Date Hot Chicks, UOGB Re-Releases: Friday Links

Racy ukulele website ad sparks complaint“. ukulelesongs.com got in hot water for having a ‘Date hot girls in your area’ type ad on the site which lead to a page with a girl holding a sign saying, “I love Auckland guys that play the ukulele.” . Maybe I should have ads on this site. That sounds like exactly the sort of trouble I want to get into.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain have re-released two old long players Hearts of Oak (1989) and Pluck (1997). It’s fascinating just listening to the previews. By Pluck they’ve hit on the formula that’s made them huge. But Hearts of Oak is entirely different.

Savannah Smith’s video that I posted a couple of weeks back caused a bit of a stir. It was picked up by Boing Boing and featured on the front page of YouTube. Best of all, it inspired Craig Robertson to record a version which you can listen to and download here.

Salwa Azar has her Live EP available for download on a pay what you like basis.

U900 have put up the first video from their Beatles collection. In less happy Beatle-uke news, the Beatles Complete on Ukulele guys have gone their separate ways. Coming soon Wings Complete on Ukulele, Plastic Ono Band Complete on Ukulele and Thomas the Tank Engine Complete on Ukulele.

Charlie Connelly talks ukuleles with the Radio Times. “My girlfriend once told me she can always tell when I’m thinking because I start playing the ukulele. She thought for a moment, then added that I don’t play the ukulele much.”

Site dedicated to the Chordmaster.

LA is not impressed with Smumpkulele.

Your own ukulele paper doll.

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  1. Lindy Danny July 9th, 2010 4:32 pm

    I’m with Billy Corgan on that one. I don’t care if it is LA. You come to a show to enjoy the music, not to heckle the musicians. This is why I like “fly-over” country.

    ~DB

  2. JCMcGee July 9th, 2010 5:44 pm

    …but let’s be honest here, Billy’s uke playing was horrid.

  3. todd July 9th, 2010 6:54 pm

    LA’s loss…

  4. J-Hob July 9th, 2010 9:53 pm

    UOGB stuff was interesting, they’re still playing a lot of that material today.

    Fair dos to Billy, why do people pay to go to a show and then spoil it? Beats me.

    Craig’s version was nice, he sure got that out quick!

  5. byjimini July 10th, 2010 12:02 pm

    I’ve only ever had one heckler, he started talking to me as I was tuning and just went on and on and on. I said I’d talk to him afterwards, and started playing, but every time I stopped mid-song to sing unaccompanied, he’d start talking again, right next to me.

    So off-putting, but I just tried to ignore him and carry on. He got daggers from everyone else in the room and was asked to leave shortly afterwards. Can’t say I really know how to deal with them, so just pretend they don’t exist.

  6. Woodshed July 13th, 2010 8:01 pm

    Lindy: I can certainly understand him getting pissed.

    JCMcGee: I think that’s putting it a bit strong. They didn’t give him much of a chance.

    todd: Well put!

    J-Hob: They’re doing Pluck stuff but I haven’t heard them doing any of the Heart of Oak stuff.

    byjimini: Seems like a sensible way to go.

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