Mumford & Sons Go Wacky; Charlie Brown Meets Morrissey
This is “What’s Making Me Happy This Week,” a weekly feature inspired by the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
What’s Making Me Happy This Week are two separate but equally clever creations that mix music, humor and pop culture together in very different ways.
The first is the new video from Mumford & Sons for the song “Hopeless Wanderer”. For this video M&S – which takes its music (way too) seriously – went in a surprising direction, enlisting comic actors Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Will Forte, and Ed Helms to represent the band. Does this mean that Mumford & Sons is finally in on the joke? It’s hard to tell, given the explanation given for using the actors (as taken from their interview with Rolling Stone):
We’ve never ever liked any of our music videos. We can’t stand having our photo taken or doing a video because that’s not why we’re musicians. So it made a lot more sense to put other people on the screen who are very watchable and much more qualified than us. And it showed why they’re so good at their jobs. They’re very entertaining.
It doesn’t matter if this is a brilliant move by Mumford & Sons to be a little bit less grandiose about their music, or just a neat idea from their publicity team. The video is hilarious, and well worth watching even if you don’t like their music (and maybe especially if you don’t like their music):
About the only thing more difficult than squeezing humor out of an earnest indie folk rock band would be squeezing it from the King of Mope, Morrissey. One Tumblr, called This Charming Charlie, has manged to do it though by adding Smiths/Morrissey lyrics to an assortment of Peanuts strips. (h/t to The A.V. Club) Charlie Brown always had a look of despair and a bit of a mope thing going on himself, so it’s quite possible to imagine him just a few years older, sitting quietly with Snoopy listening to Strangeways. Or Linus clutching his security blanket while dreaming of Lucy and listening to The Queen Is Dead. I can even see Woodstock fluttering around the sky while tweeting a tune from Meat is Murder. OK, I know what you’re thinking:
Check out more at This Charming Charlie.
And that’s what’s making me happy this week.