I was recently introduced to some parody YouTube clips by a co-worker, and frankly, I haven't laughed so hard since I watched A Night at the Opera two years ago. I'm very well aware in Internet speak this could very well be as ancient as five months ago, but the "Shreds" series is new to me, and quite amazing.
For starters, there is one for Creed, the Mars Volta, and Steve Vai. Plus, the clip for Metallica's "One" is a complete laugh riot. So, what's so funny? Well, if you've ever played in a band, walked by a band rehearsing, had a neighbor whose band rehearsed in his or her's house, lived with someone whose band practiced in your hose, or you just walked around a Guitar Center, this all sounds familiar.
Especially with the Mars Volta clip, I can't help but find a lot of truth in the spoof. As incredible as the band is live, the lasting power of their spazzy jazz fusion is short. Dissecting the jam itself is simply funny. In regards to the Metallica clip, it seems to perfectly capture what it's like to hear a band try to cover "One," but failing miserably. Yes, I've been there before, but it was on "For Whom the Bell Tolls."
So, I guess this is karmic payback from all the people who have had to listen to me play drums since 1994, and all the bands I've played with.