Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday by Rebecca Black / Bob Dylan

Art finds its way into unexpected places in our digital age. There's something beautiful about this progression of the song Friday by Rebecca Black. In case you haven't been following, here's the timeline.

First there was this...

...which caught the attention of these folks which probably brought the song to the attention of this person...

Bob Dylan's imaginary original version of Friday is genius. It's hilarious how suddenly lyrics like, "Fun, fun, you know what it is." take on meaning when processed through the filter of Bob Dylan. It casts a light on how inane current tween music seems and then you realize that the only reason the song works as a Bob Dylan cover is because of the inanity of many of his own lyrics.

And then folks took the joke to the next level by starting to post comments that support a fabricated history of the song.
Not a moment goes by during this song when I can keep myself from crying. It was the last slow song played at my Senior Prom. Just a few days later Johnny was shipped overseas to Vietnam, and not too long after that I got that terrible letter. His parents even decided to play this song at his funeral. There was not a dry eye in that church. I miss you Johnny, and this song is just a reminder of the turbulent times that the 60's were, and it's comforting to know that Dylan is still appreciated. - thevigilanteoflove
Important memories of NYC, lost loves, and the bourgeoisie are all referenced in the 4,400 comments, along with lots of outrage from fans in both the Dylan and the Black camps. Clearly not everyone is in on the joke.
YOU ARE ALL SO DUMB, especially you people who are trying to explain the metaphor's behind the song or the relevance of the lyrics. Bob Dylan did not write or sing this. Can you imagine Bob Dylan in the 60's singing 'party party party yeah' hahaha. Don't just accept what you see on the internet as the truth and then attempt to prove how much you know about music by justifying the lyrics. - FOOOLScocolunar
Now, they've even edited/hijacked the wiki page of Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes.

We live in weird times.


dark.side.of.the.moon09 said...

I'm confused. Are you saying the Rebecca Black song is the original, and that Bob Dylan did a cover?

Joey_Veltkamp said...

Rebecca Flack did the orginal. Mike Bauer (performing as Bob Dylan) did the cover.

Eric said...

I'm not surprised at the YT backlash against people playing along with the "Dylan" version. I get the same dirty looks every time I bring up the original Beatles version of "Oops! I Did It Again."