That Friday Song

31 Mar

The web has been in a frenzy the last couple of weeks over a song from a wee girlie. Rebecca Black (aged 13 3/4) sings some other people’s song and gets engulfed in an amazing tsunami of rage and ire. It’s a bit hard to understand why. She didn’t bomb another person’s country, she just let some guys record her singing a tune. Sure, the song is shite, and auto-tuned to hell and back, but it’s catchy and not as shite as a few other songs I could name. She could have skipped the rap in the middle, though…

Now it’s easy to go online and say things like “U sukc” or “omg i hat u” and so on. And about a billion people did, helping to remind a 13 year old girl just how crap she is. (And on a side note, you would think that today’s kids would have better spelling, since they essentially live in a word-based medium, with spell-checkers on everything?)

But you know what’s best about this whole thing? Not the negative stuff, but the positive stuff. What people actually did with that half-assed song – used it to create some great things.

Like this one, made by slowing the thing down by 5 times and making it sound like something edgy from 1990s Iceland.

There was this one, where the whole thing was, shall we say, given a bit more oomph.

And this one, where the rather brilliant Matt Mulholland makes it sound like a real song, an amazing achievement it must be said. Go Matt!

And finally, here is the best version I have found. It’s a bit edgy, and was removed from YouTube pretty fast. But I managed to salvage it from my cache and pop it up somewhere for you to enjoy. So, yeah, enjoy, while you can, and forgive me if it’s a bit… too much.

So there you go. And just to remind you all, today it is Thursday, yeah? Which means tomorrow is… well, I’m sure you can work it out. Or maybe I’ll sing it for you.

/ paddy


Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Culture, Life


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7 responses to “That Friday Song

  1. Anton

    March 31, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    You missed the best one…

  2. paddyK

    March 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I didn’t forget it. It was a test…

  3. anaglyph

    March 31, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    The Matt Mulholland version is genius, thanks.

  4. Bellis

    April 5, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I’m probably the last person in the world who’d never heard of Roberta Flack until I saw this blog post, but although rubbish the song is harmless. Just another totally shitty pop tune. Hard to understand the deluge of nasty comments.

    All the best,

    P.S. Hm. “Roberta Flack” in the above was not a deliberate mistake. But it is telling that I already got the girlie’s name wrong, although not confusing her with the real Roberta Flack. D.S.

  5. Wicked Shawn

    April 12, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Ughhh. You deftly managed to trick me into watching it. Not cool, my friend, not cool.

    Also, I’m of the mind the REASON they can’t spell is because of spellcheck.

    • paddyK

      April 12, 2011 at 7:32 am

      Heheheh. And what, they can’t spell because they always have access to spellcheckers? Does not compute.

      • Bellis

        April 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

        Oh yes, it does. Computers are stupid. Not flexible. They do not always get it right. Written on computers, Finnegan’s Wake and On the Road would never have existed. And by the way, Paddy, it’s spell checker – so maybe you should use yours…? :-)

        All the best,


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