"Who the hell is in the new Weezer video?"

So if you've seen the new Weezer video for "Pork and Beans" then you're probably asking yourself the question above. If you haven't already seen it then check it out right here:



Some of the folk may appear familiar to you. Some may not. All of them are Internet viral video stars. People who are famous for having some shit video or other of theirs on Youtube or likewise which is then passed around and around until the whole world nows about it. Not sure whether to give kudos to Weezer for coming up with a great idea for a video or to bitch slap them for giving these freaks more time than their worth. Check out the "Canada on Strike" episode of South Park to see Trey and Matt's take on the phenomenon.

Anyway. For all of you scratching your head going "What the fuck?" I have assembled a breakdown of the video. A who's-who of internet freaks.

Click on the read more to be introduced.





Most of these people had no idea they would become stars. A lot of the videos are home movie footage and are often very short and poor quality.



1. "00:00" Canon Rock - Jeong-Hyun Lim

Brian Bell sits down in an ordinary looking bedroom and starts to play the opening riff to "Pork and Beans". The other members of Weezer appear in the other 4 corners of the screen. The room is designed to look like that of Jeong-Hyun Lim a south Korean kid who recorded his own heavy rock version of Pacelbel's canon and stuck it on Youtube. Link.



2. "00:16" Gary Brolsma - Numa Numa Guy
In the top right hand corner the feed is interrupted by this guy. Famous for recording himself miming dramatically along to a song called "Dragostea din tei" by Moldovan pop band O-Zone. Here.





3. "00:16" Dramatic Chipmunk
One of the band members faces is super-imposed over the so-called dramatic chipmunk's (actually a prairie dog) a rodent famous for pulling a dramatic expression on a Japanese TV show. Link.





4. "00:22" Afro Ninja
Cut to a shot of a black dude with an afro and some nunchuks. Famous for twatting himself by landing arse-ways from his flip. Link.





5. "00:30" Experiment 711 - Diet Coke and Mentos
Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz's video of them adding mentos to diet coke which causes an eruption of cola. These eruptions take place in the background of Weezer's live performance throughout the video. Link.





6. "00:38" G.I. Joe - Public service announcement pisstakes.
A company called Fensler Films took the public service announcements that used to be shown at the end of the G.I. Joe cartoon (similar ones were at the end of MASK, He-Man and many other 80's cartoons and redubbed them with completely surreal voices that made little to no fucking sense. You can get all of the parodies seperately on Youtube but for the sake of ease somebody has mixed the lot of them together into Parts 1 and Parts 2.





7. "00:47" Guinness world record for most T-Shirts worn
In 2006 Matt McAllister put on 155 t-shirts to become the world record holder. Weezer bassist Scott Shriner recreates it here. See if you can spot whats on his t-shirts. Original video is here.





8. "00:59" Chris Crocker - Leave Britney Alone
Youtube blogger who got exceptionally emotional about Britney's treatment in the press. Started crying and ranting to the camera. Result: Instant celebrity. Jesus Wept. Original Leave Britney Alone here.





9. "01:03" All your base are belong to us
One of the first internet viral video's. The opening Cutscene of the game "Zero Wing" for the Sega Megadrive featured a very very bad Japanese-English translation. The line "We have taken over all of your bases" was translated as "All your base are belong to us" and for some reason in early 2001 people latched onto this and ran with it in very interesting ways. Check out what I mean at the end of the original footage here.





10. "01:10" Caitlin Upton - Miss Teen America South Carolina
In the Miss Teen America pageant last year Miss South Carolina Caitlin Upton was asked the question "Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?" Her answer made absolutely no fucking sense but is priceless none the less. Check out for the guest appearance by none other than AC Slater from Saved by the Bell. Link.





11. "01:13" Ryan V Dorkman
Miss Teen America's microphone turns into a light-sabre based on this Star Wars fan video made by Ryan Wieber and Michael "Dorkman" Scott. Its quite an impressive video and the battle is certainly better than the one between Luke and Vader in both Empire and Jedi. Link.





12. "01:27" Judson Laipply - Evolution of Dance
Motivational speaker Judson Laipply created this, admittedly impressive, routine to finish off his talks. Was previously the most viewed video on Youtube with over 86 million views until it was beaten by the video for CSS's "Music is my hot hot sex". Link.





13. "01:29" Tay Zonday - Chocolate Rain
Singer Tay Zonday's interesting vocal stylings made chocolate rain a very watched vid on Youtube. Link.






14. "01:38" Keven Federline - Popazao
Kevin Federline a.k.a. K-Fed a.k.a. Mr Ex-Britney Spears sitting at a mixing desk listening to one of his (shite tracks). The footage in the Weezer video is the original footage so seemingly they couldn't get K-Fed to recreate his vid. Link.





15. "01.47" Daft Hands
Some punter writes the lyrics to Daft Punk's "Harder Better Faster Stronger" on his hands and does his own little performance art. Link.





16. "01.52" Daft Bodies
Same concept as Daft Hands. Two girls write the lyrics on their bodies and perform. At the end of this segment the dancers lift off their helmets to reveal they're "actually" Brian Bell and Scott Shriner. Link.





17. "02.06" Kicesie Sex Education
Some random chick does sex advice on her Youtube video blog. Link.







18. "02:28" Liam Kyle Sullivan - Shoes
Comedian and actor Liam Kyle Sullivan makes a bunch of Internet skits some decent, all weird. Shoes being the most famous. Link.





19. "2.37" The whole she-bang
Crocker pulls away his curtain and reveals a large room with all the previous entries and some extra all doing their thing while Weezer play in Black leather.
"Stars" that appear in the mish-mash include:





Star Wars Kid


Dancing Banana ("Its Peanut Butter Jelly-Time")

CGI Donald Duck


Soulja Boy

UFO's in Haiti
(impressive looking hoax. Not convincing but impressive)

Sneezing Panda (possibly cutest thing ever)

Charlie the Unicorn
(possibly weirdest cartoon video ever)

Will it blend? (A series of Viral Promotional videos for the blender company Blendtec to promote their blenders. Throughout the series they blend such random objects as Golf Balls, A copy of Grand Theft Auto IV and in THIS video he blends a copy of the new Weezer album and a tin of Pork and Beans)


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1 comments:

May 30, 2008 at 3:10 AM Chrisnostanding said...

I think its a brilliant idea for a video. I know some people don't need anymore attention than they already have but it stands as a testament to independent(-ish) media channels and how you don't need money to spread a message (however strange) to millions of people.
Although i'm pretty jealous I didn't think of something, become famous and meet Weezer...