Tay Zonday Week here continues with the Top Five lesser-known item in the Tay-ography. Consider these his Diet Chocolate Rain. Zondaylight has broken, so let’s get right to the Taypole!
5 ) Start Me Up
(Sorry, Metacafe won’t embed. More like Lamecafe, amirite?)
After the tremendous success of ZonDay, YouTube tried its hand at honoring other important musical icons by designating April 4th, 2008 as “Rolling Stones Day.” They invited the site’s biggest stars to cover their favorite Stones songs, the most popular being Tay’s cover of “Start Me Up.” With the industrial vocal effects turning his trademark deep voice into a robotic growl, Tay’s muppet-esqe dance moves and proper prop use are only upstaged by hearing him snarl “you make a dead man come.”
4 ) Musicolio
The most recent addition to this list is “Musicolio,” a return to form for ‘Tay-bone.’ Having no real formal training in any style of music, what made much of his early work so endearing is how he would try his hand at countless genres at once, often sounding like the collective blaring radios of a ten-car pileup. “Musicolio” recaptures that ambitiousness while spotlighting the Stick Stickly-swagger of his live performances.
3 ) Never Gonna Give You Up
Many attribute Tay’s status as the internet’s ultimate trump card to how heavily he was shuffled into our decks by sites like 4Chan and Encyclopedia Dramatica. As an acknowledgement of those who helped bring him to the dance, Tay stuck his Chocolate Reign into Rick Astley’s peanut butter resulting in hot meme-on-meme action!
2 ) The Only Way
Debuting at the peak of his popularity, “The Only Way” was removed within weeks after Tay suddenly became self-conscious over it “sounding too much like a brag track.” While there’s still a message or two in the lyrics, you can tell Tay really thought/knew he was the biggest star in the world. “Staccato mulatto, everyday a new motto” indeed.
1 ) Get It Back (Turbotax Rap)
Prior to “Chocolate Rain,” Tay was a runner-up in a Vanilla Ice judged songwriting contest for popular finance software TurboTax. Eating ketchup to save for a “Hummey” never sounded so good.
We give Tay Zonday a Five Out of Five.
So until next time…let’s agree to agree!