I am one month away from the 25th anniversary of my high school graduation. How in the hell did I get so old?
Remember a few months ago when Fiat released that funny music video featuring an emotionally and physically tired mom rapping about the trials and tribulations of motherhood? Because that video went crazy viral, you knew they’d eventually do one for dads. It would have been quite easy for Fiat just to copy what worked before: have a dad rapping, stick in some clever innuendo, add a few jokes, and call it a day.
So I really have to commend them for the direction they went with “The Fatherhood (Fiat 500L 12” Remix).” It is thematically similar to “The Motherhood,” focusing on a new dad driving his kids around in the middle of the night in his shiny Fiat 500L, trying desperately to get them to sleep (something I had to do all the time with our daughter). There are lots of funny lines like “In the future I’ll be abstinent or double up the rubber” and “Glancing in the rear view, I can see you start to settle, but then you turn a purple hue and start screaming heavy metal.” And the mom from “The Motherhood” even makes a cameo, crossing the street in the middle of the night on her way to the book club.
But that’s where the similarities end. See, this dad ain’t no rapper. Like myself, this dad came of age in the ’80s and that’s why I love this video so much: it is full of ’80s sounds and imagery. You’ve got Human League-styled synths, a Miami Vice jacket, a reference to the New Romanticism movement, and nods to Kate Bush and Prince music videos.
And it’s got a keytar!
So let me shut up now and let you enjoy the video:
See? I told you it was cool! Now tell your friends about it and we’ll make Fiat’s “The Fatherhood” even more popular than the “The Motherhood!”
My daughter’s 5th grade class went for a tour of the local middle school today. While she spoke of its size, the electivess she could take, and all that jazz, do you want to know her biggest takeaway?
“There were no private dressing areas in the locker room. What are you supposed to do?”
Duh. Wear your gym clothes under your regular clothes, of course!
In case the title didn’t give it away, can you guess how I spent my weekend? I went and saw this guy:
And he brought some friends with him:
Yup, I was here:
The wife, kids, and I checked out Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! this past weekend and it was truly a lot of fun. The show was nonstop dancing and singing. Kids were dancing in the aisles, on their chairs, and in their parents’ arms. Heck, 80% of the parents were dancing as well. Of course, the guys on the stage danced throughout the show:
There was no narrative; basically, it was like a Yo Gabba Gabba! Greatest Hits concert. They performed “There’s A Party in My Tummy,” “Get The Sillies Out,” “Goodbye,” “Hold Still,” and more. They even did “I Love Bugs,” accompanied by a few special guests:
The only disappointment of the whole show was that Biz Markie, who is a regular on the tour, didn’t appear during our performance. But guess who performed the beatboxing duties at our show! Check it:
That’s right! That’s LESLIE FREAKING HALL! I may have squealed with delight when she took the stage. I may have squealed so loudly that the woman in the row in front of us may have turned around and shot me a weird look. I will neither confirm nor deny this. But I will say that seeing Awesome Leslie almost made up for Biz not manning the Beat Of The Day portion of the show.
DISCLAIMER: I was given free tickets to this event in exchange for my opinion of the performance.
Seriously, I’m all Mumfored out. Can we call it a day on the folk revival? I need some punk.
From a few minutes ago:
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to choose that perfect date night outfit that will WOW your special guy. This year, trade in your little black dress for a little red dress and make his heart melt, all for under $50 at [REDACTED]!
Or maybe they know something about me I don’t?
Moved this baby over to Tumblr. Why? I don’t know. I think the ease of use might encourage me to post more frequently. We’ll see.
Coming Soon: Cynical Dad II: More Cynicaler
With everyone focusing on the elections, let’s not lose focus on what’s truly important…
There is no reason why I should enjoy this song.
Yet here we are…