Reggie Watts's classic Radiohead parody


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/05/reggie-wattss-classic-radioh.html


#2

Reggie Watt’s version is far more interesting than the original.


#3

Isn’t this just the hipster equivalent of your dad complaining that rap is just about drugs and guns? It’s the laziest possible joke.


#4

I’m not sure that performing a song on beat with a looper and running all the audio equipment live counts as lazy. Low hanging fruit, sure. But Reggie picks it with a flourish.


#5

The joke is what’s lazy. Lucasfilms spent a billion dollars on Phantom Menace, and many talented people spent years working on it, but the script is still really lazy. Lazy concept != lazy work.


#6

What kind of music do you think is interesting?


#7

Hey that’s a great tune. What album is it on?


#8

It’s an entertaining bit that I’ve enjoyed once every few years since I first saw it, but the more I watch it, the more I think, “yes, that’s a method of emulating the sound, and the music still sounds good, whether it’s Radiohead’s discography or Watts’ version.” I wish I could mix like that.


#9

I hear that brother.


#10

I’ve always wanted to hunt down some explanation of how Reggie’s pile of synth weirdness is actually used (because there has to be one), but I don’t want to lose the magic.

I’m partial to his cover of Van Halen’s Panama:


#11

You could start at the Gizmodo article on Reggie Watt’s gear from a few years ago,… mostly it lists the gear he was using then. I’m a sucker for gearheads that do a stand up job of the music, c.f. I Am Kawehi - YouTube


#12

Oh, is this the sort of thing Reggie Watts does?

I only know him from appearing in other people’s videos and figured he was some kind of music artist but never saw him doing anything.


#13

Yes, this is the kind of thing he does. Oh, and he talks too.


#14

It’s different in two ways. It’s obvious Watts loves Radiohead, and really understands them. That’s why the satire works so well. The raging Radiohead fans weren’t offended - they were laughing the hardest.

Also, it’s missing the racist element of rap-hate.


#15

Saw him twice in concert. It was both awesome and hilarious!


#16

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