Jon Ronson Gets His Own ‘Friday’ Song

Jon Ronson visits a man named Patrice Wilson who was responsible for the YouTube music hit ‘Friday’ by Rebecca Black. The video achieved over 200m views, and he believes he can do it again. Jon Ronson is treated to a track made by Patrice Wilson just for him.

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Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
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  • Francisco Bacopa

    Jon Ronson should be required reading for any skeptic. He can get anyone to talk about anything. I first came across Them: Adventures with Extremists at a bookstore and was hooked. Best book on the Bilderberger nuts out there.

    Too bad the movie version of The Men who Stare at Goats sucked so bad. I know a lot of people in the skeptic community who say this book is 50% BS. I’m convinced it’s all true, but the movie sure doesn’t back up that case.

  • rob

    no songs about days? hmmm…off the top of my head for a few days of the week:

    Sunday bloody Sunday by U2
    Pleasant valley Sunday by the Monkees

    Monday Monday by Mamas and Papa
    Rainy Days and Mondays by the Carpenters
    Manic Monday by the Bangles

    Tuesday Afternoon by Moody Blues
    Tuesday’s Gone by Lynrd Skynrd
    Ruby Tuesday by the Rolling Stones

    Saturday Night’s all Right by Elton John
    Saturday Night by Bay City Rollers
    Saturday Night Special by Lynrd Skynrd

    Everybody’s Workin’ for the Weekend by Loverboy
    Eight days a Week by the Beatles

    • Kylie Sturgess

      It reminds me of Jon Ronson’s previous interview with the Insane Clown Posse:

      One of the ICP road crew locates the video on his iPhone, and it is indeed withering: “The [Miracles] video is not only dumb, but enthusiastically dumb, endorsing a ferocious breed of ignorance that can only be described as militant. The entire song is practically a tribute to not knowing things.”

      “Fuck you, man,” says Violent J. “Shut the fuck up.”

      “Did you anticipate this kind of reaction?” I ask them.

      “No,” sighs Violent J. “I figured most people would say, ‘Wow, I didn’t know Insane Clown Posse could be deep like that.’ But instead it’s, ‘ICP said a giraffe is a miracle. Ha ha ha! What a bunch of idiots.’” He pauses, then adds defiantly, “A giraffe is a fucking miracle. It has a dinosaur-like neck. It’s yellow. Yeah, technically an elephant is not a miracle. Technically. They’ve been here for hundreds of years…”

      “Thousands,” murmurs Shaggy.

      “Have you ever stood next to an elephant, my friend?” asks Violent J. “A fucking elephant is a miracle. If people can’t see a fucking miracle in a fucking elephant, then life must suck for them, because an elephant is a fucking miracle. So is a giraffe.”

      We watch the video for another few seconds: “It becomes apparent that Shaggy and J consider any understanding of the actual workings of these ‘miracles’ to be corrosive. To them, knowledge is seen as a threat… For ICP a true understanding of ‘fucking rainbows’ would reduce them to, as Keats put it, ‘the dull catalogue of common things’.”

      Violent J shakes his head sorrowfully. “Who looks at the stars at night and says, ‘Oh, those are gaseous forms of plutonium’?” he says. “No! You look at the stars and you think, ‘Those are beautiful.’”

      Suddenly he glances at me. The woman in the video is bespectacled and nerdy. I am bespectacled and nerdy. Might I have a similar motive?

      “I don’t know how magnets work,” I say, to put him at his ease.

      “Nobody does, man!” he replies, relieved. “Magnetic force, man. What else is similar to that on this Earth? Nothing! Magnetic force is fascinating to us. It’s right there, in your fucking face. You can feel them pulling. You can’t see it. You can’t smell it. You can’t touch it. But there’s a fucking force there. That’s cool!”

      Shaggy says the idea for the lyrics came when one of the ICP road crew brought some magnets into the recording studio one day and they spent ages playing with them in wonderment.

      “Gravity’s cool,” Violent J says, “but not as cool as magnets.”