In what Beavis and Butthead episode/video snarkery segment, in which Beavis is either making fun of or unable to understand something, does he go "Words.... words.... uh... words...."?
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In what Beavis and Butthead episode/video snarkery segment, in which Beavis is either making fun of or unable to understand something, does he go "Words.... words.... uh... words...."?
posted by bitterkitten to Media & Arts (22 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Oh god, this is right on the tip of my brain. I'm pretty sure it's the Tool video where Maynard is chanting kind of sotto voce in the beginning under the bass intro.

Looking for this, I realized what a shame it was that so few of the video segments (easily the best part of B&B) are available, there's maybe a dozen on each of the two DVD sets, and it's a fairly random selection.
posted by Oktober at 3:14 PM on April 22, 2010


Blah Blah Blah ?
posted by selton at 3:15 PM on April 22, 2010


I can't remember either, but I'll add that I'm pretty sure he also said, "uhh...numbers....words...", etc.
posted by nosila at 3:17 PM on April 22, 2010


Yeah I know for sure this exists.

I almost feel like they were going over some kind of contract or agreement they had been offered, in one of the "action" sequences.

I realized what a shame it was that so few of the video segments (easily the best part of B&B) are available,
Amen, brotha! I'm sure it is a music-rights thing. Somewhere I have a VHS tape of episodes taped right off MTV that I need to digitize before it's too late.
posted by drjimmy11 at 3:26 PM on April 22, 2010


There were a couple. I remember once when they were in a power plant (maybe in the movie?) and Butthead couldn't bother reading warnings before pressing a button.
posted by monkeymadness at 3:34 PM on April 22, 2010


Oktober - hmmm it's not Sober or Prison Sex....

Selton - nope not in the Candy ep...

I don't thINK it's from the movie.. at least, a search of the script has no hit on "word" or "words", for full or partial word segments..

still lookin! Thanks for the tips so far.
posted by bitterkitten at 4:04 PM on April 22, 2010


Might be the once where Beavis is choking and Butthead goes to Burger World to get a sign detailing the Heimlich maneuver.
posted by Jawn at 4:34 PM on April 22, 2010


Disregard that, watching the beginning of that episode it's Butthead who is choking, and it's definitely Butthead who's got the 'words, words" line.
posted by Jawn at 4:35 PM on April 22, 2010


Yes, it's Butthead. I don't remember the rest of the episode, but I remember the gag. They're handed a piece of paper, a contract or something, possibly even a newspaper, something with a lot of text, and Butthead looks at it intently, saying, "Words... words..." and he's not making fun of it, he's just too lazy to read it. Or not able to.

I make that joke myself to this day, in Butthead's voice, as an offline tl;dr. Nobody ever gets it.
posted by Devoidoid at 4:37 PM on April 22, 2010


Devoidoid - this is why I sooooo want to find a clip of it. ; )

Jawn - watched the Choke episode - good guess, but nada.
posted by bitterkitten at 4:44 PM on April 22, 2010


I thought it was one of the one's when they were working at Burger World, and Butt-Head is searching for the correct button to place the order on the cash register.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:34 PM on April 22, 2010


In "Beard Boys," Butthead reads the label on a tube of glue as "uh... words... uh... words... huh huh huh, it says 'use on wood.'" BUT! That's not during a music video.
posted by jcfletcher at 9:10 PM on April 22, 2010


The rest of the class had piled on the bus and left school for a field trip.

Beavis and Butthead were tardy for some reason or another, and arrived to an empty classroom. On the chalk-board, in giant letters, it said FIELDTRIP and some other details. Butthead points to the words, as though sounding them out, and says "Uh . . . words. . ."

I think . . .

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posted by General Tonic at 9:35 PM on April 22, 2010


Devoidoid, we use it exactly the same way, only we say "words.... uh... words... thingies...."

Now, I don't know if we actually heard an original version with "words" + "thingies", or just mentally made that up... but if we did hear it accurately, lo a decade ago, maybe the added "thingies" search will help?
posted by pineapple at 10:03 PM on April 22, 2010


"Thingies" is their word for breasts, I think. I remember a lot of thingies jokes around the same time.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 10:07 PM on April 22, 2010


The "Beard Boys" bit is from 1:57 to 2:05 here, is that it?
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 10:08 PM on April 22, 2010


Some part of me feels like they were watching either the video for "Right Now" or "Everybody Hurts," though I haven't checked out that timing.

Sidebar: I too have used this phrase, in the voice, for most of my adult life. I feel like the "Bee-girl" at the end of the "No Rain" video!
posted by buzzkillington at 10:28 PM on April 22, 2010


I'm (possibly mis-)remembering something like that from their take on The Pursuit of Happiness's "Cigarette Dangles," which IIRC had a bunch of text on screen.

Also, if you want to see the episodes in their original format, I believe there's a large number of unofficial fan edits (available on your favorite internet grey-area distribution channels) complete with "B&B watching videos" segments.
posted by anthom at 6:34 AM on April 23, 2010


The Beard Boys bit sounds just like it, although I always remembered him doing it for a little longer than that. Thanks!
posted by bitterkitten at 7:22 AM on April 23, 2010


Didn't Shakespare use this joke in "Hamlet"? It would be ... heh heh... cool... if Beavis and Butthead made an allusion to that.
posted by Schmucko at 9:51 AM on April 23, 2010


Didn't Shakespare use this joke in "Hamlet"?

Sort of. Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2:

Polonius: [...] What do you read my lord?
Hamlet: Words, words, words.
posted by mhum at 10:18 AM on April 23, 2010


Damn, now when I read Hamlet I will always hear it in Butthead's voice.
posted by Jawn at 12:20 PM on April 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


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