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With regard to week six of the Out-of-Touch Adults’ Guide (“OoTag” to the kids on the cool lunch table), I’m looking at the generation gap. Back in the past, annoying hippies reflexively trashed the particular values and culture of their moms and dads, with little thought to whether the actual rejected was good or bad.
Nowadays, though, the kids are alright. Youngsters pop culture is a refreshing mélange from the new and the tried-and-true, with the post-everything generation picking up the acceptable facets of their parents’ and grandparents’ milieus (goth fashion and roller skates) and rejecting the bullshit (pervasive racism and bow ties).
Viral Video of The Week: DoggFace208 Wins Internet, Free Truck
It is been a bad year for everyone, old and young, but maybe the universal badness associated with 2020 was necessary to appreciate the redemptive power of “Morning Vibe, ” DoggFace208’s viral video sensation that took over TikTok, then planet earth.
In the video, Nathan “DoggFace” Apodaca, a factory worker through Idaho, vibes to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” while skateboarding and consuming cranberry juice. That’s the whole thing, yet it’s way better than the explanation.
Apodaca, a 37 year-old girl who commutes to work on his longboard, is the most unlikely online star actually, and his video is a tri-generational success in which a dude born in the eighties uses the music of the 1970s to create a video for kids born in the 2000s. It’s like the promise of The united states in less than a minute. Just beautiful.
Anyway, it is spawned tons of imitations, including 1 from Fleetwood Mac’s own Mick Fleetwood . It’s forced “Dreams” to the top of the streaming graphs. And Apodaca even got a brand new truck and a ton of cash-out of the deal . It is almost enough to make me think 2021 will be something other than neverending misery.
This Week in Songs: Miley Cyrus Vs . The Merrell Twins
As of this writing, pop royals Miley Cyrus’s live performance of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass ” and YouTube stars The particular Merrell Twins parody of “WAP” are contending on YouTube’s trending chart. This reminds me of the clash among Herman’s Hermits and The Beatles within 1966, or that time in 1992 when Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teenager Spirit” was fighting with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Wildside” on the Billboard Top 100 graph.
Cyrus is the Beatles/Nirvana in my scenario. The girl just destroys Blondie’s iconic brand new wave anthem. I can’t overstate this: Miley eliminates this shit. You should see and hear it. The lady takes the cool-as-ice indifference associated with Blondie’s original recording and becomes it inside-out by delivering a good impassioned, ferocious cover that’s transcendent. As good as pop music gets… plus that’s pretty freakin’ good.
On the other hand, The particular Merrell Twins “Guac” is an crude exercise in “parody” in which the words of “WAP” are transformed into a good ode to guacamole. It’s the not-very-good idea explored witlessly. I realize that sounds harsh, but I am not trashin’ The Merrells. They are young, and few kids that will age have experienced enough personal desolation to be really funny or proficient at Art, so they’ll get better. Plus “Guac” is at least as amusing as Weird Al Yankovich, and parlayed dumb parodies of put songs into an empire. (I loved Weird Al when I has been teenager, but man, shit such as “Eat it” has not aged properly. )
This contrast between these two tunes is like a distillation of adolescent pop culture—the sublime and the absurd earning equal time in the minds of people who are too inexperienced plus dumb to know the difference. The beat, as the saying goes, goes on.
This Week in Films: Vampires Vs . The Bronx
There are just not much for young scary fans to celebrate this Halloween party. I mean, what’s the plan for the large night, dress up for Zoom? Yet as a consolation prize, there will be a lot of horror releases on various loading services, like excellent horror/comedy movie Vampires Vs . The Bronx . This particular movie reminds me of a re-skinning of golden-age, 1980s light-horror, exactly where plucky teenagers confront evil in order to save the day. This time, though, it’s not placed in a Spielbergian suburb. Instead, the particular battleground is The Bronx, and the foe is encroaching gentrification in the form of the predatory real estate development company composed of vampires. A great premise, an amiable cast, and awesome respect proven to old school horror—four stars.
Immediately in Video Games: PlayStation 5 Destroy
I still play video games despite the fact that I’m 8, 000 years old, yet I haven’t been excited for your release of a gaming console since 1998. I simply don’t care. I never believe “If only this Xbox 1 had better graphics, this sport would be more fun. ” That portion of my brain is taken up with, “Wait, I’m going to die too ?! ” But it is nice that the younger generation nevertheless gets excited for the technical improvements of new hardware, as you can see by the number of people have watched this Sony-posted movie in which a helpful Japanese man takes apart the PlayStation 5 to show you all of the shiny, make-it-work parts inside. (It turns out all those wires and factors are why my homemade SteveStation 5 console couldn’t run Crysis . )
For more nerdy fun, check out the many “reaction videos” where lovely nerds are terribly excited by placement of air vents, disc drive-insulation, and expanded storage ports. Oh, to be young again…