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Just What I Needed
July 29, 2012 8:39 PM   Subscribe

This is a single-link YouTube post in which the Freebadge Serenaders, a "discount jazz" duo from Sacramento, play the Cars' classic "Just What I Needed" on washboard, cowbell, banjo, and kazoo, live on local NBC affiliate KCRA. That is all it is.
posted by escabeche (33 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh hells to the yes. These guys need to come to Austin now.
posted by immlass at 8:46 PM on July 29, 2012


Ric Ocasek is spinning in his grave.
posted by Daddy-O at 8:47 PM on July 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


That is all? That's enough.
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:47 PM on July 29, 2012


Awesome. Sacramento puts on a great music festival every year and I wouldn't be surprised if I saw these guys while I was down there. Tons of great dixieland, bluegrass, zydeco, jazz, and lots of banjos.

If you like these guys, you might also want to give the Two Man Gentlemen Band a listen, too. (My favorite song's William Howard Taft.)
posted by Old Man McKay at 8:52 PM on July 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ric Ocasek isn't dead.
posted by dobbs at 8:53 PM on July 29, 2012


Ric Ocasek isn't dead.
posted by dobbs at 8:53 PM on July 29 [+] [!]


If we hafta explain the joke...
posted by tantrumthecat at 8:54 PM on July 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


More seriously, this is awesome.
posted by tantrumthecat at 8:55 PM on July 29, 2012


He might be now. BTW, there's a great slide whistle solo at the end.
posted by Daddy-O at 8:55 PM on July 29, 2012


That's my favorite part but I didn't want to ruin the delightful surprise in the post.
posted by escabeche at 8:56 PM on July 29, 2012


Needs more megaphone.

A few atonal runs thrown in and that banjo would be encroaching on Eugene Chadbourne territory. Me likey.
posted by sourwookie at 9:03 PM on July 29, 2012


OH HELLS YES
posted by samofidelis at 9:12 PM on July 29, 2012


I had no idea that R Crumb was a Cars fan!
posted by GavinR at 9:13 PM on July 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Reminds me of the non-ironic (but quite enjoyable) Punch Brothers cover a few months back.
posted by stevil at 9:27 PM on July 29, 2012 [6 favorites]


just what I needed shoodley-bop
posted by infinitewindow at 9:27 PM on July 29, 2012 [8 favorites]


Needs more cowbell.

Yes. More.
posted by Mezentian at 9:32 PM on July 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is a really little nit to pick, but, man, that's a terrible splash cymbal.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:46 PM on July 29, 2012


Nice! That slide whistle bit just improved my mood immensely.
posted by Mrrranda at 10:01 PM on July 29, 2012


I expected to enjoy that so much more than I did.
posted by smirkette at 10:50 PM on July 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


stevil: That Chris Eigeman sure can play the banjo.
posted by Redfield at 1:04 AM on July 30, 2012


smirkette: try this.
posted by flabdablet at 2:09 AM on July 30, 2012 [3 favorites]


There are some cover songs that are exponentially better than the original.

This isn't one of them, but it's awfully fun anyway!
posted by Bindyree at 2:21 AM on July 30, 2012


That is appropriate rocking for a very nice Bacon & Day plectrum banjo, complete with knee mute. There aren't many of these about; most of them have been butchered to make 5-strings.
posted by scruss at 4:49 AM on July 30, 2012


Are these gentlemen trying to shake it up?
posted by orme at 4:55 AM on July 30, 2012


Holy moly, that Billy Jean thing is amazing. Where's his hidden hand?
posted by DU at 5:34 AM on July 30, 2012


This is, in fact, rocking me.
posted by joedanger at 6:54 AM on July 30, 2012


DU, I can't be sure, but I'm pretty sure he used a pedal to loop. flabdablet, that was awesome!
posted by smirkette at 8:31 AM on July 30, 2012


That was great fun, and now I'm off to practice the kazoo head toss.

(Billy Jean clip amazing!)
posted by pymsical at 11:37 AM on July 30, 2012


I don't think he can be looping. The parts change throughout and he doesn't re-record.
posted by DU at 4:35 PM on July 30, 2012


YAY, SACTO!
posted by Duffington at 4:59 PM on July 30, 2012


No loop pedal.
posted by flabdablet at 8:56 PM on July 30, 2012


Is this available on 78RPM?
posted by wallabear at 9:12 PM on July 30, 2012


Cool country version. Jesse Dayton. Unfortunately I can find the album version. This recordings not great quality but the song is still cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuOo6wS6ung
posted by Che boludo! at 1:47 PM on August 16, 2012


Let's try this again. Jesse Dayton link.
posted by Che boludo! at 1:47 PM on August 16, 2012


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