Plucked Spaghetti
November 2, 2008 10:27 AM   Subscribe

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain travels south of the border
posted by Blazecock Pileon (20 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
As much as I love the UOGB, I'm sure this clip has been posted in almost every, if not every, previous post about them as well.
posted by yhbc at 10:32 AM on November 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Mi perro tiene pulgas
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 10:46 AM on November 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Before this thread gets deleted by some anti-ukulele types ,.." Buenos Noches, Little Roaches"
posted by bonobothegreat at 10:56 AM on November 2, 2008


The Brits have such a great sense of humor. I love the mischievously dry humored lead in to the piece. So funny. Enjoyed that a lot. Thanks for the post.
posted by nickyskye at 11:01 AM on November 2, 2008


Plucked spaghetti. That is bad. ;-) Watching this the second time, I love seeing the barely suppressed tee hees from the musicians, especially the guy who wants to grin so bad he can barely whistle. They're just having such fun, a good mix of seriosity and giggles. And the music sounds great.
posted by nickyskye at 11:06 AM on November 2, 2008


Can't go wrong with Ennio. Or ukuleles, for that matter.

Last month I saw the Spaghetti Western Orchestra in Paris, and I'll be seein' them again in College Station in a week.
posted by Brittanie at 11:17 AM on November 2, 2008


Funny. After a night of bars and partying last night I had a friend crash on my couch last night. We put on the GB&U: pretty heavy viewing to start at 2 AM.

It was the director's cut.
posted by sourwookie at 12:00 PM on November 2, 2008


I count no day as wasted that includes ukulele music. Thanks.
posted by RussHy at 12:03 PM on November 2, 2008


We always thought it was "ukelele". Apparently that is incorrect.
posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys at 1:05 PM on November 2, 2008


Really? Ukulele, not ukelele? My whole world is turned upside down!

The instrument the guy on the right is playing -- would it be a four-string guitar, or a giant ukulele? And how would you tell the difference?
posted by moonmilk at 1:21 PM on November 2, 2008


The instrument the guy on the right is playing -- would it be a four-string guitar, or a giant ukulele?

Looks like a regular acoustic bass to me, but I'm not well versed on matters ukulele.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 1:28 PM on November 2, 2008


Oh balls... I knew there was somewhere I was meaning to go tonight. They were playing in my town this evening and I went and watched 007 instead....
posted by twine42 at 2:04 PM on November 2, 2008


As much as I f'in love ukulele (I have two, and play live), the appeal UOGB has really soured for me. Sure, they do some fun covers, and have that certain british manner to them, but at its core it seems kind of like a joke that goes on way too long. I'd much rather see people earnestly playing the thing as an instrument, not a gimmick, and people earnestly liking it.
posted by tmcw at 3:43 PM on November 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


tmcw, ooh that Jens Lekman is hawt. Oh yum. The UOGB players are obviously earnest about the quality of their playing. Brits poke wry fun of stuff. And so do lots of people as a comedic schtick. Just because it's an entertainment schtick doesn't mean The Whole Of Ukelele Music Is Being Mocked and deserving of sour feelings. There's a long history of comic musicians, making fun of and with all kinds of instruments. It's just having fun and playing music at the same time.
posted by nickyskye at 4:59 PM on November 2, 2008


All right, my lover!
We moved from the north to the south west when I was a teenager, and I can still remember what a surprise it was to have nice old ladies same age as your gran greet you like this.
posted by Abiezer at 9:10 PM on November 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


nice old ladies same age as your gran greet you like this

Abiezer, Like this? What are you talking about?
posted by nickyskye at 9:56 PM on November 2, 2008


nicky - there's a bit at the start of the song when they mention the attractive young woman and one of the performers chimes in with the phrase "All right, my lover" in an exaggerated (English) West Country accent, which gets a laugh from the British audience because of the incongruity of a bit of our regional dialect in a supposed Mexican setting.
I apologise for not making sense; in my defence I rarely do, it may be a congenital problem.
posted by Abiezer at 10:09 PM on November 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Thanks for linking! Though, must say I liked it better in the previous thread, when I clicked on the related videos panel thingy, and played this very vid continuously till I got bored of it.

one of the performers chimes in with the phrase "All right, my lover" in an exaggerated (English) West Country accent, which gets a laugh from the British audience because of the incongruity of a bit of our regional dialect in a supposed Mexican setting.
Oh, so THAT was the joke. Been wondering about it for months now.
posted by the cydonian at 12:54 AM on November 3, 2008


Abiezer, ah. *phew

Blazecock Pileon, Was doing the dishes last night and found myself singing the vocal part of this song outloud, thought of you. Listened to this now again grinning and loved it even more with Abiezer's explanation. Great way to start the day before tomorrow, the day of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
posted by nickyskye at 4:19 AM on November 3, 2008


PS the phew is that I worried you knew some pretty kinky grannies or something.
posted by nickyskye at 4:47 AM on November 3, 2008


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