If you’re like me, you often sit in front of your computer screen and think, “Y’know, Weird Al has done so much to advance the cause of parody music in my lifetime. But what I really want is for someone to make a goofy parody of that kooky Asian pop music I listen to.” Then, if you’re also like me, you silently weep because you’re too white (and possibly nerdy) to do such a thing yourself.
I’m wasn’t a big fan of BoA’s original, but — like Weird Al’s own parodies of songs I didn’t initially like — I find Patty’s version entertaining and goofy, which made me warm up to the original a bit…to the point where I almost kinda like it now. I especially like the cameo by “Kim Jong Il” getting down with some pork buns and a couple of hotties. And not only is the quality of the parody song itself impressive, but the video is also quite well-done, something that can’t be said about many self-made videos in this day and age (and believe me, I say this as someone who has helped make some of those shitty self-made videos in his lifetime).
In a perfect world, this would be a win-win situation for both artists: Patty would be recognized for her creative talents, and BoA would get some badly-needed publicity for her English-language debut album, BoA, which is getting a re-release in September (after flopping pretty badly upon its original release this past March). Normally I’m against double-dipping like this, but considering the original album seems to have had an initial press run of about 25, a re-release might not be a bad thing (note: I’m not saying this is the ONLY reason the album flopped, but it couldn’t have helped).
You can follow Patty at her web site or Twitter, and spread the word if you’re so inclined. And BoA too, I guess. (Seriously, am I the only person in the world who doesn’t have a Twitter account? Should I rectify that?)
I now return you to your regularly-scheduled Oddball Update. Tune in later this week for the five-part epic “Chief Oddball Cosplays as SV-7“! You won’t want to miss it!
Edit (8/1/09): I now have a Twitter account, so I am no longer the only person in the world without one. Hoo-ray!