Reality weirder than ol' Weird Al
October 01, 2020

Weird Al makes a 'We're Doomed' political video, featuring Trump & Biden

Weird Al Yankovic has teamed with The Gregory Brothers and made an autotuned remix of the presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Weird Al takes over as moderator, with Trump and Biden's more memorable lines turned into hooks.

Canadian indie-rock musician Rich Aucoin made a simply great video for his new song 'Walls' with a simple idea - he recreated 20 of the most iconic music videos of all time, including Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Prince's 'When Doves Cry', Jamiroquai's 'Virtual Insanity', Beyonce's 'Single Ladies', Radiohead's 'Just', Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic', Run DMC & Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way' and other. At first, they're separate, but by the end of the video Beyonce ends up with OK Go, Madonna with the Beastie Boys etc.

Magic and lies
September 15, 2020

Strange history of songs

An interesting thread at Music REDEF about how some songs came to life: Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Free Bird' turned from a four-minute ballad into a nine-minute guitar epic because singer Ronnie van Zant needed time to rest his voice so the other guys needed to fill in the space. Jay-Z had to lie to get the rights to a sample from 'Annie' for 'Hard Knock Life'. Rick Astley made a tea, producer Mike Stock sang the melody into his ear, Astley went into the studio, next day 'Never Gonna Give You Up' was a hit...

Corona-death
July 09, 2020

Funny: Death metal song 'Wear a Mask'

YouTuber Vance Kotrla has made a hilarious black metal song 'Wear a Mask' that explains why everybody needs to wear masks. The video starts out with him holding an acoustic guitar standing, saying he is in a folk band, so he decided to write a song encouraging people to wear masks. So he did - a short and funny black metal banger, with lyrics like "Wear a mask / Over your nose and mouth / Wear a mask / To stay above the ground". Watch below.

"It was a blast. It's probably the most fun I've had on a project in a long time" - Savan Kotecha, collaborator to Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Ellie Goulding, told BBC about his latest project, Netflix's new comedy 'Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga', which celebrates the world's largest live music event. Director David Dobkin envisioned the film’s songs walking the fine line between satire and homage - “It’s okay if it’s funny, but it has to be really good music. It has to still be great and just kitschy enough to be Eurovision, because that’s part of what’s fun about Eurovision". Kotecha was brought in to oversee every aspect of the film's music - check out the songs on Variety.

The Flaming Lips performed on Stephen Colbert’s 'Late Show' last night, playing 'Race For The Prize' from their 1999 album 'The Soft Bulletin', while every member of the band and everybody in the audience was inside giant inflatable bubbles, a staple from the group’s live shows.

A metal-head named Hell General is making the rounds in northeast Minneapolis in an ice cream truck, but all he is serving is - metal music, Loudwire reports. Beelzebub's officer revamped a Postal Service truck into a black ice cream truck sporting non-existent treats in the shape of Rammstein, Opeth, Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory, Arch Enemy and more logos from the world of metal. Not surprisingly, he doesn't want to make kids happy - “In all actuality, my intentions with the truck have nothing to do with selling ice cream... When the children materialize in the streets I will coast right past them with the sinister look of rejection”. Instead of serving kids some sweet tastes, he plays them some raw Behemoth, Lamb of God or Strapping Young Lad.

Twitter user @RottenDrawings' has reimagined every album cover by the metal pioneers Death as a 'Seinfeld'-related sight gag. Each Death album - 'Scream Bloody Gore' (1987), 'Leprosy' (1988), 'Spiritual Healing' (1990), 'Human' (1991), 'Individual Thought Patterns' (1993), 'Symbolic' (1995), and 'The Sound of Perseverance' - gets a recreation that references that basic 'Seinfeld'. Awesome!

Sci-fi rockers Devo shared an online store featuring coronavirus merchandise. Offerings include themed face masks and Devo’s iconic red energy dome hats with an attached clear plastic face protector. The band explains: "Once the dome was placed on your head it recycled the electrical energy that regularly escapes from your brain. People of course laughed. Now the dome is no longer a source of controversy or derision. Its popularity is a sort of proof that De-evolution is real!".

What's in a name
May 09, 2020

Funny: A bunch of seals sing - Seal

Video editors Real Big Boys have created a funny short video masterpiece that sees a bunch of seals as they belt out the melody of Seal's song 'Kiss From a Rose'. The seals are singing somewhat in key. Seal joins them in the end.

Oh, the merry quarantine days - a toddler named Jolee Dunn performed a very original song called 'I Wonder What’s Inside Your Butthole' with lyrics “I wonder what’s inside your butthole/ Maybe there is astronauts/ Maybe there is aliens/ All inside your butthole/ What’s inside your butthole?/ I always want to know”. Her mother posted in on Twitter and it, of course, became a viral hit. Now, the 'How I Met Your Mother' actor Josh Radnor and Australian folk artist Ben Lee made a cover of it.

A pair of extraordinary English gentleman Adam Hardman and Jonathan Oakes made a recreation of Glastonbury using thousands of tiny Lego bricks, assembled in Hardman's back garden, NME reports. The pair’s take on the festival featured their own version of the famous Pyramid Stage, and an array of special effects which they created using a smoke machine, party lighting and sparklers. An iPad was also used to display previous performances from the likes of The Killers, the Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Dolly Parton and the Chemical Brothers.

American bottled water manufacturer Liquid Death Mountain Water has taken hateful social media comments about their water and turned them into a death metal album, Loudwire reports. 'Greatest Hates' is a 10-song collection made using gripes concerning the company whose slogan is "Murder your thirst". Tracks such as 'Dumbest Name Ever For Water', 'Get Slaughtered on Shark Tank' and 'This Crap Is Pure Evil' use verbatim quotations from angry Internet commenters to make the lyrics of the songs. Music was made by a group of real death metal musicians - Gus Rios (Gruesome, formerly of Malevolent Creation), James Malone (Arsis), Seth Ringer (Eternal) and Torin Ridgeway.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau used a cringy phrase while giving one of his daily press conferences amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which made for a banger hit. During the address, while he was outlining the benefits of wearing a mask while traveling in public, Trudeau used an unfortunate - and now infamous - choice of words to describe the way in which COVID-19 spreads: by "speaking moistly". A YouTube user named anonymotif has remixed his speech with emphasis, of course, on "speaking moistly", and it's a club hit now.

Lyricist Dana Jay Bein and vocalist Adrian Grimes remade Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' as 'Coronavirus Rhapsody' in light of the ongoing Covid-10 pandemic. Cheeky lyrics include nods to hand sanitizing and self-quarantining. Grimes describes the parody as an attempt to harness "some humor to see us through the COVID-19 crisis".

American violinists Bonnie Von Duyke and Emer Kinsella have performed the 19th Century hymn 'Nearer My God to Thee', known to many for its use in the film 'Titanic', dressed in lifejackets, in a toilet paper aisle at a California supermarket. Their intention was to bring people hope and a laugh, as well as letting others know they can, as self-employed artists, offer their services remotely.

Atomic humor
March 17, 2020

Funny: Godspeed! - washing your hands

Kranky made a great meme out of their release, Godspeed You! Black Emperor's cover for 'Lift Your Hands Like Antennas to Heaven', a post-rock classic about, well, end of the world, more or less. It might be coming now with coronavirus. Or maybe not, if we wash our hands properly.