Slices | Jul 22, 2014
Slices | Jul 21, 2014
After more than 70 million views and seven years worth of bait-n-switch links, YouTube has killed the original "RickRoll'D" video. Rick Astley's 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" became an unexpected fixture of Internet culture when pranksters would link to the song’s music video instead of whatever the online text promised. As anyone who’s ever been RickRoll’D knows, the results were always hilarious. YouTube hasn’t commented on why they took down the video—killing off a piece of Internet history—but the RiskAstleyVEVO channel has an intriguing theory ... Discuss
Slices | Jul 16, 2014
While YouTube has made pop song parodies as common as cat videos, this generation has forgotten that there is an art to a great song parody. It's not enough to make a hit song about something else. You have to have a certain cadence—a feel for flow and comedy. Only about one person in a generation is really capable of a great parody, and the one person of his generation is Weird Al, who remains the unchallenged master of the form.
He's returning with a new (and supposedly final) album, Mandatory Fun, and is releasing a series of music videos to promote it. They've all been terrific, but his take on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" showcases just what makes him such a unique talent, transforming Thicke's ode to misogyny into a critique of tech writing, and replacing the rude jokes with genuinely sound advice. It's funny, it's important and it's much harder than it comes across ... Discuss