Fighting Trousers: Quality Victorian-parody rap video

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  1. I so love Professor Elemental. His ode to tea is also wonderful. 

  2. Coleman says:

    Wow, you guys are just now hearing about this?

    • Maggie Koerth-Baker says:

      No. I’m just now posting something I’ve been meaning, but forgetting to post, for months. 

    • Xof says:

      I liked Chap Hop before it got so big and commercial.

      • zombiebob says:

        so you’re going to be that guy? Or just sarcastic?

        • Xof says:

          Oh, man, totally serious. Have you heard about the parties these guys throw on the Orient Express? And the private zeppelins? Total sell-outs.

          Or, it just could be me smiling at someone feeling obliged to do the, “You’re just hearing about them now?” thing. :)

  3. punk science says:

    Its called Chap-Hop. Its pioneering protagonists are the mighty Correspondents. Chekkit: http://vimeo.com/18661073

    Boom & pow. 

  4. captainbadbeard says:

    There’s beef between him and Mr. B. Roast beef. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5Q26z-Sc7c & http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703716904576133674200088328.html

    • Bryce Bauer says:

      Professor Elemental is so weak.  A 3-day Victorian beard? There were tons of them around, right?  Also, this video’s great because Mr. B absolutely DESTROYS Elemental.  Short pants, a pith helmet and a British accent do NOT make a chap.

  5. Rich Keller says:

    This is a riot! I first heard Professor Elemental on Radio Riel, a “Steampunk” online radio station about a month and a half ago. I use “quotes” because they have yet to mention bananas.

    Burgess Shale, Chthonic Explorer

  6. akbar56 says:

    Seeing is how this whole “beef” between the artists (a true chap has no beef with his fellow man) is all a creation of the Professor, I find it awesome that Mr. B decided to humor him and agree to a chap-off as Captainbadbeard posted.   However from that performance, it is quite clear that Mr. B is the superior chap. Hands down.

  7. Tim L says:

    Professor Elemental already had my vote for this fine rap:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eELH0ivexKA

  8. Hopeless Savage says:

    Funny that you posted this the same week Warren Ellis tweeted this bit of “Weaponised Englishness for your face,” which I also rather enjoyed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1SWHan4ST4&feature=youtu.be

    I think I prefer Professor Elemental overall, but based on the video that @boingboing-78b5d53cb622ae3b1108094a10994691:disqus posted, I fear I must agree that Mr. B got the best of him on that occasion.

  9. Senor Schaffer says:

    This is being posted now? bOING bOING posted Mr. B about a thousand years ago.

    How does Mark like the Professor’s shot against the banjolele?

  10. Dave Faris says:

    So I can never tell if it’s that BoingBoing has its finger on the pulse of the meme world, or if people do stuff specifically to be featured on BoingBoing. Like banana subway map mashups at Disney World.

    Still, steampunk rapping is something I don’t think anyone could have ever predicted.

  11. TombKing says:

    Back when I first saw/heard this I also checked out Mr. B and found his parody stuff getting stale quite quickly while Professor Elemental was doing original songs.
    Plus Professor Elemental scores big points for making a nice rap to Raymond Scott break beats.

  12. Nylund says:

    I’m constantly surprised by the saying power of the white-people-doing-comedic-parody-rap genre.  Had you asked me in 1991 how long I thought it’d last, I’d never guess that 20 years later, it would still be going strong.

  13. Mister44 says:

    I half expected Dr. Steel to roll in on some sort of death dealing Juggernaut, flattening all comers.

  14. spikerello says:

    Mr B. O.C. Original Chap! Check out his Chap Hop History on youtube. No need for gimmicks like Pith Helmet. This tiff needs to be settled with leather on willow!

  15. There’s a comedian/rapper called Nicepeter who posts on Youtube. He and his friends do these skits called “Epic Rap Battles of History” where they impersonate celebs and historical figures squaring off on the mic. Check out the one between Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss. 

  16. I enjoyed what I heard of The Indifference Engine that I bought it.

  17. bardfinn says:

    It’s my perception that the Beastie Boys were originally a parody-of-frat-culture-and-what-rap-would-be-like-if-it-arose-on-the-Jersey-Shore. That’s 28 +- years.

    At any rate, Elemental has had the academician-on-a-three-day-academic-excursion beard for quite some time now. Rather hard to shave when one’s water is rationed, what?

    Anyone who is so clearly enamoured of the produce of Camellia Sinensis that they sing its praise in paean bepithed, is my hero.

  18. Senor Schaffer says:

    Ah shucks. I talked smack about how long this took and just realized I got recognition in the post.  

    me<——feels bad now

  19. JoshP says:

      ya know, every once in a while you see something that reminds you that people are still having that elusive thing called ‘fun’.  Brilliant ;)  that gets my internet for the day.

  20. Ghost OfTyrone says:

    The Brits are always properly dressed.

  21. Ghost OfTyrone says:

    The Brits are always properly dressed.

  22. Pickleschlitz says:

    Personally, I much prefer the original music track before they slowed it down.

    To see the original video of this song by the original composer, Raymond Scott see…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxQSG2PlgI8

    Is it considered “sampling” when you lift an entire verse and chorus intact and use the intros and outros and part of the bridge too?

    • Is it considered “sampling” when you lift an entire verse and chorus intact and use the intros and outros and part of the bridge too?

      That’s pretty much how it was done since the 70s.

  23. Guest says:

    Regardless of how old it is or who did what or why their sauce is not tasty, it’s very funny and charming.  That bouncy bassoon line and muted trumpets are better than so much production I hear nowadays anyway.

    • Pickleschlitz says:

      That isn’t a bassoon. They’re just playing the record at the wrong speed. That’s Pete Pumiglio on clarinet and Dave Wade on trumpet. The reason that most production nowadays doesn’t sound this good is because the track was recorded in 1936. These guys just played back the record at 45 rpm instead of 78 and rapped over the top. The real name of this song is “Twilight in Turkey”.

  24. zombiebob says:

    I really can’t get over how great this. I’ve listened to it at least 10 times today.

  25. tw15 says:

    George Fomby must be the ur-chap hopper, even if he was working class http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfmAeijj5cM&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=AVGxdCwVVULXeWShlKKRNrvkeC8-qp2_mJ

  26. patelanjali says:

    I really can’t get over how great this.

  27. catgrin says:

    So glad to see you guys giving props to the Prof! I first heard him back in 2008, and have been introducing people to his brand of silliness ever since. From brown stuff to war kitties he’s a swell chap! 

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