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I’ve had a very busy day… September 8, 2011

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…and was not able to post any earlier than right now, and I’m going to work kind of early tomorrow, so…

…I really don’t have the time or energy right now to put much effort into today’s post.  But here, have some Muppets!  I’ll have some more stuff to post about tomorrow.



Video of the Week: “Gives You Hell” by The All-American Rejects August 2, 2009

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Whether or not you’ve had a trying experience with a next-door neighbor (or roommate, for that matter), you will almost certainly find the video for The All-American Rejects’ “Gives You Hell” entertaining.  The situation is all too familiar, whether you’ve experienced it first-hand or have just seen it on countless sitcoms:  two neighbors with seemingly nothing in common (except, of course, a mutual loathing for each other) go out of their way to annoy each other.  In this case, it’s a sloppy rocker who lives with his girlfriend and band, and a clean-cut prep living a quiet, fifties sitcom-style (complete with sleeping arrangements) life with his wife.  Needless to say, a feud ensues.  The neighbors’ antics consist mostly of sleep-disrupting mischief, presumably started by the band’s late-night rehearsal keeping their neighbor awake.  To make matters even more hilarious, both angry neighbors are played by the same guy:  the band’s lead singer, Tyson Ritter.  Also hilarious is how well the lyrics – though most likely written for an ex – fit into the context of the video (note rocker-Ritter’s facial expression when prep-Ritter says, “If you find a man who’s worth a damn and treats you well” about a minute and a half in), and how visibly ridiculous both the rocker’s girlfriend and the prep’s wife find their partners’ bickering.  Luckily, thanks to a simple but brilliant idea hatched by these two women, a happy ending is met for all.  Enjoy.


There are at least three versions of the video for “Gives You Hell”, with two of them varying only slightly.  One is a little bit longer, plus has a very brief shot of the rocker giving an obscene hand gesture, and has a different (and less G-rated…by this I mean it garners more of a PG-rating, but nothing more) ending scene involving the rocker and the prep’s wife.  To see this version, click here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SL8GIqhrhI

To see a slightly shorter (and cleaner) version of the video, which is the one that’s usually shown on TV, click here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l06M-dsQf3Q

The third version, on the other hand, just shows the band performing in their house, omitting the neighborhood feud plotline as well as Ritter’s neat-freak doppleganger.  But the singer does still make some funny faces in the video.  If you want to see this one, click here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV4l2cb4Qbk