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    Default People who give ukulele a bad rep.

    I was on Fark.com (the music section) and a link was posted from Radioexile.com titled "8 musicians who need a punch to the face".

    Ok on to the point. On this list they had musician Amanda Palmer. The first reason given was, "the absolute butchering of Radiohead’s “Creep” with her ukelele and moaning whale song. Thanks for destroying something beautiful."
    I thought they were merely criticizing because of the ukulele, but when I heard it, I understood there point. That's just my opinion.
    Here it for yourself.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKltlk8A6Lk

    Anyways, if you find anyone bringing down "God's instrument" -Woodshed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zakulele View Post
    I was on Fark.com (the music section) and a link was posted from Radioexile.com titled "8 musicians who need a punch to the face".

    Ok on to the point. On this list they had musician Amanda Palmer. The first reason given was, "the absolute butchering of Radiohead’s “Creep” with her ukelele and moaning whale song. Thanks for destroying something beautiful."
    I thought they were merely criticizing because of the ukulele, but when I heard it, I understood there point. That's just my opinion.
    Here it for yourself.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKltlk8A6Lk

    Anyways, if you find anyone bringing down "God's instrument" -Woodshed
    Feel free to post.
    I don't know what exactly it is she's meant to be doing on that video, but she certainly IS NOT playing that ukulele, poor instrument. I didn't think her voice was that bad though.

    Oh and it's crazily out of tune.
    Last edited by upskydowncloud; 02-04-2009 at 09:08 AM. Reason: forgot something

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    i thought it sounded fine. nice minimalist version.

    she could have probably benefitted from a strap or at least sat down, to properly support the uke.

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    I didn't think it was bad.

    The ukulele is a humble instrument, and I think that people with elitist attitudes who bash others do the ukulele a far greater disservice than anyone who plays and sucks. (No, I'm not referring to the original poster; the folks I'm referring to aren't UUers).

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    I don't get it.Big gig and she plays a crappy uke.

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    Having never heard the original, I don't think this was bad on it's own. I think the writer was just a big Radiohead fan - you know fans can be really sensitive to covers. I've been guilty of it myself.

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    Yeah I saw that video a few days ago... I thought it was awesome.
    She kinda captured what the song is about... she's creepy....

    It only makes sense that she would "play" creepy too.

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    I think she's neato. Totally unique belty voice. She did say that she's a piano player first. Thought the uke playing was good. But I kept thinking she was gonna drop it. Anyway, she's alright in my book- for whatever that's worth.
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    I love this song. I play it on ukulele, but not like it's being played by Amanda Palmer. We all have different styles and talents.

    I find a bit of irony in critiquing Amanda Palmer's version. To me, the words of this song pokes fun at conceit. My apologies if I offended anyone, as no ill-will is intended.

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    I'm madly in love with Amanda F. Palmer.

    The reason I play Creep on the uke is because of a video of her doing it at a bar. Wandering around, walking on the bar, leaning up against some (lucky!) guy in the crowd while they both belted out the bridge.

    *sigh*

    I think there's much too much worry about whether or not the proverbial "they" are taking the ukulele seriously enough.
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