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August 16, 2006

Who Needs TV?

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Will the YouTube awesomeness never end?

Lex turns up a high-energy -- and genuinely rocking -- ukelele-based version of "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker":

Colleen unearths some staggering (and, apparently, all in one shot) treadmill-choreography:

I'm beginning to consider unloading my conventional Sony ...



posted by Michael at August 16, 2006


Totally awesome!

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on August 16, 2006 7:02 PM

That Sheena clip is off the hook!

I've noticed the biggest difference between Youtube and television is a simple but fundamental one. The folks on Youtube actually like what they're watching! Check out the comments on any video and they're nearly all positive. Even this ukulele post:

thats really good!

hahaha, thats awesome, 5 stars!!

Really Cool

these dudes truly rock! most totally excellent!

haha thats kool! this deserves 5 stars!

these guys really rock with ukelele! compliments for singing too

Compare this to the defeated sarcasm of the TV lifer. It's been proposed that Generation X got its bad attitude from spending its developing years making fun of the television. With nothing on but Hanna Barbara cartoons and Battle of the Network Stars, snarkiness was the only way out, the only way sanity had even the slightest chance. But now, choice!

Posted by: Brian on August 16, 2006 9:12 PM

OMG, that OK Go video made me laugh til I cried!!! Priceless!!!

Posted by: Kirsten on August 16, 2006 9:18 PM

That uke video proves the songwriting prowess of Johnny Ramone. That song rocks no matter what it's played on. Also, the two guys are pretty damn good players.

Posted by: the patriarch on August 17, 2006 10:17 AM

The OK Go treadmill video is just everywhere, isn't it? And guaranteed to raise a smile.

Here is a post, with accompanying chart, describing how the popularity of the video has driven otherwise moribund sales and downloads of the album on which the song appears to heretofore undreamt-of levels. Good going, lads!

Posted by: George Wallace on August 17, 2006 3:37 PM

the patriarch: I'm pretty sure Joey wrote that one, but yes. Yes indeedy.

Posted by: Brian on August 17, 2006 8:40 PM

So the treadmill-choreography vid has gone viral ...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on August 18, 2006 8:10 AM

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