Ukulele and Conan O’Brien

9 Nov

The two subjects in the title are only related by the broad overhang of music. Just wanted to make that clear.

The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain

I like the ukulele. I just don’t like what it has become. Modern pop musicians have found a trick to receiving thousands of listeners. Catchy music with a ukulele. Train took advantage of this easy formula. The ukulele got them their first hit in 10 years. Do I like them less for using the ukulele. No, of course not. I am not a big fan of “Hey Soul Sister,” but, the song gave them tremendous success. But, come on. A few simple chords on a higher-pitched instrument. What happened to the good ukulele. Well, it is out there.

Their faces may be hidden, but, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of talented musicians who love their ukulele. Heck, they may be shielding their faces out of shame of what has become to their beloved instrument. Check out this awesome video I found on Fark:

That is a live mash-up right there. No need for an audio program to create that. The ukulele got me in the mood for one of the most popular viral ukulele videos out there. Seriously, it has amassed over six million views since it was uploaded in 2006.

In Other News:

Conan O’ Brien is back on the air. His first episode of his new TBS late-night show aired yesterday and he expressed no harsh feelings to NBC, the network that royally screwed him over (but then paid him a lot of money)…not really. A lot of jokes centered around the controversy that sent him off television. But, he is back, and back with force. Jack White, his good friend, rocked out with Conan to the tune of “Twenty Flight Rock.” Good stuff.

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