Seattle, Washington History Quickly Crashing Through Your Veins

I’ve been complaining lately about the quick drop-off of viral video. Last year, it seemed like every week had some new OH-MY-GOD-YOU-HAVE-TO-SEE-THIS link to pass around. Then the inexorable happened, and we started getting a lot of stuff that was staged and insincere. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a genuine oddity emerge and become celebrated.

Chocolate Rain seems to have appeared several months ago, but it’s new to me…

Now
This
Song
Is
Stuck
Inside
My Brain
Chocolate Rain

And I’m compelled to ask: Who is this guy? Where did he come from? What does this mean?

Melissa had the same reaction and I watched her go through the process of watching the spoofs, listening to his other recordings, watching his interview, researching his bio. You listen to Chocolate Rain and you want to understand. You want answers.

I’ve been sifting through old emails lately. Every time someone mentions where they live, I drop it in a subfolder so they can get the appropriate invite when I pass near them. Watching Chocolate Rain makes a bit of sense out of what the emails say over and over. Our videos don’t have much in common, but they both demand a story that explains how they happened. Not a long one. Just a blurb.

So Tay Zonday is really Adam Bahner. He’s 25. He’s a grad student in Minneapolis. Okay. I’m sated for details. But then I want to write to the guy and say "good job." Shout across the void. Maybe even get a quick answer.

At any rate, it gave me some perspective. But it didn’t provide anything like the aching belly-laughs found here…

11 Responses to Seattle, Washington History Quickly Crashing Through Your Veins

  1. jdhosky

    Ugh. Chocolate Rain. Makes me ralph and fills my head with pain. Chocolate Rain. Wonder if I’m going to go insane.

    No Matt, what you are doing blows Tay Zonday out of the water.

  2. Jorge

    The only answer I want is why hasn’t he gone to American Idol? I would love to hear Simon’s reaction to his audition!

    It’s not all bad though, seeing the Vanilla Snow spoof almost made it worthwhile sitting through 3.2 seconds of “Chocolate Rain” LOL.

    Now I have the dumb song stuck in my brain. THANKS! 😛

  3. Marc Anton

    lol, that’s “moskau” from the german band dschinghis khan, back from 1979. hilarious.

    Did you notice the cigarette smoke around 01:33 in the video? Would be unthinkable today.

  4. PLENTIOUS

    Chocolate Rain? Soooo forgetable.

    Moskau, however, is the Chinese water torcher of my brain.

    Brushing my teeth…

    MOSKAU!!MOSKAU!!

    Stuck in traffic…

    MOSKAU!!MOSKAU!!

    Coitus interruptus…

    MOSKAU!!MOSKAU!!

    If only Chocolate Rain could fall on Moskau in my brain.

  5. Ali

    Tay Zonday is a grad student at my school.

    link to mndaily.com

    (see the picture? See the chocolate? I was the lucky one who cleaned that up.)

    btw matt, I love your journal. I found it during an attempt to procrastinate in study for my finals, and now all I can think about is diving with whales and going into zero gravity.

  6. Ali

    Tay Zonday is a grad student at my school.

    link to mndaily.com

    (see the picture? See the chocolate? I was the lucky one who cleaned that up.)

    btw matt, I love your journal. I found it during an attempt to procrastinate in study for my finals, and now all I can think about is diving with whales and going into zero gravity.

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