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Sunday Samples 185

August 8, 2010

Last weekend I spent a lot of time at the movies, and I was subjected over and over to the trailer for The Social Network: a self-serving biopic about a bunch of Harvard brats who whine about only being near but not quite at the top of the national hierarchy, develop a website to turn a profit from the drama and backbiting they’re oh-so-unfairly excluded from, and are mercilessly persecuted for their efforts. All the while they run roughshod over any sense of privacy rights while mocking and insulting the users of their website behind their backs.

Oh, wait, sorry. That last sentence was just real life; it didn’t make it into the movie.

Anyway, to fit with their projections of themselves as poor, miserable outcasts, they layer the trailer over the whiniest, most self-indulgent, falsely self-effacing, passive-aggressive song outside of Weezer’s catalogue: Radiohead’s “Creep”. They rework it with a children’s choir — because actually using the intro from “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in a trailer isn’t quite clichéed enough — and they recontextualize it to be about not getting into some exclusive social group rather than about a manipulator drowning in his own impotent rage because he can’t monopolize a woman’s life. But the emotional level is there, and that’s the important part, I suppose.

When you were here before
Couldn’t look you in the eye
You’re just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry

You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
I wish I was special
You’re so f___ing special

But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

I don’t care if it hurts
I wanna have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul

I want you to notice
When I’m not around
You’re so f___ing special
I wish I was special

But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

She’s running out the door
She’s running out
She run, run, run, run
Run

Whatever makes you happy
Whatever you want
You’re so f___ing special
I wish I was special

But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here
I don’t belong here

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2010 17:26

    I get the feeling you don’t “Like” Mark Zuckerberg. heh.

  2. Greg permalink
    August 9, 2010 10:02

    Hmm. I can think of plenty of songs that are overused in trailers, but I’m not sure I can think of one that uses “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. Do you have any specific trailers in mind?

    My pet peeve trailer song is All Along the Watchtower.

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