I have to guess this is a repeat from 2011

Cidu Bill on Nov 24th 2017


Filed in Argyle Sweater, Bill Bickel, Rebecca Black, Scott Hilburn, comics, comics strips, humor | 24 responses so far

24 Responses to “I have to guess this is a repeat from 2011”

  1. Greybeard Nov 24th 2017 at 06:24 pm 1

    On a hunch, I Googled: there’s a singer named Rebecca Black with a song called “Friday”. Still not funny.

  2. Cidu Bill Nov 24th 2017 at 06:37 pm 2

    From 2011.

  3. PeterW Nov 24th 2017 at 07:34 pm 3

    I’m pretty sure that year or the next there really was a “Black Friday, Black Friday” version used as a radio jingle.

  4. Brent Nov 24th 2017 at 08:37 pm 4

    @Greybeard: If you have to google and discover it, it could never be funny, because you clearly missed it in its zeitgeist. Not that it would be hilarious if you didn’t have to… it just never can if you do have to.

    I never thought Friday was all that bad… Rebecca Black was not a professional singer. The song is fine for an amateur 13 year old who got gifted the opportunity to do a music video.

  5. Cidu Bill Nov 24th 2017 at 08:59 pm 5

    Brent, I think what happened was, it became “cool” to passionately hate the song. The girl got death threats, for God’s sake!

    And to be fair, it wasn’t as bad as MacArthur Park.

  6. Greybeard Nov 24th 2017 at 09:05 pm 6

    Damnit, Bill, now I have an earworm…

  7. Cidu Bill Nov 24th 2017 at 09:16 pm 7

    And after you spent almost two months getting rid of it after this, right?


  8. Christine Nov 24th 2017 at 09:50 pm 8

    Greybeard - it’s not so much that there’s the video. It’s that the song for some reason went viral. It’s an extra-cheesy pop song, with more Auto-tune than usual. It was never intended to be a great song, it was part of some sort of “be a musician” experience you can buy your kid, that comes with a pop song for you to do a music video about. People, for some reason, were horribly offended that anyone would do something like that for fun, and got really annoyed at how cheesy it was. (The poor girl had a very hard time of it). There were a lot of jokes about it at the time. (I stand by my original reaction, which was that if “fun fun fun” is going to trend on Twitter, especially because of a song, it’s flat-out wrong for there to not be any T-birds involved.)

  9. Boise Ed Nov 24th 2017 at 10:22 pm 9

    Somebody in the GoComics comments posted a link to the, er, recording in question. My question is, after reading how awful it was, why would anyone voluntarily go and listen to it? Or to your link, Bill.

  10. Lord Flatulence Nov 24th 2017 at 11:22 pm 10

    Oh Nooooooooooo!

  11. Bob Nov 24th 2017 at 11:29 pm 11

    This was a CIDU for me. Don’t know how I missed this in 2011; glad I did though.

  12. Singapore Bill Nov 24th 2017 at 11:41 pm 12

    Darn it, CIDU Bill, you left my cake out in the rain!

    Given that this song was an Internet phenomenon and everything is accelerated in the Internet world and it was 6 of our years ago, shouldn’t this get a geezer tag? Six years on the Internet is like 30 in real life.

  13. Brent Nov 25th 2017 at 02:28 am 13

    @Cidu Bill (5): I love the instrumental breakdown in MacArthur Park. That’s part of what I love about the SCTV version (I’m not going to bother to link it, it is on youtube). I like the lyrics too… but only because they’re so ridiculous and cheesy.

    It’s that part that can earworm me… although I have a particularly strong one that’s been chasing me for weeks, that started when a friend posted his earworm of the day, which was Java. Which somehow triggered a different one in me… bringing in a song I hadn’t heard in months out of nowhere. Because I don’t work on an earworm of the day basis… I get haunted by them, and there’s apparently a long queue. I once had one come out of nowhere, last for several months and never figured out what the song was until a couple YEARS later. I spent a lot of time trying to figure it out, trying to pull out more of the lyrics and doing trying to search the net on them… not that that was likely because this was back in the 90s and it probably wasn’t there to be found. I did manage to get one line that contained half the title, but not the following one with the remainder. Although, had this happened to me now, I still wouldn’t have got it with both those line because there’s a completely different song with the same title and dominates the hits (and is more than available on youtube, whereas the original is not).

    @Boise Ed (9): Because it’s not actually bad. It’s very cheesy, and for those of us that like that sort of thing its a real gem, teaching us about the order of week days and the angst of choosing where to sit in a car. Mind you, checking the youtube video above has resulted in me realizing that the version that I’m most familiar with is faster (141 BPM vs 120 BPM (I timed it, 5 bars in exactly 10 seconds))… because it was sped up to fit inside another song as an April Fools joke. 120 BPM is simply too slow for it… watch it and set the speed to at least 1.25x (150BPM).

  14. Cidu Bill Nov 25th 2017 at 02:36 am 14

    Singapore, I hope you don’t have to be a geezer to remember “Friday.”

  15. Carl Nov 25th 2017 at 07:40 am 15

    I liked “Friday” when it came out in 2011. Not like I bought it or anything, but it was a silly, cheesy pop song. Death threats? I had no idea–people are monsters.

    The Donna Summer version of “MacArthur Park” is musically OK. The original Richard Harris version is weirdly unlistenable.

  16. billytheskink Nov 25th 2017 at 12:11 pm 16

    @ PeterW (3) - Kohl’s built a national Black Friday ad campaign around a repurposed version of “Friday” sung by a loopy female shopper back in 2011.

  17. larK Nov 25th 2017 at 12:27 pm 17

    CIDU Bill (14): Friday? Pft! That’s like SO last week!

  18. Cidu Bill Nov 25th 2017 at 02:17 pm 18

    Seriously, how DO you leave a cake out in the rain?

    I can be a bit absent-minded, but even I’VE never left a cake out in the rain.

  19. James Pollock Nov 25th 2017 at 07:01 pm 19

    “Seriously, how DO you leave a cake out in the rain?”

    1. Move to the Pacific NW.

    2 During the period between mid-September and early June

    3 Put your cake down outside during any period of pleasant (i.e., non-rainy) weather

    4. Wait 5-10 minutes.

  20. Mark in Boston Nov 25th 2017 at 09:55 pm 20

    5. Leave the recipe out with the cake, so it washes down the storm drain and you’ll never have it again.

  21. Bob Nov 26th 2017 at 12:42 pm 21

    “I can be a bit absent-minded, but even I’VE never left a cake out in the rain.”

    Some absent-minded people have left their babies in a car for the entire time they were at work. If you’re absent-minded, leaving a cake out in the rain is much preferable.

  22. Treesong Nov 26th 2017 at 03:52 pm 22

    CIDU Bill, I don’t know how you leave a cake out in the rain. However, there is a 1992 book, The Wedding Cake in the Middle of the Road: 23 Variations on a Theme, edited by NPR’s Susan Stamberg, which I have lying around unread in the house somewhere. Maybe it rains in one of the stories.
    I have no idea whether ‘Macarthur Park’ inspired it in any way

  23. Mark in Boston Nov 26th 2017 at 08:38 pm 23

    If you leave your baby in the car, something’s wrong with you, but if you will never have the recipe again, something’s REALLY wrong with you.

  24. Meryl A Nov 29th 2017 at 01:27 am 24

    It all makes sense -

    Picnic with cake in MacArthur Park.

    It rains - everyone runs to shelter, leaving the cake behind - out in the rain.

    Recipe was with the cake - so everyone could see what was in it in case they were allergic to something or other. Recipe was written with washable ink. Rain washed the recipe off the paper - so will never have it again.


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