This record is, as far as I remember, the third record I ever bought – after Chas ‘n’ Dave’s Snooker Loopy and Van Halen’s Why Can’t This Be Love (yeah, I was one of the cool kids). It might just be the nostalgia, but I can’t get enough of this song. Bustin’ does, indeed, make me feel good.
I’ve written this up as a duet, but I think it would sound great in a uke group/orchestra/ensemble. There are easy chords for the newbies, the riff for the intermediates and some fiddly bits for the show-offs.
The intro is the only spooky bit of the song and works well on its own as an atmospheric bit of music. You can play it all on the uke, with a bit of fiddling, like this:
The riff that kicks in after this is a bit of cobble-together of the bass and the chords. It works well against straight chords and sounds great when the high riff joins in.
The trickiest section of the song is the ‘I ain’t afraid of no ghost’ section (and not just the need for turning a blind eye to double negatives). In some of the bars the chords change a beat before you’d expect them to – making them more difficult to keep track of. The synth riff also gets a bit tricky with the added harmony (bars 21 and 22). If you’ve got space on your uke, you might try playing it this way:
I’ve put up midis of both the ukes individually so, even if you’re as lonely and smelly as I am, you can play along and make believe you have a friend. If you want to play along with the original, you’ll have to tune down by half a step.
One thing about this video passed the young, fresh-faced me by but has just shocked the living bejesus out of the old, haggered me. Near the end, there’s an appearance by a very young, very gawky Al Franken. Scary indeed.
Suggested by West and Retrovertigo
UPDATE: Ian did a fantastic version of this based on the tab.