Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Call your girlfriend, no, really

Remember last week when I was talking about us tiny humans sometimes doing beautiful things. Well, here’s another example. If you know Robyn, you know it’s kind of impossible to listen to her music without moving your body. The Scandinavian dancehall queen’s latest single is the incalculably catchy “Call Your Girlfriend.” I like it more each time I hear it. I also really enjoy her lack of pronouns past those of the eponymous girlfriend. OK, sure, I feel a little bad for said girlfriend. But, hey, the girl can’t help it. It’s different when we kiss. Anyway, the original version is just good, danceable fun. And if you saw this delightful Swede with the perpetually lesbionic hair perform it on Ellen a couple of weeks ago you know exactly what I’m talking about. If not, please enjoy.

Quick question: Is it just me or is Robyn wearing a girdle made entirely out of Calvin Klein underwear waistbands? Just checking.

Now, here is where the tiny human, beautiful thing part really comes into play. So, as us humans are want to do, we like to put our own twist on the original. So while trolling the depths of the series of tubes over the weekend, I happened upon this viral video of fellow Swedish singing group Erato doing a very special cover of “Call Your Girlfriend.” You could call it just an a capella version. But I won’t ruin it for you. Please, press play.

I know, right!? See what we tiny humans can do with beautiful voices, well-timed claps and a few empty cottage cheese tubs? Lovely, simply lovely. Well done, Sweden.

20 comments:

Katie said...

I can't stop watching the second video! So much awesome!

Anonymous said...

the second video is awesome!!! I love your blog for that :)

vrgriffith said...

The second video is just WOW.

Kim M said...

Another wonderful entry Ms snarker t-y:)

Anonymous said...

Wow, they were fantastic in that second video.

The Locker Room said...

Oh, I adore Robyn. Love love love that song! And that was a great cover. :)

-Anna

karina said...

is dorothy snarker swedish? or how did you know that was cottage cheese tubs??

VickyD said...

Second video rocked... I'm on the lookout for Erato now! Thanks Snarker :)

dc said...

Erato was definitely the superior version. LOVED IT!

Anonymous said...

I liked Erato's version better. Not to knock Robyn or anything. But Erato was just too cool!

Amanda said...

Wow... vocalists that have rhythm?? Sweden really is better...

Amanda

Anonymous said...

It was a good day for Erato. They got a shout out here and on Twitter by Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Capshaw both tweeting the video. I think here started it all!

Alice said...

is it bad i like erato's version better than robyn's? :p

thankyouglee said...

Ditto on the Erato version. They should be on Ellen's show (no offense to y'all who liked the original). Right after NAYA RIVERA. Is that a cheesy thing to say? I'm new to this site & this culture.

Anonymous said...

I loved the Erato version. Also, everyone should go check out Allison Weiss's version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMb6A_CIR5U

Shazzer said...

Here's a link to Erato appearing on Swedish morning TV (click on the CC for English subtitles) in which they talk about the completely unexpected reaction to the video, which was only posted to YouTube as a way of teaching the harmonies to other singers at their university. (I presume that's why the lighting is so bad.) This version is much higher quality:

http://youtu.be/RVVRJ-yayIw

Recycled Memes said...

...your gonna miss me when i'm gone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWCOYJg9ps4&feature=channel_video_title

jenn levo said...

GAH! I've been praising robyn for forever! She's always been overlooked to those who love love love lady gaga. If I had to pick one artist to rock with on a desert island and a handful of gays. I would totally pick Robyn and her cute quirky swedish ways over the celebrated oddity that is Lady Gaga.

And yes, the Erato cover is sweet as well.

The Swedes are all full of WIN in my book.

hime said...

I love the Erato version. *O*

@JennyLDN said...

Robyn getting crazy angry at the malfunctioning mic at Glastonbury was the highlight of the festival season for me. Because as she was getting madder and madder she was still rocking and dancing and being awesome.