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[Video Playlist of the Week] Weird for the Sake of Weirdness

Melanie Martinez by Rachel Cameron

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Over the past couple of years I’ve listened to a number of bands just because I enjoy their weirdness. Meaning, talent, and progression can only keep my attention for so long before I become bored of a band; or at least bored enough to put a record on the backburner for a while. If you’re anything like me, you like some weird shit. If you don’t, have no fear: I’ve compiled a short list of strange songs for you to listen to while you get real weird with it.

BABYMETAL – “Doki Doki Morning”

Two years ago, I took a History of Heavy Metal class, and my professor pulled this video up one day. He called it, “the scariest, most disturbing thing” he has ever heard/seen. To my surprise (and my surprise only), I loved it. BABYMETAL consists of three teenage girls who sing K-pop to death metal. They’re like the Aerosmith of Japan, which says a lot about how weird Japan is.

Die Antwoord – “Pitbull Terrier”

A South African rap-rave duo, Die Antwoord are the definition of weird. Seriously, if this video doesn’t show it, check out their other songs. They’re nuts.

Three Loco – “We Are Farmers”

The trio of Three Loco includes Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty, and Riff Raff. If you know who any of those people are then I don’t need to say anything else. Seperately, they’re each a runner for easily being the weirdest people I’ve ever heard about in the media. Together, they make no sense at all.

Lil B – “I’m God”

I’m not sure what it is about Lil B AKA Based God, but almost every music video he puts out is him wandering through some retail store. Like a mini-Kanye, Lil B and his fanbase have either a serious notion or a long-running joke that he is a God.

Tyler, The Creator – “Tamale”

(*NSFW* ever; like anything he does) Tyler, The Creator (one part of OFWGTA) is a weird dude. While he and his counterparts are great musicians, his persona as Tyler, The Creator is off the wall in the best way possible.

Yung Lean – “Kyoto”

A Swedish teenager decided to make alternative, counterculture comedic raps about being a “2001 sad boy.” Yung Lean embodies what Tumblr is: a bunch of adult children reblogging about alt comedy and Arizona Iced Tea.

Outkast – “B.O.B.”

Outkast are the original hip-hop weirdos.

Mariachi El Bronx – “Wildfires”

I’m not a mariachi fan, but the alter-ego of post-hardcore/punk outfit The Bronx takes the form of a traditional mariachi band. Every now and again they go on tour and you never know if they’re going to be playing The Bronx songs or Mariachi El Bronx songs. Or both. Either way, I dig their alter egos and the gimmick of having the most “out there” counter-hobby of punk music.

Iwrestledabearonce – “You Know That Ain’t Them Dogs’ Real Voices”

If you take grindcore, prog metal, technical death metal, rainbows, and sound bytes from ’80s movies, you have Iwrestledabearonce.

Melanie Martinez – “Carousel”

The only instance in where I can say something is both sexy and creepy at the same time.

What’s the weirdest thing you listen to?

Bridjet Mendyuk graduated in 2013 from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. During her time there, she was a reporter/editor for the student newspaper, The BG News, and an intern for Alternative Press magazine. She currently freelances from her hometown in Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys dancing in the car on her way to get a pizza.

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