CALLBACKS: Hot Tub Nostalgia Machine

The story thus far: Rebecca Black’s parents hired vanity recording label ARK Music Factory to produce a song and accompanying music video for her. When Black posted her song on Youtube, the infectiously insipid track “Friday” catapulted her to internet infamy. After suffering through internet insults, receiving death threats, making a guest appearance in a Katy Perry music video, and attending various entertainment industry events, Rebecca Black is poised to release a new song on July 18th, titled “My Moment.” The topic of the song? Her rise to fame as a result of “Friday.” We are not making this up.

If you haven’t heard the song yourself, it’s available via iTunes (and not too hard to find with Google either), but be forewarned that its lyrics are profoundly banal and it’s a bit of an earworm. Lyrics such as “Yesterday was Thursday… / Tomorrow is Saturday / And Sunday comes afterwards” are not going to break any ground with their depth, but they are a vast repository of of comedic potential. UK-based Youtube Comedy Duo Cup of Team has created not only this video analyzing the lyrics to “Friday”, but also has analyzed the lyrics of other lesser-known tracks produced by ARK Music Factory. Their analyses are as trenchant as they are hilarious.

What’s most impressive to me, however, is Rebecca Black’s self-parody, posted on Funny or Die. With tongue in cheek, she probes the levels of significance in her song, analyzing its political and socio-economic messages and how it speaks to the human condition. There are a number of Rebecca Black humor videos on Funny or Die (the site was even rechristened “Friday or Die” for an April Fools Day gag), but in my estimation this one tops them all.

Enjoy the comedy, and I’ll be back with a new hit comic on Thursday.