Pixelated Lines

October 22, 2013 7:50 AM

Removing the human facade of a Thicke Droid 2013 for the MeFi Request Raffle.

At the request of someone who hasn't supplied their mefi name -

"Make a happy, catchy song sound creepy or scary"

posted by we are the music makers (14 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

I hate you, and I hate this. (It's wonderful. Really unsettling.)
posted by uncleozzy at 8:22 AM on October 22, 2013

This is a nightmare, which you should take as a complement.

And if you already have Opinions about the lyrics of the song, this version will do nothing but TOTALLY VALIDATE them.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:55 AM on October 22, 2013 [5 favorites]

Heh, nice.
posted by cortex at 2:34 PM on October 22, 2013

Thanks! Yea, It's a bit wrong alright...
posted by we are the music makers at 4:52 AM on October 23, 2013

I find the original version creepy and scary. Who knew it could get any more wrong? Good work!
posted by billiebee at 11:22 AM on October 23, 2013

posted by dobie at 6:00 AM on October 24, 2013

Proper nasty. I like the choice to approach it as a dramatic piece with musical accompaniment.
posted by comealongpole at 2:57 PM on October 25, 2013

Oooh ooh this was my request!

On the one hand, I'm pretty unhappy that you've effectively forced me to watch the video for the original of this. Feel a little queasy now. So, thanks for that.

On the other hand, this is FANTASTIC. The instrumentation is so atmospherically creepy, and the voices are genius. You're really talented.

Thank you. You've taken my slightly vague idea and spanked it to within an inch of its life.
posted by Dali Atomicus at 5:39 AM on October 27, 2013 [2 favorites]

Thanks Dali, Glad you approve! This was a fun/unsettling (funsettling!) request to get. It took a while to decide which song to work on and I did some horrible things to undeserving songs along the way. In the end I decided on blurred lines because while the music is catchy, the lyrics are just awful and already creepy. Thought it might be interesting to bring that creepiness out from behind the pop music. Initially I had Radiohead's Fitter Happier as a working reference which shifted as the song progressed.
It took me in directions I hadn't gone down much before so yea, Thanks for making my first Mefi Music Challenge one to remember!
posted by we are the music makers at 9:43 AM on October 27, 2013

I'd be intrigued which other songs you mutilated en route...

(Funsettling might be my new favourite word. I'm going to try and sneak it into some conversations this week)
posted by Dali Atomicus at 12:24 PM on October 28, 2013

I just found this, how awesome.
posted by greenish at 9:34 AM on October 29, 2013

Other near funsettlers were - Monty Python's Always look on the bright side of life, Luckiest guy on the lower east side by the Magnetic Fields, All I want is you by Barry Louis Polisar and (what could have been a goer) Ask by the Smiths. Think I enjoyed those songs too much to stay true to the brief though!
posted by we are the music makers at 4:00 AM on October 31, 2013

I'm going to think of this version whenever I'm confronted with the original from now on. Thanks!
posted by travertina at 10:52 AM on November 4, 2013

Yikes. This is Skynet's theme song.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:31 AM on November 16, 2013

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