So I’m a little late to this seahorse seashell party, as this is a classic video that originally made the rounds in 2006 or so. It’s really best watched under the influence and with little to no explanation so if you haven’t seen it, please do indulge.
Done yet? My best buddy at home made me watch this about 30 times when I was over the Christmas period and it gets more and more under my skin every time (the boy person was especially concerned when someone cut me off in traffic and I muttered, “Who does he think he is!? Johnny Hammersticks??”). Worrisome, like brainwashing.
The two most popular accounts of the origination of “Drinking Out of Cups” are that 1) the speaker was stoned and left this as a message on his friend’s voicemail and 2) the speaker was tripping acid and his friends recorded him. Sadly, neither is the case, according to creator Dan Deacon, as he posted on this website and several others last year to set the record straight:
Submitted by Dan Deacon’s myspace bulletin (not verified) on Mon, 07/06/2009 – 1:09am. the video for ‘drinking out of cups’ (2003 meetle mice) seems to be going viral again, this time in the comedy world. sara silverman posted it on her twitter and ‘opie and anthony’ discussed it on their radio show. there is an amazing amount of disinformation and completely wrong information about this piece and i just want to clear some things up.
in 2002 i recorded myself watching television with the sound off doing a character that was meant to embody long island culture (where i grew up). i was NOT on acid when i made this piece. i have NEVER DONE ACID.
while i have no problem with psychedelics and think that they are important to human culture, i do want it to be known that i was not on any psychedelics or any drugs while making this piece. it was all stream of conscience, reacting to watching the tv, changing the channels, with the sound of, talking to it as if it were a person communicating back to me.
the track was on my 2003 album meetle mice. in 2005 or 2006 liam lynch came across the track as it was getting passed around on message boards and file sharing sites. he contacted me about making a video for it and about using my song ‘big big big big big’ as the theme song to his podcast show. i love liams work and of course said yes. the video has grown in popularity to the point where i get fan mail from soliders in iraq, blog about my celebrity comedians and its gotten 2.8 million views on youtube.
this is all great and whatever but i want people to know this video was created without drugs or acid. i’m glad that people like the video but lets just make this perfectly clear:
1. I WAS NOT ON ACID WHILE MAKING THIS VIDEO
2. I WAS NOT LOCKED IN THE CLOSED AND BEING RECORDED
3. I RECORDED THE TRACK 100% SOBER
4. I USED THE TRACK A SCHOOL PROJECT AS A SOLO VOICE/TAPE PIECE
5. I HAVE NEVER DONE ACID, AND LIKE JEFF LEWIS, NO I DON’T WANT ANY ACID, THANK YOU
6. YES, THAT IS ME TALKING AND I WROTE THE PIECE
7. ITS A CHARACTER SATIRIZING LONG ISLAND STEREOTYPES
8. THE SONG CAME OUT IN 2003
9. THE VIDEO CAME OUT IN 2006
its really insane to me that i have been the subject of two separate viral videos that exist simultaneously inside and outside of my music career. the internet is a strange place. i don’t really know how i feel about this kind of stuff. while my work is weird and some what “experimental” its not that weird or that “experimental” where it should cause so much confusion and bewilderment among the mainstream audiences that it comes across. but i guess thats what happens when anything is out of the immediate ordinary.
anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this. please stick up for me if you see on message boards or youtube comment sections or anywhere if you see it being stated that i am on acid while making that piece. i made the piece to be funny and a piece of absurd humor. it was edited down and crafted with care. while it seems like a mindless ramble, some time and effort went into making it. if that ads or distracts from the piece so be it, it wasn’t meant to be a process piece and i never thought i’d be explaining it or that it would be seen by nearly 3 million people.
i guess i should just be glad so many people enjoy it. however, to have it be stated that i was on acid time and time again takes away from any of the creative process i put into the piece. i’m not sure i’m getting my point across but i am tired of writing this and need to get back to work on whartscape. love you all.
I don’t think this dilutes my enjoyment (or maybe fascination is more apt) with the piece, but it does take away a bit of the mystery. I will say that Deacon owes a great debt to Liam Lynch for envisioning this character as a truculent Long Island lizard, because it just works.