Back when we were both in college, my friend Evelyn and I would often greet each other by loudly exclaiming, “I hate everything about you!” That always got us a few weird looks but you have to understand that, at the time, we were both making a point about avoiding easy sentiment and …. well, we also liked getting weird looks because we felt like that was a sign that we were bringing down the establishment in some sort of way. That may sound silly now and, to be honest, it sounded silly back then. But still, we had fun and that’s the important thing.
Anyway, I Hate Everything About You is one of those songs that’s really appealing when you’re trying to be a rebel and you want the world to know how pissed off and disillusioned you are. At the same time, it’s also a song that lends itself to all sorts of parody. (Who knows how many people sang, “I. Ate. Everything. About. You!” back in the day?) It’s a catchy song. You can kind of dance to it. You can play it really loud when you’re trying to freak out your mom. The lyrics are fun to write inside your diary whenever you’ve had a bad day.
The music video features three people who hate everything about someone else. One guy is being cheated upon by his girlfriend. One girl is going out with the type of smirkey douchebag who has been killed in countless Lifetime films. Another teenager has to deal with an abusive father. They all go to a hill where they destroy stuff. It’s kind of like how you’re supposed to set your lover’s pictures on fire if you break up. Personally, I say keep the pictures and get a voodoo doll. Just a few pokes from a sharp pin and you’ll have all the revenge you want! And you won’t have to go to some ugly old hill either. Voodoo is a revenge that you can practice from the safety of your own bedroom. Voodo? You do!
The music video was directed by Scott Winig. The cinematography was done by Steve Gainer, who was also one of the credited cinematographers on Movie 43. I mean, goddamn, you want to talk about hate.
Anyway, I hope that you’re not hating anyone right now. I used to hate my neighbor because his dogs were always barking but then I remembered that karma is harsh and unforgiving. This is indeed a disturbing universe, one that is perhaps ruled by the blind and dumb Azathoth.
Just a reminder: In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.