Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Art-For-Art’s-Sake Theatre: The Waffle Stompers “Somebody That I Used To Know” (Ukulele Version)

Time once again for our usual (if better late than never) midday Wednesday feature.

A few years ago, we showed you two guys playing the same guitar simultaneously. Now, imagine six guys playing an ukulele simultaneously, while singing, and you have this rendition from a post-Ska band (huh?) out of New Jersey known as The Waffle Stompers.

How do they do it? Simple. Pay attention.

The two guys on the viewer's far left use the body of the uke for percussion, the guy in the middle who holds the instrument plays an alternating-beat rhythm on the first two strings, the guy on his right plays a bass line on the third string, while the guy on his left plays a sort of descant (is that the right word?) on the fourth string. Finally, the guy on the viewer's far right does the first part of the singing (before the middle guy and the others join in), and occasionally plucks the strings on the business end of the headstock.

Just like that. Pay no attention to the first eight seconds.

(H/T to Digger Digwillow via my dear friend from the old neighborhood Diane Rumsey Feagans.)

UPDATE: And now, the Israeli bouzouki version ...

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