Posts Tagged ‘Friday’

These days, when you’re linked to a music video on YouTube, it can oftentimes be hard to distinguish whether the video is to be taken seriously or as a joke. It seems as though the general market for music videos has become very easily amused. Weird Al Yankovic picked up on the simplicity of pop music back in 1984, when he began his career. On October 4, the veteran satirist plans to release, “Weird Al Yankovic Live!–The Alpocalypse Tour.” As a precursor to his live album, Yankovic released a music video for “Polka Face” last Monday.

It’s only proper that we pay tribute to one of the funniest parodists of all time by looking at five of the funniest music videos to ever reach the web.


Not the day, silly, but the incredibly terrible, awfully annoying, yet oddly catchy song and viral sensation by overnight tween superstar Rebecca Black.

Though the song, and super duper music video, has been on YouTube since early February, it has only recently become trendy-hence why I am covering it now.

The song, written and produced by Ark Music Factory (a company that, for a steep price, will write your teenage girl a “hit” song and create a “sensational” music video to accompany it…and then throw in a random, unknown rapper for a verse or two) spread like herpes at a Playboy party over the past few weeks. Now, with over 50,000,000 hits on YouTube (30 of which were my contribution) Rebecca Black is receiving a lot of attention. In addition to her video’s success, the song itself is now available on Itunes, has been downloaded thousands of times and has been floating among the top 20 songs on the site. Rebecca Black even held a trending topic spot for over a week on Twitter—the devastating news in Japan didn’t even trend as long as the blossoming pop-star.

Though much (well, mostly all) of her success is due to the pathetic, unrealistic and poorly written lyrics of the song leading to viewers cackling over the cacophony of lyrics and shrieking, Rebecca Black has become the talk of the town. She’s been on Jay Leno, Good Morning America, On Air With Ryan Seacrest and in the heads of millions of people who just cannot seem to kick the “Friday” habit. It’s just so damn catchy—that’s why we hate it. We hate that we somehow find ourselves singing, humming, whistling, parodying, and dubbing such an atrocious song when we least expect it, and just when we get it out of our heads, someone else comes along to remind us that “yesterday was Thursday” and it’s back all over again. (more…)

Being a product of the 90s and coupled with my consumption of contemporary popular culture, I am not a person that gets shocked very easily. I am also not a person who gets tricked or hoodwinked with every passing fad. But then came Rebecca Black. By now I’m sure all of you have seen her teenage angst-ridden video for “Friday,” which has amassed nearly 30 million hits on YouTube since its release a week ago. Posing the age-old question, “which seat can I take,” Rebecca effectively dispels any myth that music must have meaning and voice in order to be popular.

I am significantly impressed by two things: the first is that people actually think she’s being serious. The second is that in her infinite wisdom Rebecca Black has shown us that it’s possible to be a household name for a week or so, all you need to do is release a song that people love to make fun of until it grows on them and actually becomes catchy. She’s tricked us all and we didn’t even know it. It’s the kind of comedy we need to see more often. When her time in the spotlight fades, she will be able to live the rest of her life with the accolade that she was the original “Friday” girl. She’s bound to score with a pickup line like that.

-Nick Deyo

If you’re just returning from spring break like I am, your case of the Mondays must be especially bad today. I originally pondered posting Rebecca Black’s infamous “Friday,” which has become a pop culture phenomenon in just one week. However, her non-existant ability to write good lyrics has already gotten enough air time. Then I pondered posting the Bob Dylan version of the song.

Instead, I’ve decided to show you Jimmy Fallon doing a nearly spot-on impression of Bob Dylan singing the “Charles in Charge” theme song. Because it will make you happy, and because it’s about time Jimmy Fallon started earning a little respect.

Watch the video after the jump


“I always knew I shouldn’t have said that.”

-Jon Stewart