Whole lotta Winslow
October 19, 2011 4:39 PM   Subscribe

 
Hot. Damn. That man's mouth is a guitar, your argument is invalid.
posted by Krazor at 4:45 PM on October 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


OK, but pay careful attention. Just before he launches into the heavily distorted guitar sound he reaches out with his foot and stomps on something i.e. a distortion pedal.
posted by awfurby at 4:54 PM on October 19, 2011


No, that's just what happens when you overdrive a mic like that. Maybe I detect some reverb or something, but you can make those noises too, if not as... intentionally.
posted by cmoj at 4:57 PM on October 19, 2011


The sound check for the show.

Winslow's web site.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:57 PM on October 19, 2011 [8 favorites]


I was just wondering what happened to this guy. Local radio morning show DJs announced his birthday in in the celebrity birthday announcements about a month ago. I'm glad he's still getting around.

This was totally radical when I was a kid.
posted by jabberjaw at 4:59 PM on October 19, 2011


OK, but pay careful attention. Just before he launches into the heavily distorted guitar sound he reaches out with his foot and stomps on something i.e. a distortion pedal.

For us musicians, that comment gets filed in the Department of Obviousness, but I guess the use of distortion might not have been noticed or considered by many in the general public.

No, that's just what happens when you overdrive a mic like that. Maybe I detect some reverb or something,

No, that's definitely a distortion pedal he's using.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:59 PM on October 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


For the record, I've tried this. Hooked my mic up to a multi-effects guitar pedal to see if I could mimic my electric guitar. It didn't turn out like this.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:05 PM on October 19, 2011 [5 favorites]


Sounds like he has a flanger or a phaser in there too. But even so!
posted by unSane at 5:08 PM on October 19, 2011


Uh, so what if he used a distortion pedal? Guitarists use distortion pedals.
posted by nathancaswell at 5:09 PM on October 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


That. Was. Awesome.
posted by nola at 5:10 PM on October 19, 2011


Even with the pedals there is a LOT going on there! Wow. Thanks for posting the sound check flapjax -- in that video he adds in, like, a phaser pedal on top of everything, but completely with his mouth. And the slides! And the feedback! When he is jamming in that soundcheck video you can really see that he isn't doing an impression, he has actually mastered/become the instrument (kinda like in his typewriter videos that came up a while back).
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 5:17 PM on October 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


Guitarists use distortion pedals.

Jerks, maybe! Real men just use straight tube gain on the amp head!

Even realer men play on a clean channel but use their mindwaves to distort the surface of the speaker cone to induce distortion psychokinetically.

Extremely real men infest the audience's ears with nanites that perturb the transmission of sound by the drum through tympanic chamber, down the rubegoldbergian ossicles, to the cilia of the organ of Corti, and eventually into the auditory cortex, thereby inducing a distortion effect.

The nanites used in this latter process actually use the available molecular content of the ear itself as a power source, the waste output of which takes the form of microscopic deposits of, among other compounds, gold, which accumulate in the listener's ear canal. This is why people who are especially sensitive to audio distortion are known as "golden ears".
posted by cortex at 5:21 PM on October 19, 2011 [18 favorites]


Anybody remember his pre-Police Academy acting turn as a mental case on The White Shadow? That was good.
posted by jonmc at 5:25 PM on October 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Or metalheads.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:25 PM on October 19, 2011


I always thought his "Overdubbed Kung Fu Movie" shtick was his best bit. You could tell he really studied the source material, because the shapes his mouth made looked right, unlike when some Joe Shmoe tries to do the same thing.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:29 PM on October 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Not really the same class, but Edguy's Return to the Tribe features a vocalized "guitar solo" which is pretty neat.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:30 PM on October 19, 2011


His appearance in Cheech and Chong's Next Movie always disturbed me.

I also remember him doing Jimi Hendrix, too... "Scuse me while I eat this guy! help me help me!"
posted by not_on_display at 5:31 PM on October 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


I like how he seems to be just a cool, nerdy guy with a quirky yet thoroughly entertaining talent.
posted by nataaniinez at 5:31 PM on October 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Plant...or Animal?
posted by Greg_Ace at 5:43 PM on October 19, 2011


I think that sound check is a better performance than what he did on the show. I'm glad to see he's still around and apparently still honing his craft.
posted by DaddyNewt at 5:47 PM on October 19, 2011


No, that's just what happens when you overdrive a mic like that. Maybe I detect some reverb or something,

No, that's definitely a distortion pedal he's using.


Sorry, I jumped a few steps ahead, maybe unnecessarily trying to cut of the, "he just used the sound like a guitar button!"

I still think he's just overdriving that mic and that, like, 15 watt amp he's got back there, but he does have some other stuff going on. My point is that you can squeal like a guitar on any mic I've ever used, the impressive thing is to do it accurately and on purpose. The effects are to sound like Jimmy Page's guitar.

But here's this (is it this guy again?) definitely with effects.
posted by cmoj at 5:50 PM on October 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've always wanted to hear the rest of McFerrin and Ma's "wrong number" but I'm really happy with the Winslow's take in Juste Pour Rire show in not_on_display's link. Thanks!
posted by wobh at 5:51 PM on October 19, 2011


Uh, so what if he used a distortion pedal? Guitarists use distortion pedals.

No one said that what he was doing was no good/wasn't awesome etc. because he uses distortion. And no one said that he isn't talented, or is only talented because he uses distortion, or whatever.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:53 PM on October 19, 2011


When you said it was the guy from Police Academy, I thought this was going to be sad and disturbing like that movie Police Academy. Instead, it was fun and exciting like that movie Spaceballs.
posted by DU at 5:56 PM on October 19, 2011 [5 favorites]


note to the noob: it's "academy", with an e. You can go in and change the tag yourself. Might wanna ask a mod to fix spelling on your headline. they were very nice to fix my sloppy misspelling of "Thelonious" the other day.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:57 PM on October 19, 2011


I still think he's just overdriving that mic and that, like, 15 watt amp he's got back there, but he does have some other stuff going on.

Nah, the overdrive is definitely coming from a pretty heavily compressed guitar distortion effect; if you listen when he hits the stomp during the soundcheck video flapjax linked, you can hear the the thrash start operating on the mic noise before Winslow even starts singing the guitar solo into it.
posted by cortex at 6:00 PM on October 19, 2011


OH OH OH !!! Do Bucephalus Bouncing Ball Mix!!!!
posted by symbioid at 6:09 PM on October 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


The soundcheck was even funnier and better - he was looser and played around with it more, and my jaw dropped when he imitated the bass. Again, we're not talking about just an electric guitar and bass, we're talking Page's guitar and JPG's bass, and Plant's vocals on top. Stomp-box or not, that's one hell of a thing to have witnessed.
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:22 PM on October 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


I like how he seems to be just a cool, nerdy guy with a quirky yet thoroughly entertaining talent.

"Do you want to do the original artist's key of E?"

This guy has craft.

I loved every second of this. Thank you for posting it.
posted by Trurl at 6:35 PM on October 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


that's one hell of a thing to have witnessed

The first commenter on the YouTube page notes the host gaping with delighted bewilderment at 0:52.
posted by Trurl at 6:37 PM on October 19, 2011


Is this his Weird Al White and Nerdy moment? Where a whole bunch of kiddies go "this guy is the duck's!" and a whole bunch of Gen Xers go "what, you never heard of this guy before?!"
posted by uncanny hengeman at 6:40 PM on October 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


the host gaping with delighted bewilderment

It's good to see Alice the Goon still getting work.
posted by DU at 6:48 PM on October 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


man, i just got the bleeps, the sweeps, AND the creeps!
posted by bxyldy at 7:05 PM on October 19, 2011 [8 favorites]


It's quite remarkable what you can do with your own mouth and a pile of effects ... I did this (starts at 2:11) just by whistling and adding some screwball effects setting in Logic Express.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:23 PM on October 19, 2011


You have got to be kidding me. This is great Winslow.
posted by chemoboy at 7:24 PM on October 19, 2011


the duck's?
posted by jonmc at 7:40 PM on October 19, 2011


Quack!
posted by item at 7:43 PM on October 19, 2011


I think that sound check is a better performance than what he did on the show. I'm glad to see he's still around and apparently still honing his craft.

I thought so as well. I think it's because you hear a whole lot more of Winslow and a lot less of the accompanying guitar. It makes it easier, for me at least, to separate out the two.
posted by madajb at 9:28 PM on October 19, 2011


the duck's = the duck's nuts = great
posted by uncanny hengeman at 9:36 PM on October 19, 2011


He may be a one trick pony, but man, what a trick!
posted by KingEdRa at 12:28 AM on October 20, 2011


'scuse me while I kiss this fly.
posted by humboldt32 at 1:04 AM on October 20, 2011


That was pretty awesome.
posted by ph00dz at 6:57 AM on October 20, 2011


Where the hell was Michael Winslow when the Foo Fighters did Stairway To Heaven on the Craig Kilborn show? Him doing the guitar solo would have been quite magical.

Foo Fighters - Stairway to heaven complete w/mouth solo, forgotten lyrics and audience assistance
posted by stavx at 8:45 PM on October 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


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