Get Your Freak On Friday

I’d been toying with the idea of a regular feature for a while, and last week, I found the perfect fit over at Ashley’s blog: Get Your Freak On Friday! It’s about music (which is awesome), about “what makes you tap your toes, bob your head, wiggle your fingers, cry like an infant, dance like an orangutan, or want to throw things. You list a song and what you do because of it.”

Here’s how it works:
1. Paste the button into your post, linking back to Tristan.
2. Write about aforementioned song. Any one you like.
3. Post the link to your post on Tristan’s post’s Mr. Linky.

Now I’m adding in a component here, because it’s impossible when a song is accompanied by an amazing music video not to talk about the video, but this week I came across two of them that were pretty awesome. I’m sure most of you have seen the 10-minute product placement extravaganza that’s being dubbed the “new Thriller“, and I must admit I enjoyed it thoroughly.  I love it when pop stars totally defy the conventional, and accompany what sounds like a generic dance floor filler with an 18-rated video comprised of  dead bodies, jailbait ladies, nudity, and a Tarantino-esque killing spree.  Not seen it yet? Take a peek:

Pretty creepy, no? But then I saw the new Hot Chip video, which pushes the bizarre a little further. If you’re not familiar with Hot Chip, they’re an English, Grammy-nominated indie electro-pop band who brought the world ‘Over and Over’, NME’s 2006 single of the year, described as an “insanely catchy kitchen-sink club-stomper; a rhapsodic, DFA-sized slice of smart pop.”  So when I heard the video for their new single ‘I Feel Better’ being described as out-weirding Ms. Gaga, I had to check it out.  “What happens when you let comedian Peter Serafinowicz loose on a pop video?”, asks national newspaper The Guardian. Are you sure you really want to know?

Taking a stab at boy bands, a laser-breathing Christ-like figure, and a floating head… you know you’ve got a corker when you can no longer listen to the song without picturing JLS-lookalikes getting obliterated.  Brilliantly weird – this was definitely the week for the compelling and the bizarre!

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12 comments

  1. oh man. i hadn’t seen the full length LG-Beyonce vid – how many products were in there? she must have made a fortune in endorsements alone! and that 2nd vid is hilarious. who thinks of these things?! good song tho, thanks for sharing!

  2. I wasn’t a huge fan of this gaga video because of beyonce trying to be gaga in it, and not herself. And I think gaga can do better. I’m picky I guess. haha.

    I couldn’t see the second video for some reason…it said it didn’t support my country, haha.

  3. Gaga’s videos usually take multiple views to grow on me – the first time I’m always WTF?!

    And I knew Hot Chip sounded familiar (I watched the video when you posted it on Twitter) but I didn’t know why. Now I do. 🙂

  4. The Telephone video is brilliant, and I don’t mean that in a British way. The song, however, I’m still on the fence about. I don’t hate it, but I don’t always love it. It’s unmistakably catchy and well-done, and who doesn’t love Beyonce, but I guess it’s just a little too “club.”

    Have you heard any of the GaGa Remix album? Dancing in the Dark has become one of my new favorite songs.

    Unfortunately, I can’t watch the other video, because my country won’t allow it. Yeah, I’m confused.

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