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You've seen the national anthem sung at baseball games, but have you ever heard the national anthem played on a baseball bat? (SLYT)
posted by ZenMasterThis (33 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's sweet!
posted by kbanas at 1:21 PM on August 17, 2009


Ideally, after he finishes the anthem someone would lob him an easy hit and he could use that thing to smash a longball.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:23 PM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


That guy is on the juice. Put an asterisk next to his name.
posted by zerobyproxy at 1:29 PM on August 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


Sorry, but I can't quite shake the feeling that national anthems are somehow inappropriate for showing off how awesomely you can shred. I'm looking at you, Jimi Hendrix.

(I'm sure I'd have been scandalized to hear the 1812 Overture when it was first performed.)
posted by haltingproblemsolved at 1:30 PM on August 17, 2009


posted by Burhanistan Ideally, after he finishes the anthem someone would lob him an easy hit and he could use that thing to smash a longball.

Or maybe the batter steps up to the plate and swings at the ball with a violin.
posted by mattdidthat at 1:31 PM on August 17, 2009 [3 favorites]


Sorry, but I can't quite shake the feeling that national anthems are somehow inappropriate for showing off how awesomely you can shred. I'm looking at you, Jimi Hendrix.


Eh, that doesn't stop people from shrieking and wailing the words when sung. It's a dumb song anyways and we should be playing "America the Beautiful" instead.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:32 PM on August 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


It's a dumb song anyways and we should be playing "America the Beautiful" instead.

Or at least something that would still sound decent when sung by a crowd of half-drunk baritones. Germany, Russia, and Britain got that part right; we didn't. The lyrics are quintessentially American, too, and not in a good way.
posted by haltingproblemsolved at 1:44 PM on August 17, 2009


Mummy, why is that man playing "God Save the Queen" on a bat?
posted by seanmpuckett at 1:49 PM on August 17, 2009


seanmpuckett, I think you're thinking of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", not this song.
posted by Democritus at 1:57 PM on August 17, 2009


Mummy, why is that man playing "God Save the Queen" "The Anacreontic Song" on a bat?
posted by Burhanistan at 2:04 PM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


That doesn't sound at all like Radiohead.

Oh, you mean the other national anthem.
posted by ALongDecember at 2:08 PM on August 17, 2009


Eh, that doesn't stop people from shrieking and wailing the words when sung. It's a dumb song anyways and we should be playing "America the Beautiful" instead.

The Star Spangled Banner is better as an instrumental anyway. And America the Beautiful is pretty bland and cheesy if you ask me. Personally I think we should go with something more modern.
posted by burnmp3s at 2:08 PM on August 17, 2009


Agreed.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:12 PM on August 17, 2009


What the world needs more of is the electric violin. Skip forward to get past the parts he's just programming into the looper.
posted by GuyZero at 2:18 PM on August 17, 2009


Here he is actually playing it at a game.
posted by orme at 2:19 PM on August 17, 2009


Cool, but have you ever heard it....on weed?
posted by chillmost at 2:19 PM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


What exactly is he playing? The Youtubes are a little fuzzy... are there strings?
posted by smackfu at 2:44 PM on August 17, 2009


Star Spangled Batter. Awesome violinist.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 3:05 PM on August 17, 2009


I liked the part where he set it on fire and squirted lighter fluid on it.
posted by digsrus at 3:12 PM on August 17, 2009


Now that's a real corker!

Everybody!!!

OHho say can you see? All the nine fusty maids?
Heeellllicopter fire made us incontinently pee.
Biforked dogs above stairs thru the perilous fight,
Oer raaaamparts we watched, sat upon Momus' cock in glee.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 3:50 PM on August 17, 2009


How sacrilegious to do that to a baseball bat.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 4:55 PM on August 17, 2009


Sorry, but I can't quite shake the feeling that national anthems are somehow inappropriate for showing off how awesomely you can shred.

I keep reading it and re-reading it...
posted by DU at 5:27 PM on August 17, 2009


Sorry, but I can't quite shake the feeling that national anthems are somehow inappropriate for showing off how awesomely you can shred. I'm looking at you, Jimi Hendrix.

I'm kinda looking at this guy for that, actually. On the whole it was awesome, but there is a little bit of doubt in my mind on that score. About Jimi Hendrix—not a speck. Because the message I get from him is not so much "Check my sk1||z0rz!!" as it is "Do you know what they're doing over there in Viet Nam? LISTEN." Screeching chaos was never so eloquent.
posted by eritain at 5:27 PM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Do you know what they're doing over there in Viet Nam? LISTEN."

Oh. Seems I was dense (and culturally ignorant) enough to completely miss that message. I'll go educate myself now and listen to his rendition again.
posted by haltingproblemsolved at 6:04 PM on August 17, 2009


Jimi (for convenience)
posted by Burhanistan at 6:07 PM on August 17, 2009


"This man was in the 101st Airborne, so when you write your nasty letters in..."
posted by Burhanistan at 6:11 PM on August 17, 2009


That was ... much more interesting ... than the first time I heard it. Still not sure how effectively Hendrix made his point, but there's a lot more there than I was raised to give him credit for.
posted by haltingproblemsolved at 7:26 PM on August 17, 2009


Still not sure how effectively Hendrix made his point

It seems that he just cooked that up in a short time and didn't really figure that it would be some kind of long standing, iconic rendition.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:35 PM on August 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm not convinced Hendrix had anything like the weighty ironic point that's been attributed to him in retrospect.

I love Hendrix, but really, I think he was just wanking up there.
posted by rokusan at 11:24 PM on August 17, 2009


A little more than wanking and less than weighty.
posted by haltingproblemsolved at 3:28 AM on August 18, 2009


The lyrics are quintessentially American, too, and not in a good way.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

posted by EarBucket at 7:47 AM on August 18, 2009


Was anyone else expecting this to be percussion performance?
posted by lumensimus at 9:48 PM on August 18, 2009


...a percussion performance?
posted by lumensimus at 9:48 PM on August 18, 2009


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