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January 20, 2009 8:20 PM   Subscribe

Fellow Mefites: I see your 13 year-old Japanese girl drumming to Rush's seminal prog. class "YYZ" and raise you an 11 year-old Japanese girl playing the whole damn thing on a synth (SLYT).

OK, a few notes are definitely off. But I found this to be all kinds of good crazy. And here she is playing "Carry On My Wayward Son." It starts off slow, then becomes sort of insanely awesome.
posted by bardic (39 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
That was friggin' amazing. Did you see her shirt?
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 8:24 PM on January 20, 2009


Little Japanese girls. Is there anything they can't do?
posted by louche mustachio at 8:28 PM on January 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


what is that beast she's playing on?
posted by nadawi at 8:32 PM on January 20, 2009


aha!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electone
posted by nadawi at 8:39 PM on January 20, 2009


What's with the floral arrangement. Is this what Japanese funerals sound like?
posted by phaedon at 8:51 PM on January 20, 2009 [6 favorites]


Incredible.
posted by Curry at 8:52 PM on January 20, 2009


Pfft. I could do that.

Obviously, I'd need to get someone to programme all the notes in for me and try and work out roughly where my hands and feet needed to be at the right time so I could fake like mad bashing the shit out of everything with all my appendages (perhaps save one, for daytime performances). But, you know, once I get that teeny obstacly kind of bit sorted for me, I could totally pull off that hat and feather boa combo...
posted by Brockles at 9:01 PM on January 20, 2009


This is the third time this week that something has been posted that I've seen before and felt sure I'd seen it on Metafilter. Am I wrong? Not this? (it is awesome)
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 9:06 PM on January 20, 2009


The sad thing is that this is the coolest thing she will ever do. Her life will be downhill from here on out.
posted by b1tr0t at 9:06 PM on January 20, 2009


Ah, I may have stumbled on it while looking at "Related Videos" from things posted in this thread.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 9:08 PM on January 20, 2009


Uninformed speculation on my part:

1) She takes something out of the keyboard's left side at the end. A disc with the drum programming?

2) But, she seems to be manually playing the intro highhat with her right hand. Maybe only certain parts of the drums are programmed?

3) Not positive, but I think she's playing the bass-line with her feet.

As a recovering Rush fan, what's cool about this is how she's kind of out-Geddying Geddy. Guitar magazines of the 80's and 90's always asked how come Rush didn't just hire a touring musician or two for all the keyboard parts, instead of Geddy singing, playing bass, and playing multiple keyboard and synth bass lines with his feet. And this girl just kind of proves that maybe Geddy should ditch Alex and Neil as well.

I keed of course. Don't want any death threats from irate Canucks.
posted by bardic at 9:12 PM on January 20, 2009


How about this version of "Smoke on the Water"?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:31 PM on January 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


Impressive. We couldn't even pull this off with a whole band of four 18-year-olds. In our defense, we were all very stoned.
posted by krinklyfig at 9:37 PM on January 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


I could swear this was a double. It did appear in this comment, and I know I saw it before that. However, it doesn't seem to have been linked in the Genius Electone Girl post, so...
(ahh.. It did feature in the Genius Electone Girl post after all, as another comment).

False alarm.

Go home to your families, there is nothing to see here.
posted by Chuckles at 9:38 PM on January 20, 2009


Except awesome Japanese girls rockin' out!
posted by Chuckles at 9:39 PM on January 20, 2009


maybe Geddy should ditch Alex and Neil as well.

I'm gonna come over to your house and punch you in the neck, eh.
posted by jimmythefish at 9:46 PM on January 20, 2009


I really want Rush to assemble a band of little Japanese girls to come out and do "YYZ" next tour.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 9:46 PM on January 20, 2009 [5 favorites]


I wish I were an 11-year-old girl.

From Japan.

Would could play this song.

Right now.

Literally nothing will pull me out of the pit I dug in the first sentence, will it?
posted by dirigibleman at 9:55 PM on January 20, 2009


maybe Geddy should ditch Alex and Neil as well.

Seriously, with the way Geddy's voice has been (justifiably) going, I think Alex and Neil should ditch him for eleven-year-old Japanese girls.

Oh, dammit!
posted by dirigibleman at 9:58 PM on January 20, 2009


Whatevs. This dude looks so much cooler when he's playing YYZ and it sounds *just like* the original!
posted by bpm140 at 10:16 PM on January 20, 2009


BTW, it's gone from the YouTubes...
posted by dirigibleman at 10:17 PM on January 20, 2009


I fucking hate child prodigies. How about an actual, current, of-age virtuoso with awesome, to-die-for, all-original material? Or is that too much too ask?
posted by monospace at 10:25 PM on January 20, 2009


Although... I do love how this proves Neil Peart to be a noob.
posted by monospace at 10:30 PM on January 20, 2009


monospace writes "I fucking hate child prodigies. How about an actual, current, of-age virtuoso with awesome, to-die-for, all-original material? Or is that too much too ask?"

Technical prodigies aren't all that rare. A kid can learn the motor skills, given enough time and practice. But I think the sort of thing you are talking about is very rare. I've seen one kid on 60 Minutes who was autistic and not only had incredible natural musical abilities but composed some amazing pieces. Can't find a good clip ... it's all over Google, if you search for '60 minutes autism music'. There is some question whether the music has emotional depth. I've seen some kid prodigies play the blues, but not really play the blues, if you know what I mean.
posted by krinklyfig at 10:36 PM on January 20, 2009


bardic writes "1) She takes something out of the keyboard's left side at the end. A disc with the drum programming?"

Probably patches for the instruments she needs in the configuration she wants. Well, giving her the benefit of the doubt.
posted by krinklyfig at 10:40 PM on January 20, 2009


To some degree we're all victims of our dad's shite record collections.
posted by Abiezer at 11:05 PM on January 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


This is the third time this week that something has been posted that I've seen before and felt sure I'd seen it on Metafilter. Am I wrong? Not this?

Yes, I posted it...
posted by gen at 11:22 PM on January 20, 2009


Now I see what's happening. Japan is breeding an army of musicians to totally kick Rush's ass at the next Battle of the Bands. Can nobody match their adorable tween ass kickitude? We're counting on you, Canada, or soon we'll all be wearing Sanrio fashions and yelling "Yatta!" at the Saga reunion concerts.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:41 PM on January 20, 2009


...together, they fight crime!
posted by happyroach at 12:02 AM on January 21, 2009


Well, I can 3-star YYZ drums on Rock Band on easy. Or 1-star (in no fail mode) if you want the stick-twirling* performance.

* and I mean just the twirling. Does not include catching it before it hits the floor. Or the lightbulb. Or the TV.
posted by qvantamon at 12:57 AM on January 21, 2009


Search: +Rush +Seminal +"Japanese Girl"

*Closes popup windows frantically*

Search: +Rush +Seminal +"Japanese Girl" -Bukkake
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:13 AM on January 21, 2009 [11 favorites]


Well, she's just great. I'm not sure she was really playing all the drums, but even so, wow, that was incredible.
posted by jamstigator at 1:51 AM on January 21, 2009


maybe Geddy should ditch Alex and Neil as well.

And maybe also Geddy! Then there'd be a sort of extreme-minimalist Rush that I could actually listen to!

your favourite band suX0rs
I hope they don't revoke my Canadian citizenship
posted by biscotti at 5:20 AM on January 21, 2009


Electone Hero Band
posted by racingjs at 6:06 AM on January 21, 2009


I grew up with Rush. The continued love of Rush around the world continues to not fascinate me.
posted by juiceCake at 7:01 AM on January 21, 2009


Best version of YYZ ever.
posted by evilangela at 9:33 AM on January 21, 2009 [4 favorites]


This version makes it sound like the first level music from Contra.
posted by Space Coyote at 11:41 AM on January 21, 2009


THAT'S IT.

The boy's getting a drum kit, and the girl's gonna start playing piano.

They have 8 years to get it together, then we're going on tour.
posted by davejay at 5:14 PM on January 21, 2009


Now you can have both of them at the same time.
posted by Rhomboid at 12:06 AM on January 24, 2009


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