You Missed That One Memo About Ukulele Ownage.

17 Oct

Did I miss something?

It seems like ukulele fever is dominating YouTube! I will be the first to say that there is something sublime about the nimbleness that resounds from a precisely played ukulele, but I started clicking on these videos and found just too many good ones to share! I edited this blog down and still I feel I must share these seven:

As a rabid Arrested Development fan, this one hits close to [model] home. (Sorry about the inside jokes, but I just can’t help myself!) I don’t think I blinked, the first time I watched this. My mouth fell open and I just sort of stared. It’s not just a ukulele–it’s a kazookulele?

I have never seen anything remotely like that in my entire life. 

And because I am on a serious The Beatles “Let’s Revisit Anthology I” kick recently, I have to share these next two clips.

First from New York State, Julia Nunes, with herself on harmony, covering “All My Loving“. I dare you to try and refrain from singing in harmony along with with her. I dare you, c’est impossible! If you love this, you must see Julia’s cover of “Falling Slowly”, the Academy Award-winning song from the motion picture Once.

And this flawless rendition from Germany of Paul‘s “Something“. The dog almost makes the other 50% of this clip.

Here’s a clip that isn’t really very ukulele-centric, but I just got such a kick out of watching Stefan Raab, a very famous and well-liked German comedian/entertainer, hamming it up with Will Smith whilst putting him on the spot with the song “Men In Black“! [Let’s say he’s the Deutsch version of Conan O’Brien. If you love it, watch Stefan serenading Britney Spears with the ukulele, with German commentators ripping into her in the meanwhile, or the hilarious “Space Taxi“, a song sung mainly in English, from Traumschiff Surprise, a German Star Trek parody film. It is hilarious, with the title literally translating into “DreamShip Surprise”. Incidentally, the Spock, Kirk and Scotty parody characters are all gay. But that’s a story for another day! God, I miss RTL–I would find the weirdest things on.]

And then this kid is amazing. And Super Mario Brothers rocks. For more Ryan Imamura, here’s another amazing clip, where he plays “Let’s Dance”.

And then there’s William H Macy taking cheap shots at Martin Lawrence, John Travolta and Tim Allen while on Oprah–all while strumming his ukulele and singing:

Now, let me preface this next selection by saying that I do not really like Nirvana, never have, never will. I did not jump on that whole 90’s flannel-wearing, grunge bandwagon. No offense to those who still fervently worship Kurt to this date, but I just didn’t.

However, I will say, this rocks!:

Thanks for taking this musical journey with me into ukuleleland! There is much, much more out there, but I stopped myself. 🙂

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