May 4, 2022

"Neko's Candy" (Fauna x Gura ASMR tribute, Marcy Playground parody)

Developing a proper post (not just comments) on ASMR, but felt like taking a little detour to write some lyrics about it first. ASMR ties into synesthesia, and that made me think of the psychedelic freeform combination lyrics for "Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground (here).

A chart-busting one-hit-wonder back in the '90s, it seems like more of a deep cut from that decade today. Most of the YouTube comments are from people who heard it at the time, not post-X-ers who had it passed down to them, or who discovered it on their own and made it go viral on TikTok or wherever.

Although the original has a frankly sexual context, ASMR is more about sensory stimulation as a form of therapy to provide a flatlining patient with life-support. Not too much stimulation that would overload someone in a refractory state, but enough to keep their brain and body engaged, while they get through that refractory state.

The particular ASMR video that inspired these lyrics is this one made by Fauna and Gura from Hololive, for Valentine's Day 2022. They're playing the role of cat-girls operating a cafe / salon / spa, stylized as cute anime girls, so I made the lingo weeb-themed instead of hippie-themed from the original. Neko is a cat or cat-girl, nyaa is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat meowing, and moe relates to youthful ideal femininity in a character.

As usual around here, themes on the blurring of virtuality and reality, nature and technology, etc.

Pronunciation guide: "lychee" in the British way, LIE-chee, for assonance with "skies". The "in" for "in-ear" is unstressed, sliding in just before the stress on "ear" -- in-EAR. "Moe" as MO-eh. The "nyaa" is two beats, like the "mmm" in the original. "Archive" stressed on the 2nd syllable -- ar-KIVE.



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Scrolling 'round, lurking on my alt
And I was too-online, sick of haters finding fault
And there she was, in telephonic sighs
Yeah there she was, like New Age lychee skies

I taste neko's candy in-ear (nyaa)
Who's that kneading out my cares? (nyaa)
Who's that purring electric air through my connection?
Moe, it's more than just a stream, clip it
Yeah moe, it's more than just a stream

Scrolling 'round, lurking on my alt
Within my own archive, wasting hours finding fault
And there she was, in rainforest holo-glaze
Yeah there she was, like whole-milk cathode rays

I taste neko's candy in-ear (nyaa)
Who's that kneading out my cares? (nyaa)
Who's that purring electric air through my connection?
Moe, it's more than just a stream, clip it
Yeah moe, it's more than just a stream

2 comments:

  1. Vladimir Berkov5/6/22, 7:50 PM

    Do you think the vtuber thing in general is sort of related to asmr? The large amount of the fake hentai girl voices etc. A lot of sort of voice play in general, even on the non-hentai ones like Buffpup

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  2. I don't watch many Vtubers, only some of the Hololive girls, who are not the pandering-to-coomer types. So I don't know what's going on with the VShojo types -- but that seems unlike ASMR, which is intended to relax, and more like straight-up porn, which is meant to arouse.

    Those audiences just have a fetish for hentai-type porn, so their favorite Vtubers are going to look and talk like that.

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