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March 11, 2011 2:40 PM   Subscribe

♪ I feel so unsure as I take your hand and lead you to the dance floor as the music dies, something in your eyes calls to mind the silver screen and all its sad good-byes ♪
posted by boo_radley (63 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
Tonight I'm going to ask Mrs Primate to re-dedicated our vows solely so I can have this guy play at our ceremony.
posted by digitalprimate at 2:47 PM on March 11, 2011


Um, wow.

I have a new hero today.
posted by brand-gnu at 2:51 PM on March 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is the greatest thing I have ever seen.
posted by koeselitz at 2:52 PM on March 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


Well, *I'M* never going to dance again, that's for sure.
posted by Madamina at 2:52 PM on March 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


(Also, the biology class solo wails.)
posted by koeselitz at 2:52 PM on March 11, 2011


For the most part, especially towards the beginning, the sax sounds natural to the acoustic environment.
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:55 PM on March 11, 2011


That was beautiful.

(Behind the scenes!)
posted by Rhaomi at 2:56 PM on March 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have to give the guy credit for rocking one hell of a great moustache and mullet. It's really like I'm in high school all over again.

(okay, I'm a sucker for a quality moustache)
posted by hippybear at 3:04 PM on March 11, 2011


Loved this, thanks.
posted by MaritaCov at 3:05 PM on March 11, 2011


I lost at the "Security to checkstand... uhh... " as though the man is saying in his mind "how will security know which checkstand is the right one, don't fuck this up, Tom!"
posted by boo_radley at 3:10 PM on March 11, 2011


Hee! The behind the scenes video is the best!
posted by CunningLinguist at 3:11 PM on March 11, 2011


Oh God, I just realized -- that mustache, those shades, the sheer absurd badassery...

He is... SAX COP.
posted by Rhaomi at 3:12 PM on March 11, 2011 [4 favorites]


I don't know why it never occurred to me before, but I really need that as my ringtone.
posted by The World Famous at 3:12 PM on March 11, 2011 [5 favorites]


He is totally Above the Law.
posted by thinkpiece at 3:17 PM on March 11, 2011


Hee! The behind the scenes video is the best!

The library! Sexy Sax Man, you've gone too far!
posted by kittens for breakfast at 3:20 PM on March 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


How is it that rent-a-cops across North America all have the same basic demeanour, tone and inflection? Did they all go to the same school? See the same half-dozen episodes of Cops? Is there a Humourless Squinch replicating machine out there somewhere, churning out a vast clone army of rent-a-cops?
posted by gompa at 3:20 PM on March 11, 2011


Well he's got millions of dollars.
Priceless.
posted by Babblesort at 3:23 PM on March 11, 2011


And the Ikea footage from the "Behind the Scenes" video should've made the cut. And been expanded. Having once been turfed from an Ikea cafeteria for ordering too many beers and no food (it was a, um, journalistic social experiment), I demand to see how Ikea staff responded.
posted by gompa at 3:27 PM on March 11, 2011


*rent-a-cops across North America all have the same basic demeanour, tone and inflection?*

Imagine being assigned to be a babysitter for adults who hate you. Imagine not being paid very well for that. Imagine your job depends on projecting authority, but if you had that sort of talent you'd work somewhere better.

Now imagine there's a guy in latex pants with a saxophone, your boss just said "I don't care, clear this guy out!" And then the food court is going to boo. They don't clap when you remove the drunk yelling guy, but boy do they boo.

Now given those circumstances, what would your face look like?



Harassing retail employees and security personal with suggestive crotch thrusting and noisy brass instruments is where it's at. If you're not making people question their worth as human being for paid so little to deal with this shit, you're not living!
posted by Phalene at 3:31 PM on March 11, 2011 [9 favorites]


Harassing retail employees and security personal with suggestive crotch thrusting and noisy brass instruments is where it's at.

QFT.
posted by mrgrimm at 3:33 PM on March 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


"Hey, play that George Michael song real quick!"
posted by mrgrimm at 3:33 PM on March 11, 2011 [6 favorites]


Original song by George Michael? Once again, Andrew Ridgely gets the shaft.
posted by rikschell at 3:37 PM on March 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


No. Careless Whisper was promoted as a George Michael solo song from the very beginning. Despite it being on a WHAM! record.
posted by hippybear at 3:40 PM on March 11, 2011


D'oh! I spoke too soon. I only remember the marketing, but that linked article refutes my point. I stand corrected. How strange.
posted by hippybear at 3:41 PM on March 11, 2011


(Still, exactly what Ridgely contributed... is unclear from that article.)
posted by hippybear at 3:42 PM on March 11, 2011


hippybear: "No. Careless Whisper was promoted as a George Michael solo song from the very beginning."

"Unlike all the Wham! singles (except `Wham Rap!`)"

ಠ_ಠ
posted by boo_radley at 3:44 PM on March 11, 2011


Update on Andrew Ridgeley for those who are interested.
posted by rikschell at 3:47 PM on March 11, 2011


I think my favorite part was when the camera man absolutely insisted that Sergio is above the law.


"But he is above the law! Look at him, he's playing to a baby!"
posted by Think_Long at 4:02 PM on March 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Man I miss the days when every pop song was required to have a sax solo. Hopefully this video will bring it back. He really needs to follow this up with the opening solo from Harden my Heart by Quarterflash.
posted by any major dude at 4:28 PM on March 11, 2011


This was lame. I'm over the whole random, reference-laden stunt trip. IE is funny once; now look - Bad Saxophone Guy doucheing around in a mall or in a college class.

The article on Andrew Ridgeley was cool, though.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 4:30 PM on March 11, 2011


Man I miss the days when every pop song was required to have a sax solo.

Check out Destroyer's Kaputt. It sounds like there are two saxophones on every song. I love Dan, but hrm.

Andrew Ridgeley still looks gorgeous, imo. That's what I always figured he was for (I know he writes songs ...)
posted by mrgrimm at 4:35 PM on March 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


Man, yesterday I heard the Gossip's cover of this song, now this.

I now live in fear for the return of George Michael's career.
posted by mephron at 5:01 PM on March 11, 2011


I now live in fear for the return of George Michael's career.

Considering that his new cover of True Faith by New Order is easily the most horrible thing ever created, I don't think you need to be too afraid.
posted by The World Famous at 5:04 PM on March 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


This goes under the definition of internet. So incredibly crazy.
posted by cashman at 5:19 PM on March 11, 2011


Considering that his new cover of True Faith by New Order...

I did not need to know that.
posted by mrgrimm at 5:24 PM on March 11, 2011


Is that security guy with the big hat 10 years old?
posted by Brocktoon at 6:18 PM on March 11, 2011


Is that security guy with the big hat 10 years old?

I'm pretty sure he's a Mormon missionary impersonating a security guard.
posted by The World Famous at 6:25 PM on March 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


I happened to watch this with coltrane playing on my home stereo at the same time.

Mind bending.
posted by palacewalls at 6:36 PM on March 11, 2011


We should start using [earworm] like we use [NSFW].
posted by desjardins at 6:45 PM on March 11, 2011 [7 favorites]


I happened to watch this with coltrane playing on my home stereo at the same time.

Mind bending.


Now if he went around playing pieces from Interstellar Space that would be something.
posted by brevator at 6:56 PM on March 11, 2011


This may be one of my favorite SLYTs ever posted.
posted by nonmerci at 7:39 PM on March 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


oh my god what even is this

brb weeping with lols
posted by elizardbits at 8:47 PM on March 11, 2011


Lipstick Thespian: "I'm over the whole random, reference-laden stunt trip."

I'm totally not. More random shit needs to happen, IMO. I like when people are jolted out of the deadening-yet-they-don't-know-it rut they're in, and wind up delighted and cheering for something that makes no sense at all.
posted by tzikeh at 9:33 PM on March 11, 2011 [8 favorites]


From 2:26 into the behind the scenes video: (by way of explaining) "See? He’s #1..."
posted by blueberry at 10:07 PM on March 11, 2011


It's funny how the whole joke about Andrew Ridgeley being the sort of 'loser' or Jon Oates of Wham has kind of turned on its head.
If you consider George Michael's recent absence from pretty much anything except getting arrested and his creepy botoxed, blow-dried and eltonjohnified persona as compared to Ridgeley living out of the spotlight and looking like a fit, 46 year old guy, (with Keren from Bananarama!) except OH MY GOD hair loss, who's a loser?
posted by chococat at 10:13 PM on March 11, 2011


I'm over the whole random, reference-laden stunt trip.

How's life? Boring as ever? Must be tough.
posted by reductiondesign at 10:14 PM on March 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


You mean, George Michael's gigantic tour which sold out everywhere it played, plus his fantastic Xmas single?
posted by hippybear at 10:52 PM on March 11, 2011


Fuck this Mikediva "prank." It's not funny. Andy Dick or Tom Green, basically. And self-promotional, too. VIRAL douche.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 12:30 AM on March 12, 2011


When I saw all that pelvic thrusting I couldn't help but think of this guy.
posted by bwg at 2:05 AM on March 12, 2011


Except Tom Green was some asshole who poured out a million pennies on your stand for daring to work at a place, and this guy plays the saxophone at you.
posted by Peztopiary at 3:50 AM on March 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


...for daring to work at a place (like a school or a mall).
posted by Joseph Gurl at 4:17 AM on March 12, 2011


That was amazing. I can't stop watching (or leaving the sax solo on people's voicemail that I shared the link with).

It's too bad that all of the awesomeness behind the link is hidden behind a post that only hardcore George Michael fans may recognize.
posted by Frank Grimes at 7:59 AM on March 12, 2011 [1 favorite]


Loved it. Loved it!

"Why did the saxophone become the official instrument of sex?" -- [somebody, can't recall who]
posted by Countess Elena at 8:02 AM on March 12, 2011


I'm totally not. More random shit needs to happen, IMO. I like when people are jolted out of the deadening-yet-they-don't-know-it rut they're in, and wind up delighted and cheering for something that makes no sense at all.

What like going to class? Being in college? That's a rut?


I'm over the whole random, reference-laden stunt trip.

How's life? Boring as ever? Must be tough.


This shit IS BORING. What "jolting" is happening here, really? Those cows at the mall are going to watch Bad Saxophone Guy do his little dance, go "BOOOO!" and then go back to eating their Mickey D's and being cows again.

Or no, wait - it's a fucking revolution. Bad Saxophone Guy is coming to save us all from our ever-deepening ruts and blue-pill Matrix lives.

To me this shit's been done to death. He got his 15 minutes, the crowd who doesn't do this kind of shit got their 15 minutes of "BOOOO!" fame, and now we're here on Metafilter doing our 15 minutes of snark/countersnark fame.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:05 PM on March 12, 2011


I wish people who are "over" something would skip the next phase of their lives, which consists of angrily telling everyone who isn't "over" it how "over" it they are. I mean really, is that actually something to argue about?
posted by George_Spiggott at 5:26 PM on March 12, 2011


Azusa laundromat!! this brings back so many memories of wackos in socal! this post made my night!
posted by phytage at 6:07 PM on March 12, 2011


I wish people who are "over" something would skip the next phase of their lives, which consists of angrily telling everyone who isn't "over" it how "over" it they are. I mean really, is that actually something to argue about?

I know, right? Like the nuns always said, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

And don't get me started on the entire universe of social criticism. I mean, what has it ever accomplished?
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:26 PM on March 12, 2011


Makes me wanna listen to epic sax guy.
posted by palbo at 9:56 AM on March 14, 2011


@mathowie picking up on the Sexy Sax Man Seranade awesomeness
posted by Frank Grimes at 6:11 PM on March 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


noisy brass instruments

Dude, saxophones are woodwinds.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 9:03 PM on March 17, 2011


Man - after crying a bit the past couple hours, I really needed this! :)
posted by symbioid at 8:13 PM on March 18, 2011


Also? Anybody else get a mild Pootie T vibe?
posted by symbioid at 8:15 PM on March 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


YES

sepatoe
posted by koeselitz at 10:27 PM on March 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


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