We Are N.D. We Are Notre Dame – WTF?!

30 04 2010

A couple of months ago we posted an amazingly awesome OKGo video which they filmed with the Band of the Fighting Irish for the song “This Too Shall Pass.”

Again we repeat. That was awesome.

But, Notre Dame just posted a craptastic video that I assume is meant to pump up the crowds at any sporting event in the near future.

Or maybe they want the student body to come together united behind their sports teams and coaches.

Or maybe they just want the University to be ridiculed. I mean, it’s been almost a year since Obamagate went down when some crazy people thought it would be awesome to throw fake blood on students and harass them with crucifixes while informing them that if they support the President of the United States speaking at graduation then they themselves are abortionists. At least this time the ridicule will be warranted.

Or maybe….I got nothin’ else.

But for some reason they decided it was a good idea to film, edit and publish a video so horrible and kitschy and disturbing and WTF-esque – and did I mention horrible? – that I absolutely have to do my part to make it viral. Especially since I know multiple people in it.

Watch it. Hate it as much as I do. And pass it along. We all know some blogger that hates the Irish (and probably even ESPN) will pick it up and ream us for it.

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Things like this make me proud to be able to say “Oh Notre Dame? No, I didn’t graduate from there…” I may bleed Blue & Gold, but thank God I can disassociate myself from them sometimes. GO IRISH! Beat Boilermakers!

And just to get that horrible, horrible taste of crappiness out of our heads. Let’s look at OKGo and the Band again.

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OK Go – This Too Shall Pass (featuring the Notre Dame marching band)

12 01 2010

I have to take a moment to pimp out the best University Marching Band in the country. I may be a little biased as I’m somewhat of an honorary member, but this is awesome.

Three years ago, the Band of the Fighting Irish at the University of Notre Dame had an awesome halftime performance at the November 10 football game against Air Force. If anyone keeps up with ND football, they’ll remember that the band was the highlight of the 2007 season as students didn’t see a home game win until the team played Duke the next weekend. The band didn’t disappoint with shows featuring music from the movie Top Gun, the play Jersey Boys, the band Chicago and a Super Mario Brothers Medley – and the highlight of the Air Force halftime, OK Go’s “Here It Goes Again,” complete with the leprechaun on a treadmill.

The next year, when the full band traveled to USC for the first time, they knew they needed to put together a killer halftime show (which was only reinforced when the team abysmally failed to get a first down until seconds before the fourth quarter) so they brought out “Here It Goes Again” which won over the entire crowd.

OK Go saw that performance and hatched the idea of including members of the ND marching band in their most recent video for the new single “This Too Shall Pass,” which was released today!

The “The Too Shall Pass” video can’t be embedded, but can be viewed on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJKythlXAIY

The song is decent, but the first appearance of the marching band is awesome, and Aaron Hernandez, the drum major, gets a prominent feature of himself.

The most amazing part of this video, though, is the fact that it’s one continuous take – as most of OK Go’s videos are. It’s impressive that they were able to get so many people in just the right places to make this video a masterpiece.

Take a look for yourself and Congrats to all my friends still in band!