I could have stopped him. Instead, I helped him. I am so, so sorry.
When Harrison called me a couple weeks ago asking me to help him with a parody song about the NHL lockout, I was expecting something similar to “Lockout Man,” the “Rocket Man” parody we did at the end of September. I thought he had in mind a silly riff on a popular song and that would be the end of it. I was wrong.
I had no idea that his idea for a parody of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” would result in too-tight yoga pants and floor-humping. But really, given how long I’ve known Harrison, I shouldn’t have been surprised.
I hadn’t even heard “Call Your Girlfriend” before Harrison played me the music video, which shows the eponymous Robyn dancing alone in a warehouse, with her only accompaniment being a series of flashing lights. It’s pretty amazing to watch if only because the dancing isn’t exactly phenomenal – just very, very enthusiastic.
So when Harrison told me that part of his plan was to recreate the music video for his parody “Call the Union,” I was a little worried. Suffice it to say he nailed the video: his dancing is very, very enthusiastic.
The reaction has been immediate and strong. Twitter erupted with both praise and ridicule, as well as a fair amount of confused arousal. Sportsnet featured the video in their online segment, Digital Dose. The Huffington Post picked up the video, as did Deadspin, if only to bemoan its very existence.
Patrick Burke saw the video and did the only thing he could do: ask Harrison to recreate the entire dance in support of You Can Play. Seriously. They haven’t sorted out the details yet, but this is something that will happen.
The highlight of the video comes when Harrison recreates Robyn’s backwards-somersault-into-a-floor-hump, as illustrated by this
horrifying helpful animated gif.
Personally, I think the video needs to be shown on the big screen at an Abbotsford Heat game where Harrison is doing colour commentary.
I recommend syncing up Harrison’s version with the original so you can truly appreciate how much work Harrison put into recreating the video. The answer is way too much work. In order to sync them up, you’ll want to start the parody version first, as it has a slight pause at the beginning, while the Robyn version does not. The two version sync up remarkably well, with the only exception coming at the end, where Robyn’s version ends a couple lines earlier.
Now we just need to get this video into the negotiating room between the NHL and NHLPA, along with the threat to create more of these videos if the lockout continues. Bam, lockout over.Tags: Lockout, parody, PITB Music, The YouTubes