Weezer video stars lots of YouTube celebs

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  1. Jake says:

    I thought I saw ZeFrank peek in there from the side at one point…

  2. Jake says:

    Hmm… on second look: nope.

  3. jere7my says:

    I’m sure the BNL video was an influence, but this has a different feel to it. BNL’s video strung together a bunch of clips of YouTube stars lip-syncing to their song; this is more of an ultimate crossover thing. BNL couldn’t’ve shown the Kung Fu Guy ripping off the hood of the Ninja Guy to reveal the Peanut Butter Jelly Time Banana, for instance.

  4. PhiCancri says:

    I agree that both the Weezer and BNL’s videos have a different feel to them and both took the idea in a different direction. Regardless of the fact if BNLs had the idea first, IMHO Weezer ran with the idea and made it a 1000 times better. There are so many references and classic Internet videos portrayed; ten times as many as BNL’s video. And besides, I think the Weezer song is just better.

  5. jim.cowling says:

    “BNL did this better.”

    No, not even close. This was brilliant. An order of magnitude better than the BNL video.

  6. cycle23 says:

    Good god BNL sucks.

    I thought “meth minute” did it first, and better, but Weezer is a second.

    If I’d have remembered “BNL” meant “bare naked ladies”, I would not have clicked that link. So sneaky!

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=2pPCkhYMQgY

  7. jonathan_v says:

    They have a different feel.

    Weezer did it second, and was clearly inspired. That said, its a GIANT improvement on the concept.

    The other band just strung together a bunch of lip-syncs… they basically gave the ‘celebs’ a preview of their album, they did their thing, and then strung the video together. It could have been done before or after the track’s release, and without the band.

    The weezer approach has everyone star in the video with them… it’s a crossover and meeting of of the celebrities with each other, and the people they mimic. In a way, its kind of postmodern.

  8. Agent 86 says:

    Someone want to compile a list of links for The Meth Minute^39 version? It makes me feel less nerdy when I miss more than half the references.

  9. Marcelo says:

    I agree. The Weezer one also recreated the circumstances of the videos themselves, like the stage in evolution of dance or the Miss Teen South Carolina pageant. It was like a Michel Gondry thing.

  10. Agent 86 says:

    wait, there are no furries in hell?

  11. Antinous says:

    wait, there are no furries in hell?

    The sodomites were quite keen on keeping them, but the simoniacs wouldn’t have it and packed them all off to purgatory.

  12. cstatman says:

    sorry, I enjoy BNL and weezer, but this guy did it better…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBGIQ7ZuuiU

  13. Anonymous says:

    The big list-o-references misses one, which is the scenario for that first webcam setup with the bright window behind the band members. Its a reference to the Pachelbel’s Cannon guitar solo guy…

    a nice bit of comment on virtuosity? (intentional or un)

    a lot of meemexperiences integrated with a budget here…

  14. rossangeles says:

    Lot’s of subtle tributes going on as well. At 37 seconds a nod to Guy Catches Sunglasses With Face bridges the gap from Mentos Experiment to Fensler G.I. Joe vid. Nice!

  15. skatanic says:

    Ok yes, BNL did this before but three main points.
    1) Weezer is a much better band with a much better song.
    2) Weezer has better web celebrities.
    3) The overall feel and appearance of Weezer’s video is better.
    Bottom line, Weezer probably got the idea from BNL, but they changed it and improved upon the concept.

  16. kashmir kong says:

    I thought the video was pretty sub par.

    1) Most of these net celebs are old news. Surely there was someone fresher than the Numa Numa guy or Kevin Federline or less worn out than Chris Crocker.

    2) I think this is the 3rd/4th video like this where the celebs are shown doing their routine. The video is made assuming we know who these personalities are. The characters have been established, so why not spend the 3 minutes telling a story? Have them team up to fight spambots or something like that.

  17. Cowicide says:

    @#31

    All furries have to do is say, “Hell hatheth no furry” 10 times in a row as fast as they can and they are exorcised of all furry sin. It’s in the Bible.

  18. colin2go says:

    #25:

    1. You’ve highlighted a funny little connection between people using YouTube to gain fifteen minutes of fame and well-established bands producing music videos. This video is fun because we all get to sit around thinking “Hey, I remember that!” Chris Crocker is old? Really? On what time scale?

    2. Yeah, that would just be awesome. You should totally get into producing music videos.

  19. Matt Sanderson says:

    Oh, Barenaked Ladies can kiss my heinder. This is such a better video and song. I knew Weezer was doing this for the video, but I had no idea it would actually be done *well*. I mean, this is as gimmicky as it gets, but it works. I think it has to do with their using all the original people from the videos. And I also like to think it has something to do with Weezer’s charm.

    As for Rivers’ lyrics… well, yeah, they’re not that great. He’s lost that gift of witty, cynical, all-around-amazing lyrics that he had years ago. It’s a shame. But I still love the band.

    Also, drumming with lightsabers? AWESOME.

  20. Wingo says:

    Also, drumming with lightsabers? AWESOME.

    I couldn’t agree more. The whole rest of everything stopped mattering when that part happened. I was giggling with glee…

  21. Johnny Coelacanth says:

    I didn’t get all of the references, but I think I just had a nerdgasm, anyway.

  22. Enochrewt says:

    Weezer kicked my mom off their tour bus once. True Story.

  23. everymarble says:

    yeah, do you think any of these internet dudes said to weezer: “uh, we’re no Spike Jonze or anything, but we did this video a full YEAR ago for barenaked ladies… you sure you wanna go this route?”

    probably not. “money? don’t mind if i do!”

  24. Chocolatey Shatner says:

    Can we have a counterpart to Godwin’s Law that addresses the “Rick Rolling” phenomena? I’m looking at you, CSTAMAN.

  25. Dillenger69 says:

    Did they get all those people to do that stuff, or was that just some really good CGI?
    Both this one and the BNL one have their good and bad points.
    I like the Weezer tune better.

  26. the boy says:

    I like this one, but I kind of wish Rivers Cuomo would just get over himself.
    “Timbaland knows the way
    To reach the top of the charts
    Maybe if I work with him
    I can perfect the art”?
    Rivers, are you being post-ironic, post-post ironic, or are you just really, genuinely this whiny and mopey?

  27. Wingo says:

    So if you really care, or are really bored, here they are:

    Tay Zonday – http://www.youtube.com/user/TayZonday?ob=1
    Miss Teen South Carolina – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww
    Kelly, from the Shoes video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCF3ywukQYA
    the Will It Blend? blender – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8H29jU8Wrs
    Chris Crocker (Leave Britney Alone) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHmvkRoE
    the dude in Evolution of Dance – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMH0bHeiRNg
    Daft Hands (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2cYWfq- … and Daft Bodies (?) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LXNV8Mn
    Charlie the Unicorn (!!!) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsGYh8AacgY
    the ninja guy – http://youtube.com/watch?v=HFBBh2n2yP0
    the Dramatic Look Gopher!! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8Kyi0WNg40
    it’s peanut butter jelly time! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8MDNFaGfT4
    K-Fed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6RvngAZCcQ
    the Soulja Boy dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZE2OzguWHo
    diet coke and mentos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKoB0MHVBvM
    lightsaber guys http://youtube.com/watch?v=8NE5elL30w4
    t shirts http://youtube.com/watch?v=r6tlw-oPDBM
    numa numa kid http://youtube.com/watch?v=60og9gwKh1o&feature=rel
    all your base are belong to us http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qItugh-fFgg
    GI Joe PSA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atXIKI2XHj4

    I take no credit for compiling this whatsoever. I’m a dork, admittedly, but not totally insane. I stole it from Digg where some other guy stole it from somewhere else, or something.

  28. Reed Savory says:

    As much as I’m a big fan of Weezer, I have to agree here – BNL did it first, and I think did it better.

  29. Bonnie says:

    I was just happy to see Charlie the Unicorn get props.

    But damn, I really wanted to see a Xeni cameo!

  30. Cowicide says:

    These videos make me absolutely furious. Hell hatheth no furry. I am shaking with anger over how these videos weren’t done right compared to other videos I have seen before anybody else. I can barely even type because I only want to make tight fists and slam my keyboard repeatedly until my Mom calls me up from the basement for dinner. I can hardly even eat my Cheetos as my sticky, orange fingers tremble in anger especially when I realize how OLD all these memes are!1!!

  31. JeremiahBritt says:

    @ Wingo:

    You forgot the tiny dancing horrors.

    http://www.cartoonbrew.com/cgi/worst-mocap-ever

  32. Antinous says:

    The anthropomorphic Drama Prairie Dog was upsetting.

  33. fuzzycuffs says:

    EPIC

  34. Registrado says:

    I love this video – a great mix of old and new references.

  35. License Farm says:

    @ Agent 86 #31: wait, there are no furries in hell?

    While “hell hath no furry” wins the prize, I have to say:

    When there is no more room in Hell, the furry will walk the earth.

    I’m kind of surprised Anonymous didn’t show up in this video anywhere. They’d have been more welcome than Rivers Cuomo’s pornstache.

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