Ain’t Nothing Going To Get This Out Of Your Brain

June 1, 2012

Humor

In case you haven’t become acquainted with the latest meme to hit the world – the autotuned remix of a news interview with a woman named Sweet Brown after a fire hit her apartment building – let me just advise you of two things:

1. Once you hear it, it will be in your head, around the clock.  I cannot overemphasize this point.  Fair warning.  Since watching it, it has been on an endless loop in my brain, both audio and visual.  Oh, the visual…especially for being so synched to the beat, there are some real retina-burners in there.  But it’s the audio work that both impresses and burrows in to the mind.  Since seeing it two days ago, I have narrated my days to the tune of “Ain’t nobody got time for that” (“Think I’m going to go walk the dogs; think I’m going to go walk the dogs.  Think I’m going to go; think I’m going to go; think I’m going to go walk the dogs”) and “Said, Lordy Jesus, it’s a fahr” (“Said, Lordy Jesus, where’s my keys? Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, where’s my keys?”).

2. It’s really well made.  There’s no shortage of these sorts of experiments, but this one has some real skill to its production.

And the whole thing of autotuning news clips, I think, has some things to take pause at – in fact, I’ve had whole long, pompous discussions about the pros (is it like sampling or DJing?  Re-mediating and re-contextualizing to create art?) and cons (it’s pure mockery; why is it always the poor or uneducated given this autotune treatment? Because we’re laughing at them?) but I have to say, there’s some genuine editing skill going on with this.  And maybe it only feels less mocking than, say,  the Antoine Dodson video because it’s better made, but somehow it seems a little more fun-spirited. Also a better song.

So, what do you think?  Is it art?  Is it mean spirited?  Is it both?  Neither?

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55 Comments on “Ain’t Nothing Going To Get This Out Of Your Brain”

  1. 1pointperspective Says:

    well…you DID warn me! Safer than bath salts, but more addictive.

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  2. Life With The Top Down Says:

    On the FLOOR! Hahahahaha! I watched the News clip, um…I don’t know…5 million times. Sweet Jesus…I can’t be laughing all day…Ain’t nobody got time for that. Happy Friday!

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  3. She's a Maineiac Says:

    I can’t believe they actually topped “hide your kids, hide your wife”. If only someone would do a clip of me waking up in the morning yelling, “Jeezum crow, where’s my coffee at?” Hmm. I have an idea now for a future video, thanks Mr. B. (I’ve decided to call you Mr. B now, B-Man is too hard to type out…that okay?)

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    • 1pointperspective Says:

      Mister B? Who doesn’t love a shout out to America’s favorite zany housekeeper, Shirley Booth as “Hazel” ? (Sorry, that was a chuckle for the geriatric set)

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      • She's a Maineiac Says:

        I wish I knew what you were referring to…hmm…off to google…but yes, Byronic is like a zany housekeeper so…

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        • 1pointperspective Says:

          “Hazel” starring Shirley Booth as the zany straight shooting maid at the Baxter residence. She referred to her boss as “Mistah B”.

          As far as looking it up on Goggle, aint nobody got time for dat….

          oh no….it’s happening, just like Mr. B predicted!

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          • She's a Maineiac Says:

            You took the words right outta my mouth, 1point.

            It’s only 7 am here and I’ve already answered: Ain’t nobody got time for that! to every single question my kids have asked me this morning. Breakfast? Aint’ nobody got time for dat! TV? ain’t nobody got time for dat!

            I think my husband will start divorce proceedings shortly. Unless he doesn’t have time for that.

            Thanks Mr. B. for enriching my life with this catchy snappy answer to everything!

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            • 1pointperspective Says:

              All my comment replies have taken a scenic bypass and taken an extra day to get to me. It kind of takes the fun out of witty banter when you have a 24 hour pause between replies.

              All the more ironic because we were discussing “Aint nobody got time for dat” when WordPress apparently thought we did have lots and lots of time for dat.

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      • The Byronic Man Says:

        I remember Hazel. It was reruns at that point, but I vaguely remember it.

        And here’s a “first thing in the morning stream-of-consciousness” for you. It makes me think of Mr. K, who was the barber that cut my hair when I was really little, but his barbershop freaked me out because it made me think of “Mr. Kite” and the song was a little too psychedelic for 5-year-old me.

        Somebody should autotune this comment.

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  4. Valentine Logar Says:

    Take someones paid – check
    Find their best comment – check
    Auto tune it – check

    Mean spirited? I don’t know, maybe a little bit. Catchy, yes. Annoying, as hell.

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      It’s a fine line. Is she engaging because she’s got so much character? Or because she “talks funny”? Or something else?

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      • Life With The Top Down Says:

        She is engaging to me because her character is honest, raw and lordy..freaking hilarious. “I woke up to get me a cold pop”.. said nobody ever.

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        • The Byronic Man Says:

          That’s actually the only part of it where I feel obnoxiously judgmental. Who wakes up in the middle of the night thinking, “Mmm, I could go for a coke right about now.”? Ugh.

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          • Life With The Top Down Says:

            I can see the judgment, I’ve never woken up in the middle of the night wanting anything other than the ability to go back to sleep. But, I don’t hang out with people who are half dressed, tooth impaired who still feel comfortable talking to a TV Newsman, so who knows what they wake up thinking. Apparently…Cold Pops and BBQ’s are hot on the brain.

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  5. Tori Nelson Says:

    I like to think I’m laughing with her, but her buildin’s on fire! Nevertheless, I’m laughing.

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  6. Michelle Gillies Says:

    As an editor, I have to say, great job! You are correct Byronic man, the editor has some skills. You are also right, I’m about to get into the car for a 3 hour drive to Niagara and will most likely be singing it all the way. (Is it bad I know where some of those clips came from?)

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      That’s when you know you’re in a niche, isn’t it? When you watch something and think, “Now that is some top-notch editing.” Not a real conversation starter, usually.

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  7. freddyflow Says:

    I seen your post this morning… on my emails. It was like some kinda pop (culture). And I said, Lord, I’ve got Strunk-and-White-ess. Wish I could read it all, but Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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  8. MJ, Nonstepmom Says:

    Lordy Jesus – I love her attitude, talk about having moxy !!!!!

    Made me scream when the Tebow popped up, oh and the choir !!!!! And as I watched about the 3rd time I realized you have provided me not only a new “theme song” but I’m going to see if I can get this on my ipod – next time the kids start in with some silly arguement I’m gonna hit them with “aint noone got time for this…”

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  9. pegoleg Says:

    It’s a beautifully, cleverly crafted piece of mean-spirited mockery. And now it’s stuck in MY brain. I don’t care that you warned us; giving somebody a brain-worm like this is not nice, B-man.

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  10. susielindau Says:

    My guess is that she is thrilled with this! I would be!! It is really gooooooood…

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  11. crubin Says:

    I’d answer you, but ain’t nobody got time for that.

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  12. Soma Mukherjee Says:

    You did give us a fair warning ….
    this is the kind of video that brings nations together, world peace and make people religious and there are unconfirmed reports that this is going to be the title track of next Bond movie so…

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  13. Off the Wall Says:

    the dual split screen “Oh Lord Jesus it’s a fahr” slayed me every time!

    That, and the dancer who shakes himself to pieces.

    And I’ma gonna call you Lord Byron….your picture speaks to me like that

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  14. cassiebehle Says:

    My brother showed me this video about a month ago and I STILL laugh every time I watch it! Does that mean I’m going to hell?

    Oh. It does? Well, shiiiiit.

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      You know I think is one of the best touches? She does a tiny head-shake before the “Ain’t nobody got time” lines, that actually look like someone revving up to belt out the lyric in to the mic.

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  15. Angie Z. Says:

    I can aware right now that I’m typing to the beat of ain’t nobody got time for dat. I’m heading right over to youtube now to listen to the Superbowl Shuffle until Ain’t Nobody is just a distant memory.

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  16. Paul G. Eberlein Says:

    One good brain-worm deserves another. Although not as good as yours, this one was voted one of the funniest YouTube Videos of 2010. Auto-tune The News # 2: Always got time for dis…X-D

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      This one really is pretty good – and definitely target people I’d rather see mocked. I hadn’t seen this but, as you say, I apparently have time for dis.

      They’ve got the autotune up so severely it’s a little tough to understand, but there’s some fun editing with the ‘dancing.’

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  17. Lenore Diane Says:

    Yeah, I’m the Debbie Downer. It’s mean spirited. The fact that the video is edited well or not only means the person went to a greater attempt to make fun of someone. Nope. Don’t like it.

    Now, the video that Paul included. THAT is funny. “Oh snap! How fast?”

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      I go back and forth. My totally unsubstantiated theory is that the impetus for it may have been decent – because the way she says “ain’t nobody got time for that” in the raw footage sounds so musical that it alone could get caught in your head.

      But, it’s true, it doesn’t change the fact that much of the humor comes from the “silly” things she says.

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  18. skippingstones Says:

    Thank you so much! That was brilliant. It really is rather catchy, isn’t it?

    Maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t feel so much like it was making fun of her. But probably they were, and I just wasn’t making fun of her in my own head. I was just enjoying the song, actually.

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  19. Go Jules Go Says:

    Ha ha! Okay, only one thing could have distracted me from the awful realization that YOU’RE NOT APPEARING IN MY WORDPRESS READER! And that was it! Holy crud that video IS so great. Between the awesomeness of the quote(s), the remix, and the appearance of Carlton and Buddy Jesus, it’s pretty much guaranteed I’m going to play that at least 12 more times. I think when something is that well done, it falls into the same art/entertainment category that any good comedy does (which, it could probably be said, is always making fun of something). But I guess that means I see it as less about the music and more about the overall creativity.

    P.S. – Not cool, WordPress. Not. Cool.

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    • The Byronic Man Says:

      Something’s definitely amiss back at the WP ranch. A number of blogs aren’t showing up in my reader, and I’ve had a sizable drop in my average daily readership, which – obviously – could only be attributed to massive technical failure.

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  20. Anastasia Says:

    Hide to wives. Hide yo chirrens. This is brilliant. Anybody who behaves like a caricature should expect to be fair game,

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  21. Audrey Says:

    Hysterical, I really shouldn’t have clicked on it though – have a half hour drive home for this to be stuck in my head!

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  22. angrymiddleagewoman Says:

    Please, please, please put this in the Byronic Man Hall of Fame. I have come back to this post at least half a dozen times to watch this video. It’s like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. Or a blazing “FIRE”.

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