Thursday, December 29, 2005

double true

Rather than recap and catalogue the endless riches of "Lazy Sunday," I just wanted to note that, inspired by Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell, my sister and I invented a slang term for the five dollar bill.

From now on, the five is called a "slider."

As in, "We can't do the paid parking - I dropped that last slider on shallots at Whole Foods," or "I have a slider, I'll cover the tip."

Got that?

Slider.

P.S. You can get "Lazy Sunday" on the iTunes Music Store, or at www.youtube.com. If they had an annual red-carpet sketch comedy award, this thing would win for 2005. And the award would be a gold-plated statuette of a cowbell.

1 comment:

zach said...

Alright.

1.They're walking around the village. I don't get why they go like three and a half miles uptwon to see the movie when I'm sure it was playing at 14th street. And really, who takes cabs?

They are correct with respect to google maps. Also, the Aaron Burr line is hilarious.

The theater they wind up at isn't actually the theater they claim they're going to in the song. This is clear because you can see a Ben & Jerry's reflected in the ticket window and there is no Ben & Jerry's near the 68th st Sony Loews theatre.

But really, I'm concerned with the way this kind of a project constructs and racializes urban space, and in particular the west side of Manhattan, which resonates for me because I grew up there. "Lazy Sunday's" lyrics and the video's verbal cues function by juxtaposing a late-80s style "hard" NY beat with a bunch of white guys rapping about expensive bakeries and the cast of a tv show about white yuppies living in NYC. What's at stake in the fake gunshots and the beats and delivery that sound like they were jacked from Onyx's "Bacdafucup?" I guess I'm interested in and troubled by the ways in which Samberg and parnell are claiming the west side as a certain kind of space, fit for certain kinds of appropriations of hip hop, a site at which ridicule and expropriation are welcome but other kinds of relationships (perhaps by folks who can't afford to live within walking distance of magnolia bakery) to hip hop are not.

I'll shut up now.