When your stardom is based on your baby face, baritone voice, sweet synth sound, undecipherable lyrics and, most importantly, a viral video, there’s no such thing as overexposure. Tay Zonday might not understand the concept of “selling out,” but he fully realizes the need be lit up by the limelight for as long as – and to the greatest degree – possible.

The internet has a short memory, and if you’re not pumping out product, you can fast fade away from relevance. That’s why Tay’s cameod in a self-referential web series, covered the Rick Roll, and collaborated with Girl Talk, Dan Deacon, Lily Allen, and now, Brian Bell of Weezer.

It’s an unplugged rendition of the band’s latest single, Pork and Beans that shows how much better Tay sounds when accompanied by a synthesizer and how hot and bothered YouTube makes Weezer. The cover comes just two weeks after the release of the song’s official music video, which features an orgy of web video stars.

Overexposure might be a good tactic for Tay. For Weezer, it seems lame.

###Frontman Rivers Cuomo has a genuine interest in the online medium, but referencing a litany of viral videos in hopes of making your music video go viral seems insincere. Yes, Pork and Beans is an incredibly cool piece of entertainment, but it feels like a cheap publicity stunt we’ve seen before. If it wasn’t solely derivative maybe I’d find it more enjoyable. Take a look for yourself.

Straight from the good people at YouTube, here’s a definitive list of all the internet famo references:

– One Man Band – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHwV2JuwZls

– Numa Numa Kid – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60og9gwKh1o

– Dramatic Prairie Dog – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHjFxJVeCQs

– How the Dramatic Prairie Dog Was Born – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sochd9Xqlos

– Afro Ninja – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9PcHAoi1vA

– eepybird – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLAesBdv9PE

– GI Joe – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z23ehBIecs

– Tshirt world record guy – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6tlw-oPDBM

– itschriscrocker – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHmvkRoEowc

– All Your Base Belong To Us – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qItugh-fFgg

– evolution of dance – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMH0bHeiRNg

– Miss Teen USA – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww

– Star Wars Kid –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPPj6viIBmU

– chocolate rain – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwTZ2xpQwpA

– kfed – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7HjV3MnYHM

– daft hands – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2cYWfq–Nw

– daft body – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLYD_-A_X5E

– liam kelly – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCF3ywukQYA

– Planet Unicorn – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQJD1ura7G4

– kicisie – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=embdtwW-sSE

– Peanut Butter & Jelly Time – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8MDNFaGfT4

– Will It Blend – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg1ckCkm8YI

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