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February 7, 2014 5:18 PM   Subscribe


 
666th graders?
posted by themanwho at 5:22 PM on February 7 [7 favorites]


too bad the bass player's using a pick. steve harris was a finger player, which always seemed rare in metal. it's his song!
posted by altersego at 5:28 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


... Is the drummer wearing a snuggie?
posted by moons in june at 5:29 PM on February 7


You think that's bad? How about a Russian Police Choir singing Daft Punk? In the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:33 PM on February 7


Wow…this music seems kinda silly now, when it's played by middle-aged men...
posted by littlejohnnyjewel at 5:35 PM on February 7


Did you see their 46 and 2?

(At least I assume it's them - looks like the same drummer - probably the results of some awesome rock summer camp I'm going to start saving for for my 3 year old RIGHT NOW)
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:51 PM on February 7 [5 favorites]


... Is the drummer wearing a snuggie?

I thought it was a Harry Potteresque robe.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 5:51 PM on February 7


\m/
posted by Flunkie at 5:55 PM on February 7


Those braces on the singer...

So metal.
posted by ODiV at 5:57 PM on February 7 [8 favorites]


Kid's amazing.
posted by bird internet at 5:59 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Here are all the videos. The girl singing the Tangerine Dream cover is amazing.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:00 PM on February 7 [4 favorites]


how old are you in Grade Six these days? Those boys seem a little older than I'd be expecting, but yeah ...

Wow…this music seems kinda silly now, when it's played by middle-aged men...

the kids are alright
posted by philip-random at 6:12 PM on February 7


These kids, on Metafilter, Previously.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 6:22 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


If we could have a link to these kids every couple of months, that'd be great. I love being reminded that they're out there making music!
posted by snwod at 6:30 PM on February 7 [3 favorites]


+1
posted by Renoroc at 6:32 PM on February 7


I think anyone who thinks we don't need to fund music and art in public schools should see these.

Here are all the videos. The girl singing the Tangerine Dream cover is amazing.

Wow, she's incredible. So is the singer in the Iron Maiden song; he will be even better when his voice matures a little.

BTW, t's just "Tangerine" (by Led Zeppelin). Sorry, it's "our" song so it was making me a little twitchy.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:37 PM on February 7


Having spent a lot of time around pros, I'm compelled to say this this is damn fine and well done!
posted by Vibrissae at 6:37 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


I think robocop is bleeding was referring to the cover of Loved by the Sun by Tangerine Dream, not the cover of Tangerine by Led Zeppelin.
posted by fings at 6:48 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Props to the singer for going for that one long note/scream.
posted by cazoo at 6:50 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


666th graders?

Themanwho, there has to be a prize for you somewhere for that!
posted by BlueHorse at 7:00 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


I think robocop is bleeding was referring to the cover of Loved by the Sun yt by Tangerine Dream, not the cover of Tangerine by Led Zeppelin.

I considered the source and even googled it twice to be sure! I stand corrected.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:15 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


These young performers are very impressive, without question.

My only complaint is triggered at 2:12 when they repeat
In the mist dark figures move and twist.
Was all this for real or some kind of hell?
instead of providing the original
In the night the fires are burning bright.
The ritual has begun. Satan's work is done.
The entire cover from guitar solos to vocals follows the 1982 album version and I think the substitution of the two lines doesn't gain them anything given the context of the entire track.
posted by mistersquid at 7:50 PM on February 7


Wow. When I was in the 6th grade our class decided to perform 3 songs for an open house assembly. The kids all brought in 45s to play (jeez how old am I?) and we voted. We ended up with Olivia Newton John's "Magic", Air Supply's "The One That You Love", and Billie Joel's "Still Rock and Roll to Me." A bunch of us were made to wear leather jackets and "dance" for the Billie Joel number. It was quite a show.

I wonder how early '80s small town Missouri would have responded to something like Iron Maiden?

We wanted to do "Another Brick in the Wall, part 2," but our teacher vetoed that one.
posted by sevenless at 8:01 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


too bad the bass player's using a pick. steve harris was a finger player, which always seemed rare in metal. it's his song!

the bass player is 14, I can forgive him pick playing - for now.
posted by mattoxic at 8:04 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


the cover of Loved by the Sun yt by Tangerine Dream,

from the movie Legend. It played during the end credits ... and I couldn't get out of theater fast enough, high on acid and at best bemused by the overall movie. But that song was the final straw ... and I'd been a huge Yes fan in the 70s, but good Lord, that song was just a travesty.

And I don't think I've heard it since. But this is a beautiful performance. Makes me think the only way to do justice to Jon Anderson's unique vocals is via kids as they move through adolescence.
posted by philip-random at 9:09 PM on February 7


Fuck. I practiced guitar for years [pretty much a requirement for a Seattle boy back in the late seventies and early eighties] and barely made it past "Smoke on the Water". Fucker.

I've had sex with another person, am legal to drive, can buy beer, and I can get into "R" rated movies.

Gah.
posted by vapidave at 10:14 PM on February 7 [5 favorites]


You think that's bad? How about a Russian Police Choir singing Daft Punk? In the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics?

Where was that in the broadcast? I might have stayed awake!
posted by madajb at 11:51 PM on February 7


That was fucking awesome.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 12:20 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]


That was fucking awesome.

Amen! That was very tight - these kids are in sixth grade. Impressive stuff.
posted by mosk at 2:02 AM on February 8


\m/ Fucking metal \m/

Maiden was one of the bands that got me through high school in the eighties and some of the kids in the video looked exactly like some of the metal kids back then, only lacking the mullet.

Awesome to see how Maiden is still the group of choice for bored suburban metalheads everywhere and how well these kids can play this song.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:20 AM on February 8


I think anyone who thinks we don't need to fund music and art in public schools should see these.

I agree that funding for music and art in public schools is vitally important, not least of all because it improves academic performance, but just for the sake of accuracy, these students are all recruited from private music academies.

But yes. More kids should have the opportunity to be and make more awesome.
posted by DarlingBri at 3:16 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]


I hope Bob Larson sees this and his head explodes.
posted by chillmost at 3:35 AM on February 8


Fantastic. Especially the shots of them getting tattoos at the end.

I love how there's still just a tiny bit of middle-school-awkwardness going on, even when they're being a million times more metal than I could ever dream of being.
posted by graphnerd at 6:19 AM on February 8


The number of the flat-out fucking awesome.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 12:19 PM on February 8 [2 favorites]


I absolutely love all of these videos and love that these kids are doing this. AWESOME.
posted by Aquifer at 2:03 PM on February 8


probably the results of some awesome rock summer camp I'm going to start saving for for my 3 year old RIGHT NOW

$20, same as in town. (You just have to live near Maineville, Ohio.)
posted by Rhomboid at 1:07 AM on February 9


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