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December 5, 2006 3:42 AM   Subscribe


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y2karl, are you getting kickbacks from YouTube?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:56 AM on December 5, 2006


And that Johnny Cash doing Elvis, man, that was a scream! Had no idea Cash was such a comedian: great comic moves!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:06 AM on December 5, 2006


Not sure I need lists of YouTube product here...
posted by Gungho at 4:26 AM on December 5, 2006


Not sure I need lists of YouTube product here...

Then you'll want to ignore this link: it's a very curious little clip (YouTube) of a record being played. It's a 78rpm, from 1957, of the Crickets (Buddy Holly wasn't getting top billing in their earliest days, apparently) doing Not Fade Away. It sounds fantastic, and just watching that black plastic spin around is so pleasing...

And apologies to y2karl if you already posted this at some point in the past: entirely likely, I know.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:37 AM on December 5, 2006


Tedious.
posted by bardic at 4:44 AM on December 5, 2006


Johnny Burnette - Lonesome Train
posted by caddis at 4:45 AM on December 5, 2006


GYOB
posted by rxrfrx at 4:49 AM on December 5, 2006


Rock-a-billy shows the country influence on early rock, this video shows some of the jazz influence:

Bill Haley - Rudy's Rock

By the way, another awesome post y2karl.
posted by caddis at 4:50 AM on December 5, 2006




Johnny Burnette Trio - Train Kept a Rollin'

Okay, it ain't much of a video, but it's better than this!
posted by kimota at 4:59 AM on December 5, 2006


Ooh, oooh! Tomorrow, do 80s songs! Or maybe 90s psychobilly/trailer rock.
posted by Eideteker at 5:04 AM on December 5, 2006


Great stuff. I've always loved that Elvis impression that Johnny does. And for those who don't know, that Ronnie Hawkins link is a rare look at a very, very young version of The Band backing him up. Levon (my favorite drummer) looks like he's about twelve.
posted by EarBucket at 5:07 AM on December 5, 2006


Oh, and Ronnie was moonwalking in 1959, incidentally.
posted by EarBucket at 5:09 AM on December 5, 2006


Can someone please explain to me how the search function on YouTube works? I'm not sure I understand the complexities and I would like to make a post to MetaFilter's front page tomorrow.
posted by bobobox at 5:16 AM on December 5, 2006


Uh-oh, Steven C. Den Beste isn't going to like this.......

(rock on, y2karl)
posted by briank at 5:20 AM on December 5, 2006


a rare look at a very, very young version of The Band backing him up.

Yeah, that's definitely Levon Helm, and I'd wager it's Richard Manuel on piano (impossible to tell for sure, though), but is that Robbie on guitar? Doesn't much look like him, but of course with the infamous lo-res of YouTube it's really hard to tell...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:23 AM on December 5, 2006


Another great set—thanks, y2karl, you magnificent deejay you!
posted by languagehat at 5:30 AM on December 5, 2006


is that Robbie on guitar?

I'm not sure. Looking at the video, my best guess is a young John Kerry.
posted by EarBucket at 5:39 AM on December 5, 2006


This is a fantastic set of rock and roll gold. Thanks Y2Karl.

That "Sittin' in the Balcony" bit is both uncomfortable and hilarious - one of my favorite Eddie Cochran songs - not at all how I'd expect to see it portrayed!
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 5:40 AM on December 5, 2006


Baby, Let's Play House

My favorite Elvis song
posted by chillmost at 5:57 AM on December 5, 2006


About 1:30 into Gene Vincent - You Are My Sunshine is one of the best shots I've seen in a 1950's rock and roll video.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 5:58 AM on December 5, 2006


About 1:30 into Gene Vincent - You Are My Sunshine is one of the best shots I've seen in a 1950's rock and roll video.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 8:58 AM EST on December 5


Are you referring to the shot of the girl in the audience and Vincent's leather clad legs?

Great post y2karl, my boss and my clients both hate you right now.
posted by marxchivist at 6:07 AM on December 5, 2006


Nice. The Collins Kids especially. I could listen to them for hours on end. (Some Glen Glenn woulda been cool, but I won't quibble.)

It's a style that keeps getting revived because it's so timelessly cool. (And rockabilly chicks are hawt)
posted by jonmc at 6:08 AM on December 5, 2006


Are you referring to the shot of the girl in the audience and Vincent's leather clad legs?

I am indeed!
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 6:12 AM on December 5, 2006


Nice! Rhino has a kickin' new collection in this vein called "Rockin' Bones". Tis splendid.
posted by MaxVonCretin at 6:16 AM on December 5, 2006


chillmost: "Baby, Let's Play House

My favorite Elvis song
"

This one is mine.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:53 AM on December 5, 2006


y2karl, as far as I'm concerned, you are currently the best thing on the entire internets.
posted by MinPin at 6:59 AM on December 5, 2006


Johnny Horton - Battle Of New Orleans

OK, I suppose, but he's no Lonnie Donegan.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 7:01 AM on December 5, 2006


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