Video: “The Hello Experiment”

posted at 1:02 pm on October 14, 2007 by Allahpundit

I never know how to handle humor that depends entirely on a pop culture reference. If you don’t have the reference, you don’t get the joke; if I tell you the reference up front, the joke is spoiled.

I’m just going to run this one up the flagpole and see how she flies. If it’s lost on you, I’m sure someone will fill you in in the comments. Click the image to watch.

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I freely admit my total ignorance of 21st century pop culture. I saw clay being molded into strange shapes. I heard 70′s music. What did I miss?

Zorro on October 14, 2007 at 1:15 PM

watching the original will help you here

lorien1973 on October 14, 2007 at 1:17 PM

The geri curl is too fickle a bitch to capture in mud.

Savage on October 14, 2007 at 1:17 PM

Not alot Zorro, a long road for a little joke.

bbz123 on October 14, 2007 at 1:17 PM

Lionel Richie made a bad music video in the 80′s where a blind artist made his likeness out of clay only by touching his face. It was, well, awful. This is the parody. Quite clever, I might add.

flyawaybird on October 14, 2007 at 1:22 PM

are you saying that a teacher stalking his student (following her, calling her home at night) isn’t appropriate or something? So old fashioned ;)

I love this song, but the video always creeped me out a little.

lorien1973 on October 14, 2007 at 1:24 PM

I see said the blind man… thanks flyaway.

Zorro on October 14, 2007 at 1:47 PM

yeah…I mean, some of those heads came out good, for being made with blidfolds on. And the girl in the original video actually got to touch Lionel’s face for reference.

One of those dudes made a really god one! Even Lionel himself, in one interview, said he never really thought the clay head in the video looked anything like him.

JetBoy on October 14, 2007 at 1:49 PM

And the girl in the original video actually got to touch Lionel’s face for reference.

Only after it was done though. I don’t believe that was implied elsewhere was it?

lorien1973 on October 14, 2007 at 2:00 PM

As a professional artist, I must say–that video pretty much sums up how most art is made these days. Except you have to tack on the proverbial “Bushitler/Anti-American/Anti-War” ideology, of course.

Bush Lied and my clay cried.

robblefarian on October 14, 2007 at 2:04 PM

lorien1973 on October 14, 2007 at 2:00 PM

Are you sure? OK…now I gotsta go watch the original vid. Time for some spandex, big socks, and neon…oh, the neon!

JetBoy on October 14, 2007 at 2:10 PM

For those of us who care about chord progressions and the natural beauty of good melodies – there are a couple places in this song that are just unforgivably poorly written. I cringe every time. It is a crime against humanity that this was ever a hit.

Halley on October 14, 2007 at 2:17 PM

It is a crime against humanity that this was ever a hit.

Halley on October 14, 2007 at 2:17 PM

True, but it’s great as an answering machine message. Not as good as the Doors “Hello, I love you” but still pretty good. So it wasn’t a total waste. You also need to remember that Lionel Richie was taking over where Air Supply left off. ‘Nuff said. ;-)

Laura on October 14, 2007 at 3:01 PM

Ah Lionel and the Commodores. Many a happy memory about slow dances back in the day.

Bradky on October 14, 2007 at 4:15 PM

Hellloo !! It’s like a self bust made of clay.

LOLOL That was hilarious.

I always did like Lionel Richie. He’s been away tooo
long.

If I recall, His dad was very sick and he dropped out
to take care of him for several years.

Texyank on October 14, 2007 at 4:30 PM

Wait, what?

Neo on October 14, 2007 at 5:19 PM

The rush of air I’m feeling over my head is whatever sense this makes.

Kini on October 14, 2007 at 5:37 PM

Keep your eye on the 1:19 mark.

SoulGlo on October 14, 2007 at 6:18 PM

Okay AP… So I think that most commenters are going with the whole similarity to the actual “Hello” video which is probably the direction the mind should take. However, I’m a little bent around the edges so I’m more apt to go in circular motions instead of linear logic.

I can’t help but laugh my rear off everytime I hear this song and it is wholly because of you AllahPundit! You and Mr. O’Brien. I hear it in the background and SoulGlo’s little comment made it all the more poignant. It’s a classic, forever and always. But I promise, if I find it, I won’t link it. It’s pre-Michelle and I’m not sure she’d approve.

Sultry Beauty on October 14, 2007 at 6:40 PM

Sultry Beauty on October 14, 2007 at 6:40 PM

Dang. After all this time, it turns out I’m just a n00b.

RushBaby on October 14, 2007 at 6:56 PM

Allah, you’re obsessed. But at least now I understand it more than I did your original “Hello” parody.

calbear on October 14, 2007 at 7:19 PM

That’s weired! All the busts looked more like the artist themselves than Lionel Richie.

Egfrow on October 14, 2007 at 10:19 PM

Okay, that was pretty funny.

Bad Candy on October 14, 2007 at 10:26 PM

True, but it’s great as an answering machine message. Not as good as the Doors “Hello, I love you” but still pretty good.

Ultimate answering machine message of my day: Pink Floyd’s “Welcome to the Machine.”

Allah, I got the joke, but it’s a long way to go for it.

Meryl Yourish on October 14, 2007 at 10:55 PM

Many a happy memory about slow dances back in the day.

Bradky on October 14, 2007 at 4:15 PM

Wait, you can slow dance to “Brick House??”

Captain Scarlet on October 15, 2007 at 12:45 AM

Captain Scarlet on October 15, 2007 at 12:45 AM

LOL no, but Easy and a few other songs were pretty good.

Bradky on October 15, 2007 at 6:25 AM

Do the Brits not have anything better to do with their time? Then again, I’m the one who spent nearly four minutes watching the video and commenting on it.

srhoades on October 15, 2007 at 9:05 AM

This is why I never watch music videos.

Why do people assume that just because someone can sing that they’re worth watching???

landlines on October 15, 2007 at 11:06 AM

For anyone still interested Hello video

keving on October 15, 2007 at 1:15 PM

I see said the blind man… thanks flyaway.

Zorro on October 14, 2007 at 1:47 PM

Back in college a buddy and I expanded this:

I see said the blind man to the deaf mute who was yelling at the paraplegic for kicking the dead dog that was barking too loud.

… or something like that.

_Jon on October 15, 2007 at 1:37 PM