Les Poupées Gonflées, Anna Ash, Williwaw: UkeTube

Ukulele & accordion is fast becoming the new ukulele & kazoo. This week’s contribution to the combo comes from Les Poupées Gonflées (literal translation = The Swollen Dolls – that has to be a French euphemism).

Also this week, Seeso has moved all his covers to a new channel and has bravely reupped his cover of the Red Hot Chunky Puppies (it’s now illegal to use their name on the internet). Other performers in this week’s selection include gentle-folkie Anna Ash, noise-merchant Williwaw and The Polyjesters with a song about Mrs Nahasapeemapetilon.

Les Poupées Gonflées – Carlito

Anna Ash and the Family Tree

Seeso – Give It Away

krabbers – The Tower

Williwaw – A Hymn for Billy Hayes

Little6ster – Ain’t It Heavy

Hello Jodi – The Good Life

The Polyjesters – Manjula

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  1. Howlin' Hobbit February 27th, 2010 8:49 pm

    Some fab stuff here. Among my faves: Les Poupées Gonflées, Krabbers (awesome original, great video), and Seeso.

    But there are a couple that beg the question, “If you can’t tell there’s a ukulele in it, is it a ukulele song?”

    I’m probably just continuing my quest to curmudgeonhood (Damn kids, get offa my lawn!) but really… the ukulele has a terrific voice, why distort it to the point that you can’t tell it from a cleverly crafted MIDI tune?

  2. Narciso Lobo February 27th, 2010 11:05 pm

    Thanks for the shout out, Woodshed!

  3. Phredd February 28th, 2010 12:19 am

    Love the Polyjesters. Great find!

  4. SamD February 28th, 2010 1:20 am

    It’s thanks to the accordion that I play uke – found out about Beirut as I was learning accordion and fell in love with Elephant Gun, resulting in acquisition of a uke. It’s a combo that works well I think. Now to learn flugelhorn….

    For me though, the standout track this week is Krabbers’. Lovely :)

  5. celentanowoodworks February 28th, 2010 2:47 am

    very cool.. Keep it up

  6. PotofBasil February 28th, 2010 9:33 am

    I stumbled upon two videos today that had their audio
    tracks disabled, thanks to the fools at WMG. Perfectly
    innocuous medieval reenactments that no longer can
    be enjoyed with backing music. And for what? Thanks,

  7. krabbers February 28th, 2010 10:12 am

    thanks for mention Al . i am well chuffed

    and thanks to sam D and Howlin’ Hobbit

    to think i wasnt going to post it
    i had soo many problems with this track i thought it was cursed , nothing went right .
    well something obviously did

    thanks again

  8. Aimee February 28th, 2010 4:41 pm

    Polyjesters are FAB! And have a super duper name. Ukulele and double bass sound fabulous together. If only I knew someone who played Double Bass! I really liked Krabbers aswell.
    I totally agree with the point about some of the tunes not really having a ukulele ‘sound’ about them… but then again it just shows what a versitile instrument it is and all of the wonderful things you can do with it!

  9. Rob NY March 1st, 2010 3:00 am

    I had a tough time looking Hello Jodi in the eyes.

  10. Craig Robertson March 2nd, 2010 3:13 am

    I thought that Les Poupées Gonflées translated as “The Blow-Up Dolls”….

  11. Woodshed March 2nd, 2010 10:17 pm

    Hobbit: I don’t think there’s any reason why an electric ukulele should sound like an acoustic ukulele any more than an electric guitar sounds like an acoustic guitar.

    Seeso: Pleasure to have you on.

    Phredd: I certainly want to hear more of them.

    SamD: I’ve always considered learning a brass instrument. Probably not a great idea for an asthmatic.

    celentanowoodworks: Thanks.

    PotofBasil: They certainly wouldn’t want any free advertising. You just have to follow the OK Go story to see how crazy record labels are getting.

    krabbers: Glad you did post it. Excellent tune.


    Rob: I know the feeling.

    Craig: According to Armelle, ‘blow up dolls’ is ‘poupées gonflables’ and, “at the same time some kind of pun :
    ‘être gonflé’ means ‘to have a nerve’, ‘to be bold’.”

  12. Woodshed March 2nd, 2010 10:18 pm

    Aimee: I agree with you on the uke and double bass. I’m trying to think of a song with uke, double bass, accordion and kazoo. Surely the ultimate combination.

  13. PotofBasil March 3rd, 2010 12:04 am

    I don’t know how well it would pair up with the ukulele, Al,
    but my favorite new instrument is the (even more offbeat than
    our own uke) hurdy gurdy. Stumbled upon it via European medieval pagan
    folk/pop bands like Faun and Omnia (toss in Corvus Corax & Ohrenpeyn for even more fun) .

    And for me, there’s an
    adorable female hurdy player dynamic at work (cranking the hurdy handle beats strumming a uke, for me, any day), examples being
    the players in Faun and Omnia. None wear glasses, though, but you can’t have everything.
    But, it would be something new to try with a uke. Or someone
    could introduce a uke into an early music group; I’ll bet it
    would sound quite good.

  14. Woodshed March 3rd, 2010 10:04 pm

    PotofBasil: Good suggestion. It would certainly be interesting to hear how you could get those two instruments to work together.

  15. Hello Jodi March 9th, 2010 1:54 am

    Sacrebleu! Je suis célèbre!

  16. Woodshed March 9th, 2010 6:29 pm

    Jodi: Erm… Oui!

  17. Hello Jodi March 11th, 2010 9:48 pm

    Al: I am learning French, one inappropriate phrase at a time. That one, however, was totally appropriate, as every time you put one of my videos on the UkeTube, the first thought that occurs to me is “Oh my God, I’m famous!!!” I think you and I just define famous differently.

  18. Aimee March 14th, 2010 7:25 pm

    Woodshed: That sould be SO fabulous! I’m going to make that a new quest!

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