to look professional unless they're willing to be judged by professional standards.

Steuardsteuard on April 29th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
Clearly the lesson that other amateurs should take away is that they shouldn't try _too_ hard to look professional unless they're willing to be judged by professional standards.

A colleague of mine at Alma told me a story reminiscent of that about one of her students presenting a research poster at a conference. People would look at the poster and start asking all sorts of hard-hitting questions about methodology and background material, and the student responded to the barrage as best she could. But when she eventually said, "I'm not sure, I'm only an undergraduate," the questioner's tone would suddenly shift from "dubious" to "seriously impressed". There can be a danger in looking like you're a category up from where you really are!