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Weird Al Premiere Cancelled Due to Net Leak

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the fluent-in-javascript-as-well-as-klingon dept.

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SilentChris writes "In what's probably a first, AOL cancelled the 'World Premiere' of Weird Al's newest video 'White and Nerdy' due to it being leaked on the internet. Al writes on his MySpace page: 'Apparently, the video has already leaked online, and AOL doesn't feel comfortable doing a World Premiere promotion for a video that a number of people have seen already ... Anyway, it's really a bummer... it would have been great promotion for the album... but hey, life goes on.' As for the video? Arguably Al's best work (but I'm a little biased)."

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Does the video say... (-1, Troll)

rovingeyes (575063) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161915)

"Nothing to see here please move along"? If yes, then I'd have to agree, it'd be his best work so far.

What else can AOL fuck up next? (-1, Offtopic)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161917)

They really are going downhill quick.
Perhaps they should just go whole hog and install the Sony rootkit.

No flash... (0, Offtopic)

ThisNukes4u (752508) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161921)

And for those of us who can't use flash for whatever reason, here is the google video [google.com] link.

Re:No flash... (-1, Troll)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161940)

Smooth one. If you can't use Flash, here's a link to a different video service that uses Flash...

Re:No flash... (3, Informative)

ThisNukes4u (752508) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161949)

You can at least download it on google video.

Re:No flash... (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161968)

True true...I realized that right as I hit the submit button. :-/

Download on YouTube (4, Informative)

Comboman (895500) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162470)

You can download on YouTube too, if you know how. [keepvid.com]

Re:No flash... (3, Informative)

sacherjj (7595) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162090)

If you download the Google videa file (*.gvi) and rename to an .avi, most players will play it.

Re:No flash... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16162103)

that link is not only flash but to the wrong video. It is just the music with the penut butter and jelly banana dancing to it.
here is the correct link [google.com]
Google video does let you download the video. You might be able to play one of the formats.

Re:No flash... (2, Funny)

soft_guy (534437) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162287)

that link is not only flash but to the wrong video. It is just the music with the penut butter and jelly banana dancing to it.

You mean that the banana isn't Weird Al? I thought I read somewhere that he recently had cosmetic surgery to look more like a banana.

Re:No flash... (4, Funny)

jonnythan (79727) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162519)

I love a world where you can say "the peanut butter jelly banana" and everyone knows what you're talking about.

Hmm... (2, Funny)

QuantumFTL (197300) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161934)

A video... leaked onto the net... before it was supposed to come out? That sure is weird.

Re:Hmm... (2, Insightful)

Golias (176380) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162380)

He's releasing a "dual disk" CD that has a DVD of videos on the back side of it. Somebody probably swiped one from a pre-release stock room and ripped it.

Weird Al on MySpace [myspace.com]

And I care why? (4, Funny)

joshetc (955226) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161935)

I've already seen it anyway, who cares about the premier!

[/not trolling]

Re:And I care why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16162014)

You should probably care because a premier means more money for Al. More money for Al and AOL probably make future releases more likely. Of course, this only matters if you want more content in the future.

Re:And I care why? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16162106)

No no no. You have it all wrong. See, I heard from THE authority on the economics of the music industry - a place called Slashdot - that when music is illegaly distributed without any compensation to the content creator it's GOOD for the artists and when music is legally purchased as a result of a properly informed consumer decision, it's BAD for the artists.

See, selling CDs is BAD and will make musicians suffer in poverty while illegally distributing their content without any chance for income is GOOD because the magical socialism fairy will appear out of nowhere and shower them with butter and wine.

Don't mind that rabbit hole, Alice, you're not in Wonderland, just Slashdot. It's just as fruity, but much, much stupider.

Re:And I care why? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16162107)

Because it's not all about you. Wierd Al is still one of the little guys. He worked hard for the fame he got and deserves his success. It just shows that fans may think it's cool to leak but it is damaging. It cost him the premiere and possibly hurt sales. It's not the first time fans have damaged the very thing they love. Wierd Al was one of the first geeks in a sense. He had his own equipment and worked out of his parents basement. He's never gotten rich but he's done well. I've seen him live and he puts on a good show. In this case jumping the gun on the release isn't a victory for the community but more of an attack on it since it hurts one of their own. A fan gets a thrill from being the one to release the video but at what cost? They didn't create it so what right do they have to release it just to get a little reflected glory? Eventually groups like AOL may not even bother with premieres if they constantly get trumped by fans, then what? The performers loose yet another way of getting their work out there. Yes fans are getting it out there but it may be a handful of people seeing it compared to millions thbrough a major outlet. The fan didn't own it Wierd Al did and he's very generous with his material and not a member of the evil empire. They should be condemed for releasing it not given a thumbs up. Such things will in the end hurt everyone. I want to see Wierd Al keep doing his thing. He should be free to distribute it as he sees fit. Everyone would have a chance to see it this was about a fan doing something irresponsible as an ego trip.

Re:And I care why? (1)

omeomi (675045) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162330)

Wierd Al was one of the first geeks in a sense. He had his own equipment and worked out of his parents basement.

That's true, Another one Rides the Bus was recorded in a bathroom...

That Segway bit cracked me up. I can't wait until this album comes out.

Re:And I care why? (3, Funny)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162383)

Eventually groups like AOL may not even bother with premieres if they constantly get trumped by fans, then what?
Then they can have an Exclusive World Second!

At least it would be more original ;)

Re:And I care why? (3, Insightful)

Wordsmith (183749) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162429)

I generally agree with your sentiments about Al, but just one thing ... how do you suppose a fan leaked it? How would a fan get it, if it hadn't already been leaked?

Re:And I care why? (2, Insightful)

fitten (521191) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162460)

Yep. I agree with you 100%. Wierd Al is one of our (the geek world) friends. He has released a number of songs in unencumbered mp3 format for free download for starters. He's fairly good with the lingo and I wouldn't doubt that he's a true geek like many of us. Hurting your own is definitely *not* cool.

Re:And I care why? (1)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162469)

Preach it, brother! I mean, how else can he afford another solid-gold Humvee?

Little late. (-1, Redundant)

Darlantan (130471) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161937)

Yeah, this is old news. The video has been up on YouTube for days...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xEzGIuY7kw [youtube.com]

Re:Little late. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16161975)

Welcome to slashdot.

Re:Little late. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16161998)

Ummm...that is precisely WHY this is news. RTFA or even the summary, any you'll see that the story is not the leak itself, but that the premier was canceled because of the leak. In fact, this story wouldn't work unless most knew the video had been leaked, for then AOL would have no reason to cancel.

And it's STILL a little late. (2, Informative)

Darlantan (130471) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162125)

I already knew this. The premier was cancelled on the 18th. It's currently the 22nd. I knew about this days ago, as did many others.

In what's probably a first (5, Funny)

rvw (755107) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161948)

Isn't that the best premiere a "Nerdy" video can get? Being "leaked" to YouTube, featured on Slashdot?

Re:In what's probably a first (1)

Duncan3 (10537) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162023)

I'm sure he would prefer it was seen by people that BUY music, instead of just playing the free video, or ripping the audio track to mp3, like everyone on YouTube or /. would do.

So yes, YouTube screwed Wield Al.

Maybe an 7/10. Not Al's best, but catchy.

Re:In what's probably a first (3, Interesting)

merreborn (853723) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162096)

I got my first few Lamb of God albums via copy infringement, a couple years ago.

Since then, I've bought a shirt, both their DVDs, pre-ordered their last CD, bought the rest, and saw 'em live twice.

Yep. They sure got screwed. I'm sure they really wish I'd never even heard of 'em.

Re:In what's probably a first (1)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162204)

Likewise. I first heard of the Plaid-Tongued Devils when a friend sent me an MP3 of one of their songs. I then snagged more of their music off of Napster (the original Napster). I liked what I heard... since then I've bought all their albums. Never would have heard of them if some EVIL ANGEL-KILLING PIRACY hadn't taken place. At some point they realized that, too, since you can now download tracks from their CDs right off their web site [thedevils.com] .

Re:In what's probably a first (3, Insightful)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162224)

Just because an illegal act makes them more money in the long run doesn't make any less illegal. You don't get to decide how they share their music.

Re:In what's probably a first (4, Funny)

soft_guy (534437) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162319)

Just because an illegal act makes them more money in the long run doesn't make any less illegal

I found out about this cool store once because I had ran in there earlier to escape the police who were chasing me. So, I decided to hold the place up. After I got home, I realized the store was totally cool, so now I shop there all the time.

Sure, I robbed them once, but I've more than made up for it by becoming a valuable customer! I'm sure they are glad that I know about their store.

Re:In what's probably a first (2, Insightful)

Sardak (773761) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162360)

You know, that would almost be a valid comparison, if copyright infringement placed anyone's lives in danger or actually removed something from their possession.

Re:In what's probably a first (1)

patrixmyth (167599) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162353)

Just because an act is illegal, doesn't mean that it's impossible. So, yeah, he does get to decide how they share their music. So, we've got FAIR vs. LEGAL vs. POSSIBLE. Personally, I'm rooting for FAIR, but I always did root for the underdog.

Re:In what's probably a first (0, Offtopic)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162392)

Just because an illegal act makes them more money in the long run doesn't make any less illegal
Just because there is a law that makes such an act illegal does not mean that the law is a good law (ie. a law that benefits society as a whole).

Re:In what's probably a first (1)

Catbeller (118204) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162346)

It is a rare, successful artist with multiple hit albums that ever makes it to the point where the record companies actually cough up any money (after the artist finishes paying off the LOANS -- expense to the RC, always a loan to the artist) to the artist. And of course, with the new digital download accounting, even old timers are finding that the new online deal cuts out 75% of their royalities due to magical "new technology" charges.

Artists make money from live performances, 'cause the RC's haven't managed to buy up all the performance venues yet. Premature downloads don't hurt the artist's bottom line, 'cause they don't make money from CD sales. The early release helps the artist because popularity=more ticket sales at the ballroom.

The RC's just steal money. I doubt the artists are crying much over their poor masters' predicament.

Re:In what's probably a first (1)

Guiness17 (606444) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162128)

ok - u got my vote for funniest post of the day!

done! (5, Insightful)

argStyopa (232550) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161950)

Posting a direct link to a video on /.'s frontpage.

Al, I think that's damn close to a world premiere right there, and a better class of audience than AOL. :)

Re:done! (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162009)

Really? I would think that the AOL premiere would generate a lot more sales than Slashdot.

Re:done! (4, Funny)

Jace of Fuse! (72042) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162043)

Really? I would think that the AOL premiere would generate a lot more sales than Slashdot.

While I must admit that exposure all over is good, it would be MY guess that Slashdot is a better potential buying audience for Al than the typical AOL user.

After all, "White and Nerdy".

Yup. That's Slashdot.

Re:done! (4, Funny)

DamnStupidElf (649844) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162222)

After all, "White and Nerdy".

Yup. That's Slashdot.


I'm just kind of pasty and geeky, you insensitive clod!

Re:done! (2, Funny)

Mercano (826132) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162414)

Sorry, no. Slashdot's readership has been outsourced, so now its Indian and nerdy.

Re:done! (1)

Morphine007 (207082) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162175)

Why, exactly?

Re:done! (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162428)

For starters, AOL is probably about 10 times larger. If you accept that, and assume 50% of Slashdot are somewhat interested in Wierd Al and 10% of AOL, AOL still has twice as many potential customers. I think all those numbers are pretty conservative, so even if I am wrong, I am probably underestimating the AOL advantage.

I would also make the assumption that AOL customers are somewhat more 'mass market' and spendy than Slashdot readers. My only evidence for this is that they are using AOL.

So you have more people overall, and a good chance that each of those people is a better customer. Not a whole lot more than intuition, but there it is.

Re:done! (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162240)

Look at the demographics of /. and Weird Al's fanbase. Now look at AOL's demographics.

Yeah.

Re:done! (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162412)

Where? I'm not sure whether you are agreeing with me or disagreeing with my, but I don't have any sense of any of those demographics, especially as music purchasers. I doubt the computery notions of slashdotters have a great deal of impact on their music taste. It might make them more appreciative of this particular video, but I'm not sure that translates into album sales.

Re:done! (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162436)

Dude. It's Weird Al.

Re:done! (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162461)

I'm still completely lost. Sorry.

Re:done! (1)

enc0der (907267) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162314)

Not like anyone who uses AOL would get the jokes anyways ;)

Re:done! (1)

in2mind (988476) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162339)

I dont know if Youtube's system is just slow,but its dissapointing that youtube video doesnt yet show
the number of clicks from slashdot on "Sites linking to this video".

Wikipedia article on the little things (5, Informative)

mwyner (65962) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161957)

There's a great Wikipedia article on the video [wikipedia.org] containing some of the little things you may have missed.

Re:Wikipedia article on the little things (1)

hords (619030) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161995)

The Star Wars kid parody was hilarious. That poor kid. hahaha

Re:Wikipedia article on the little things (1)

xmodem_and_rommon (884879) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162427)

as for the "minesweeper on a macintosh" bit, that's not the first time i've seen that. One of the earlier episodes of Numb3rs also featured minsweeper being played on what is clearly a mac. I wonder if someone made a reimplemntation. I'd google it, but its 4:40am and i'm tired.

Awesome video, btw

Re:Wikipedia article on the little things (2, Informative)

gosand (234100) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162487)

There's a great Wikipedia article on the video containing some of the little things you may have missed.

Pretty cool. Although, I am surprised at this statement from the wikipedia page: When the lyrics "Steven Hawking's in my library" are sung, Yankovic is shown holding A Brief History of Time, adorned in an unusual cover.

From best I can tell on the YouTube video, it seems to be the Illustrated Brief History of Time. I don't know why this would be considered "unusual". Of all the minute details on this page, I am surprised. If only there were a way to correct it. ;)

Unfortunate but still... (1)

Damastus the WizLiz (935648) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161961)

I love his work and I think this is unfortunate for a man who is all about his fans, and his gold cadillacs. He should be able to enjoy atleast the unvailing party with all those hot chicks all over him. and I know someone is going to say this is because people are downloading illegaly and rant about how slashdotters who download things are killing the artists. But either way he is getting advertising out of this. I dont believe this will hurt his sales at all since his fans are willing to pay for his work and will pay to be able to see him in concert.

Re:Unfortunate but still... (1)

joe 155 (937621) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162005)

I thought that. This is a little like when you see kids misbehaving and the parent says "one more peep out of you and we're going home" but this time they actually did it!

Re:Unfortunate but still... (1)

El Gigante de Justic (994299) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162104)

Based on your comments, it almost sounds like you already heard the first single [dontdownloadthissong.com] from the album which was released weeks ago

already seen (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161965)

> AOL doesn't feel comfortable doing a World Premiere promotion for a video that a number of people have seen already

Surely every world premiere of absolutely everything has already been seen by tens to hundreds of people?

Nobody cry. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16161976)

Weird Al is going to get *far* more promotion via YouTube "leak" and the accompanying promotion. The only one losing in this is AOL, who might have nabbed a few clickthroughs for Classmates.com. Sure, Big Al has to come out and sort of say "wow, that's too bad" but the reality is that he's gonna reap the benefits of not only a free-for-all distribution, but also the publicity surrounding "those darn pirates."

Buck up, Al. You're richer than the rest of us, going to get even richer, and we find you funny despite it all.

Yeah, real bummer (3, Informative)

oskard (715652) | more than 7 years ago | (#16161982)

"Anyway, it's really a bummer... it would have been great promotion for the album"

I'm sure that getting Slashdotted will more than make up for it.

Overheard in AOL office (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16161999)

Underling: (excited) Hey boss, you know that Weird Al video we're gonna promo? It's been leaked all over the net. There's a lot of buzz! I think it's gonna be a big hit.

Boss: (annoyed) You mean hackers stole one of our products?

U: Well, not exactly, I mean, everybody's talking about it, this is a great opportunity for promotion. I had this idea for instance, we could let people make their OWN parodies of Weird Al's video and put them up on YouTube with a special tag, then we could give a prize to the best--

B: (more annoyed) What the fuck is U-Tube? A brand of glue? Cancel the premiere of Queer Al's video, that's the only way to show those pirates who's boss.

U: You mean "Weird Al" .. but .. it's so popular .. we could make a lot of ...

B: Hey kid, this is AOL, you think we got this far by being idiots? Now get out of my office.

U: (dejected) yes sir.

Re:Overheard in AOL office (2, Funny)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162508)

B: Hey kid, this is AOL, you think we got this far by being idiots? Now get out of my office.

U: (dejected) sir, we're not in your office.

Video (1)

hellvis80 (950395) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162008)

This video is great, I couldn't hardly hear the song because I was laughing so hard.

Premiere the viedo? (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162024)

Like premiere where? MTV doesn't play music videos anymore.

Oh you mean... Premiere on AOL's page?

Well... I think that is a blessing considering had it not bene canceled and not been on Slashdot and Youtube that many of us would have never seen it.

"Leaked"?? (2, Interesting)

ewhac (5844) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162064)

What the hell do they mean, "leaked?" I saw the video about four days ago. It was posted on Weird Al's MySpace page.

Who's yanking whose chain here?

Schwab

P.S: Yes, it's an excellent video.

Re:"Leaked"?? (1)

catbutt (469582) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162119)

Al's post is 4 days old, and he posted it on the myspace page in the post.

Re:"Leaked"?? (5, Informative)

nebaz (453974) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162126)

Did you read his blog?
I'm very sorry to say that the AOL "First View" Premiere of the "White & Nerdy" video has been cancelled.

Apparently, the video has already leaked online, and AOL doesn't feel comfortable doing a "World Premiere" promotion for a video that a number of people have seen already. (I can understand songs leaking, but a video? How'd THAT happen?)

Anyway, it's really a bummer... it would have been great promotion for the album... but hey, life goes on.

So...

I'll be uploading the video to this page shortly. Tell your friends!


It was already 'out there', so he put it on myspace. Order of events.
1) Leaked
2) AOL Cancelled
3) Al put it on his site.

He might have put it on his site either way, but there is no contradiction between leak and wide availability.

Lyrics (1, Insightful)

CODiNE (27417) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162082)

How about somebody post the lyrics for a deaf geek y'all?

Re:Lyrics (5, Informative)

Known Nutter (988758) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162206)

White & Nerdy by Al Yankovic

        They see me mowin'
        My front lawn
        I know they're all thinking I'm so white and nerdy
        Think I'm just too white and nerdy
        Think I'm just too white and nerdy
        Can't you see I'm white and nerdy?
        Look at me, I'm white and nerdy
        I wanna roll with
        The gangstas
        But so far they all think I'm too white and nerdy
        Think I'm just too white and nerdy
        Think I'm just too white and nerdy
        I'm just too white and nerdy.
        Really really white and nerdy.

        First in my class here at MIT
        Got skills, I'm a champion at D&D
        MC Escher - that's my favorite MC
        Keep your 40, I'll just have an Earl Grey tea
        My rims never spin, to the contrary
        You'll find that they're quite stationary
        All of my action figures are cherry
        Steven Hawking's in my library
        My MySpace page is all totally pimped out
        Got people beggin' for my top eight spaces
        Yo, I know pi to a thousand places
        Ain't got no grills but I still wear braces
        I order all of my sandwiches with mayonnaise
        I'm a whiz at Minesweeper - I could play for days
        Once you see my sweet moves you're gonna stay amazed
        My fingers' movin' so fast I'll set the place ablaze
        There's no killer app I haven't run
        At Pascal, well I'm number one
        Do vector calculus just for fun
        I ain't got a gat but I got a soldering gun
        Happy Days is my favorite theme song
        I could sure kick your butt in a game of ping pong
        I'll ace any trivia quiz you bring on
        I'm fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon

        They see me roll on
        My Segway
        I know in my heart they think I'm white and nerdy
        Think I'm just too white and nerdy
        Think I'm just too white and nerdy
        Can't you see I'm white and nerdy
        Look at me, I'm white and nerdy
        I'd like to roll with
        The gangstas
        Although it's apparent I'm too white and nerdy
        Think I'm just too white and nerdy
        Think I'm just too white and nerdy
        I'm just too white and nerdy
        How'd I get so white and nerdy

        I've been browsin', inspectin'
        X-Men comics, you know I collect 'em
        The pens in my pocket, I must protect 'em
        My ergonomic keyboard never leaves me bored
        Shopping online for deals on some writable media
        I edit Wikipedia
        I memorized Holy Grail really well
        I can recite it right now and have you ROTFLOL
        I got a business doing websites
        When my friends need some code, who do they call?
        I do HTML for 'em all
        Even made a homepage for my dog
        Yo, I got myself a fanny pack
        They were havin' a sale down at The Gap
        Spend my nights with a roll of bubble wrap
        Pop, pop, hope no one sees me
        Gettin' freaky
        I'm nerdy in the extreme
        And whiter than sour cream
        I was in AV Club and Glee Club and even the Chess Team
        Only question I
        Ever thought was hard
        Was do I like Kirk
        Or do I like Picard
        Spend every weekend at the Renaissance Fair
        Got my name on my underwear

        They see me strollin'
        They laughin'
        And rollin' their eyes 'cause I'm so white and nerdy
        Just because I'm white and nerdy
        Just because I'm white and nerdy
        All because I'm white and nerdy
        Holy cow, I'm white and nerdy
        I wanna bowl with
        The gangstas
        But, oh well, it's obvious I'm white and nerdy
        Think I'm just too white and nerdy
        Think I'm just too white and nerdy
        I'm just too white and nerdy
        Look at me, I'm white and nerdy

http://www.actsofvolition.com/archives/2006/septem ber/lyricswhite [actsofvolition.com]

Re:Lyrics (1)

MagicM (85041) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162212)

You can find them here [justfuckinggoogleit.com] .

(Damn slashdot spoiling all the fun. Ok, fine. Lyrics [ph-online.net] .)

Lazy Sunday? (1)

Tony (765) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162084)

No, the video didn't remind me of Lazy Sunday [nbc.com] at all. Not one bit.

But Mr. Pibb and Red Vines are crazy delicious.

Re:Lazy Sunday? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16162398)

Didn't remind me of this [muvids.com] either. ;-D

Whose song is he spoofing? (1)

Jivecat (836356) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162092)

Hilarious, his best work since his spoof of "Smells Like Teen Spirit." ...but call me an old fart with no awareness of current music, especially hip-hop -- I have no idea what song this is based on.

Re:Whose song is he spoofing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16162140)

Hilarious, his best work since his spoof of "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

That's Nirvana...both in the sense that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was by Nirvana, and the song you are thinking of is "Smells Like Nirvana"

Re:Whose song is he spoofing? (1)

Iberian (533067) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162162)

Songs based on "Ridin" by Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone.

Re:Whose song is he spoofing? (1)

King_TJ (85913) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162235)

Haha... that's what made this video all the *better* for me! I hate hip-hop, R&B and most rap music ... and this incredibly annoying local hip-hop radio station put "Ridin'" in such hot rotation, even *I* had heard it dozens of times, unwillingly. Too many hair salons, people driving by with car stereos cranked up to 11, and so forth have that station on - and with maybe 15-20 songs total in their playlist, it's always coming up!

Re:Whose song is he spoofing? (1)

daitengu (172781) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162297)

It's a parody of Ridin' by Chamillionaire.

I'm with ya, though. I saw a list of his songs and what they were spoofing on Wikipedia, and I don't know half of them.

Weird Al doesn't get the Internet? (1)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162142)

Apparently, the video has already leaked online, and AOL doesn't feel comfortable doing a "World Premiere" promotion for a video that a number of people have seen already. (I can understand songs leaking, but a video? How'd THAT happen?)

Anyway, it's really a bummer... it would have been great promotion for the album... but hey, life goes on.


And having tens of thousands of people watching the video isn't great promotion for the album? In this YouTube age, why do we need 'premieres'? You see the video, you either think it rocks or sucks, and it does its job. Why does it matter if AOL premiered it or not? I bet more people would see it if it hit the YouTube front page than if AOL tried pushing it. This is the 21st century, don't get so stuck to the 'old' ways.

Re:Weird Al doesn't get the Internet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16162308)

and apparantly Peter Cooper doesn't get sarcasm.

Bad move for AOL now everybody will have positive (1)

Coeurderoy (717228) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162160)

proof, that "pirates" are actually good for business.

They should have made a "world premiere" so they could have pretended it's their "marketing work" that generated money for WA, so he might just leak all his video to youtube and completely forget about the major.

On an aside note, it is nice to see for once, even if it is on a humorous way that the "nerd" is the hero.
And that hawkins, etc ... are presented as "cool stuff to do" (well collecting action figures also, but you cant win them all).

  Cheers
   

Shortsighted (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162218)

That's a little shortsighted. Surely the amount of promotion AOL could lend to this video would include more viewers than those who would learn about the video through word-of-mouth? AOL could promote this to a broader scope of users, and to arguably a different demographic. AOL is also losing out on being associated with Weird Al, which is better than being associated with... just a crappy portal? Oh well.

it wasn't leaked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16162239)

how was this leaked?? It's been around for days on Weird Al's MySpace page, not to mention it was posted earlier this week on Jason Calacanis' (Mr. AOL/Netscape) blog:

http://www.calacanis.com/2006/09/18/wow/ [calacanis.com]

Cliche (1, Funny)

hey (83763) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162260)

I am a bit sad that just listing all these cliches about, well, us is funny.
Could somebody do this about gay or black people and get away with it?

The myspace page if nobody has mentioned it yet:
http://www.myspace.com/whiteandnerdy [myspace.com]

Re:Cliche (1)

snuf23 (182335) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162450)

Sure so long as a gay person or black person did it. That's the prevailing attitude.
BTW Al really is geeky so it's the same deal. Also nerds have been taking back the "n" word rendering it useless as an insult.

Re:Cliche (5, Insightful)

winomonkey (983062) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162473)

You are absolutely right, we should be offended that someone made a parody of something that is so true. I mean, the gall of some people, making fun of themselves and others. Gay and black people are fortunate that they have escaped the wrath of popular media and comedy. I mean, just imagine it...blatantly gay people being the butt of jokes on a televised series? Oh, Will and Grace. Black people being criticized and stereotyped on public television...oh, sorry, Chris Rock and 90% of the black comedians out there beat you to it.

If we can't look at some of the stereotypes and laugh, then something is wrong. The great thing about disagreeing with stereotypes is that we can then educate people about the fallacies of their own biased and incorrect views. If you think that we are getting a bad rap (pun only partially intended here) from this video, then get out there and say why it is so wrong.

I laugh because I am white and nerdy, but know that I am much more than white and nerdy. I mean, I am tall, and well, I guess that I am just tall, white and nerdy. But still, I am more!

Re:Cliche (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16162499)

If they were black or gay, yes. In fact, look at the vast majority of comedians in current popular rotation - their humor is almost exclusively self-debasing.

Would Have? (1)

DoctorPepper (92269) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162284)

What do you mean "would have"? I saw the leaked video and it was hilarious!

How many of you spotted Donny Osmond in it, or perhaps Seth Green?

help me raise some money to buy that hoody (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162306)

Everyone chip in, let's buy that hoody he's wearing and mail it to k-fed.

Case study.... (2, Insightful)

Churla (936633) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162342)

I'm a Wierd Al fan. Few who hold their geek cred near and dear to them can claim not to be. But I have no idea of this "premier" or anything else involving a new video (like you could see videos on a channel on cable? na.. never.. not now a days).

On the other hand, I catch it on Slashdot and i'm there. And loved it, I cried laughing and got bad looks from people in other cubes until they saw it.. at which point we all geek bonded.

Probably did better for him to have it leaked than played on AoL.

I love the video. And the song. (2, Insightful)

isolationism (782170) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162354)

And I'm glad Weird Al isn't taking it too hard (or at least, he isn't showing it) -- it's a fantastic piece of work, and if it's popular it's because it's that good and chimes with a pretty wide audience.

it's official (0, Redundant)

Coeurderoy (717228) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162388)

It worked, weid al's site is /.ed it doesn' respond anymore :-)
I doubt very much an AOL launch would have had the same effect.

Cheers to AL(L)

(of course making a nerdy guy a friend of Gates is pure slander, but well we should let it pass for this time :-)

Conspiracy theory (0, Redundant)

Schraegstrichpunkt (931443) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162409)

I can't see why AOL would pull the premiere, except so that they (AOL Time-Warner, remember?) can later claim that Internet piracy is causing them problems.

Gentoo (1)

scharkalvin (72228) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162418)

In the very beginning, is that the Gentoo logo behind Al
on the floor of the stage (outlined in red lights)?

Re:Gentoo (1)

Iberian (533067) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162477)

Nope it is a Pac Man.

Re:Gentoo (1)

winomonkey (983062) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162512)

It's the Pac Man logo. You can read more about the references and little bits of trivia here [wikipedia.org] at the wikipedia on White and Nerdy.

Can't wait until the whole album is leaked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16162447)

I'm a big weird Al fan!

This seems a little too quaint (1)

Ynsats (922697) | more than 7 years ago | (#16162509)

AOL refusing to release the video because of a leak will only get a video that may not have had a whole ton of news coverage instantaneous exposure on every news network in the nation. Mainly because of the "pirating" aspect of the story and how hot anything concerning pirating, stealing intellectual property, rootkits, DRMs and the RIAA tends to be.

Weird Al is a bright guy and I wouldn't put it past him to use the media's "chicken little syndrome" against them and get his video worldwide promotion for free. His video will still do quite well and he'll still sell albums. The guy can do no wrong and everything he releases meets some level of success. Weird Al is a talented guy who deserves to profit from his talent but even when it seems he can't, he's smart enough to know how to make it a profitable experience anyway.
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