Monday, May 14, 2007

Online Mimicry and "Dear Sister"

Not long ago, I posted a little ditty here about the SNL "Dear Sister" clip, which made fun of something I hadn't seen in a way I didn't understand and using a song I hadn't heard before. A few days back, the AIM sign-in page — which almost always posts a lot of garbage I have no interest in reading — had an article up about the very spoof.

It answered some questions.

What, exactly, was the bit spoofing? The target was the season two finale from The OC, after all. The article notes the oddness of making fun of something that old.
That episode of “The O.C.,” a series that has been canceled, was broadcast two years ago, but does that really matter? The formula is instantly accessible — over-the-top violence plus slow-motion reaction shots plus cheesy music — and the parody seemed to some like a comment on the tricks of editing.
Why wasn't it officially posted by NBC, as most SNL digital shorts are? Officially, the the music rights to the Imogen Heap song used in the clip were never cleared for online re-broadcasts. The fact that the Virginia Tech massacre happened shortly thereafter had little to do with the clip not being put online, though I'd imagine it didn't help the case.

So then what? Some posters have been putting the clip online illegally, only to have YouTube yank it. Other YouTubers have been uploading their own takes on it — some editing violent movies like The Departed and The Matrix to reference the clip. It's even been awarded it's own tag: SNLOCmeme.

Here's the original again. I don't care what anybody says about it being inappropriate to watch. It's still funny.

Here's a direct response video blog.

Here's a less reverent response.

And here's one employing the cast of bygone TGIF sitcom Step by Step.

And here's one using NES classic Duck Hunt.

And here's another that employs my grief of griefs last year, Libby's murder at the hands of Michael "They Took My Boy" Dawson from Lost.

One last question:

So that Imogen Heap song must be getting a lot of attention. Is it any good? No, actually. It kind of blows. Perhaps because these memes have popularized one ten-second snippet from it, listening to it ended up with me waiting for that one part to play. And when it did, I was tired of it. Lost of warbling and looking at the weird facial expressions. Bleh.

The one benefit I can see to all this is that the mimicry has drained the life from the song. Now nobody will everybody will ever be able to use it again seriously.


  1. The song may have gotten really old, but there was one instance in which the song was used absolutely beautifully, in a show that some may not find very beautiful.

    So You Think You Can Dance season 2, results show for the Top 6. The dance was staged by Mia Michaels, by far the best choreographer on the show.

    To put it into perspective, if you look at the top two links to the right, you can see how this show has a tendency to take some really awful songs (one of which being a Celine Dion ballad) and making something extraordinary with it.

    Plus, I know for a fact this performance makes Stevi cry.

    The song, of course, doesn't work nearly as well in "The Last Kiss" after Zach Braff has just finished boning Rachel Bilson (hey..."O.C." alum...whaddya know?)


  3. Anonymous7:40 AM

    i know this is a year old but...