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Title: Alanis's Humps
Post by: AmandaGal on April 03, 2007, 05:33:09 PM
My favorite reason to hate Canada has done her version (a parody) of "My Humps."  Scary.
http://www.alanis.com/myhumps.html

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Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on April 03, 2007, 05:48:31 PM
Silliness of the video aside, I still find it extremely difficult to listen to her grating voice.

Dang, it hurts....
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: starfighter on April 03, 2007, 05:55:46 PM
  Male rock stars are always allowed to look like hell with the only difference being how many days of growth they wear for their faux-beards.  But there seems to be a trend with female singers tarting up their look.   I guess with this video you can add Alanis to the list even if it does seem to be done for parody.  Nelly Furtado seems to have decided to look hotter and the new look they're promoting for the next Avril Lavinge CD seems to be more of the same.  Maybe someday it will be someone I actually like to listen to.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Pak-Man on April 03, 2007, 06:55:26 PM
Wow. Alanis has a sense of humor!? I thought her range of musical emotion ranged from bitter to angry. Guess her "You Can't Do That On Television" days left a mark. :^)
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: BathTub on April 03, 2007, 07:25:47 PM
That was hilarious. loved it.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Teaflax on April 03, 2007, 10:54:36 PM
Better executions of the same basic idea; Nina Gordon's Straight Outta Compton, Frazier Chorus's Anarchy in the UK and Tori Amos's Smells Like Teen Spirit.

And, as a bonus,  none of the above have an affected falsetto yodel-vibrato to make your ears bleed.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on April 04, 2007, 04:19:55 AM
i always liked her though....



sigh


whose gonna start flaming me now?
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: 6079SmithW on April 04, 2007, 04:38:08 AM
I think that's pretty funny, especially since she's exaggerating the whinyness of her normal singing style to further the joke. The video was kind of overselling it, though.

Also, it's remarkably similar to the joke here: http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2348811

And yeah, ironic covers have definitely been done before. I like sincere covers of surprising styles better; Ben Folds version of Dre's Bitches Ain't Shit is both hilarious, actually a good song in its own right, and fairly affectionate towards the original.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Justin on April 04, 2007, 04:50:54 AM
I still think the Gourds' version of "Gin & Juice" is pretty funny.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: ScottotD on April 04, 2007, 05:02:57 AM
has done her version (a parody) of "My Humps."  Scary.

What an odd choice, especially with Bryan Adams and Nickleback around.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Minnesota on April 04, 2007, 05:35:57 AM
Awesome video. Alanis is a great singer and fergie is a talentless slut.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Pak-Man on April 04, 2007, 05:45:45 AM
i always liked her though....



sigh


whose gonna start flaming me now?
I've never thought she was a BAD artist. I dig more than one of her songs. She just seems (From her music) like the kind of woman who would kick you square between the legs with very little provocation. :^)
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: torgosPizza on April 04, 2007, 06:21:08 AM
I've never thought she was a BAD artist. I dig more than one of her songs. She just seems (From her music) like the kind of woman who would kick you square between the legs with very little provocation. :^)

I believe that title belongs to Fiona Apple.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Tyrant on April 04, 2007, 06:40:39 AM

  I have to say that this is the most confusing thing I've ever seen. And I live with Pak so I've seen a ton of confusing things over the years.

  Is this supposed to be funny? I feel lost. And cold. And alone.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: J-Proof on April 04, 2007, 06:42:41 AM
you can't really be against the gal who played God in DOGMA lol

While I appreciate her attempt to parody the song, I really really really don't liek her voice haha -- so I couldn't finish the vid =P
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: MarkAndrew on April 04, 2007, 07:01:31 AM
That video was disturbing and, well, pointless.  Was there a point to it?
It reminded me of when Tori Amos covered "Smells Like Teen Spirit"...except I LIKED the Tori Amos cover.  :-)

That said, I really liked Jagged Little Pill, and I would do Alais, Fiona or Tori in a heartbeat...but then I'm a man slut.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: RandyMistie on April 04, 2007, 07:56:07 AM
That was very odd.  I don't mind her voice, so that wasn't a problem.  But she made a goofy, silly little song into something very sad and depressing.  As a joke it doesn't work because the music and the vocals actually made it about, like, demeaning yourself for money, or something... which I guess it is, but...  kind of creepy really...

Yeah, and I liked Jagged Little Pill, too. But nothing really after that.  Her later work sounded like she set all of her therapy sessions to rambling, noodly music:

"My father didn't like me so I went to the store and I bought some stuff then my boyfriend called and he said he was going to LA and then I cried as I went down the stairs to get some milk I drank milk and thought of cows and cried some more..."  Gonna get to a point anytime there, Alanis?
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Tyrant on April 04, 2007, 08:14:29 AM
That was very odd.  I don't mind her voice, so that wasn't a problem.  But she made a goofy, silly little song into something very sad and depressing.  As a joke it doesn't work because the music and the vocals actually made it about, like, demeaning yourself for money, or something... which I guess it is, but...  kind of creepy really...

Yeah, and I liked Jagged Little Pill, too. But nothing really after that.  Her later work sounded like she set all of her therapy sessions to rambling, noodly music:

"My father didn't like me so I went to the store and I bought some stuff then my boyfriend called and he said he was going to LA and then I cried as I went down the stairs to get some milk I drank milk and thought of cows and cried some more..."  Gonna get to a point anytime there, Alanis?

  I think she's angry and moody just for the sake of being angry and moody. I bet she had an awesome childhood full of sunshine and cute bunnies. But sunshine and cute bunnies don't sell records.

 
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: gbeenie on April 04, 2007, 08:37:35 AM
Better executions of the same basic idea; Nina Gordon's Straight Outta Compton, Frazier Chorus's Anarchy in the UK and Tori Amos's Smells Like Teen Spirit.

I love that Nina Gordon version of "Straight Outta Compton." Tori's cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" never struck me as a parody, though.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: AmandaGal on April 04, 2007, 08:38:39 AM
It was supposed to be an April Fools joke (the video that is) from what my lovely lady lumps and I understand.

She didn't look too forlorn and abused on YCDTOT.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: gbeenie on April 04, 2007, 08:42:42 AM
i always liked her though....

sigh

whose gonna start flaming me now?

Not me. I like her just fine, although she's one of those artists I have to be in a certain mood to appreciate.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Pak-Man on April 04, 2007, 08:44:43 AM
Better executions of the same basic idea; Nina Gordon's Straight Outta Compton, Frazier Chorus's Anarchy in the UK and Tori Amos's Smells Like Teen Spirit.

I love that Nina Gordon version of "Straight Outta Compton." Tori's cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" never struck me as a parody, though.
Don't forget Weird Al's cover of Bohemian Rhapsody. :^)
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Compound on April 04, 2007, 08:49:56 AM
i always liked her though....



sigh


whose gonna start flaming me now?

I got your back too, Sarc. I've liked many of her songs as well, and I've even seen her in concert. (Granted, I was there for the band that she opened for, but I still saw her.)
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: AmandaGal on April 04, 2007, 08:51:07 AM
i always liked her though....

sigh

whose gonna start flaming me now?

Not me. I like her just fine, although she's one of those artists I have to be in a certain mood to appreciate.

I agree.  If I'm in a pissed off mood, she's perfect.  She makes me want to go out and castrat, err, I mean, listening to her is a good way to vent your frustrations in a healthy manner.

Seriously though, I've always like her edgier stuff better than her attempts at being sappy (ie: Head Over Feet.  We know you're going to  go off on the dude and impale him with your guitar pick in like 30 seconds, so stop trying to pretend you love him already  :D).

But I guess that's most women. We are prone to mood swings.  "I love you so much honey [walks out of the room, comes back]  What did you say?  YOUR GOING TO DIE YOU BASTARD." :)

Perhaps that is hyperbole but most of you guys would probably think it was kinda close at least.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Pak-Man on April 04, 2007, 08:55:47 AM
I might admit to thinking that, but it would depend on the particular mood of the women in the room at the moment I did.. :^)
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: acoletterose on April 04, 2007, 09:14:36 AM
I liked some of her songs, but if you listen to them enough they tend to get extremely annoying, and I find myself trying to argue with them...

Personally, I like parodies OF her better

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Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: 6079SmithW on April 04, 2007, 09:34:30 AM
Honestly, though, Alanis doing My Humps?

Isn't it ironic? Don't you think?
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on April 04, 2007, 09:40:41 AM
I liked some of her songs, but if you listen to them enough they tend to get extremely annoying, and I find myself trying to argue with them...

Personally, I like parodies OF her better

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You're saying that isn't Alanis? Who can even hope to copy her harsh, nasal yodel?
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Dim of the Yard on April 04, 2007, 10:04:51 AM
I like the guy we see with 3:00 left in the video who looks like he's trying to solve an imaginary Rubik's Cube.

I actually found this a lot more bearable than the original, and I find Alanis's voice very grating.  Sure, it was excessively whiny in this vid, but it seemed to make her singing about dolce and Gabbana much more amusing.  Either way, I still cringe when I hear the chorus, whether we're dealing with Fergie's or Alanis's "lovely little lumps" here.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Sharktopus on April 04, 2007, 11:14:27 PM
Ben Folds version of Dre's Bitches Ain't Shit is both hilarious, actually a good song in its own right, and fairly affectionate towards the original.

Damn straight. Ben Folds' "Bitches Ain't Shit," featuring a guest verse from very English drummer Lindsay Jameson:

http://www.youtube.com/v/Q3C4N6p78io
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Jubilee on April 06, 2007, 09:06:42 PM
Loves it.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Raven on April 10, 2007, 09:50:40 AM
I think this is one of the funniest cover song choices out there. 

I think my favorite by far is Richard Cheese doing "Somebody Told Me" by THE KILLERS.  He turned that one into one of the most depressing songs in history. 
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Cibernético II on April 11, 2007, 11:12:48 AM
it was funny, i liked it

I think the Black Eyed Peas and their spinoff act is one of the lamest things to happen to music
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Minnesota on April 11, 2007, 01:07:30 PM
I agree, cant stand the Black Eyed Peas
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: ScottotD on April 11, 2007, 01:20:16 PM
Have you heard them before the stripper joined?
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Minnesota on April 11, 2007, 01:28:39 PM
no, but I generally dislike college rap it has no edge to it. There are a couple groups I like, such as Atmosphere and Hydrophonics but thats probably just my Minnesota bias. When it comes to my personal mainstream preferences gimme 50 Cent and Eminem any day, gives the music an uncensored quality. College rap (like Black Eyed Peas... I'm guessing) is tame and uninteresting.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: ScottotD on April 11, 2007, 01:29:40 PM
Have a listen to their first two albums, it's WORLDS different to what they do now.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Minnesota on April 11, 2007, 01:33:17 PM
twisting my arm on this one, huh?  I'll look for it next time I'm raiding the oldies section of my fav rap boards, maybe your right?
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Wheaty Petestraw on April 14, 2007, 06:07:47 PM
 :clap:

I hope more people see this video and realize just how completely pointless and trite pop music is. People need to wake up and realize that when they listen to shit like the original song, it ultimately hurts all of us because legitimate, talented artists get pushed out of the way for the "next big thing".

America, I command you to stop being lazy and ignorant. Fergie is the lamest of the brain-dead, talentless, flashy hos. Focus on music that ISN'T being forced down your throats by major record labels and radio stations. You have a choice in this matter. If it's fun music you like, it can be found if you do a little digging.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: Teaflax on April 15, 2007, 06:54:45 PM
You have a choice in this matter. If it's fun music you like, it can be found if you do a little digging.
Problem is that most indie music is just as trite and formulaic as chart stuff. Usually, it's just timbre, production and performance that's different. Mostly, the structure, tonality, melodies and harmonies are very, very similar to chart music.

If I had a nickle for every supposedly underground song that could be turned into a chart hit with the right production and marketing, I'd be a supergazillionaire.
Title: Re: Alanis's Humps
Post by: zaxxon25 on April 20, 2007, 10:47:15 AM
You have a choice in this matter. If it's fun music you like, it can be found if you do a little digging.
Problem is that most indie music is just as trite and formulaic as chart stuff. Usually, it's just timbre, production and performance that's different. Mostly, the structure, tonality, melodies and harmonies are very, very similar to chart music.

If I had a nickle for every supposedly underground song that could be turned into a chart hit with the right production and marketing, I'd be a supergazillionaire.

I can understand the point you're trying to make here (after all, enough marketing $ made a hit out of Modest Mouse - something I would not have predicted) but the more I consider it the more I disagree.

First off, if you change the "timbre, production and performance" of a song you're changing the song.  Radically.  You act like these are just minor tweaks, but put Bob Rock on a song instead of Bob Pollard and it will be a completely different song.  The band will receive different direction, both the execution and the elements of the song changes.  Nirvana's 3 albums are a high-profile case study of this.

I also notice you ignore lyrics in your analysis.  Which to me is one of the defining differences in indie music, while they can be just as underwritten they rarely pander with marketing-focus-group patter like the pre-packaged stuff tends to do.

I mean - the structure/melodies of the Supremes, the Ramones, and Hanson are similar but they couldn't be more different from an execution standpoint.