Harrison made the NHL lockout parody nobody wanted, but everyone needed [VIDEO]

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.

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28 comments

  1. BakerGeorgeT
    November 5, 2012

    What the hell?

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    • Daniel Wagner
      November 5, 2012

      That’s a completely fair response.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        November 5, 2012

        Yup. It’s pretty much what I said to my brain when my brain was all, “This is something you should do.”

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  2. kavi36
    November 5, 2012

    Wow. Just…wow. I am both impressed and horrified at the same time. Well done.

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  3. biznow
    November 5, 2012

    There are SO many animated gifs to be made from that. You were right, when you start the two videos in synch its as mind blowing as The Dark Side Of The Rainbow. I sort of imagined it as a head to head dance-off, which ends up being much closer to call than I would have imagined going in. Robyns may be more technically on point, but Harrisons has way more passion.

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  4. Gordie Tee
    November 5, 2012

    So, I think this just about sums up my feelings.

    http://tinyurl.com/anvveez

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  5. Schneider's Teeth
    November 5, 2012

    When you sync them up perfectly, it actually sounds amazing…

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    • Daniel Wagner
      November 5, 2012

      I love it because Harrison is singing about an octave lower than Robyn, so their voices work really well together. Also, my harmonizing background vocals get completely buried, which is nice.

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  6. Scott
    November 5, 2012

    I…love this. So much more than I reasonably should.

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  7. Jeff
    November 5, 2012

    where were those moves at the Road Hockey to Cure Cancer Tournament? LOL
    thats a great video!!!!!!

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  8. Ginja Ninja
    November 5, 2012

    So how many hits on YouTube did this create? I hope the Canucks pay you for ‘promoting’ the brand.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      November 5, 2012

      It just hit 20,000 on day one, so who honestly knows at this point? Absurd. As for the Canucks, they should, but something tells me, after this video, they will never hire me for anything.

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  9. HeHughes376
    November 5, 2012

    Wow…just…no, I’m actually speechless…………………

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  10. Nee
    November 5, 2012

    YOU’RE MY HERO HARRISON

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  11. Sleepy Lewis
    November 5, 2012

    Well done Harrison. That took guts. I’m impressed.

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  12. cathylu
    November 5, 2012

    Harrison is a brave, brave man. If this doesn’t end the lockout then nothing will.

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  13. seethruhead
    November 5, 2012

    Muhahahahaha! And catchy! Glad he went with the jersey rather than the fur ensemble – though now the first jersey is completely unwearable off the ice

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  14. Tengeresz
    November 5, 2012

    Seven hours ago, I said:

    In the world of self-conscious bad parody of pop-culture, to riff on current events, this is destined to reach iconic status. You Sir, are a Hipster extraordinaire. Well played.

    It’s nice to have instant confirmation. Harrison: can I say I knew you when? (in an anonymous commenter on a public forum way)?

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  15. tom selleck's moustache
    November 5, 2012

    That. was. AWESOME! Mad props and respect to you, Harrison. And playing the two together just made it even better. That you were able to get that much fidelity between the two videos is an amazingly impressive feat. Well done and thanks for that; it made my day.

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  16. Gimmic
    November 6, 2012

    Freekin awesome. I watched many times, cheered and giggled. Good stuff!

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  17. Bob
    November 6, 2012

    “What the hell!?” is right, but frickin’ hilarious!

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  18. Collin
    November 6, 2012

    In the real world, this would have been a career step backwards.
    But, this is the internet.

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  19. JS Topher
    November 6, 2012

    I watched the Robyn video first. I was fearful for what I was about to watch next.
    Then, I saw the Harrison video. It was poetic. It was beautiful. It made my pants feel 3 sizes smaller.
    Then I played them both. Perfectly synced. I felt like I was in the middle of a threesome and my girlfriend was about to be incredibly jealous about it.
    Suffice to say, I wouldn’t mind if the lockout stretched a little longer.

    Also, props for pulling of a deal with You Can Play!

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  20. cathylu
    November 6, 2012

    Okay, I finally had time to sync them up and play them together. AMAZING!!

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  21. Pukeko
    November 6, 2012

    Thank you. Thank you so very much.

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  22. Maplemusketeer
    November 7, 2012

    Synching those up together… synergystical awesomeness. I’m so.. so.. very proud.

    Good job guys ;)

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