April 04, 2007

They buy me all these icees.

This fact will change your life: Alanis Morissette has made a video for her cover of the Black-Eyed Peas song "My Humps".

No, really. It's past April 1st and I am not pulling your leg. It's the most phenomenally surreal thing I've seen in months. I haven't worked up the skills to imbed the YouTube video here for you, but you can click through to here and watch it.

If you're fortunate enough not to be familiar with the original song or video, I suggest watching it also. The contrast inspires. The new song is wonderful because it's hilarious -- until you've heard Alanis plaintively wailing "my huuuuumps, my huuuuumps" with mournful piano accompaniment I'm not sure you've really lived -- but the video makes me legitimately happy. It's not in every music video that you see the guys shaking their booties decoratively and taking the back seat on the motorcyle while the girl sings on center stage. It's sure as hell not in the original "My Humps" video, which is one of the most unnecessarily objectifying T&A-fests I've seen outside of actual porn.

This all came to my attention via the fine ladies at Feministe. Their post on the subject doesn't say much, but I do recommend glancing through the comment thread for it. At some point it devolved into people posting links to YouTube videos of the worst songs they could think of, and my god, they're really terrible. I couldn't resist watching them. I predict that you can't either.

Posted by dianna at April 4, 2007 07:55 PM

As Julie said to me on this topic, "Alanis is going through her Weird Al phase."

But instead of polka it's...whatever genre of music she does.

And yes, that's a MINI in there.

Posted by: Erik at April 4, 2007 08:19 PM

The genre is apparently, er, plaintive. Heartrending. Deeply emotional and asking painfully personal questions.

Like: what IS she going to do with all that breast?

I didn't even notice the Mini until you pointed it out.

Posted by: Dianna at April 5, 2007 12:12 AM

That video is pretty great. I like seeing entertainers putting together pranks for April Fools Day.

Posted by: sean at April 5, 2007 12:53 AM

Did she make that for April Fool's? I didn't realize.

Posted by: Dianna at April 5, 2007 08:27 AM

"You love my lady lumps"? That can't be part of the original song... can it?

Posted by: Jacob at April 5, 2007 09:31 AM

I hate to tell you this, but yes, it can.

Actually, no. I kind of like telling you that. Doesn't it kind of sound like bits of wiggly flesh growing in jars in some mad scientist's laboratory?

Posted by: Dianna at April 5, 2007 10:34 AM

You've got to credit "You Can't Do That On Television" for providing Alanis with her comedic training. Lady Lumps could be a menu item at Barth's diner, and this whole video could be construed as an introduction to the opposites.

Posted by: sean at April 5, 2007 11:07 AM