On The Blue (With Apologies to John Coulton, Valve, Et Al)

November 8, 2007 6:09 PM

A parody of the Portal end-theme, as written by robocop is bleeding earlier this afternoon. Confused? See this post for background on the original song.

I've taken a few small liberties with the bleeding lawbot's original lyrics to make it scan a bit better out loud, but it's all cosmetic tweaks.

And the vocals are, of course, nothing to Ellen McLain's. If I'd been taking the time to really do it Right, I'd have used a vocoder to really roboticize my vocals. As it is, I just tried to sing it fairly straight, then compressed the hell out of it, threw on some funky chorus plugin, and EQed it a bit for kicks.

Inspired, in part, by how freakin' awesome the original is; in part by how awesome Valve's output in general lately has been; and in part by new user Soup's eyebrow-raising but innocent enthusiasm in posting about the above the last few days. Hi, Soup!

posted by cortex (18 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite

So this is the song played when you get to the end of Metafilter and defeat mathowie, right?
posted by brownpau at 6:17 PM on November 8, 2007 [2 favorites]

I beat the internet. The end boss is hard.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:29 PM on November 8, 2007

The url betrays the fact that I originally, bizarrely, brought up John Coulter. Westward ho?
posted by cortex at 6:34 PM on November 8, 2007

John Lennon meets GLaDOS. And a perfect end to a perfect day . . . and, er, week.
posted by Soup at 6:35 PM on November 8, 2007

For my next trick, I shall make jessamyn dance! Dance, I say! A-ho-ho-ho!

Sorry, the internets are getting to me. This is awesome! Your changes are pretty on target. As someone who is tonedeaf, trying to sing along to Still Alive while writing MeFi lyrics was an exercise in torture for the Missus and our rabbits.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:07 PM on November 8, 2007

Nice. And a testament to the new contacts activity feature, since I rarely come to Music and would never have seen this without it (and without having added cortex to my user contacts some time ago). Thanks cortex!
posted by Effigy2000 at 7:07 PM on November 8, 2007

Weee! This makes me smile so wide that my face hurts. Thanks so much to both of you, it's even better than I imagined!
posted by gemmy at 7:13 PM on November 8, 2007

This is brilliant, Cortex. Thank you.
posted by grabbingsand at 7:45 PM on November 8, 2007

Ha! Nice work. "And when you're banned I'll still be...on the blue".
posted by cashman at 8:01 PM on November 8, 2007

Complete rox.
posted by eurasian at 8:08 PM on November 8, 2007

I think you out-sanguine her.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:36 AM on November 9, 2007

This is a big bucket of win.
posted by cowbellemoo at 7:22 AM on November 9, 2007

Great job Robocop is Bleeding and Cortex! I'm on vacation without broadband and have been waiting for a chance to d/l it. I finally haxxored the neighbor's wifi and got a listen. Superb.
posted by Argyle at 10:19 AM on November 12, 2007

I was tremendously amused by this. Thanks.
posted by hjo3 at 11:57 PM on November 14, 2007

posted by madamjujujive at 12:13 AM on November 17, 2007

omg wtf hax
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 5:39 PM on November 17, 2007

posted by ZachsMind at 2:06 PM on November 18, 2007

Cortex, you deserve some cake.

posted by Rock Steady at 6:45 PM on November 30, 2007

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