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ejnovinsky
04-10-2012, 03:21 PM
The ukulele orchestra of GB who are not only hilarious in that way only the British can be, but incredible musicians.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKpzCCuHDVY

jungleturtle
04-10-2012, 03:49 PM
Nice, probably my favorite song by the Talking Heads. I like their harmonies and their use of dynamics.

pootsie
04-10-2012, 03:51 PM
UOGB's version of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" was our wedding march.
I adopted our son (formerly only her son) at the same time, so the title fit.

Their version starts out very subtly (edited to remove the chatter) and as soon as everyone figured out what the tune was they burst out laughing. Good times.

Hippie Dribble
04-10-2012, 04:26 PM
I agree. Jake this. Jake that. Jake everywhere. Sometimes you couldn't be blamed to think there was only one incredible uke player in the world. Lil Rev anyone? Azo Bell? AJ Leonard? I mean many uke lovers haven't even heard of Cliff Edwards. There are an enormous number of wonderful professional and non-professional uke players around and it is a little sad that one takes 80% of the spotlight. No doubting he deserves the plaudits he gets, but surely there's room for more faces in the Uke Kingdom...

ejnovinsky
04-10-2012, 04:30 PM
UOGB's veriong of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" was our wedding march.
I adopted our son (formerly only her son) at the same time, so the title fit.

Their version starts out very subtly (edited to remove the chatter) and as soon as everyone figured out what the tune was they burst out laughing. Good times.


That may be the best thing ever........

ejnovinsky
04-10-2012, 04:41 PM
I agree. Jake this. Jake that. Jake everywhere. Sometimes you couldn't be blamed to think there was only one incredible uke player in the world. Lil Rev anyone? Azo Bell? AJ Leonard? I mean many uke lovers haven't even heard of Cliff Edwards. There are an enormous number of wonderful professional and non-professional uke players around and it is a little sad that one takes 80% of the spotlight. No doubting he deserves the plaudits he gets, but surely there's room for more faces in the Uke Kingdom...


No doubt indeed, the guy is almost otherworldly talented, but yeah thats kinda how I felt about it too, was watching a bunch of UOGB, and even some of your buddy Cliff. (Im trying to learn his version of Paper Moon.) Im no expert on Uke history, or its players.( I actually only started searching for Cliff Edwards because of the last conversation we had about where you get your material.) Maybe we should start a "Jake is not the only uke player out there" video thread huh?

OldePhart
04-10-2012, 04:51 PM
I think part of it is just that Jake is such a likeable guy and so very, very enthusiastic about every note he plays. I'm not saying the others aren't but Jake goes out of his way to be very, very approachable and his utter, sold-out enthusiasm for uke comes out in every YouTube video you see (and it's even more amazing live). I love it when he starts "chair dancing" 'cause he just can't contain himself.

Many others are as good as Jake (including many who don't make their living on stage) but I think that he's pretty unique in the way he "brings it." Well...not quite unique...Taimane has that same presence but in a different way. Both of them just own a room from the moment they step on stage.

That said, I knew about UOGB before I knew about Jake! I love their stuff. If they ever tour over here and hit some city within reasonable driving distance...even a weekend road trip...I'll be there in a flash! I also would love to see James Hill, Taimane Gardner, Little Rev, and Ukester Moe if he's still ukin' it. Not to mention Aldrine, Dominator, Ryan, and Matt. I'd love to see Gus and Finn (the GUGUG guys) if they ever make it across the pond (or if I ever make it over there).

John

pootsie
04-10-2012, 05:00 PM
That may be the best thing ever........

Thanks

It was a good day
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/6830_1215372991861_1454935441_30621752_8148273_n.j pg

Freeda
04-10-2012, 05:12 PM
Why do conversations about "there are many talented uke players out there" always wind up being about Jake S? Everyone here acts like he is the ambassador of uke to the world but no one I know has ever heard of him and I hadn't till I started playing. People here defend him, poke at his skills vs the public perception of his skills, etc. I have been here leas than 2 months and it is already old as hell. Makes me glad that I am too young to have dealt with Beatlemania and too old for Biebermania.

If you want to promote uke players - ANY uke players, just talk about THEM. And end this constant comparison. The OP, by mentioning him when the intent seems to be more "hey these guys are awesome" (I concur) just turns it into another Jakefest. Thereby defeating the exact point it seems the OP was trying to make, that this joint is Jake saturated.

/rant

Hippie Dribble
04-10-2012, 05:15 PM
Thanks

It was a good day
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/6830_1215372991861_1454935441_30621752_8148273_n.j pg
what a beautiful story that picture tells. It's gorgeous, precious stuff. Thanks for putting it up pootsie. :)

pootsie
04-10-2012, 05:28 PM
Thank you, Eugene.

Dan Uke
04-10-2012, 06:28 PM
just alright

BeardedGent
04-10-2012, 06:31 PM
I love the UOOGB. They are awesome. Jake is probably one of the most gifted musicians, let alone ukulele players, in the world today. The man is the Jimi Hendrix of ukulele but there is plenty of room in ukeledom for every great player both pro and non. I love all the artists mentioned and I'm currently listening to The Barnkickers who deserve far more attention than they get. Sadly, I think more people of the general population would know of more great uke players if the uke was considered a mainstream instrument. It should be!


The ukulele orchestra of GB who are not only hilarious in that way only the British can be, but incredible musicians.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKpzCCuHDVY

Freeda
04-10-2012, 06:32 PM
I love their "Miss Dynomitee". The quality of their singers varies a lot!

Hippie Dribble
04-10-2012, 07:00 PM
these are some of my favourites of theirs. Got to see them live last month and it was just wonderful...

"Teenage Dirtbag"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw8ZDwdyHJQ

"Hard To Handle"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33n4OYii14o&feature=BFa&list=AL94UKMTqg-9CXcV1JekpeguGFER3IkMKB&lf=list_related

"Hot Tamales"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqUMNJ1uGio

"You Don't Bring Me Flowers"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMnCkg8dJXI&feature=related

webby
04-10-2012, 07:52 PM
who's jake ? :)

His Sinfulness
04-10-2012, 09:18 PM
Jake has a lot of credibility outside ukulele circles. I know many people who are serious music afficianados with very broad tastes who only know one uke player, and it's Jake. I confess that when I am trying to show someone that the uke *is* a serious mainstream instrument, I immediately go to Youtube and pull up Jake's Bohemian Rhapsody and While My Guitar Gently Weeps for validation.

For me, it was Jake and James Hill that caught my eye first, but it was the UOoGB and the Ooks of Hazard that convinced me to actually go buy a uke. ;)

drbekken
04-10-2012, 09:36 PM
I don't know much about Jake S, except that he's a virtuoso. I think the most important thing is to be curious; to check out all kinds of music - ukulele or otherwise. The fact that some people get a lot of recognition over and over, is due to the fact that listeners do not seem to be curious enough. They stick to the performer already getting the most attention, instead of investing time and effort in investigating the outer limits of whatever they are interested in. A jazz fan, for instance, would be richer if he/she checked out other artists than just the 'big' names. The wonderful internet, with its unbelievable wealth of recorded material, is such a gold mine these days. Listeners should be on the lookout, and trust themselves and their own taste - not just take for granted that a big shot is necessarily an accomplished artist. As for Jake S, I only wish him the best. He has been blessed with great talent. The interesting thing to see is what he will do with that talent in the future.

barefootgypsy
04-10-2012, 10:18 PM
I think part of it is just that Jake is such a likeable guy and so very, very enthusiastic about every note he plays. I'm not saying the others aren't but Jake goes out of his way to be very, very approachable and his utter, sold-out enthusiasm for uke comes out in every YouTube video you see (and it's even more amazing live). I love it when he starts "chair dancing" 'cause he just can't contain himself.

Many others are as good as Jake (including many who don't make their living on stage) but I think that he's pretty unique in the way he "brings it." Well...not quite unique...Taimane has that same presence but in a different way. Both of them just own a room from the moment they step on stage.

That said, I knew about UOGB before I knew about Jake! I love their stuff. If they ever tour over here and hit some city within reasonable driving distance...even a weekend road trip...I'll be there in a flash! I also would love to see James Hill, Taimane Gardner, Little Rev, and Ukester Moe if he's still ukin' it. Not to mention Aldrine, Dominator, Ryan, and Matt. I'd love to see Gus and Finn (the GUGUG guys) if they ever make it across the pond (or if I ever make it over there).

John In 2009 the UOGB did a big concert at the Albert Hall in London, where they invited everyone to bring their ukes along and join in on "Ode to Joy" - I traveled to London to take part in that, and it was such HUGE fun - everybody jammin' outside, before the concert, an inside - 1000 ukuleles! It was an incredible experience!

Plainsong
04-10-2012, 11:03 PM
But why does uke have to be like it's own special little novelty? Why does it have to be "Ukulele Orchetra" - why can't they just be a group of musicians that happen to play uke? Why is Jake or James great ukulele musicians, and not just great musicians? It's just another instrument, and one that we here happen to love, but it's a choice among many choices. Why is it treated by us, and by the media, as some other thing off to the side? Let's quit seeing it as a novelty of putting ukulele before our names like Ukulele John and Ukulele Tim And Ukulele Betty, or putting Ukulele in the group name - and just let's play what we play and be who we are, and either the listening public gets it or they don't. Critics like to pigeonhole musicians into this or that category anyway. Let's not give them anymore help at that.

Camsuke
04-10-2012, 11:12 PM
Wow, did you get out of the wrong side of the bed or what!

ejnovinsky
04-10-2012, 11:21 PM
[QUOTE=eugene ukulele;913072]these are some of my favourites of theirs. Got to see them live last month and it was just wonderful...

"Teenage Dirtbag"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw8ZDwdyHJQ

Yeah I love this one too, whatever became of Wheatus? When I saw this I had to go back and watch the original video...

ejnovinsky
04-10-2012, 11:31 PM
Why do conversations about "there are many talented uke players out there" always wind up being about Jake S? Everyone here acts like he is the ambassador of uke to the world but no one I know has ever heard of him and I hadn't till I started playing. People here defend him, poke at his skills vs the public perception of his skills, etc. I have been here leas than 2 months and it is already old as hell. Makes me glad that I am too young to have dealt with Beatlemania and too old for Biebermania.

If you want to promote uke players - ANY uke players, just talk about THEM. And end this constant comparison. The OP, by mentioning him when the intent seems to be more "hey these guys are awesome" (I concur) just turns it into another Jakefest. Thereby defeating the exact point it seems the OP was trying to make, that this joint is Jake saturated.

/rant


Yeah, imagine my surprise when I got up at 5am rubbed the sleep from eyes, got my coffee and saw this thread grew 3 pages long......overnight......yipes.....but I appreciate you seeing my intent.

ejnovinsky
04-10-2012, 11:41 PM
But why does uke have to be like it's own special little novelty? Why does it have to be "Ukulele Orchetra" - why can't they just be a group of musicians that happen to play uke? Why is Jake or James great ukulele musicians, and not just great musicians? It's just another instrument, and one that we here happen to love, but it's a choice among many choices. Why is it treated by us, and by the media, as some other thing off to the side? Let's quit seeing it as a novelty of putting ukulele before our names like Ukulele John and Ukulele Tim And Ukulele Betty, or putting Ukulele in the group name - and just let's play what we play and be who we are, and either the listening public gets it or they don't. Critics like to pigeonhole musicians into this or that category anyway. Let's not give them anymore help at that.


I see your point, but I sorta like that the uke is a niche instrument, something not everyone plays, and something that has a little tongue in cheek sort of silliness to it sometimes. When I played guitar the goal was always to be in a band, to be famous like my heroes, I strove for that, took it way too seriously and missed out on just the fun of playing something. The uke however gives me no such pretensions I can just sit back and strum goofy little songs for the joy of doing it, and it doesnt get in my head that Ill never be good enough at it.

Plainsong
04-11-2012, 12:11 AM
Wow, did you get out of the wrong side of the bed or what!

Huh? Opinions, we can't have them.

Look, OUGB is great, and I'd never question their musicianship, but the whole Ukulele this and Ukulele that is just off-putting in the extreme. It's not my style. I prefer just to be a group that you play what you play, and you don't have to rely on shtick. If I want humor in music, I'll listen to PDQ Bach. That's no slam on them, just not my style.

ukejon
04-11-2012, 01:16 AM
Go to the Ukulele Cosmos for content and discussion that generally is not very Jake-centric. Tons of love for the UOGB on that English site.

Pukulele Pete
04-11-2012, 01:24 AM
I love " Teenage Dirtbag " by UOGB . I've watched that many many times , that song sticks in my head. I wish they would come to the US . A few months ago I sent an email to " Saturday Nite Live" asking them to have UOGB as the musical guests.

UK Paulie
04-11-2012, 02:00 AM
In 2009 the UOGB did a big concert at the Albert Hall in London, where they invited everyone to bring their ukes along and join in on "Ode to Joy" - I traveled to London to take part in that, and it was such HUGE fun - everybody jammin' outside, before the concert, an inside - 1000 ukuleles! It was an incredible experience!

What a great story, wish I'd have been there. Jake is great and an excellent ambassador for the uke but I get what some of you mean with the whole 'Jake's everything' tedium...There are musicians just as good out there. One who I am really loving at the minute is Kalei Gamiao, his original compositions are amazing and his technique is the best I've seen.I'm learning one of his originals at the moment, 'The unknown' which I'll post.
http://youtu.be/VMJiy3ORx28

Kimo Hussey too, encyclopedic chord knowledge and amazing technique, one of kalei's teachers too and I think it shows in Kalei's technique, particularly his right hand technique. Here is 'uncle Kimo'

http://youtu.be/XLJgI78q-lo

UOGB are fantastic too, I'm having a uke built by one of the founding members right now! Quite chuffed about that!!

pootsie
04-11-2012, 02:55 AM
One who I am really loving at the minute is Kalei Gamiao, his original compositions are amazing and his technique is the best I've seen.I'm learning one of his originals at the moment, 'The unknown' which I'll post.
http://youtu.be/VMJiy3ORx28


Holy flarping flapdoodles, that was amazing!

Kauai808
04-11-2012, 03:19 AM
I grew up listening to Jake on the radio with Pure Heart so I will always have a soft spot for him. But all these guys out there as so talented. Kalei, Aldrine, James Hill, Aaron Keim, Brittani Paiva. I don't care what anyone says, they are musicians first. Thank God they choose the uke as their instrument of choice so we can enjoy their talent but I have a feeling they would excel at anything musical whether it be guitar, drums, etc...
Some people just have that musical gift

BlueLatitude
04-11-2012, 03:29 AM
I agree. Jake this. Jake that. Jake everywhere. Sometimes you couldn't be blamed to think there was only one incredible uke player in the world. Lil Rev anyone? Azo Bell? AJ Leonard? I mean many uke lovers haven't even heard of Cliff Edwards. There are an enormous number of wonderful professional and non-professional uke players around and it is a little sad that one takes 80% of the spotlight. No doubting he deserves the plaudits he gets, but surely there's room for more faces in the Uke Kingdom...

Awww, but Jake's little face is so cute!!!

I heard UOGB before I heard Jake, though, and enjoy them very much. but if I could magically play like anybody it would be Kimo Hussey.

CountryMouse
04-11-2012, 03:40 AM
The ukulele orchestra of GB who are not only hilarious in that way only the British can be, but incredible musicians.

THEY are the reason I first started playing ukulele! I saw one of their videos in August 2009, thought, "I could do that!" (well, play an ukulele, but not anywhere near as well as they do!), and got one within a week! They really ROCK!

Mousie

Uke Whisperer
04-11-2012, 03:42 AM
I think part of it is just that Jake is such a likeable guy and so very, very enthusiastic about every note he plays. I'm not saying the others aren't but Jake goes out of his way to be very, very approachable and his utter, sold-out enthusiasm for uke comes out in every YouTube video you see (and it's even more amazing live). I love it when he starts "chair dancing" 'cause he just can't contain himself.

Many others are as good as Jake (including many who don't make their living on stage) but I think that he's pretty unique in the way he "brings it." Well...not quite unique...Taimane has that same presence but in a different way. Both of them just own a room from the moment they step on stage.

That said, I knew about UOGB before I knew about Jake! I love their stuff. If they ever tour over here and hit some city within reasonable driving distance...even a weekend road trip...I'll be there in a flash! I also would love to see James Hill, Taimane Gardner, Little Rev, and Ukester Moe if he's still ukin' it. Not to mention Aldrine, Dominator, Ryan, and Matt. I'd love to see Gus and Finn (the GUGUG guys) if they ever make it across the pond (or if I ever make it over there).

John

_____:agree:

CountryMouse
04-11-2012, 03:55 AM
I see your point, but I sorta like that the uke is a niche instrument, something not everyone plays, and something that has a little tongue in cheek sort of silliness to it sometimes. When I played guitar the goal was always to be in a band, to be famous like my heroes, I strove for that, took it way too seriously and missed out on just the fun of playing something. The uke however gives me no such pretensions I can just sit back and strum goofy little songs for the joy of doing it, and it doesnt get in my head that Ill never be good enough at it.

Oh, there are those even IN the ukulele community who will tell you that you "need to keep improving", that you should strive to be on Jake's level, that to be a "real" ukulele player, you need to learn to chunk, finger pick, etc. I have to just try to ignore that and enjoy where I am. I'm "just a strummer" and always will be. But I have fun with it. :)

Mousie

rook
04-11-2012, 04:05 AM
Huh? Opinions, we can't have them.

Look, OUGB is great, and I'd never question their musicianship, but the whole Ukulele this and Ukulele that is just off-putting in the extreme. It's not my style. I prefer just to be a group that you play what you play, and you don't have to rely on shtick. If I want humor in music, I'll listen to PDQ Bach. That's no slam on them, just not my style.

I agree with this 100%. I've always felt like the UOGB was a bunch of Tiny Tims and once you've seen one of these aptly described schtick performances, you've seen them all.

CountryMouse
04-11-2012, 04:26 AM
I agree with this 100%. I've always felt like the UOGB was a bunch of Tiny Tims and once you've seen one of these aptly described schtick performances, you've seen them all.

Well, you could say the same about PDQ Bach. I adore him and saw him in person years ago, but really if you want to start talking about "sameness" in musical acts, this could stretch out endlessly. It's what different people like. Why slam them? They are talented and give people a lot of joy! If I could go see the UOGB in person, I WOULD! I have their Christmas CD. I plan to get at least one of their DVDs.

Mousie

RichM
04-11-2012, 04:53 AM
This is why these threads are sort of pointless. The OP started with the notion that there is something wrong with Jake's popularity, because there are other talented ukulele players. This is a specious argument; Jake *is* popular and it doesn't matter if you agree with it or not. UOGB can be popular too, and they can do it independently of anything Jake does-- except for the fact that people who become intersted in the uke through Jake may also discover UOGB or James Hill or Herb Ohta or Lyle Ritz or George Formby.

Now we have people who feel the need to jump in and defend Jake or slag off UOGB. To what end? Listen to what you like. Disregard what you don't. All music has value to someone. If you don't like what you're hearing, listen to something else. If you're not hearing anything you like, create something better.

The one thing I will always support is introducing people to new music and new artists. I love UOGB and might never have learned about them were it not for this group. Ditto George Formby. Lots of wonderful music out there.

CountryMouse
04-11-2012, 05:01 AM
This is why these threads are sort of pointless. The OP started with the notion that there is something wrong with Jake's popularity, because there are other talented ukulele players. This is a specious argument; Jake *is* popular and it doesn't matter if you agree with it or not. UOGB can be popular too, and they can do it independently of anything Jake does-- except for the fact that people who become intersted in the uke through Jake may also discover UOGB or James Hill or Herb Ohta or Lyle Ritz or George Formby.

Now we have people who feel the need to jump in and defend Jake or slag off UOGB. To what end? Listen to what you like. Disregard what you don't. All music has value to someone. If you don't like what you're hearing, listen to something else. If you're not hearing anything you like, create something better.

The one thing I will always support is introducing people to new music and new artists. I love UOGB and might never have learned about them were it not for this group. Ditto George Formby. Lots of wonderful music out there.

ABSOLUTELY! You said it perfectly!!

Mousie

Uke Whisperer
04-11-2012, 05:04 AM
This is why these threads are sort of pointless. The OP started with the notion that there is something wrong with Jake's popularity, because there are other talented ukulele players. This is a specious argument; Jake *is* popular and it doesn't matter if you agree with it or not. UOGB can be popular too, and they can do it independently of anything Jake does-- except for the fact that people who become intersted in the uke through Jake may also discover UOGB or James Hill or Herb Ohta or Lyle Ritz or George Formby.

Now we have people who feel the need to jump in and defend Jake or slag off UOGB. To what end? Listen to what you like. Disregard what you don't. All music has value to someone. If you don't like what you're hearing, listen to something else. If you're not hearing anything you like, create something better.

The one thing I will always support is introducing people to new music and new artists. I love UOGB and might never have learned about them were it not for this group. Ditto George Formby. Lots of wonderful music out there.

:agree: Too!

pootsie
04-11-2012, 05:43 AM
A pointless argument? On the INTERNET?
My heavens!
;)

mattydee
04-11-2012, 05:46 AM
This is why these threads are sort of pointless. The OP started with the notion that there is something wrong with Jake's popularity, because there are other talented ukulele players. This is a specious argument; Jake *is* popular and it doesn't matter if you agree with it or not. UOGB can be popular too, and they can do it independently of anything Jake does-- except for the fact that people who become intersted in the uke through Jake may also discover UOGB or James Hill or Herb Ohta or Lyle Ritz or George Formby.

Now we have people who feel the need to jump in and defend Jake or slag off UOGB. To what end? Listen to what you like. Disregard what you don't. All music has value to someone. If you don't like what you're hearing, listen to something else. If you're not hearing anything you like, create something better.

The one thing I will always support is introducing people to new music and new artists. I love UOGB and might never have learned about them were it not for this group. Ditto George Formby. Lots of wonderful music out there.

Right on! Exactly this.

RichM
04-11-2012, 06:00 AM
A pointless argument? On the INTERNET?
My heavens!
;)

:biglaugh: :worship:

bigchiz
04-11-2012, 06:07 AM
Two years ago Jake performed a solo act our premier community performance center. Before that he performed here with Bela Fleck. To my knowledge there have been no other entertainers with a ukulele since Tiny Tim was here in the mid 1980s. Perhaps this is why Jake is discussed more than others in our local community, which then is why we talk more about him on message boards compared to other ukulele entertainers.

OldePhart
04-11-2012, 08:15 AM
these are some of my favourites of theirs. Got to see them live last month and it was just wonderful...
"Hard To Handle"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33n4OYii14o&feature=BFa&list=AL94UKMTqg-9CXcV1JekpeguGFER3IkMKB&lf=list_related


This is far and away my favorite UOGB tune mostly because of the over-the-top vocals - almost as good as the Black Crowes version.

I also love the thing they often do for their closing number where they do like six different popular songs that all use the same chord progression...simultaneously.

JOhn

rasputinsghost
04-11-2012, 08:16 AM
Jake, for better or worse (i say better!) is the most famous ukulele player on the planet.
I'd love for James or our own Aldrine to get the same amount of attention.

ejnovinsky
04-11-2012, 11:20 AM
This is why these threads are sort of pointless. The OP started with the notion that there is something wrong with Jake's popularity, because there are other talented ukulele players. This is a specious argument; Jake *is* popular and it doesn't matter if you agree with it or not. UOGB can be popular too, and they can do it independently of anything Jake does-- except for the fact that people who become intersted in the uke through Jake may also discover UOGB or James Hill or Herb Ohta or Lyle Ritz or George Formby.

Now we have people who feel the need to jump in and defend Jake or slag off UOGB. To what end? Listen to what you like. Disregard what you don't. All music has value to someone. If you don't like what you're hearing, listen to something else. If you're not hearing anything you like, create something better.

The one thing I will always support is introducing people to new music and new artists. I love UOGB and might never have learned about them were it not for this group. Ditto George Formby. Lots of wonderful music out there.


Well yes and no...........The notion I wanted to start out with was "Hey we always talk about Jake, how about we talk about someone else for a bit?" I was hoping people would be like "oh Yeah so and so is good" or "heres a vid of a great player we never discuss." I never meant to imply there is something wrong with Jake being popular.....there is not. There is as you said room for all, and as such there should be room to talk about all yes? I guess I just wanted to remind people there were more players out there than Jake, and was hoping someone would fling a few my way that I hadnt heard of. As for the thread being pointless, well look around...99.9 percent of the threads are pointless. Most are "look at this new uke!" or "I ordered a new uke" or "jake signed my uke in Omaha!" A forum is entertainment, its what I do when I cant be playing. When the kids are in bed, or Im having my coffee in the morn. Its reminds me that playing should be lighthearted, and fun, and never taken too seriously. I do agree with you totally, but dont misunderstand me, if I wanted to start a "Jake sucks" thread I would just start a thread entitled "Jake sucks" and that would be truly pointless.......but look between the bickering in this one and I think youll find there have been alot of intelligent good points made, and some not..........but those are fun to read too!

Lalz
04-11-2012, 12:25 PM
Living where I live in my little neck of the wood, I had heard UOGB way before I had any idea of who Jake S was (am I weird?)

Two of my favourite bands that happen to have ukuleles in them: The Bobby McGee's and Beirut.

I saw BMcG play at my local pub a couple years ago, and my friend and I had the exact same reaction at the end of their gig: we looked at each other and both shouted "that was f**cking amazing!!!!" at the exact same time. Actually they are the reason I got a banjo ukulele (George Formby who? hehe).

Highly recommended!

austin1
04-11-2012, 12:39 PM
Has anyone heard of The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra? It sounds like a ripoff of the UOGB, but whoever they are, they're coming to my town in early May. I'd love to go, but tickets are 40 euros, and it's either that or buy a really good bike lock. And if my bike gets stolen, I will actually cut somebody's head off.

OldePhart
04-11-2012, 12:42 PM
Has anyone heard of The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra? It sounds like a ripoff of the UOGB, but whoever they are, they're coming to my town in early May. I'd love to go, but tickets are 40 euros, and it's either that or buy a really good bike lock. And if my bike gets stolen, I will actually cut somebody's head off.

I wonder if it's just a "localization" of the UOGB name? I know UOGB has played in Germany several times. Forty euros sounds like the kind of prices you'd pay for an established outfit like UOGB, not some wannabe band playing on the name. If I were in your shoes I'd at least investigate - if it's actually UOGB I'd go for the tickets... :)

John

austin1
04-11-2012, 12:53 PM
I wonder if it's just a "localization" of the UOGB name? I know UOGB has played in Germany several times. Forty euros sounds like the kind of prices you'd pay for an established outfit like UOGB, not some wannabe band playing on the name. If I were in your shoes I'd at least investigate - if it's actually UOGB I'd go for the tickets... :)

John

yep, just checked, UOGB isn't coming to Germany again until July.

austin1
04-11-2012, 12:54 PM
this is them:

http://www.ukulele-orchestra.co.uk/

OldePhart
04-11-2012, 01:09 PM
this is them:

http://www.ukulele-orchestra.co.uk/

Looked them up on youtube. Definitely not UOGB. "Format" Johnny come latelies hoping folks will buy their tickets thinking they're getting UOGB - they even dress the same and use the same stage setup. In the US they'd probably get sued! :) Watched one vid (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds) and couldn't take the whole number - IMHO both playing and vocals very amateur and really poor tone quality (it was an official vid with good sound quality but the ukes sounded awful and, honestly, I'm no vocalist but I expect better from paid performers).

I wonder if these are the clowns that a previous poster in this thread criticized as Tiny Timish clowns - it wouldn't surprise me because UOGB are actually musicians whereas I could see applying the Tiny Timish stigma to these guys pretty easily...

I think I'd buy the bicycle lock... LOL

EDIT: Oh, lordy, it gets worse. If I paid forty cents, let alone forty euros, to see these guys I'd be very unhappy. I tried to watch "Brass in Pocket" - ack!

John

ukuleledaveey
04-11-2012, 01:30 PM
these are some of my favourites of theirs. Got to see them live last month and it was just wonderful...

"Teenage Dirtbag"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw8ZDwdyHJQ

"Hard To Handle"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33n4OYii14o&feature=BFa&list=AL94UKMTqg-9CXcV1JekpeguGFER3IkMKB&lf=list_related

"Hot Tamales"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqUMNJ1uGio

"You Don't Bring Me Flowers"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMnCkg8dJXI&feature=related
Wicked glad you got to see them Jon, they are fantastic, ive been lucky to see them a couple of times, absolutely love them and they have been going for over 26 years,i have also been extremely lucky to see James Hill lived and he was literally 4 feet away from me, he is one of my faves as i got the chance to talk to him and he is such a nice person, but yeah i love to look up other players and the history, i guess we all have our own taste and faves, nothing wrong with that.
Oh and Tina that group comin to germany are defo shonky (a bad rip off) there has been things said in the past, that they are trying to make a living off the success of UOGB.

austin1
04-11-2012, 02:04 PM
okay, good to know! So I will skip the rip-offs and buy a bike lock instead!

Gwynedd
04-11-2012, 02:30 PM
Big smile after a tough day--they are something special. I hope I can go to a concert sometime.