I'm a little slow today. I just switched to Sanka. So...have a heart?

Monday, September 25, 2006

The State. Point-Counterpoint.

Getting to Maybe said:

$240 Worth of Pudding

Best Week Ever shares the news that The State will be released on ITunes

From The State's website:

The first season of the 1993-95 MTV Series will be released on iTunes Music Store, starting Tuesday, September 26th. Depending on how many people download, MTV will release subsequent seasons, and then eventually, hopefully, a DVD.


My Counterpoint:

But wait.

This seems like a TOTALLY good idea -- but you know we've all idealized The State... a LOT.

It's not going to be as good now as it was. I really don't think. Call me a pessimist, but the same thing happened with Kids in the Hall.

Well, not exactly the same thing, but they kept running the show, and running the show, and the show that used to be the funniest show on Comedy Central, became awkward and un-funny to us.

Because humor changed, and the shows that used to be groundbreakingly funny and fresh and new, and shocking...became trodden, cheap-looking and the jokes fell flat. You can see the same thing when you watch "In Living Color" now. Or you can see it with the Classic Saturday Night Lives. We all claim to think they're hilarious, because everyone else says they're hilarious, but inside, we all know they're not funny anymore. What's so fucking funny about "Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!" Or Eddie Murphy as Buh'Weet? At the time - funny.

Now, not.

So, I for one, don't want to see The State. I loved the show. I still repeat lines from it. I still wish I had learned the words to "Porcupine Racetrack" (you can't find them on the web.) I still might even be able to watch Viva Variety! because it wasn't as good as The State was in my mind.

But I am cautious about running out and buying the DVDs if they're released. I don't want what was a generational icon of a sketch comedy for me, being tarnished with age. I want to remember The State for what it was when it was what it was.


Blogger Rootietoot said...

The Marx Bros, on the other hand, very, very funny. Groucho singing "If I didn't commence it, I'm against it!" in a role as a professor on a committee.

I guess it's come full circle a couple of times. Since there aren't any overt references to private parts or bedroom activities, perhaps not so much to today's sensibilities, But funny to 40-something Prebyterians, for sure.

5:23 AM

Anonymous The Brewer Patriot said...

Marx Brothers = Hilarious. I am glad my folks raised me on a steady diet of old movies when I was a lad.

8:02 AM

Anonymous Kamil said...


Porcupine, porcupine, porcupine racetrack.
Porcupine, porcupine, porcupine racetrack.
Porcupine, porcupine, porcupine racetrack.
Watch them porcupines go!

Go you porcupines, go, go, go!
Go you porcupines, don't be slow!
Go you porcupines, go, go, go!

Or I'll lose lots of dough.

It's a marvelous day, at the Porcupine Racetrack.
We'll watch them little porkies run.
The sun, the track, and porcupines.

The recipe for fun.

Racing form Mr. Johnson?
Why thank you Jimmy. Here, get yourself a licorice whip.

Have I got a pick for you boys!
This porcupine has to win.
He's strong and fast and ready.
And loaded up with gin.

I'm putting my dough on Lightning, cause it says that he's a sure thing
And the odds are 5 to 4...
But boy I hope that he's not slow or otherwise then this here Joe will be back on skid row!

I know that I'm a sinner, but I really need a winner, or the orphanage will close.
So God if you're above, and it's orphans that you love, then please help the porcupine I chose.

I'm the slowest porcupine in town, but knowing that don't get me down. It's just that they don't see. So when they blow that whistle, I will move my little bristles cause there's nothing stopping me!

At the Porcupine, Porc-upine,
Racetraaack, Racetraaaaaaack.

Ahh! Aaaaaahhhhhhhhh.....

10:38 AM

Blogger SuperBee said...

Kamil -

Amazing. Not only did you get me the lyrics, but you got me the videoclip.

Absolutely amazing.

I think that requires a post of its own.

11:18 AM

Blogger Shawn said...

I see your point but that said it isn't going back on MTV to be played so many times that we can't stand to look at it anymore. You know you buy the DVD once (or download the Itunes)- watch it and crack up - and not open it again for 5 years, where it will be funny once again.

And that said - a few years ago I watched this bootleg (taped off TV) episode of the State and it was still hilarious.

2:03 PM

Blogger Shawn said...

why do i said "and that said" so many times? I need a better vocabulary

2:04 PM

Blogger Mike said...

You are 100%, completely wrong on this one. I mean really, really off. As someone who owns all of the State on VHS (bought from some guy on Ebay), I can tell you that it has aged very well. The music definitely dates it, but there are so many great sketches, it doesn't really matter. Every time I watch with Vanessa, I say, "Oh - this is a good one." I inevitably say that at the beginning of every sketch. Fight your instinct and bite the bullet on this one. It will be well worth the $20 or whatever they charge for the DVD set.

2:05 PM

Blogger SuperBee said...

Shawn: I say "That Said" ALLLLLLLLLL THE TIME.

And all sorts of other stupid useless legal jargon. Horrible.

Michael and Shawn: Okay. Maybe you're right. I just don't want to spoil the illusion for myself. I'll let others be disappointed or rave about it, and then bite the bullet later. :)

2:20 PM


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