Category Archives: video

Turn around, bright eyes…

How can anyone ever improve upon a piece of work like Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart? The passion and urgency of Bonnie’s throaty vocals, the bombast of Jim Steinman’s rock-opera arrangement… who could possibly attempt to rethink such a masterpiece?

Hurrah Torpedo, that’s who! This Norwegian trio puts their hearts and souls (and, in one case, ‘bottom cleavage’) into a timeless homage to the anthemic classic. Performed on guitar, chest freezer, and two ovens (one played with some sort of small club, the other with a large metal trash masher), this stirring performance is surely a fitting tribute to Tyler and Steinman’s magnum opus.

Watch it here – but get the tissues handy first!

(Just a mild warning – one of the percussionists in this video has a severe case of ‘plumber-butt’…)

Sadly, Hurrah Torpedo’s site appears to be circling the drain. At one time there were fantastic videos of innocent bystanders being subjected to their music. Nowadays, there’s hardly anything there but the occasional blurb in Norwegian. It’s a pity.

More!: All the Things She Said | Toxic | lots of interviews and stuff

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Our Only Hope

I wouldn’t be a proper geek if I didn’t somehow recognize that yesterday was the 30th birthday of Star Wars. (Maybe now it can finally move out of its parents’ bedroom and find a girlfriend!)

In honor of this great moment in geekdom history, I present the following:

The Star Wars theme on a ukulele
…on a banjo
…on a 5-string bass
…on an accordian
…on an alto sax
…on a pair of turntables by a guy in a Darth Vader mask (check out this one, too)
…on bagpipes by a guy in a Darth Vader mask (no relation)
…on a Casio VL-1
…on bottles
…on a recorder
…on hand farts
…on a clarinet

And last but most earnestly not least – that lovable nutcase Buckethead playing the Star Wars theme on the guitar.

Just so you know, your personal level of geekiness is determined by how many of the above videos you clicked on – and how many you watched all the way through. (But it can’t possibly beat mine, for combing through a couple hundred YouTube videos to bring them to you…)

Classic John Cage performance


(courtesy of boing boing and WFMU) – John Cage performs “Water Walk” on this classic 1960 clip from the gameshow “I’ve Got A Secret.” Instruments used in this piece include a prepared piano, four radios, a bathtub, water pitcher, pressure cooker, seltzer bottle, a rubber duck, and much more.

My favorite part of the pre-interview would have to be when host Garry Moore (no, not THAT Gary Moore) asks: “Mr. Cage, these are nice people but some of them are going to laugh. Is that alright?”

Cage’s response: “Of course. I consider laughter preferable to tears.”

Click here to watch it on YouTube, or visit WFMU’s entry to download the video and watch it over and over (like I’ve been doing).