Captain Beefheart: UkeTube

Starting off today with two Beefheart uke covers. I would have included more but those seem to be the only two.

This week’s most striking video comes from Taimane Gardner who busts out some fire dancers, Venetian masks and her phaser for what she modestly describes as a “masterpiece in the making”. I haven’t decided if I like it or not but I admire the ambition.

Also this week Mr B tackles a new genre, Even Artichokes Have Hearts (who despite their tender years are the sort of old pros who aren’t going to let a bit of face-licking stop the show), Guy Forseyth, Rachel Pearl and plenty more.

GUGUG – Grow Fins

Sanfordandsong – Harry Irene

Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – Songs for Acid Edward

Rachel Pearl – Things You Should Do

Even Artichokes Have Hearts – If

Veronica Sbergia and Max di Bernardi – Take It Easy Greasy/Dirty Mother Fuyer

Taimane Gardner – Circus Freak

The Trollops – Paradise City

Olaketal – St James Infirmary Blues

Carolyn Wonderland and Guy Forsyth – Yonder Come the Day

Francesca Belcourt – On Tenterhooks

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  1. Alec December 18th, 2010 2:20 pm

    Look, Al, how many times do I have to tell you – no kazoos!?

  2. sanford(andsong) December 18th, 2010 4:37 pm

    Stolen softly through snow…

  3. Craig Robertson December 18th, 2010 4:48 pm

    Veronica and Max always do a great job in that kinda funky, jug band, blues genre. Some pipes on that woman.

    WTF with Tamaine? THERE’S an original concept…(not) Here’s a better band doing that thing with a lot more tits: Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys. And, yes, there is a ukulele player; JoJo Lazar.

    I’m thinking of adding strippers and firedancers to my stage show…


  4. Rob NY December 18th, 2010 7:10 pm

    St James Infirmary does it for me everytime.

  5. Woodshed December 18th, 2010 10:24 pm

    Alec: With a performance that good I’m going to take a lot of convincing.

    sanford: If that’s a reference to something, I’m afraid I’m much too dim to get it.

    Craig: I’d say there was more crossover with Ukulele Loki. Don’t see it so much with that video.

    Rob: It’s one hell of a song. I think I might stick it in my book.

  6. cardboardfrog December 18th, 2010 11:26 pm

    loving Mr B doing the whole dance/techno thing very amusing.
    tamaine gardner though, while the uke playing is pretty solid the fire performing is pretty weak, as a fire breather and juggler myself i can say that honestly the most impressive thing the three fire performers did was bend over backwards at the end.
    Maybe i’m a circus elitist though.

  7. sanford(andsong) December 19th, 2010 1:22 am


    CB has a song called “Steal Softly through Snow” (and there’s nothing dim about you not getting an unfamiliar reference.)

    And thanks for the link to the other “Artichokes” vid. I love seeing enthusiastic pups on camera.

  8. byjimini December 19th, 2010 12:20 pm

    Many, many thanks for featuring us (The Trollops), Al. We’ll try and post up some videos with better audio (we’re going amplified as soon as my Honeybee comes through) in the future.

    Means a hell of a lot, cheers. :)

  9. Foinnse December 19th, 2010 3:04 pm

    Mr B, the gentlemen rhymer, you bad banjolele playing bastard you!…..

  10. Foinnse December 19th, 2010 3:12 pm

    In all seriousness, I think veronica and max are my favourite this week with take it easy greasy. And she sure does rock that Kazoo!


  11. byjimini December 20th, 2010 12:40 pm

    Olaketal, Rachael Pearl and Mr B for me this week, excellent picks there.

  12. Woodshed December 20th, 2010 1:30 pm

    cbf: Took me a while to get into the Mr B one but, yes, very good.

    sanford: Thanks. Now I’m slightly less dim.

    byjimini: A please to feature you. Can’t wait to hear more.

    Foinnse: Those two are fantastic. Love ’em.

  13. Taimane Gardner December 20th, 2010 8:41 pm

    wow. tough crowd. thanks for the constructive criticism. your all quite sweet.


  14. Woodshed December 22nd, 2010 12:14 pm

    Taimane: I think if you subtitle something ‘Masterpiece in the Making’ people are going to judge it by that standard.

  15. sanford(andsong) December 22nd, 2010 7:46 pm


  16. Woodshed December 22nd, 2010 7:52 pm

    sanford: If my last comment seemed mean, I didn’t intend it to be. Calling it that was a balls-out move – but I think that coloured the way people reacted to it.

  17. Taimane Gardner December 22nd, 2010 8:39 pm

    Thank you for your advice. I thought that’s what it was; a masterpiece…in the making. I thoroughly enjoyed putting my vision together with other artists to create something I’ve never done. Was a huge risk. Some people will like it…some wont. I need to learn that I cant always make everyone happy. Thank you for your perspective.

  18. sanford(andsong) December 22nd, 2010 9:06 pm

    It was the exchange of comments developing that was more of an “ouch”…I think you played it just right, Al.

    If anything, Taimane’s blanket dismissal of the whole thread of commenters with “your (sic) all quite sweet” was a little mean spirited.
    (Personally, I thought the fire dancers were fine, and the show itself looked like a fun event. There’s also no doubt she can play)

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