While there were plenty of worthy topics that didn't make the cut in my profile of Magic Johnson, I thought our diversion into the joys of YouTube would make a fun post on its own. Towards the tail end of our conversation while seated outside a cafe on 18th and Alberta we got to talking about how Ana Rodriguez and Mando Blanco originally met during a fire drill in seventh grade and bonded over their mutual love of South Park. Instantly the sound of Josh Groban performing a clip of the Comedy Central cartoon's theme song during this year's Emmy's popped into my head, and that led to discussing our favorite YouTube clips. On my side of things, I forgot a ton of my favorites such as a Monotonix houseshow in Louisiana, Barack O'Bollywood, Shoes and genderless Andre J with a Marilyn Monroe wig in the few minutes we chatted about the clips, so this definitely isn't my definitive list. And of course Wassup 2008 hadn't yet been released, so it doesn't appear here either. However, if you like goat killing eagles, break dancing babies (including a Spice Girls offspring), and Soulja Boy, you're in for a treat.
WW: Have you seen—I don't know how into YouTube clips you are—but have you seen Josh Groban at the Emmys?
Mando Blanco: Okay, I love YouTube clips! I spend hours on YouTube sometimes, it's really awful.
What are your favorites?
MB: There's so many.
There seriously are.
MB: Did you ever see the break-dancing baby? That one freaks me out. There's footage of a little baby break-dancing. Like a two-year-old like crazy break-dancing. That one's crazy.
Have you seen Posh Spice's son breakdance?
Alright. Cause he's young too. He's like three and he breakdances. I'll send you that.
MB: Yeah, please. But this kid... I guess his dad was/is a breakdancer. He just does these somersaults and pulls himself up with his hands. It's like crazy. That one's pretty fun.
And ummm... my friend showed me one recently that's pretty crazy. It's some nature thing. It's a bald eagle attacking a goat. It was the weirdest thing. It's this eagle that swoops down, grabs the goat by it leg—I mean it's awful, but it's so memorable—and like pulls it down, pulls it off the cliff so the goat hits a rock and then kills it. I had never seen anything like that.
Well I just had one pop in my head and now...
MB: The Josh Groban one.
I will tell you that one, but there was one that I've just recently seen that clicked when you said "nature," but I can't remember. But anyway, yes—he was at the Emmy's this year. It's quite possibly the best thing I've ever seen while at the same time the worst thing. He did like 60 different theme songs in like a couple minutes—just doing quick soundbites. He does the South Park one, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and he does the Simpsons. It's just frightening. I had to watch it over and over.
MB: Oh the actual song? I haven't actually. A big one for us though is the Soulja Girl. Have you seen that?
I've seen one of these girls outside singing about Soulja Girl.
MB: Oh no, we have to send you that one.
AR: It's this girl that goes fucking nuts on a train and it was just randomly filmed. It's this girl losing her shit on a train. She starts yelling at this old lady and she starts singing: "Soulja Girl" like "Soulja Boy" and starts dancing.
MB: She changes the lyrics.
AR: She's changes 'em to like insult her. It's so crazy.
MB: It's so awful. It's kinda sad.
AR: It's sad, but at the same time it's really fascinating.
MB: Like still to this day—this came out a few months ago and it's still a part of our vocabulary.
AR: Like we just quote her off-hand all the time.
MB: Even like after a few shows, we'd end our set with it.
AR: Or in the middle of a show, we'll go like "Chill Shorty" and one of our roommates in the audience will be like quoting her too. It's pretty funny. You have to see that one.
I seriously will. I'll watch that one and you watch Josh Groban. It's frightening. Then he does "Suicide is Painless" and has a chorus-line of dancing girl and it's like, ummm, okay...
To bring our discussion full circle, here's a clip that none of us discussed, but that I just found in the process of compiling these clips together. Yes, it's Soulja Boy meets South Park: