charlieissocoollike – A Song About Acne (Chords)

Charlie McDonnell – A Song About Acne

With this video heading for a million views, this one’s getting so huge I just have to put it up.

The song reminds me of MJ Hibbett: lo-fi uke, unpredictable scantion, addressing himself in the second person. Perhaps if MJ got Stephen Fry to do an outro for him he’d have as many fans as he deserves.

Suggested Strumming

Most of the way this will suit you fine:

d – d u – u d –

Although you can add an extra strum in occasionally:

d u d u – u d –

Buy the MP3
charlieissocoollike on YouTube
This Is Me Medley Chords
Exerminate, Regenerate Chords

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  1. jb240024 November 23rd, 2009 12:28 am

    Charlie is hilarious :)
    great song, too!

  2. Charlie McDonnell November 23rd, 2009 12:30 am

    Just wanted to say thanks a bunch for featuring me and putting this up :) Being the lazy man that I am I’ve neglected all of the email requests for chords to this song – I’ll be sure to direct everyone here from now on!

  3. Chunky November 23rd, 2009 4:25 am

    Like – Cool!

  4. immy November 23rd, 2009 5:48 am

    hahah brilliant! he really is cool like!

  5. Kelsi November 23rd, 2009 11:44 am

    Charlie is awesome! I’ve been subscribed to him for a while now; I think he is amazing! Thanks for putting this up woodshed, you’re the best =D

  6. Nick B-C. November 23rd, 2009 3:25 pm

    …Pro-active solution…Execution…Oblution…WONDERFUL…

  7. Jam November 23rd, 2009 6:06 pm

    Ah yay thanks, I was hoping you’d find this =]
    A song of which as a teenager i can really relate from a guy who was the first i subscribed to xD

    Great job again Woodshed

  8. Laura November 23rd, 2009 8:26 pm

    Thanks so much for putting this up! Charlie was the first person that I subscribed to also :]

  9. Woodshed November 23rd, 2009 9:28 pm

    jb240024: And I think it’s doubly hilarious that he slags off the products that are advertised in the video.

    Charlie: Thanks for linking me up. And thanks for writing the song in the first place.

    Chunky: Like – totally.

    Kelsi: No, YOU’RE the best!

    Nick: Definite triple word score for the use of ‘oblution’.

    Jam: My teenage acne wasn’t so bad. I was hideously over-weight so facial craters were the least of my worries.

    Laura: Dang! I wish I was as young and handsome as Charlie so girls would subscribe to me first.

  10. cour January 8th, 2010 8:26 pm

    what kinda of uke does charlie use? i’m thinking of purchasing one myself. :)

  11. Chris May 12th, 2010 2:05 am

    NO WAY DID CHARLIE ACTUALLY WRITE THAT UP THERE??? thats awesome=) ha great chords btw!!=)

  12. Chris May 12th, 2010 2:06 am

    and yes CTFxC FWT my good sir!!=)

  13. sam May 31st, 2010 11:21 am

    amazing had me an my chick in tears your one funny guy keep up the hard or soft work

  14. kirsty June 5th, 2010 6:56 pm

    wat ukulele does charlie use?

  15. Woodshed June 6th, 2010 11:35 am

    kirsty: I think it’s a Tanglewood TU2.

  16. Skylar June 22nd, 2010 10:34 pm

    Am I the only one who can’t do barre chords!? D:
    This is impossible for me

  17. Isabel July 27th, 2010 8:11 pm

    omfg. Charlie actually commented on this video. :)

  18. Woodshed July 28th, 2010 8:37 pm

    Isabel: And a very polite young man he is too!

  19. ashley August 19th, 2010 3:57 am

    I would just like to say that charlieissocoollike as an acronim (however you spell that) is: CISCL
    i thought it looked and sounded pretty sweet.

  20. rackfocus September 30th, 2010 8:44 pm

    Hey guys, quick question. I’ve only just started playing uke and I’m trying to learn this song. It seems like he lifts pressure off the strings and it changes the tone of the chord. What’s that called and what’s the best way to do it?

    Also, thanks a million for posting this. Love Charlie.

  21. Dakota Wyne October 1st, 2010 8:27 pm

    I would like to know. What kind of ukulele is that? I was thinking about purchasing one. You rock Charlie!

  22. Woodshed October 2nd, 2010 10:45 pm

    Dakota: It’s a Tanglewood. A TU2 maybe.

  23. Ray :) November 14th, 2010 11:41 am

    he is the reason i bought a ukelele :D

  24. Woodshed November 15th, 2010 3:20 pm

    Ray: Good on Charlie. I think he’s introduced the uke to a lot of people.

  25. Niukoiku November 27th, 2010 12:32 pm

    I’m new to ukulele and i can’t get the chord changes/strumming pattern to fit with this song is there any special tips for that?

  26. Cathryn December 27th, 2010 1:01 am

    OMG this is just a YOUTUBE song completely Charlieissocoollike and a CTFxC fan OMG :D

  27. Taylor January 25th, 2011 3:06 am

    I wonder if Charlie actually saw this… That would be so cool if he did! Aww I wish the coolest people weren’t famous :)

  28. Taylor January 25th, 2011 3:11 am

    Oh my goodness, he did see this! That completely made my life!

    He’s the reason I picked up the ukulele in the first place!

  29. Woodshed January 28th, 2011 10:18 am

    Taylor: I think he linked to it at some point so I guess he did.

  30. Maezel June 21st, 2011 4:21 pm

    Hey there. :) I was wondering if someone can tell me what kind of ukulele Charlie uses? Not in terms of brand though, more in size. Is it a concert size, or a soprano size? :)

  31. Lauren P June 28th, 2011 9:26 pm

    Still wondering why he picked up the ukulele. I really admire the fact that he plays the uke, but it’s interesting to note that he lives in England. So far from the instrument’s origin!

  32. Sally July 6th, 2011 7:33 am

    Great Vid, great song.

    Try Roaccutane.

    It works.

  33. Suzan July 17th, 2011 7:51 pm

    Wooh I so need to learn those bars, I want to play this song! :D
    Thank you charlie for this amazing song :)

    Ps. Does anybody know the chords of the song: the birthday song? I really would like to play it for another charlie fan at her birthdayparty:)

  34. Brianna July 18th, 2011 2:26 am

    Hooray! I love this! :D
    Thanks for the chords, Charlie is one of my favorite musicians.

    Anyone else a Chameleon Circuit fan? It’s a band Charlie is part of. They write songs about Doctor Who. Actually, the chords for Exterminate, Regenerate are already on this site, but Chameleon Circuit has better in my opinion.

  35. anna December 1st, 2011 2:10 am

    It’s really cool that Charlie commented on this– wait, that could’ve been any Charlie-impersonator. Anyway, love the song– me and my sister both subscribe to Charlie’s accounts and wanted to play this.

  36. SuperKleeneze December 11th, 2011 1:42 pm

    Where are the chords for this song??? all i can find is the strumming techique

  37. Woodshed December 12th, 2011 2:13 pm

    SuperKleeneze: Click in the orange box where it says ‘Click here to download’.

  38. PurpleFrizz December 30th, 2011 8:05 pm

    Hey! I was wondering if you accepted requests? If you do (and whilst we are still kind of on the subject of YouTube) can you post the chords for Red Dot by Inch Chua? I’ve been searching for ages and could’t work out a chord to save my life. Better leave that to you, I think… Thanks!

  39. PurpleFrizz December 30th, 2011 8:31 pm

    oh, sorry it poosted twice.. My internet is playing up a bit…

  40. Mouli January 5th, 2012 8:25 am

    Woo!Go Charlie and Chameleon Circuit! Doctor Who is the best and nerds are awesome. I personally love Big Bang 2 the most so chords for that would be great.

  41. Betsey January 11th, 2012 1:35 am

    Charlie is the reason I started playing the ukulele (:

  42. Nic September 4th, 2013 12:30 pm

    this is an easy song? damn, i got a of practicing to do.

  43. Woodshed September 5th, 2013 9:21 am

    Nic: You’re right. This is more difficult than that. I’ve changed it.

  44. Roberto February 13th, 2014 2:14 pm

    Flacoo, sos un genio!!!… Una inspiración para todos los amantes de este instrumento. Un saludo

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