TV Tropes

Surprisingly, TV Tropes has pages about music, mostly those of a memetic nature. I found these out on 7/30, although it took me a while to listen through all of these.

Weird Al Effect – Did you know that Weird Al does style parodies that aren’t directly parodying a song, but instead a whole style of music? IMO, they’re better than his normal parodies and I like them quite a bit. Favorite one is definitely the James Taylor one (which fits in with the cheerfully murderous theme) but I also really like the Beach BoysDoors, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young ones (because I am an old fogey). The Cake one comes “close, but no cigar” IMO.

Red Zone Remix Vid – An important part of my Youtube Poop childhood. I had dialup until 2010 (!!), so watching these with my friend who had actual internet was always a treat. The TF2 ones of this and the J-E-N-O-V-A one are the most nostalgic.

Stupid Statement Dance Mix – The more coherent version of Youtube Poop. Of course, contains the classics: “Taking the Hobbits to Isengard“, “Why is the Rum Gone? , “I’ve Got a Jar of Dirt!“, “Do You Want this Cake?” , “Bed Intruder Song” , “All Your Base“, “Mysterious Ticking Noise

I was a bit surprised to find “It’s Gonna Rain” on there, but in retrospect, it makes a lot of sense. Come to think of it, I think Eric Mannes showed me this waaaaay back in the day. [EDIT: Yup, looking back in chat logs, he sent this me back in 9/16/10 . That kid is cultured or something ]

I probably should have found this one earlier, but I really dig the “We talkin’ bout practice” one. They also include “Gentlementlemen“, but I’m pretty sure this just counts under straight up Youtube Poop. More cultured ones include the Symphony of Science videos, which were popular a while ago.

This also features the incredible Pogo with his really surreal remixes. I personally enjoy Alice and Upular the best. Although the visuals and the sounds of his travelogues are also very cool, something seems very strange of remixing another country – like a false attempt at sophistication. Like, hearing their stories would be more interesting than hearing this “catchy” remixed version, IMO. I guess he gets commissioned to do this, which might make it more OK? But I’ll get off my soap box now.

Amusingly, they also include “We No Speak Americano” as a mainstream example. If you don’t know the original, here’s the “Talented Mr. Ripley” version with Matt Damon and Jude Law (which is also a fantastic movie btw) . I had seen this movie (…middle school?) before the song got popular and was pleasantly surprised to recognize the sampling of the original song.

Finally, you also absolutely can not forget the amazing HALF LIFE – FULL LIFE CONSEQUENCES! Which has the amazing dance remix here. I used to be able to quote a stupidly large part of this.

…I think all this post proved is that I watched a lot of Youtube Poop as a kid, despite having dialup until 2010. I blame Withrow, my best friend.


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