Archive for We So Excited

A page right out of history

This isn’t quite a scholarly treatise — for one thing, “Friday” was released before March 14, 2011 — but it gets the heavy lifting done with a degree of finesse.

Yes, this may be more than you wanted to know.

Comments




And so it’s so

In this Friday’s Rebecca Black news, a follow-up. You may remember this from a couple months ago:

Rebecca Black filmography

And I said:

From “Anyway” on down, this list contains a lot of music videos, some Web stuff, and that animation from China in which she did a voice character. I was not expecting to see two feature films. They’re both in post-production, which can mean any number of things; the most likely, I’m guessing, is “looking for a distributor.” Still, assuming IMDb hasn’t messed up the names, which seems unlikely: (1) it’s IMDb and they just don’t do that and (2) if she’s paying dues to the Screen Actors Guild, there’s nobody else billed with that name. I have yet to find a trailer, though, for either American Reject or Bad Impulse.

Paige Skinner interviewed RB for Los Angeles magazine, and this line was tossed into the mix:

“I’ve done so many different things, how do I combine them and make them make sense for me and also for everyone who is watching?” she wonders aloud.

She also acts and says she has some features she’s been in that will come out soon.

The IMDb synopsis for Bad Impulse:

In the aftermath of a traumatic event, a suburban husband and father buys a cutting edge home security system, only to find that it slowly destroys that which he most wants to protect.

This could be interesting. As for American Reject:

A singing hopeful on America’s hottest singing competition is catapulted into the depressing afterlife of reality television fame.

Not exactly typecasting, right?

Comments




In the wake of “Friday”

The production house known as ARK Music Factory, later ARK Media, is responsible for Rebecca Black’s “Friday”; Patrice Wilson, the semi-genius behind ARK, later pulled the company’s later productions, but fortunately, some enterprising folks managed to get them into an archive somewhere:

Some of the videos, and much of the commentary, will prove a little disquieting, even though we were spared the horrors of Alison Gold’s “Shush Up.”

Comments (1)




Here I come to save the day

I wasn’t aware that this particular damsel was in distress, but she does have her defenders. And she knows it, too:

Firearms are not among her favorite things, so far as I can tell, but she will always endorse staying alive.

Comments




On being noticed

Also:

Fame is a vapor, but sometimes it smells nice.

Comments




Still buzzy after all these years

Eminently mockable as BuzzFeed certainly is, they’ve devoted more column space to Rebecca Black than anyone this side of, well, me. She knows this, so she gave them a story:

Accidental star? Well, yeah. But she’s got a work ethic that won’t quit.

Comments (1)




Somehow I missed this

But it’s time to catch up:

How did I miss this, anyway?

Comments (1)




And we still do

Last Friday, we were introduced to the lyric video for the new Rebecca Black single “Do You?” It must be stated up front that the words to the song are riddled with symptoms of depression, but if you heard it, you already know that.

Knowing that, however, doesn’t prepare you for the visuals:

Still, the fanbase comes prepared, and while the words-only version got 30,000 views in its first week, the full video rolled up 15,000 views in only six hours.

Comments




You bet we do

There is no circumstance under which I would not celebrate Rebecca Black’s birthday, and today, her twenty-second, the fans get the present:

Cover art for Do You by Rebecca Black

A lyric video is already out, with what appears to be footage from the upcoming “real” video, due next week.

And 22 is old enough for the full Rule 5 treatment, right?

Rebecca Black just sits there

Rebecca Black hits the deck

Rebecca Black on RuPaul's DragCon

And purely by accident (yeah, right), I took a peek at her IMDb page, and was startled out of what wits I have:

Rebecca Black on the Internet Movie Database

From “Anyway” on down, this list contains a lot of music videos, some Web stuff, and that animation from China in which she did a voice character. I was not expecting to see two feature films. They’re both in post-production, which can mean any number of things; the most likely, I’m guessing, is “looking for a distributor.” Still, assuming IMDb hasn’t messed up the names, which seems unlikely: (1) it’s IMDb and they just don’t do that and (2) if she’s paying dues to the Screen Actors Guild, there’s nobody else billed with that name. I have yet to find a trailer, though, for either American Reject or Bad Impulse.

Comments (1)




Still iconic after all these years

Eight years after becoming part of the national discourse, “Friday” got the full Captain Cuts — despite the name, three guys — remix treatment, on Emo Nite in Los Angeles, and of course She Who Made It Possible was on hand:

For those who might be interested, “Friday” enters the public domain some time around 2105.

Comments off




A role model for you

It is, after all, Friday.

Thirteen, even.

“Learn to take it as a sign / If you don’t like me, get in line.”

Comments off




We’ll have what they’re having

There was a time in my life when Friday night was steak night. Rebecca Black isn’t quite so bound by tradition:

I had no idea this, um, challenge was a Thing.

Comments (2)




Live on a Friday

The folks at Playlist Live sent over this photo of Rebecca Black on stage this spring:

Rebecca Black at Playlist Live

She’s done a whole lot of synth-heavy stuff over the years, but sometimes all you need is a guitar.

Comments (2)




Still unplugged

The two most recent Rebecca Black singles, with but a single guitar, live on idobi Radio:

Note the anachronistic Music Television sweatshirt.

Comments off




She loves me not

This, of course, is the default. That said, this cover of a Billie Eilish song deserves to be loved in its own right; to quote the video description, “this song makes my heart sing and also cry a trillion tears at the same time.”

And this, in its own way, suggests another cover RB might consider: Lesley Duncan’s “Love Song,” perhaps best known as a duet between Duncan and Elton John, included on his Tumbleweed Connection LP in 1970.

Comments off




Legato be there

It’s not exactly Carpool Karaoke, but it’s still fun:

Eight years after the fact, “Friday” remains a cultural marker.

Comments off




The nature of an icon

It never, ever just fades away:

It was eight years ago that “Friday” went viral.

Comments off




Man/Black

We open with just a hint of Wikipedantry:

Man Man is an experimental band from Philadelphia. Their multi-instrumental style is centered on the piano playing of lead singer and lyricist Honus Honus. On recordings, Honus usually plays piano but during the live shows he uses a Rhodes Piano or a Nord Electro 3. He is accompanied by an energetic group of musicians and vocalists. Instruments played by the band include a clavinet, Moog Little Phatty, sousaphone, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, flute, bass clarinet, drum set, euphonium, Fender Jazz Bass, Danelectro baritone guitar, xylophone, marimba, melodica and various percussive instruments including pots and pans, toy noisemakers, Chinese funeral horns, spoons, smashing plates, and fireworks.

And thence to Stereogum, where we find:

Man Man frontman Honus Honus broke the news [Wednesday] on Instagram: Rebecca Black will be the band’s “special guest” at a few of the forthcoming shows on the band’s March West Coast tour. Presumably, this does not mean that she’ll do a traditional opening set. I’m imagining she’ll come out at the peak of Man Man’s set for a huge, cathartic “Friday” singalong.

By “a few” is apparently meant four out of seven.

And I figure, hey, she’s not going to displace the likes of Ariana Grande, so why not raise the freak flag for a few days?

Comments off




Singer and influencer

Rebecca Black visits The Millennial Report:

Running time: about 40 minutes.

Incidentally, “Anyway,” the current single, is running about 10,000 YouTube views per day. Obviously it’s not close to catching “Friday,” which in its two runs has over a quarter of a billion views, but hey, it pays the biils.

Comments off




Anywhere, anyhow

And just when I’d gotten used to Rebecca Black dropping new music on, um, Friday, this one appeared on Thursday:

Really, it could have come out Monday noon, and I’d still grab a copy.

Comments off




Out of this world, sort of

This is not something I’d have expected on the river Pecos:

Judge Roy Bean (1825-1903) was understandably not available for comment.

Comments (1)




I’d like to buy a towel

WHEEL! OF! FASHION!

I assure you, this is no sillier than the sixty thousand other fashion vlogs.

Comments off




Gently down the streams

Four million of ’em, in fact:

It’s not making her wealthy, exactly — at $7.50 per thousand, four million streams would bring in $30,000 — but that’s probably enough to pay the rent, and it helps that she owns almost all her own masters, meaning she’s not having to split it with anyone other than the taxman.

Comments (2)




And not a Z between them

In the P. T. Barnum sort-of-biopic The Greatest Showman, Zac Efron and Zendaya duetted on “Rewrite the Stars,” a new love song loosely based on all the old love songs; Zac’s character is singing to Zendaya’s that somehow, some way, they were supposed to be together.

Matt Bloyd and Rebecca Black have one common experience: they were both Artists on Fox’s The Four, and after winning the right to continue, they were defeated in a Challenge Round. Is that enough for them to sing “Rewrite the Stars”?

The answer may not be a Z, but it’s definitely a Y.

Comments off




Impatient fans

Including, I suppose, myself:

“Won’t be like this too much longer,” she replies.

Comments off




Looking forward to a weekend in 2041

I know this feeling perhaps better than I ought to admit:

(If you care, she’ll be 44.)

Comments (1)




Lessons of a lifetime

Well, actually, she didn’t write it, but it’s an interesting interview (about 16 minutes, followed by the current single “Satellite”) just the same.

Comments off




Freedom to speak

It seldom comes naturally, even if you have celebrity credentials:

At 18, after graduating from high school and moving out of her parent’s house, Rebecca Black resolved to start pursuing her dream of a music career in earnest. But as soon as she began to take lessons and, as she puts it, “figure out what music I really loved and what I wanted to say,” the years of abuse came flooding back. “When I would walk into a studio,” she recalls, “all of the sudden I felt like I couldn’t speak.” It had been five years since “Friday’s” release, and Black thought she had made peace with the demons of her tween years. In reality, she shares, “all of those problems and all of those issues that you would think, or at least I thought, would just kind of dissolve or fade away or not be real, I had to deal with them.”

The path to empowerment, the 21-year-old reveals, has not been an easy one. When she considers her state of mind following the video’s release as well as what advice she would share with a young person facing cyberbullying, she realizes that what she needed most was someone to remind her, “that it was okay to be upset. I see so many people saying, ‘you got to be strong, stay strong, stay strong’,” she shares, “but you can’t get strong until you actually build that strength. And you can’t build a false sense of strength.”

Well, you can, but it won’t do you the slightest bit of good.

Comments off




Remixed with pride

“Satellite” was the hidden delight of Rebecca Black’s RE/BL EP: a previously unheard track with enough gumption to stand alone as a single. It was duly released, and vanished into the ether like so many others.

Then this was announced:

A few tries to get to BonFire’s Web site fell short of actually doing so.

“You’re gonna buy it anyway, why not go straight to iTunes?” Why not, indeed? Schier trimmed the original by a few seconds and gave it more of a backbeat. Will this be enough to get back on the Billboard dance charts? I did what I could.

Comments off




The carpet might be red

The film is based on a 2014 novel by Jenny Han. I’d bet almost anything RB has read it.

Comments (2)