Modulating for the Lord!
May 2, 2009 2:07 AM   Subscribe


Great stuff, thank you.
posted by paduasoy at 2:39 AM on May 2, 2009

From The Singing Detective
posted by kid ichorous at 3:51 AM on May 2, 2009 [4 favorites]

From The Singing Detective

Now that one I knew someone would link to in the comments! Had to happen!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:01 AM on May 2, 2009

The knee bone's connected to the something. The something's connected to the red thing. The red thing's connected to my wrist watch... Uh oh.
posted by brevator at 5:15 AM on May 2, 2009 [2 favorites]

Another fine music post, flapjax. Many thanks.
posted by RussHy at 5:18 AM on May 2, 2009

Also this reading. (Pertinent material begins around 6:00.)
posted by Slithy_Tove at 5:29 AM on May 2, 2009

From The Singing Detective

Joanne Whalley's performance in that play might well be the single most erotic thing ever committed to videotape.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:17 AM on May 2, 2009

I've been undulating for the Lord since I was 16.

Does that count?
posted by Ynoxas at 6:19 AM on May 2, 2009

My first mp3 player had a Speed function on it -- you could flick the control to left or right and speed up or slow down the song, as well as modulating the pitch up or down by almost exactly a semi-tone. Mostly this was useful for turning lugubrious self-serious singers into chipmunks, but I discovered that by altering the tempo and pitch once per bar during "Dem Bones," I could make the Delta Rhythm Boys sing the song in a monotone, but they got slower and sloooower and sllllooooooowwwwwwer as they got closer to the headbone.

Hey, I didn't have cable, so I had to make my own fun.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:02 AM on May 2, 2009

The Flintstone Kids remind you to buckle up.
posted by dr_dank at 8:35 AM on May 2, 2009 [1 favorite]

Thankfully, I had an inspiring earwormy mash-up of "Dry Bones" and "Seven Nation Army" in my head throughout this morning's dogwalking, which you'd think would become annoying over the course of two hours, but I was just grateful that it replaced the jingles and that horrifically catchy tune from Les Mis.
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:19 AM on May 2, 2009

They're good.

I've gotta write this down!
posted by aubilenon at 9:37 AM on May 2, 2009 [1 favorite]

I still get a kick out of this version made with Spore (even though the game was a big disappointment).
posted by Rhaomi at 9:38 AM on May 2, 2009 [1 favorite]

Oh, man. I wonder if The Delta Rhythm Boys were as intoxicating back then as they are right now. Today. Damn! They were good.
posted by hciadt at 11:17 AM on May 2, 2009

... and the lonely bone's connected to the Drinkin' Bone.
posted by wemayfreeze at 11:26 AM on May 2, 2009

Plainsmen Quartet gets my vote, though the end of the King's Heralds is pretty boss.

Rad, thanks f@m!
posted by wemayfreeze at 11:54 AM on May 2, 2009

See this is what the blue has been missing. A perfectly put together music post from flapjax. Balance is restored, darkness is overcome, and once again the world is spinning on greased grooves.
posted by vronsky at 11:55 AM on May 2, 2009 [1 favorite]

and seconding the Plainsmen Quartet. So nice.
posted by vronsky at 11:59 AM on May 2, 2009

Had to favorite that, vronsky, even though I know vanity faves aren't really so cool.

Thanks to all you who enjoyed the bones!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:52 PM on May 2, 2009

Didja notice that a few of the clips appeared to be reversed.... that is, there are very few pianos with the treble keys on the left ( ! ).....
well, they're "Soundies."

more info, plus a number of clips....
The Panoram!
The law...(pdf, short)

In the 1940s, my folks owned a steakhouse/roadhouse/night club in Fort Smith, Arkansas- the Razorback Inn- and one of these things was blasting away every night. With Camp Chaffee near, the place was always filled with soldiers, most on their way overseas. Pretty high tech entertainment for the time.

And a third for the Plainsmen. Though I've always kinda had a soft spot for the Delta Rhythm Boys and that amazing dancing skeleton in the hall.....
posted by drhydro at 8:48 PM on May 2, 2009 [1 favorite]

I meant:
The law... (pdf, short)

posted by drhydro at 9:08 PM on May 2, 2009

The Lennon Sisters seem like crazy dope hallucinations from the 30s sprung to life in multi-part har-mon-nee.
posted by The Whelk at 7:42 AM on May 5, 2009

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