Creator / Neil Cicierega

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Neil Cicierega (pronounced, roughly, si-ser-EE-ga; born 1986) has described himself at varying times and degrees of seriousity as a comedian, actor, filmmaker, musician, and animator, while The Other Wiki labels him an "Internet artist". It is probably safe to say that his creative output is quite diverse and spans across more than a few mediums.

He is probably best known for being the creator of Potter Puppet Pals and the Animutation genre of Flash videos. He is also the one-man (with other members joining in live performances) band Lemon Demon. He also makes the occasional episode of New Kids on the Rock, an Affectionate Parody of early 90s Kid Coms and more recently a sketch series called Guaranteed* Video together with his regular collaborators, Ryan Murphy and Kevin James (not that one).

In 2014, he gained some media buzz for two albums of mashups entitled Mouth Sounds and Mouth Silence, comprised of many disoriented and epic mashups of popular songs (primarily from The '90s and Turn of the Millennium), mostly "All Star" by Smash Mouth. A third album, entitled Mouth Moods, came out in 2017.

His website can be found here. He also has a YouTube channel here, where he posts assorted comedy videos and Lemon Demon/Potter Puppet Pals-related material.

Neil Cicierega provides examples of:

  • Arc Words: The word "Mouth" comes up a lot in Neil's mashup albums, both in the album titles and the titles of songs mashing "All Star" with something else.
  • Book Ends: Mouth Silence begins and ends with a Semi-Charmed Life mashup.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In Bustin:
    Ray Parker Jr.: Freaky ghost baby! / Freaky ghost man! / Freaky man baby!
  • Brick Joke:
    • Track 6 on Mouth Sounds, "Full Mouth", is a mashup between All Star and the Full House theme. Once you think it's over, the next track "Alanis" starts up with the vocals from Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know"...only for the Full House music to kick back in. THEN, once you've completely finished with that album and are 45 minutes into Mouth Silence, "Wndrwll" starts out as a chopped up remix of Oasis' "Wonderwall", and then 2 minutes into it, when you least expect it, the Full House music comes back one more time.
    • On the album Mouth Moods, Neil uses a short sample of the song "One Week" in the opening song, "The Starting Line". Later in the album, Neil pairs "One Week" with "Smooth Criminal" on the track, "Smooth". Then, for the sole purpose of tormenting the listener, Neil pairs "One Week" with "Stand By Me" on the very next track.
  • Broken Record:
    • "D'oh!" has "I like big butts and I cannot lie... butts and I cannot lie... butts and I cannot lie..." for nearly a minute under the rest of the song.
    • "No Credit Card" from Mouth Sounds takes this Up to Eleven; the first two-and-a-half minutes are almost entirely composed of variations on "Don't need no credit card to ride this train", which then simply cuts it down to "Ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-ri-ri..." with a background of "Feel the power of love" for the next two minutes.
  • Canada, Eh?: The beginning of "Smooth" — a mashup of "Smooth Criminal", "One Week", and "Smooth" — is a faded recording of "O Canada", seemingly for no reason other than that's where Barenaked Ladies are from.
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: "Haircut".
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: Several of his remixes edit the vocal tracks enough to wildly change the subject of the song. He turns the Ghostbusters theme into a celebration of "bustin'" on a "freaky ghost bed"; turns "The Eye of the Tiger" into a song about a number of literal tigers; edits both "Men in Black" and "Wild Wild West" to give Will Smith a weird obsession with bees; and twists "Fly Away" until Lenny Kravitz transforms into a dragonfly and has sex with a candy bar.
    • "Love Psych" is a frighteningly extreme example. The upbeat vocals from The B-52s' "Love Shack" are relatively unchanged, but when put behind the string soundtrack to Psycho, some of the lyrics start to form a new narrative, vaguely parallel to the plot of the movie, just a lot more euphemistic.


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