Video Hangover: Tom Green – “Lonely Swedish (The Bum Bum Song)”

Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, Jon McMillan breaks ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“Lonely Swedish (The Bum Bum Song)”
Tom Green, 1999

My bum is on the “close browser window” button.

Fifteen minutes that felt like years
For those of you who missed the Tom Green era (or have successfully blocked it out of your memory), he was like a cross between Adam Sandler’s Billy-Madison era angry-boy schtick and a mentally challenged Dane Cook impersonator (or, if you prefer, Dane Cook himself). Critics still argue about whether his gross-out epic Freddy Got Fingered was a brilliantly subversive bit of agitprop, or one of the worst movies ever made. Put me in the latter category. But for those of you who couldn’t sit through the movie, “The Bum Bum Song” perfectly distills the Green ethos: stupid costumes, poop jokes, wildly uncomfortable man-on-the-street interactions, and an almost pathological disregard for good taste. Although, to his credit, he did date Drew Barrymore for a while.

TRL, not actually L? No way!
Rumor (and by rumor, I mean Wikipedia) has it that “The Bum Bum” song, after reaching #1 video status on TRL, was forced into early retirement by producers who wanted to maintain the illusion that TRL was filmed live (apparently they’d already recorded the following week’s show, without the Bum Bum song). TRL pre-recorded? Sounds far-fetched to me, but if it was printed in Tom Green’s autobiography, it has to be true, right?

My bum is in (existential) pain
I can’t believe I’m advocating it, but I suggest you all stick with this video through the 1:45 mark, when one of the most idiotic, insulting, grating novelty songs of all times evolves into … a credible parody of late-’90s radio-rock. The “bum is all alone” breakdown sounds like a Third Eye Blind outtake, or at least a bridge from the first Creed album. I’m not sure what this says about Tom Green, but I’m pretty sure I know what it says about Creed.

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