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March 8, 2004 2:15 AM   Subscribe

All songs sound better when performed on a ukulele.
posted by Katemonkey (17 comments total)
the Brown Sugar cover is just... genius. thanks for the link.
posted by matteo at 2:21 AM on March 8, 2004

I'm partial to the guy with the fake scottish accent singing "anarchy in the UK".. theres just something about the banjo that makes me happy.
Great link.
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 4:24 AM on March 8, 2004

Yes to the ukuleles. No to the singing.
posted by LeLiLo at 5:11 AM on March 8, 2004

I'm drooling with eager anticipation to download these. Thanks, Katemonkey. I love ukelele tunes. Alas, no Tiny Tiim. I want to find a copy of a song he sang called [ i think ] "The icebergs are melting" which had lyrics like this:

"The icebergs are melting, oh ho ho ho. All the world is drowning. Oh ho ho ho." [ On a Ukelele of course, mind you. ]
posted by troutfishing at 5:28 AM on March 8, 2004

Don't miss Paranoid. Great!
posted by Outlawyr at 5:37 AM on March 8, 2004

You can tune a Ukelele, but you can't tune a fish.
posted by troutfishing at 5:57 AM on March 8, 2004

Don't venture too deeply into the seamy, sordid world of the ukelele. Unless you are of strong constitution and iron will.

BTW, a better version of 'anarchy in the U.K.'
posted by kablam at 6:21 AM on March 8, 2004

Troutfishing: That song is called "The Other Side," and you can find it on Tiny Tim's first record "God Bless Tiny Tim."
posted by .kobayashi. at 6:59 AM on March 8, 2004

troutfishing -- And don't miss Tiny Tim's second album either. Both of these are little gems, produced by Richard Perry (who also produced Captain Beefheart's best album, "Safe as Milk"), who is the true auteur. Without Perry, poor Tiny Tim didn't know what was charming about himself, or why people liked him, and went riding madly off in all different directions. I often wonder why Tiny Tim didn't go into gospel music when his career tumbled. He was really very devout.
posted by Faze at 7:21 AM on March 8, 2004

Tiny Tim and Brave Combo doing Stairway to Heaven r0x0rs. A low-fi version is on April Winchell: Multimedia (no hot linking - search for it). Alas, no ukele.
posted by TimeFactor at 8:52 AM on March 8, 2004

And great link Katemonkey!
posted by TimeFactor at 8:53 AM on March 8, 2004

Has anyone heard the McCartney/Clapton version of Something from Concert for George? I really, really don't like McCartney's skiffle opening verses even if Harrison was a big uke fan as one of the speakers claimed during the movie. Otherwise a terrific film though, especially the Billy Preston vocals on My Sweet Lord.
posted by billsaysthis at 11:05 AM on March 8, 2004

McCartney has been doing the uke Something bit at his concerts for a while now. It was somewhat stupid when George was still alive, but pretty much downright ugly now that he isn't.

It wasn't enough that he ruined the song in the studio with his busy bass, he also has to ruin it live with a uke every time he plays it...[/Paulhate]
posted by Ptrin at 11:58 AM on March 8, 2004

I once heard this beautiful version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" performed on a uke. I think I was listening to NPR. Anybody know who might have done such a thing?
posted by elwoodwiles at 12:07 PM on March 8, 2004

I once heard this beautiful version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" performed on a uke.

you may be thinking of the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. the song was used in "er" (when dr. greene died) as well as "meet joe black" and "finding forrester"
posted by goddam at 1:54 PM on March 8, 2004

Have to mention Mark's swell Ukulelia and the new ish Ukulele Occasional. Oh, and Ukulele Lesson!
posted by roboto at 3:15 PM on March 8, 2004

goddam was correct about the "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" cover. (It's actually a medley with "What a Wonderful World.") It was hugely popular in Australia a few months ago when it was used in a really pretty housepaint commercial. My boyfriend tracked it down and I posted about it on my blog, only to be inundated with thanks from other Aussies trying to locate it.
posted by web-goddess at 3:56 PM on March 8, 2004

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