Happy New Year, weirdlings. Didja sleep off your hangover yet? Pick the pieces of broken noisemaker out of your carpet and/or teeth? Break a few resolutions already? Then let’s get this Weirdo Train rolling again, shall we?
As we close the books on 2012 and look ahead to 2013, many of our fellow bloggers and cultural pundits are trotting out the obligatory year-end lists: Best This, Worst That, Most Anticipated Yadda Yadda. Now don’t get me wrong; we love lists around here as much as the next shameless purveyor of clickbait. But in the end, we decided nothing really summed up 2012 better than Your Fuzzy Friends‘ $5 video series. For everyone except the 1%, it was a five buck kind of year.
Here then, are all eight of Your Fuzzy Friends’ $5 videos, presented by Shutter 16 magazine. (We’re honestly still not sure what Shutter 16 has to do with these things; maybe they fronted YFF the $40 to make them?)
First up: The final and most high-production-value clip of the series, “The Unicorn Song.” This is also, incidentally, the only video in which Your Fuzzy Friends themselves make an appearance. See if you can spot them.
Next up: “Gay Little Hipster.” A song that may or may not be homophobic, but is definitely hipster-phobic.
Next: the epic (by YFF standards) “Mixed Tapes and 45s.” And in case you were wondering: No, these $5 videos would not exist without creative commons animation.
They also wouldn’t exist without the website Fiverr.com. Here’s one of several clips in the series that began its life there: “Banana Hammock.” P.S. This is probably our favorite video in the whole $5 series. Where else are you gonna see breakdancing furries?
Next: A cover of DEVO‘s “Mongoloid,” accompanied by some completely random public domain black-and-white film clips about peasant dances, child abduction and how not to get groped in a movie theater.
I’m pretty sure the guy dancing in the unicorn mask in this next clip, “G.I.R.L.N.E.R.D.”, was at the Peelander-Z Halloween show we reviewed. He’s sure got the same dance moves. Then again, maybe it’s hard to dance wearing a unicorn mask and not look like a complete idiot.
Next up: “Mathletes” gets the totally-n0t-in-any-way-copyright-violating anime treatment. Don’t worry, your YouTube is working fine; this video really does have a fadeout every two seconds.
And finally, the instant-classic video that started it all: “Don’t Touch My Mustache.”
So remember, all you aspiring weird bands out there: Next time your bandmates are sitting around whining that you don’t have enough money to make a music video, Your Fuzzy Friends made eight of them, in two months, for $40. So get off your asses and start filming. Or just hit up Fiverr.com and find some bored college student to do it for you. It’s 2013 and the sky’s the limit, people.
Hey, American weirdos: Didja vote this week? If you voted in Florida, I bet you’re pissed, huh? All that standing in line and your state didn’t even count. Ain’t democracy a bitch?
Here at Weird Band HQ, we did some vote tallying of our own this week, and in our latest Facebook poll, Your Fuzzy Friends played Obama to everyone else’s Romney (and at least one band’s Gary Johnson), kicking ass and taking names en route to a totally adorable victory. Why adorable? Because aside from one lone human member, Lee Grutman (plus behind-the-scenes synth dude Kelly Shane), Your Fuzzy Friends is a band comprised entirely of hand puppets. Fuzzy ones. Hence the name, we presume…although Grutman looks a little fuzzy himself.
YFF are from Charlotte, North Carolina, or thereabouts, and feature a mustachioed unicorn named Mono, a tuxedo cat named Thomas (pronounced Thomasse, according to the website) and a porcupine named Quill Prickley. I’m gonna call their music nerdtastic electro-pop. I guess Thomas would disagree since he’s a self-proclaimed hipster, but they just dressed up as DEVO for Halloween. So call me when you dress up as Grizzly Bear and I’ll reconsider the whole hipster/nerd thing, OK, Thomas?
Your Fuzzy Friends just released their very first music video, the first of an eight-week series of videos all shot for $5. Let’s have a look, shall we?
I know you were probably thinking, “Huh, I wonder where that $5 went.” Then, bam! Mustache Belly shows up. I’m guessing it was probably about two bucks for the fake ‘stache and about three bucks worth of Pabst to get Mustache Belly loosened up. Clearly it was money well spent.
(P.S. If you’re wondering where you can score yourself a $5 dollar ‘stache dance, hit up Fiverr.com. It’s like the ass end of Craig’s List up in there, and I mean that in the best possible way.)
(P.P.S. For some fucking reason, there appears to be not a single video of Your Fuzzy Friends in concert anywhere. Get on it, Internet!)
(P.P.P.S. Go vote in our latest Facebook poll, will ya? These bands don’t pick themselves.)
So congrats of making the Weird List, Fuzzies! And keep those $5 videos coming. I’m sure we’ll post a few more somewhere down the line.