Regarding Take Away Show 66.1

I realize that there is a lot of confusion regarding the last video. A short time ago, I posted on my personal weblog,, about Strange Band Names. At the end of that post, I said:

If you do like indie music, and you want to see some acoustic concerts, check out these awesome Take-Away Shows. Do you guys have any weird band names you want to add?

Well, it seems that no one checked them out. That’s okay, but that was really the focus of this Take Away Show. What I did was my first experiment in parody that involved changing the look of the entire piece. I did do a Lost parody before, but that was mostly in content. I mimicked some camera shots, but the look of my Lost episode did not match the look of their Lost episodes. The same goes for eXtreme motoriZed Vehicle Makeover segment of the Christmas episode. That one was a closer parody, but little was done to the look itself.

Basically, I boiled down the Take-Away Show to these elements:

  1. A band of Indie Rock or Indie Alternative ilk
  2. A neat venue (usually a small bar, an intimate flat, or the streets of Paris)
  3. A poignant song to be played acoustically
  4. High-contrast look to the video
  5. One long shot, sometimes involving musicians in other locations
  6. Reaction shots of other patrons of said venue
  7. Big text for titles, dropped on top of sound and inbetween video from one or more locations

With that in mind, I created my Take Away Show with these elements:

  1. “The Emiliy Dickensen Making Music Band of Americanada” sounded just unique and pretentious enough to be the fictional band I wanted
  2. The venue is the alley behind and leading up to a gas station
  3. The song is called “How Long Must I Live This Waking Nightmare (This Hell)” but is actually a cover of the Rubber Ducky song from Sesame Street
  4. Done in After Effects
  5. We set up our band members along the alley way: Bob on vocals right away, then Bob on guitar, then Holly on guitar, then Holli playing percussion on guitar
  6. Not only reaction shots, but vocal reactions. A faint “Rock on” can be heard as we approach the doors of the gas station (I gave him the devil horns as a sign of appreciation)
  7. Done in Photoshop with original material as a source. Once I figured the font, then it was a matter of comparing kernings and such

So, there you go. In a very scientific way, that is the deal with the Take Away Show. This should alleviate all confusion and open the doors to laughter.

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