PLEASE LET ME EXPLAIN WHY THIS DEATH METAL COVER OF LONELY ISLAND’S “I’M ON A BOAT” ISN’T FUNNY
“I’m On a Boat” by Lonely Island (a.k.a. Saturday Night Live‘s Andy Samberg and some dudes who aren’t Saturday Night Live‘s Andy Samberg) works as satire for the following reasons: a) it’s an incredibly catchy and accurate-sounding facsimile of the very rap songs it parodies, and b) its lyrics literalize the visuals of the music videos for said rap songs, which are concerned primarily with the topic of “bling.” (I’m white… can you tell?) Depending on which particular subgenre you wanted to poke fun at, the metal version of this might be “I’m in a Fireworks Factory” (glam metal), “I’m in the Woods” (pagan or black metal), or “I’m in a Warehouse”* (pretty much everything else).
The dudes in Goatmill, who made the below death metal cover of “I’m on a Boat” (which I originally saw on The Deciblog), clearly have no grasp of why the song was ever funny in the first place. They think it’s funny just to take someone else’s funny song and make it metal. But they’ve robbed the satire of its context, so, really, their version of the song just ends up being stupid and bad.
And if you’re last person on the face of the earth who isn’t familiar with Lonely Island’s original, you can check it out after the jump.
*By the way, it has come to my attention that a lot of the metal videos people think were filmed in a warehouse were actually not filmed in a warehouse. That being said, I understand why someone might assume that they were, in fact, filmed in a warehouse. Warehouse.