Top 100 moments in Rebecca Black's "Friday" music video

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2LRROpph0

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:24 (thirteen years ago) link

1. The way she has a frowny pooping sun written on the Thursday page of her planner

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:25 (thirteen years ago) link

2. and that she then wrote "Hooray!" on Friday

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:25 (thirteen years ago) link

3. she picked a very nice note to sing and was v wise in not straying far from it

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:26 (thirteen years ago) link

4. "with chicken on it, on everybody's Russian"

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:26 (thirteen years ago) link

5. the redundancy of "Gotta get down to the bus stop" followed immediately by "gotta catch the bus". Like, what else would you possibly do at the bus stop?

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:27 (thirteen years ago) link

6. ...except for FRIENDS ROLLIN UP!!! Which seat is she gonna take??!?

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:27 (thirteen years ago) link

7. Why the fuck are you standing up in the back of a car that is driving down the highway? I can't even.

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:28 (thirteen years ago) link

8. FYI when today is Friday, tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards.

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:29 (thirteen years ago) link

9. Yesterday was Thursday

Buff Orpington (Abbbottt), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:30 (thirteen years ago) link

10. TGI Friday's marketing ppl, did you hear this?>?

Buff Orpington (Abbbottt), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:31 (thirteen years ago) link

11. there's this moment around 2:53 that makes me feel like Kristen Bell and NatPo fucked and then had a baby and that baby grew up and then fucked the Bird Lady from KitH and then that baby reached adolescence, and then made this music video.

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:32 (thirteen years ago) link

12. beats a level of Super Mario World at 0:44

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:39 (thirteen years ago) link

13. bowl/seery-ohl

Buff Orpington (Abbbottt), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:45 (thirteen years ago) link

14. Green screen halo on the way to the full moon prom

Buff Orpington (Abbbottt), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:46 (thirteen years ago) link

15. how obnoxiously she enunciates the "r" sound in "partying"

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 02:50 (thirteen years ago) link

16. featured rapper going "R! B! REBECCA BLACK!"

teledyldonix, Sunday, 13 March 2011 09:34 (thirteen years ago) link

17. boy in the back seat beckoning

teledyldonix, Sunday, 13 March 2011 09:37 (thirteen years ago) link

12. beats a level of Super Mario World at 0:44

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS TO MY ATTN, this is definitely the best

teledyldonix, Sunday, 13 March 2011 09:37 (thirteen years ago) link

18. Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!

Ian Curtis danced like a tortured chicken DO U SEE (Phil D.), Sunday, 13 March 2011 12:12 (thirteen years ago) link

http://i55.tinypic.com/30avti8.jpg

oppet, Sunday, 13 March 2011 13:50 (thirteen years ago) link

I do feel a bit sorry for this girl, possibly.

oppet, Sunday, 13 March 2011 13:51 (thirteen years ago) link

So certain it was a (solid) parody that I was ready to mock people who fell for it, but after reading about the guys behind it I'm stunned. Still, I'm sure someone is taking the piss at some level, even if they do it in a cynical money-grabbing way.

abcfsk, Sunday, 13 March 2011 13:55 (thirteen years ago) link

It's easy to imagine she's singing about fried egg.

bendy, Sunday, 13 March 2011 14:03 (thirteen years ago) link

19. The rapper's smugface at 3:25

I'm surprised it took so long for a business like this to spring up. When people are dropping $300k on a party or $150k on a car for their little cherubs, getting them to fork out a few grand for a music video seems like a potentially profitable venture. Ultimately, it's just an updated, super-rich, version of the customised books you got when you were ten that had your name / photo in the story.

Of course, you could argue that a few of the legit pop stars around at the moment didn't have a particularly different route to fame.

ShariVari, Sunday, 13 March 2011 14:06 (thirteen years ago) link

20. Underage driving

BLOOMPS 2012 (rip van wanko), Sunday, 13 March 2011 14:18 (thirteen years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DwT_2QQU64

There does come a point when it's slightly creepy. 2:25 is solid gold though.

ShariVari, Sunday, 13 March 2011 14:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, kinda struggling to find a meaningful, useful difference between these and, e.g., Ke$ha, who is equally as retarded and equally manufactured but doesn't have the excuse of age or ambitious stage parents. It's razor-thin line between "Wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy" and "Hannah Montana is wearing my jeans."

Ian Curtis danced like a tortured chicken DO U SEE (Phil D.), Sunday, 13 March 2011 14:43 (thirteen years ago) link

21. Not wearing seatbelts because it could get in the way of "FUN FUN FUN".

prolego, Sunday, 13 March 2011 15:42 (thirteen years ago) link

22. Shading the girl on her left by singing "my friend is by my right".

prolego, Sunday, 13 March 2011 15:44 (thirteen years ago) link

23. The puzzling omission of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Mark, Sunday, 13 March 2011 16:03 (thirteen years ago) link

i thought this was real until it got to the bridge

Whiney On The Goon (Whiney G. Weingarten), Sunday, 13 March 2011 16:08 (thirteen years ago) link

A dramatic reading of Rebecca Black’s “Friday”

prolego, Sunday, 13 March 2011 16:09 (thirteen years ago) link

what does "real" mean in this context?

Mark, Sunday, 13 March 2011 16:24 (thirteen years ago) link

^^^^^^^^

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 13 March 2011 16:33 (thirteen years ago) link

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lhzhamfLq01qfqhot.jpg

<3

prolego, Sunday, 13 March 2011 16:59 (thirteen years ago) link

So certain it was a (solid) parody that I was ready to mock people who fell for it, but after reading about the guys behind it I'm stunned.

When I first saw this I thought 'it's like some totally regular and unremarkable kid got a wish granted somehow to be a pop video artist' and...I was right.

Buff Orpington (Abbbottt), Sunday, 13 March 2011 17:03 (thirteen years ago) link

24. the first few comments (pre-"fame") on the video from users that COINCIDENTALLY joined youtube the same day this video was posted, including:

"Song is fun, very upbeat and age appropriate. Catchy tune. Singer has a powerful voice with great range. Harmonies show off her ability. She demonstrates great confidence."

"I like this video and this song! Hey, who doesn't look forward to Friday and the weekend? These kids have it right. And she can hit some diva notes!"

teledyldonix, Sunday, 13 March 2011 18:09 (thirteen years ago) link

I haven't posted in--literally--ages, but as soon as I sat down and properly watched this I had to come see what ILX had to say about it.

I really love the rap feature. "Tina? You know a black dude, right?" "Uh. Yeah, Rebecca. Why...?"

Andrew Kornfan, Sunday, 13 March 2011 18:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Maybe this is a stretch, but this whole idea seems like an outgrowth of the fact that the rich in the U.S. have gotten so much richer. The top 1% has more money than they know what to do with so they pay $50k or whatever something like this costs to have their kids be pop stars. Within a day or two this will have a million views. Crazy times.

Mark, Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Pick a parody/reinterpretation, any parody/reinterpretation:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rebecca+black+friday&aq=f

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Personally I'm all about this, but I would be:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1M5Q3onsX4

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:07 (thirteen years ago) link

^ this is probably better than anything Kevin Shields might ever deign to release

corey, Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:11 (thirteen years ago) link

She should change her name to Rebecca Black Friday, or maybe just Black Friday.

Mark, Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Hard to beat this one as far as passionate delivery:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EdUUMdcUYU

Mark, Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:13 (thirteen years ago) link

25. How she can get up at 07:00 and still straighten her hair in time for school.

prolego, Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:18 (thirteen years ago) link

The happy hardcore version resulting here rules:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cazsLHi9fI

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:23 (thirteen years ago) link

"Yesterday was Thirsty, Thirsty/Today it's Fried Eggs, Fried Eggs"

prolego, Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:27 (thirteen years ago) link

She should change her name to Rebecca Black Friday, or maybe just Black Friday.

http://i.imgur.com/bnkcX.jpg

prolego, Sunday, 13 March 2011 19:31 (thirteen years ago) link

1. omg
2. ...how does this thing manage to be an actual earworm >:(

lex pretend, Sunday, 13 March 2011 23:30 (thirteen years ago) link

The only thing about this that even hints at calculation is that I'd think an Oxford grad student would generally have a better notion of how words go together.

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 12:46 (two years ago) link

her thesis is on five dimensional chess

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 12:58 (two years ago) link

Which could it be:

Calculated avant-garde exercise or wealthy person without self-awareness or talent

Hmm, we'll never know.

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 13:15 (two years ago) link

I can't imagine another board with people trying to do the required mental gymnastics to turn the latter into the former though. Sometimes bad is just bad.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 13:45 (two years ago) link

This song's proponents have iirc all said they like it because of the pleasure of hearing it

imago, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 14:22 (two years ago) link

I probably slightly prefer the pleasure of thinking and talking about it.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 14:24 (two years ago) link

xpost - Fine, then I'll amend my post to say I'm completely lost as to how anyone could find pleasure in anything about that song.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 14:29 (two years ago) link

The tang of unusual tonal harmonies within a pop-country context is pretty irresistible, what can I say

imago, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 14:30 (two years ago) link

this song is A+, it's clearly intentional and it is not easy to be off key on every single note.

akm, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 14:34 (two years ago) link

^ would've been agreed upon already if this board wasn't almost entirely people over 30

ri, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 14:46 (two years ago) link

it being bait, that is

ri, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 14:48 (two years ago) link

another Sarah Brand rapidly updates her profile...

https://twitter.com/sarahgailbrand?s=20

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 14:58 (two years ago) link

this song is A+, it's clearly intentional and it is not easy to be off key on every single note.

― akm, Wednesday, July 28, 2021 10:34 AM (twenty-five minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Sure, sure. I will believe this when she releases the song where she is on key on every single note.

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15:04 (two years ago) link

Green Templeton College obviously think any publicity's good publicity:

https://www.gtc.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/sarah-brand-fantasy-music-video/

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15:09 (two years ago) link

it was manifestly obvious on the first listen that it was deliberate. she is hitting the same notes over and over again

imago, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15:10 (two years ago) link

It's totally possible to be off key on every note, esp if you make certain (common) errors in vocal technique. (See for reference: any group not made up of professional singers singing "Happy Birthday"). I think Brand is probably genuinely limited as a singer. I just think it's more likely to be a case of accepting it and running with it than of massive self-delusion. Not sure what the basis is for assuming she's exceptionally wealthy, either.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15:11 (two years ago) link

Should have called herself Sarah Off-Brand.

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15:15 (two years ago) link

Hey guys is this where I sign up for the three-day symposium on the works of Sarah Brand, also can I get a list of featured speakers

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15:17 (two years ago) link

Moondog, Daniel Johnson, Schoenberg, Rebecca Black, Pitbull

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15:35 (two years ago) link

Not Daniel Johnston. The real heads know Daniel Johnson is where it's at.

Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15:40 (two years ago) link

surely this deserves its own thread

sleeve, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15:46 (two years ago) link

yeah this thread is for Rebecca Black news and updates only

frogbs, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15:48 (two years ago) link

Sarah Brand

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 15:57 (two years ago) link

^ would've been agreed upon already if this board wasn't almost entirely people over 30

I'm almost 50!

akm, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 16:23 (two years ago) link

it was manifestly obvious on the first listen that it was deliberate. she is hitting the same notes over and over again

― imago, Wednesday, July 28, 2021 11:10 AM bookmarkflaglink

doesn't really prove anything tbh - one can be off-key in a consistent way without intentionally doing so. I have a friend who for some reason can never find the correct key for "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" at karaoke night and she consistently sings the same wrong notes, but she's not trying to! and she's a legit singer.

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 17:57 (two years ago) link

what am i doin' heeeeeeeee(*earth tilts off its axis and spins into infinite darkness*)eeeeeeeeeere

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 17:59 (two years ago) link

the other thing is she wrote the song, and there are definitely people that can mimic other people's songs, but can't actually tell that what they're writing doesn't fit the key they're in. also people who aren't used to using melisma and don't have a good ear often melisma into Allan Holdsworth territory

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 18:06 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

FYI: This is the holiday classic "It's Thanksgiving" by Nicole Westbrook, produced by the same "music factory" as Rebecca Black's "Friday" https://t.co/mEFM93NWbC

— Sam Gavin (@samgavinLA) November 24, 2022

The self-titled drags (Eazy), Thursday, 24 November 2022 22:59 (one year ago) link

Thanksgiving in the back seat
Thanksgiving in the front seat

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Thursday, 24 November 2022 23:14 (one year ago) link

"Nothing is fo-bidden" Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.

And I like how she covers other holidays.

nickn, Thursday, 24 November 2022 23:17 (one year ago) link

I like how she sings into the turkey leg toward the end.

(Why does the song only mention turkey and mashed potatoes? Seems like there are a lot of other dishes that could’ve been name-checked…)

"Mick Wall at Kerrang!" (morrisp), Thursday, 24 November 2022 23:27 (one year ago) link

I don't get no respect.

Thanksgiving music?

emil.y, Thursday, 24 November 2022 23:35 (one year ago) link

We definitely talked about “It’s Thanksgiving”, I think on this thread years ago

castanuts (DJP), Friday, 25 November 2022 00:58 (one year ago) link

I scrolled up and lolled again at “My family owns an airport there”

i do always revisit "it's thanksgiving". a classic

dyl, Friday, 25 November 2022 14:44 (one year ago) link

It’s the time of year when everyone has rubs smelling up their cribs

castanuts (DJP), Friday, 25 November 2022 15:05 (one year ago) link

Did dude take down the song where he said “they call me fat fat fat fat Usher”

castanuts (DJP), Friday, 25 November 2022 15:06 (one year ago) link

i hope so, that was so embarrassing

dyl, Saturday, 26 November 2022 03:38 (one year ago) link

RIP CJ Fam

TWELVE Michelob stars?!? (seandalai), Saturday, 26 November 2022 16:20 (one year ago) link

in the end you just can't autotune the pain of a dying child.

sarahell, Sunday, 4 December 2022 20:15 (one year ago) link

[citation needed]

one month passes...

i was 13 this man is 36 https://t.co/a7Hxtaxi9W

— Rebecca Black (@MsRebeccaBlack) January 6, 2023

the shaker intro bit the shaker outro in the tail, hard (breastcrawl), Saturday, 7 January 2023 19:55 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Not a hot tip I was expecting to drop, but Rebecca's new album Let Her Burn (great title) is really, really, fun. Feels like she and her people have listened intently to all of the moderately adventurous female-fronted pop music of the last few years, and then set out to pay tribute to as much of it as possible in (an admirably focused) thirty minutes. So while the lead single sounds like Midnights meets Ariana Grande other than a pseudo-industrial breakdown near the end, there is also a 2-step garage track, a track that gestures towards hyperpop, a lesbian love song that is basically a rewrite of The 1975's "Somebody Else", a song that sounds like The Strokes by way of Olivia Rodrigo, and a (charmingl) imagining of Poppy making drum and bass track appropriately titled "Destroy Me", which is worth linking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qA23jMionY

I also enjoy Rebecca's switches between unvarnished talky and breathy high vocals, very familiar in this post Camilla Cabello world, but still very successful I think.

Tim F, Tuesday, 21 February 2023 13:32 (one year ago) link

I forgot to mention there's a track that sounds like Phoebe Bridgers, because of there is.

Tim F, Tuesday, 21 February 2023 13:33 (one year ago) link

lmao 'destroy me' has almost the same 'whoa!' sounds as Smack My Bitch Up :D (they're 'hey' here i think but same effect)

imago, Tuesday, 21 February 2023 13:43 (one year ago) link

I think it’s actually a “Firestarter” reference? But yes absolutely, and that little trick feels like a meme I have heard across a bunch of recent tunes pop and otherwise.

(To cross-pollinate current threads, “Us Ephemeral” uses “Go!” in the same way)

Tim F, Tuesday, 21 February 2023 13:50 (one year ago) link

to continue that cross-pollination, if big beat is truly coming back, that is one nostalgia i will not stand in the way of

imago, Tuesday, 21 February 2023 13:55 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

If you showed me this now I'd think it was AI generated.

ledge, Monday, 8 July 2024 08:08 (four days ago) link

it's definitely got that AI quality where if you're not paying particularly close attention it seems pretty normal, but the more you focus on it the weirder it gets

Platinum Penguin Pavilion (soref), Monday, 8 July 2024 13:28 (four days ago) link


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