Open Thread: It’s the Goat that Ties the Vid Together!

Thanks to commentor J. for this link, because right now we desperately need something that doesn’t suck:

Almost as cool as the performers (including the goat, at 2:51) is the Gizmodo story describing how the video was made. One single take, no cuts, no camera tricks — Take #72 out of 124. Don’t miss the link, because the pics are just AWSUM!

44 replies
  1. 1
    The Dangerman says:

    That band appears to like single shot awesomeness; this one was done in a single take (for reasons that will be clear, it HAD to be):

    More interesting than the video is the brain power that it took to get it done; I’ll leave that as a Google search for those interested.

  2. 2
    ruemara says:

    I love this video with the fire of a thousand suns. Or at least a lot.

  3. 3
    Ash Can says:

    Definitely the highlight of the day, on line at least.

  4. 4
    ms badger says:

    Huh. Missed the goat the first 8 times I watched this. Love, love, love the craziness that is OK Go!

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    soonergrunt says:

    That is just freaking marinaded in awesomesauce.

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    Cat Lady says:

    Good doggies! and goat!

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    Scott says:

    I missed the goat every time I watched it. Unending shame at my nonobservational skills. :(

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    Restrung says:

    ohferfuxake. at least it’s embiggened on balloon-juice.
    Welcome to I Hate Everything Day… but this is so f’n stupid.

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    mr. whipple says:

    I give it a 3. It’s got a danceable beat, but I don’t dance.

    If only they had spent the 79 days and untold $ on music lessons.


  10. 10
    Restrung says:

    Ok, okay. Sorry. The chairs are kinda cool.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Fun fact: the guy who does the lip-synching in the videos is not actually the lead singer. He only plays the lead singer in the videos. IIRC, the actual lead singer is the guy who’s second to the left in the opening shot.

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    Kristine says:

    This was made of Win. I spread the link all over my little corner of the netverse.

  13. 13
    Mnemosyne says:

    Also, too, for those who missed it the first time around, the treadmill video that put them on the map (and it’s a good pop song, too).

  14. 14
    Davis X. Machina says:

    Now I can’t stop thinking about Micky Kaus and the chupacabra for some reason….

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    Mnemosyne says:

    [edited for repetitiveness]

  16. 16
    Mnemosyne says:

    FYWP. Now I can’t even edit your duplicate?

    ETA: Ha! I win! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

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    WereBear says:

    I like them a lot, and their inventiveness is one of the reasons.

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    jinxtigr says:

    I always love their videos, but they hurt the music part dreadfully by distorting it so hard. The treadmill one got away with the same volume easier because it was garagey- this one’s more 80s and it just goes splat crunch thraggh in a not good way :(

    But I don’t have to care, and they needn’t care so long as all they want is video views and not anybody, you know, LISTENING to the damn music.

    Might get into Wal Mart rack jobber land easier for all the good that will do…

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    marrusl says:

    Crap. Now my awesomometer is broken.

    @Mnemosyne: Actually, I believe this one for “Million Ways” is the one that came first and was also a pretty huge viral hit. Regardless, they’re all ridiculously good.

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    mcd410x says:

    Digby asked a question, and I think she’s on target. YMMV.

    … the exhaustion that comes from battling back these lunatics is what really takes its toll.

  21. 21

    Simply amazing. w00f!

  22. 22
    Zuzu's Petals says:

    They do look kinda tense.

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    Dr. Squid says:

    @The Dangerman: The other video for that song is pretty rad, too. Probably funnier, and is a live performance while you’re at it.

  24. 24
    Moses2317 says:

    Support 5 Democratic Senate candidates who can put DADT repeal over the top.

    Winning Progressive

  25. 25
    gnomedad says:

    I remember a recent pointer in a comment to an article about teaching your kids to be Randian assholes. Well …

    Galt Toys + Galt Baby

  26. 26
    Loneoak says:

    Here’s another excellent video. Dan Savage started a YouTube channel to tell LGBT youths that life gets a lot better after the misery of middle school and high school. Since LGBT kids commit suicide at such a high rate, this is quite important. Send it to you nieces, nephews, young friends, etc., who might need the message. Also, the stories about his family are really cute.

  27. 27
    Jewish Steel says:


    Velma Hart, For. Fuck’s. Sake. This administration hasn’t even had a full two years to extricate itself from Bush’s Slough of Despond. You’ve got to be a little tougher than that. If only for the sake of your privately tutored children.

    I keep thinking back to Obama’s election night speech. It was grim. He warned the country that this shit was going to be hard. Any idiot who’d been paying attention for the previous 8 years knew that. It’s not his fault you watched Will.I.Am’s video so many times it melted your brain. (I’m still addressing VH here, mind you)

    But yeah, Digby does have it right. And in a weird way, rage is probably less exhausting.

    I succored my disappointment with today’s Senate nonsense with a little Slavoj Zizek.Thanks, Slavoj for putting it in perspective. Ahh.

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    mclaren says:

    We don’t talk about the goat in polite society.

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    Nutella says:

    Since this is an open thread: Did you know that one Krystal Ball is running for congress in VA-1?

    She’s a Democrat in a Republican district so she doesn’t list her party affiliation on her web page at all.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @gnomedad #24:

    Heh. One of the products the Galt site links to is the *B.O.B Stroller*.

    Also too, they commit one of my most hated pet-peevy

    Complementary Gift Wrapping

    My complements to the copywriter.

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    Kristine says:

    Yet another OK Go video, courtesy of someone over at my blog. This is the Rube Goldberg one.

  32. 32

    Great video but it needed a beagle

  33. 33
    gnomedad says:

    The wrapping complements the box? Or it has complementary colors?

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    gene108 says:

    Interesting hypothesis by Susie Madrak at Crooks & Liars about why Republicans can field populist candidates, when their policies are elitist:

    “Due to the many economic hurdles presented by the elite Democratic classes (things like unpaid, career-track internships), it’s almost impossible for working-class activists to move up to the national policy and strategy ranks. The only realistic route for lower-class people who aren’t identified with a specific group but have leadership qualities are via conservative Republican politics.

    Is that a good thing?

    And the Republicans do walk the talk. Their organizations have numerous programs to develop leadership qualities among the bottom ranks, programs where people don’t have to worry about having the money to pay for it. The fundamentalist churches feed their talent directly into the Republican party structure. Where do you go if you’re a working class Democrat and you don’t have a union job?”

    What’s truly unique is the fact the comments seem to be so out of touch with what’s written. I really have no idea, why so many people got so worked up about it.

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    MikeJ says:

    @gnomedad: The entire complement of gifts are wrapped

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    Triassic Sands says:

    That was wonderful.

    Now, let’s see them do it with cats.

    Take 2,334,346,565,634,557,767,888,999…

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    Yutsano says:

    No can type. Kitteh blocking keyboard.

  38. 38
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Triassic Sands:

    Or you hire the guy from the Moscow Cat Theatre to do the choreography.

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    Cris says:

    Thanks, everybody. Now I’ve been watching OK Go videos on YouTube all evening, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping.

  40. 40
    Yutsano says:

    Silliness and learning!! How can you go wrong?

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    RadioOne says:

    @Mnemosyne: fascinating!

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    roshan says:

    Stupid video.

  43. 43
    satby says:

    It advocates pet rescue at the end, and most of the dogs are rescues, so good on OK Go!

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    layedbackguy says:

    Thank You! I really needed a ‘Unicorn Chaser’ after watching that McPain clip…

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