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Smooth Criminal cello duet. That is all.
posted by sonika (102 comments total) 79 users marked this as a favorite

 
Fan-bloody-tastic.
posted by restless_nomad at 1:19 PM on January 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


EXTREME CELLO
posted by nathancaswell at 1:20 PM on January 22, 2011


Shouldn't there be an NSFW tag for the palpable sexual tension oozing out of this youtube clip?

Awesome.
posted by Corduroy at 1:22 PM on January 22, 2011 [14 favorites]


also those bows are gonna need to be re-haired, bros
posted by nathancaswell at 1:24 PM on January 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


and finally, this is pretty silly but the pizzicato is cool
posted by nathancaswell at 1:25 PM on January 22, 2011


That is an awesome clip. Takes some serious talent to make cello that sexy.
posted by supercapitalist at 1:26 PM on January 22, 2011


? cello is by far the sexiest stringed instrument. it's a big dark vibrating thing you straddle.
posted by nathancaswell at 1:27 PM on January 22, 2011 [31 favorites]


That was really kind of fabulous all around.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:29 PM on January 22, 2011


Suddenly "epileptic-like cello playing" makes it the top of my ever-growing "things I never thought I'd find hot" list.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:29 PM on January 22, 2011 [4 favorites]


Upon a second viewing I noticed the jacob's-ladder-elizabeth-pena-penetrating-satan-horn scrolls their cellos have, and laughed out loud.
posted by nathancaswell at 1:33 PM on January 22, 2011


Suddenly "epileptic-like cello playing" makes it the top of my ever-growing "things I never thought I'd find hot" list.

[pedantry] I think you mean "tonic-clonic-like cello playing" or "grand-mal-esque cello playing." [/pedantry]

Myself, I have epilepsy and when I have a seizure, it looks like I fell asleep. If I did so while playing the cello... it wouldn't be hot, unless you're turned on by sleeping people playing the cello.

posted by sonika at 1:41 PM on January 22, 2011 [6 favorites]


fantastic.... I've been stuck on Yo Yo Ma as my go-to cello guy for too many years.. time to expand a bit and get out of that rut (nothing against Yo Yo Ma, he's as good as they come!)
posted by HuronBob at 1:45 PM on January 22, 2011


It's like Black Swan with cellos.

In a good way.
posted by Cyrano at 1:45 PM on January 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


Nice! It is a bitch-and-a-half (perhaps as many as two bitches) to play double stops up that high.

Also, surprisingly, black cellos look a bit Branson-ish, more country than rock-n-roll.
posted by ignignokt at 1:46 PM on January 22, 2011


@nathancaswell-Fair point. Hadn't thought about that aspect of it. I stand corrected.
posted by supercapitalist at 1:49 PM on January 22, 2011


Nice video work, too.
posted by beagle at 1:49 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is freaking brilliant, thank you for sharing!
posted by headspace at 1:52 PM on January 22, 2011


We've been hit by some smooth cellists.
posted by punkfloyd at 1:55 PM on January 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


I like the piano-black finish on the cellos a lot, looks real nice.
posted by Relay at 1:59 PM on January 22, 2011


? cello is by far the sexiest stringed instrument. it's a big dark vibrating thing you straddle.
posted by nathancaswell


Really?

My first impulse was to say, "Yeah, tell that to Jimi kiddo."

But the more I thought about it, the more the instrument used is kind of academic.

It's what the musician pouts into it, not what it's being poured into. Like Pete Townshend said, "Its the singer not the song, that makes it really move along."
posted by Relay at 2:05 PM on January 22, 2011


Awesome, although I found the disappearing/reappearing busted hairs towards the end distracting and a little disappointing - makes me wonder if they're really THAT good at hitting the thumb-position double-stops out of nowhere.

That being said, holy fucking catfish. Those double-stops. I may never play again.
posted by coriolisdave at 2:07 PM on January 22, 2011


That's just... damn, you really have to see it to know what's it like.
posted by orange swan at 2:08 PM on January 22, 2011


HAH! Related link from that youtube vid, Cello and Saw playing O Sole Mio.
posted by coriolisdave at 2:10 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I like ELP.
posted by Decani at 2:10 PM on January 22, 2011


Upon a second viewing I noticed the jacob's-ladder-elizabeth-pena-penetrating-satan-horn scrolls their cellos have, and laughed out loud.

Uh, you're talking about this scene? Not... really the association that I would have made. (I'm pretty sure that the cellos are carbon-fiber models; you can see the finish in close-ups and I've seen other instruments made from carbon fiber, like guitars.)

Also, between their good looks and unabashed hamming-up, I imagined the two men as Matt Dillon and Judd Nelson, circa mid-eighties.
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:11 PM on January 22, 2011


It's what the musician pouts into it

They certainly did lots of pouting, arguably more than Jimi Hendrix.
posted by orange swan at 2:12 PM on January 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


That was incredible. Also, those carbon-fiber cellos are awesome -- they look like Luis and Clark models.
posted by spiderskull at 2:14 PM on January 22, 2011


I needed this... Thanks!
posted by JoeXIII007 at 2:14 PM on January 22, 2011


coriollsdave, you're link didn't work. Is this the one? This is awesome, too.
posted by Corduroy at 2:14 PM on January 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


Uh, you're talking about this scene? Not... really the association that I would have made.

That's the one. Pause the cello vid at :58. What can I say, all Satanic phalluses look alike to me.
posted by nathancaswell at 2:18 PM on January 22, 2011


My enjoyment of the cover (which was really great) was undercut by the comical intensity of the look-at-me-playing-cello-like-a-rock-star performance. I really don't need to see your O-face, guys.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 2:22 PM on January 22, 2011 [8 favorites]


That was bloody fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
posted by New England Cultist at 2:24 PM on January 22, 2011


This seems extremely campy to me, I dunno. The guys are too good looking, and over-serious, and the concepts are weird.

That's not saying it's bad, but I can't watch it with a straight face.

Or, in short, what Cyrano said.
posted by dgaicun at 2:27 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, Corduroy, that's it. Not sure what happened there.
posted by coriolisdave at 2:32 PM on January 22, 2011


"...must be able to grimace musically."
posted by Earthtopus at 2:34 PM on January 22, 2011 [10 favorites]


but I can't watch it with a straight face.

No no, you're supposed to watch it with an O-face.
posted by Corduroy at 2:35 PM on January 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


That was lovely, thanks. Although I was a little bit taken out of the loveliness by the strange shred of a subplot of the girl at the bar and the cellists...fighting? Over her? Buh? If you're going to put a story into a music video, put it there, don't just drop a couple of threads and then show the band for the other 99% of it.

HuronBob, look into Apocalyptica. (And possibly Rasputina, but I think they're rather an aquired taste.)
posted by Gator at 2:35 PM on January 22, 2011


Or what Horace just said!

The O-face comment also reminded me of how much better Type O Negative pulled off the handsome guy with cello (double bass) shtick because they were totally at one with their ├╝ber-campiness.
posted by dgaicun at 2:35 PM on January 22, 2011


Rasputina is another great example of pitch-perfect cello-rock camp.
posted by dgaicun at 2:43 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I loved that! And what's a double stop?
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 2:48 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I just want to be clear here: I thought this was awesome.

When I woke up this morning I had no idea there were "rockstar" cellists. Or maybe not. Maybe these guys are the Nickelback of the cello world. Famous but easily dismissed as douchey.

But the shiny black cellos, the screeching strings, the stern looks... I saw a million stories float between those guys when they were playing. The competitive world of celloing. Who knew? On one end you have your benign but safely uncomfortable Best of Show's, and on the other end you have a mindfuck psychodrama (which is were I was at with my original comment.)

Thanks for the post.
posted by Cyrano at 2:48 PM on January 22, 2011


unless you're turned on by sleeping people playing the cello.

Next on Tumblr.
posted by mykescipark at 2:52 PM on January 22, 2011


daft
posted by the cuban at 2:53 PM on January 22, 2011


Another cool version of Smooth Criminal. It's a great tune, for sure.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 2:55 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


The slash just writes itself.
posted by kmz at 2:57 PM on January 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


This seems extremely campy to me, I dunno.

Well, consider the source material. Nothing against the original, but the source *certainly* has something to do with that.

Also, I had no idea that people played the saw and holy shit is that awesome, as linked to above.
posted by disillusioned at 2:59 PM on January 22, 2011


I'm imagining the person running around in circles with the camera as they made this video, and I'm greatly enjoying that image.
posted by cubby at 3:00 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I usually abhor SYTL posts, but this (among a few other recent ones) have me thinking they're worth the low signal to noise ratio.
posted by entropone at 3:03 PM on January 22, 2011


Brilliant!

I love it when something is turned on its head in an unexpectedly wonderful way. Like when something classic becomes something audaciously contemporary. Or, like this, when something pop becomes dazzlingly and mischievously cerebral.
posted by nickyskye at 3:09 PM on January 22, 2011


cubby, I so hope that was a track. That poor cameraperson...
posted by cavalier at 3:22 PM on January 22, 2011


Metafilter: a big dark vibrating thing you straddle.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 3:35 PM on January 22, 2011


I've always loved cello music.

It's even better when played by a guy in a leather jacket with a skull and crossbones tee shirt.
posted by bwg at 3:37 PM on January 22, 2011


brilliant indeed - thanks for posting!
posted by urbanhayseed at 3:45 PM on January 22, 2011


That was like the Black Swan of Michael Jackson cello cover performances.
posted by BillBishop at 3:47 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Maybe these guys are the Nickelback of the cello world.

I realize you weren't trying to hate on them, but I feel like this put my distaste for it as perfectly as possible! Specifically because of the sense of "don't you understand how awesome and extreme I am?!?!?! I just spun my f**king cello! And made a face while using harmonics!!!"
posted by HotPants at 3:51 PM on January 22, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'm probably just spoiled because I get to see this guy on a semi-regular basis. Sexier guy playing cooler music.
posted by HotPants at 3:58 PM on January 22, 2011 [5 favorites]


I want to like it.

Thing is, the emphasis on the "4-and" of the second bar of the main riff is what totally drives the entire rhythm of that song, and they've left out either the "four" or the "-and" pretty much every time. As a result, the rendition feels weak and incomplete.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:00 PM on January 22, 2011


ThatCanadianGirl, a double stop is when you play notes on two strings at the same time.

My best friend played cello in orchestra from 3rd grade until we graduated, and spent a significant amount of time bemoaning the total lack of sexy potential from cellos (violas, on the other hand ... sexiest instrument ever. Just ask Urban Dictionary?). I just sent this to her and she thinks it could be a great cello recruiting tool.
posted by ChuraChura at 4:06 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


total lack of sexy potential from cellos

That's like saying that the sun has a total lack of heat and light potential.
posted by HotPants at 4:15 PM on January 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


I liked this a lot but I agree with Gator, the little bit of narrative video at the beginning really ought to have been followed up on more. Tease.
posted by hattifattener at 4:20 PM on January 22, 2011


As a lover of classical, it hurts me that, despite 400+ years of amazing music by some of the greatest musical intellects the world has produced, it takes Michael Jackson or Metallica to get anyone to care about phenomenal up-and-coming instrumentalists.

On the other hand, it's nice to see that Jensen Ackles is still getting work now that Supernatural is drawing to a close.
posted by coolguymichael at 4:25 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


They need carbon fiber cellos because their cheekbones would completely smash through a regular wooden cello if one of their spins got too EXTREEEEEEME!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by sleevener at 4:27 PM on January 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm pretty sure they put the girl in as a big "NO HOMO" sign, because otherwise it was clearly about to be ON with those two.
posted by emjaybee at 4:47 PM on January 22, 2011 [16 favorites]


coolguymichael: "... it hurts me that, despite 400+ years of amazing music by some of the greatest musical intellects the world has produced, it takes Michael Jackson or Metallica to get anyone to care ..."

When success is measured by purchasing in the marketplace, nuance is eliminated. The invisible hand likes the simple, predictable and immediate, and hates thought, ambiguity and change. The only chance art music has in the marketplace is to be a signifier of status or sophisticated taste, but pop music recreated with the instruments and posturing of art music easily takes its place.

This is an unfixable market failure, public or aristocratic funding of art music is the only way to make art music viable.
posted by idiopath at 4:47 PM on January 22, 2011 [7 favorites]


TEAM JACOB
posted by Greg Nog at 5:09 PM on January 22, 2011 [4 favorites]


ChuraChura, thanks for that explanation of a double stop. That is totally not any of the possibilities I guessed.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 5:10 PM on January 22, 2011


Very cool. I enjoyed that a lot more than I thought I would. Thanks for the post.
posted by phogirl at 5:15 PM on January 22, 2011


Wow, guess I'm in the minority but I found that totally annoying. Ugh.
posted by puny human at 5:21 PM on January 22, 2011 [4 favorites]


I do believe I've found my new ringtone.
posted by FfejL at 5:35 PM on January 22, 2011


My nephew posted this the other day, and my first thought was "Dean? From Supernatural?"
posted by symbioid at 5:35 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


What's the name of that Polish guitarist with the guitar face (who plays with two hands)? I really want to listen to him now.

Hits refresh.
posted by ersatz at 5:35 PM on January 22, 2011


What is with that one guy's neck? He's pretty young to have such advanced osteoporosis in his spine.
posted by The Tensor at 5:37 PM on January 22, 2011


It is a problem caused by being a cellist. Seriously. The ergonomics on some instruments is crap.
posted by idiopath at 5:44 PM on January 22, 2011


Ha! I was thinking the one guy looked like Jensen Ackles too. Of course that didn't help with the air of slashiness.
posted by kmz at 6:31 PM on January 22, 2011


That was truly excellent.

No homo.
posted by NoraReed at 6:33 PM on January 22, 2011


I'm imagining the person running around in circles with the camera as they made this video, and I'm greatly enjoying that image.

It would look a little something like this (forgive the terrible music.)

Also, if you like this sort of thing then check out the Cresta Verde String Quartet which does rock covers without all the scowling rockstar emo expressions.
posted by Rhomboid at 6:39 PM on January 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


Wait- so all along, she was the smooth criminal?
posted by elmer benson at 6:55 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


The internet is bloody marvelous. I love it as an information resource, and I love it as a community resource, but there's something truly awesome about the idea that two cello players and their friends can make something like this for the fun of it and put it on youtube and I can sit here in my bedroom half-way around the world and enjoy it. Even ten years ago, the furthest that video would've gotten would've been the guys' own living rooms.

This is what the internet is for. This and cute cat videos, of course.
posted by Georgina at 7:01 PM on January 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


What's wrong with that bloke's head? It's like it's on a string tied to his bow.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 7:40 PM on January 22, 2011


... yeah, I'll just go take a cold shower now. Thanks.
posted by dabitch at 7:40 PM on January 22, 2011


Thanks for yet another reminder of how little I've done with my life.
posted by jeremy b at 7:53 PM on January 22, 2011


The music is fantastic but the video... not so much. Their theatrics and the non-music portions were lol bad.
posted by dobbs at 7:55 PM on January 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


This was hilariously silly.
posted by galadriel at 8:13 PM on January 22, 2011


>What's the name of that Polish guitarist with the guitar face (who plays with two hands)? I really want to listen to him now.

Adam Fulara.
posted by Lexica at 8:27 PM on January 22, 2011


EXTREME CELLO

This seems extremely campy to me, I dunno.

"don't you understand how awesome and extreme I am?!?!?! I just spun my f**king cello! And made a face while using harmonics!!!"

They need carbon fiber cellos because their cheekbones would completely smash through a regular wooden cello if one of their spins got too EXTREEEEEEME!!!!!!!!!!!


You know, I've been trying to figure out where I'd last seen such intense homoerotic tension in a music video, and it's been staring me in the face this whole time! Extreme!
posted by Sys Rq at 8:36 PM on January 22, 2011


I was hoping to find some video from the 80's but ... not sexy?
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 8:58 PM on January 22, 2011


SEE MY INTENSITY AMONG THE RED CHAIRS
posted by scrowdid at 11:17 PM on January 22, 2011


>What's the name of that Polish guitarist with the guitar face (who plays with two hands)? I really want to listen to him now.

Adam Fulara.


Are you ready for Michael Angelo Batio!
posted by pantsrobot at 11:45 PM on January 22, 2011


So like two pretty boys get dressed up in leather and act all heavy metal like and they are so cool, and black, and... This really shouldn't work for me, I should be able to dismiss as "poser-ish"; however I can't. That was awesome.
posted by Vindaloo at 5:21 AM on January 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


The shaggy guy is totally my guy, I called it.
posted by thinkpiece at 5:39 AM on January 23, 2011


If celloes now intrigue you, check out also the Finnish band Apocalyptica. They started out with Metallica covers and now since have moved on to do their own songs.
posted by Authorized User at 6:21 AM on January 23, 2011


what is it about the cello that lends itself to "cello rock "groups? my theory is the pitch and timbre resemble male lead singer voices....
...anyway, some friends of mine are in a similar group, also worth checking out...they're pretty sweet.
posted by daisystomper at 10:01 AM on January 23, 2011


I was not aware that Guitar Face was an affliction that struck other instrumentalists.

Now I know.
posted by mhoye at 12:02 PM on January 23, 2011


Eh. When it comes to sexy rock cello duets, I'm gonna have to go with this one. Rasputina does everything these guys do -- *and* actually sing the damn lyrics to the song they're doing as well, rather than just concentrating really fiercely about it.
posted by kyrademon at 4:21 PM on January 23, 2011


Hey kydrademon, that made me smile. Good on her for tackling a cover of that particular singer!
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 4:40 PM on January 23, 2011


When I woke up this morning I had no idea there were "rockstar" cellists.

Then you must check out Rushad "Tornado Rider" Eggleston, also.
posted by ourroute at 6:55 PM on January 23, 2011


Sexy Cello Rock
posted by dephlogisticated at 8:37 PM on January 23, 2011


dephlogisticated: "Sexy Cello"

I can accept that someone may find Les Claypool in a fat suit and a pig mask sexy, but the instrument he is playing is a bass, not a cello.
posted by idiopath at 11:58 PM on January 23, 2011


Sexy Cello Rock [yt]

Um, that's not a cello.
posted by aught at 5:52 AM on January 24, 2011


Other intense cello players: Zoe Keating and Tom Cora. And everyone on this Wikipedia page.
posted by aught at 6:04 AM on January 24, 2011


Yeah, problem I had with this begins with the material: Smooth Criminal without lyrics pretty boils down to a cool riff. But they don't really develop it any. Their technique may be pretty dazzling, but the music doesn't provide much interest for me. And then the campy staging of the video makes it impossible for me to take seriously. I would, however, enjoy watching these two straight up fuck the shit out of each other.
posted by barrett caulk at 11:44 AM on January 24, 2011 [3 favorites]


That is fantastic! There's something about the sound of the cello that really gets to me for some reason...
posted by jonesor at 2:25 PM on January 30, 2011


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