Azure Jane Lunatic (azurelunatic) wrote,
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Playlist: "This is the Internets"

I've been putting together a group of songs that I think are vital to understanding my experience of the internet. It contains things that are well-known, and in some cases a little more obscure. This is what I have so far. I've tried to limit this to one song per artist, though in Jonathan Coulton's case, I did make an exception.

Track listing:

1) "Invasion of the Gabber Robots", The Laziest Men on Mars
2) "Badgers (DF Rave Remix)", Weebl vs. Danial Bell
3) "Origami Boulder", Sara Patterson
4) "Strongbad Techno", Strongbad
5) "Banana Phone", Raffi
6) "Dragostea Din Tei", O-Zone
7) "First Drink of the Day", 7 Seconds of Love
8) "White and Nerdy", Weird Al
9) "Tubes Dance", featuring Ted Stevens
10) "Code Monkey", Jonathan Coulton
11) "Ievan Polkka", Loituma
12) "Bad Touch", the Bloodhound Gang
13) "Spanky! Spanky!", Dick 'n' Jayne
14) "Still Alive", Jonathan Coulton

What these songs mean to me:

1) "Invasion of the Gabber Robots", The Laziest Men on Mars
This is the "All Your Base" song. This is the first piece of viral internet culture that I was introduced to, and I still enjoy it.
http://www.allyourbasearebelongtous.com/

2) "Badgers (DF Rave Remix)", Weebl vs. Danial Bell
Another bit of viral internet culture. I like this version of the song, as it holds more interest than simply the badgers/mushroom/snake thing with the arrangement. It was this or Kenya, and while I like the toon for Kenya better, I like this remix better.
http://www.weebls-stuff.com/toons/badgers/

3) "Origami Boulder", Sara Patterson
Once upon a time there was a website selling "origami boulders". It may still be out there. It was a very short-lived link being passed around, but there was a song, and I fell in love with it.
http://origamiboulder.com/

4) "Strongbad Techno", Strongbad
In which Strongbad attempts to explain and/or understand techno. He's very right.
http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail45.html

5) "Banana Phone", Raffi
IRC used this as an earworm. Unfortunately, I was not raised in the era when this was current. So I was immune. For a while. Then they made me listen to it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ4j-MBnLQo

6) "Dragostea Din Tei", O-Zone
The video was silly. The multiple spinoff videos were funny. I took a shine to the actual song. We watched the original video at Thanksgiving one year, and all present agreed that it was not exactly a bastion of heterosexuality.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdb0B3Ib2gE

7) "First Drink of the Day", 7 Seconds of Love
As I was stumbling around on the site of the guy responsible for the Spongmonkeys, I discovered "First Drink of the Day", which I shared with my workplace. It soon became the Official End of the Day song around my workplace, at least between a few co-workers and me.
http://www.rathergood.com/first_drink/ -- warning, flashing colors, flying beer cans, and ska-playing monkeys.

8) "White and Nerdy", Weird Al
It's Weird Al. It's large segments of the internet.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xEzGIuY7kw

9) "Tubes Dance", featuring Ted Stevens
Oh, Senator Ted Stevens. >_< As an Alaskan, all I can say is, the guy is old. He's really trying. It wouldn't be such a bad metaphor if it weren't employed so badly by someone who doesn't know what he's talking about.
http://tubesdance.ytmnd.com/

10) "Code Monkey", Jonathan Coulton
This song spoke to me on a level similar to that of "White and Nerdy", except professionally.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W_wd9Qf0IE -- the best of many videos, I think.

11) "Ievan Polkka", Loituma
So one day someone with perhaps a little too much time on their hands combined the nonsense verse from the Ievan Polkka with a Bleach character, resulting in sheer wackiness (and a lighthearted bit of fun being poked at Meatspin, which is not safe for my mom or your aunt).
http://www.leekspin.com/

12) "Bad Touch", the Bloodhound Gang
This was all over the radio almost ten years ago now, and it was hilarious then. And then jai_dit and I somehow got into an IRC war with each other, earworming each other back and forth with this. I don't think this is a song that the majority of the internet is going to associate with the internet, but it's very definitely an internet song for me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e13RGx1zVV0

13) "Spanky! Spanky!", Dick 'n' Jayne
Despite the fact that this has been around for a few years, this did not hit my IRC channel until the end of this May, at which point it started appearing all the heck over. I am not sure which person is responsible for its introduction and spread, but I am reasonably certain that alcohol was involved.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mooywzkwL38 (this video is vastly miscategorized.)

14) "Still Alive", Jonathan Coulton
Jonathan Coulton got to do the music for the ending credits of Portal. Jonathan Coulton is a genuine internet rockstar.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RthZgszykLs

Special bonus track: "Never Gonna Give You Up", Rick Astley
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