With Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” at the height of its popularity (seriously, I’ve seen it on every television show I’ve watched this week), I figured it would only be a matter of time before some group of hockey fans somewhere gave it the playoff parody treatment. Sure enough, the inevitable has happened, and the group behind it are citizens of Canuck nation.
This video is the product of comedy team IFHT, whose name is best left as an unexplained acronym (for the same reason B.M.F.A, Martha Wainwright’s debut single, was). In a nice touch, the team takes it one step further than just parodying Gotye’s song, also styling their video after his, with face paint, awkward standing and a pretty girl yelling in their ear:
Now, considering the way the singers spend this video sulking and frowning, I don’t think it’s going to help the reputation Canuck fans have as whiners and mopers. That said, this one’s still pretty good.
It would have been even better if they had committed fully to the Gotye video parody and done the whole thing stark naked. And for what it’s worth, breezing through the verses by just listlessly listing the roster is the equivalent of overusing the word “very” to meet an essay word count. (i.e, it is very, very, very lazy.)
I’m still giving it a pass because, lazy songwriting aside, it’s clear a lot of work went into this at the production level. The stuff with the paint is well-done, the camera work is effective, and the singing is surprisingly on-key (although the heavy Autotune is doing some of the heavy lifting there, and really, if it’s autotune and blue faces you’re into, an Eiffel 65 parody awaits you, IFHT).
So kudos, IFHT. I don’t FHT.
s/t to myself.Tags: awesome fan video, Canucks, gotye, Kings, playoffs, The YouTubes