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uke4ia
04-05-2014, 04:09 PM
Happy Season to you, you live in UU, you look like a monkey, you strum like one too!


This week we're doing primates! Have a banana smoothie and enjoy!


These Are Your Song Options:

1. Any song with a non-human primate in the title: monkey, gorilla, ape, baboon, lemur, tarsier, etc.

2. A song that is significantly about non-human primates. It is not enough to just mention a primate in passing. Examples: "I Wanna Be Like You" from Jungle Book or Bow Wow Wow's "King Kong" are okay. "The Unicorn Song" ("humpty backed camels and chimpanzees") and Genesis' "Tonight Tonight Tonight" ("I'm coming down like a monkey") are not okay.

3. A song by the Monkees, Arctic Monkeys, or Gorillaz. Only these three.

4. "I like to move it, move it" from Madagascar is okay. Just because I like it.


Rules:

• The video must be a new video recorded for this contest.

• This time around, I'm going to say okay to multitracking. Seasonistas produce some amazing videos and I don't want to stand in the way of genius. But I want to see you playing ukulele in the video. Don't hide behind a bunch of Jane Goodall footage. I'm more interested in seeing your performance. At least have a decent-sized inset box in the picture that shows you performing the song.

• The video must say at the beginning that it is for the 112th Season of the Ukulele. If you forget to say it before your best take of the song, it is okay to insert a short separate video clip or title placard that says this.

• Videos must be posted to this thread. Do not post any until midnight tonight Hawaii time.

• The contest ends at midnight Hawaiian time on Sunday night, April 13.

• Each person/duet/trio can make one official entry for the week. I will consider your first video your official entry unless you tell me otherwise.

• You can make as many bonus tracks as you want. Bonus tracks can have lip synching, rapid-fire edits, defy the laws of physics, whatever.

• On working days, I will only be able to watch videos in the evening, eastern U.S. time. So that will be when I'm commenting on the videos. If we have one of those weeks with over 100 videos, it may take me more than a day to get to all the bonus tracks. But I made sure to do my taxes promptly this year so I'd have my time free this week.


Judging:

Three winners will be chosen randomly. Each person who submits an eligible entry will get
one entry in the drawing. The prizes will be T-shirts and the like. I will have another option for people who don't like to wear T-shirts.


PLAYLIST (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbIBa-QYEmc56P7vK1V1T3mWP9kTTumJu)


BONUS TRACKS (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbIBa-QYEmc7ZvO_ZweR2LBDcuDI2r_WD)





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Jz0JcQYtqo

uke4ia
04-05-2014, 04:12 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHs5POy8-8Y

This guy, Ze Frank, does these videos in a fake Morgan Freeman voice. I went to the movies and saw a preview for the new Lemurs of Madagascar movie, which is narrated by Morgan Freeman. The trailer narration sounded like Ze Frank doing his Freeman voice.

lelouden
04-05-2014, 04:51 PM
This sounds like a really fun week Uke4ia. I hope I can get one entry in but my arms are still full of little ones so we'll see:) I will be watching though!

myrnaukelele
04-05-2014, 05:39 PM
This sounds like a really fun week Uke4ia. I hope I can get one entry in but my arms are still full of little ones so we'll see:) I will be watching though!

Five Little Monkeys would be a great song to play and sing to your grandkids...

uke4ia
04-05-2014, 06:26 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljmL_G2b_po

I had a song that I'd planned to open this Season with, but I spent too much time playing Split Enz songs this past week instead of learning it. So far, I can't play and sing it at the same time. So instead, here's the ending of the Genesis song "Wot Gorilla?".

lelouden
04-05-2014, 06:50 PM
Five Little Monkeys would be a great song to play and sing to your grandkids...

That crossed my mind too Myrna:)

southside mike
04-05-2014, 06:59 PM
What about the Monkees as solo artists?

bonesigh
04-05-2014, 07:48 PM
I love this week because a few years ago I ran across an article about a chimp and her uke and I thought "Yes!, Ukes for all chimps!" let's start a movement!!

Here's the article:
Back in 1917, the New York Times published a story about a chimp (called “a monkey” in the headline) at the Bronx Zoo named Fannie who was crazy about the ukulele.

She was given the ukulele by a little girl, and evidently loved to play it. The other apes in the zoo, however, weren’t as fond of the sound of Fannie playing as she was, and one of them, an orangutan named Gumbo, stole it away. (Simply jealous, I’m sure.) But when the keepers recovered it for her after a five-minute chase, Fannie was overjoyed:

Her joy,” said the keeper, “was marked. She hugged her beloved ukulele to her breast, and, taking it into a secluded corner, began to go over it with her paws. Satisfied that it was not broken, she began to test each string, and as each note sounded out she grunted her satisfaction.”

Here is another chimp enjoying uke time (:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0fZq-B13ok

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-05-2014, 10:16 PM
Looking forward to lots of tarsier tunes and plenty of reggaye aye this week. Fun one, Jim. Ook ook.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
04-05-2014, 10:44 PM
great theme and super vids people have posted! the chimp - aw! distinctive playing style, not unlike my upstrum - and when she cleaned the uke! AW+++++++++ !

xommen
04-06-2014, 01:08 AM
As I don't think there is a U2 song that matches this season I went with this one. Arctic Monkeys - Cornerstone

http://youtu.be/lnJoKGn0V2U

pabrizzer
04-06-2014, 01:13 AM
One Monkey - Gillian Welch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u3NIvKEUvI

redpaul1
04-06-2014, 02:01 AM
At first I thought 'Oh'. Then I thought "OOh!" So, I've already got mine lined up - might even try my hand at some multi-tracking this week :)

uke4ia
04-06-2014, 03:50 AM
What about the Monkees as solo artists?

I've got to say no. A Nesmith is not a Monkee. And way too many people have had a hand in Gorillaz to extend this to their outside projects, that would be about 50 different bands/projects for Danger Mouse alone.

uke4ia
04-06-2014, 04:49 AM
xommen - Cornerstone (Arctic Monkeys) - Thanks for a great start-off for the week, Wim. Some nice, subtle playing there. I really like the way you flip the video filters between verses. It fits well with the lyrics, the singer flipping between different women who remind him of his lost love. I don't know what "cornerstone" means in this context, even after Googling for slang meanings. Corner store?

pabrizzer - One Monkey (Gillian Welch) - Wow, that's some impressive multitracking to put together so quickly, Pa. Is that you singing the backing vocal? I don't recall hearing you sing in that register before. I'd never heard the phrase "one monkey don't stop the show" before, but the video links to the right lead to three different songs with that title, and Google mentions some more.


I'm greatly impressed by the skills the Seasonistas have that I don't share, like Wim's video editing and Pa's multitracking.

RAB11
04-06-2014, 05:05 AM
For some reason recording straight to YouTube yields better results in my playing…. Perhaps because I know I have to get it right? Just wish the sound quality was better. Here's Mardy Bum by the Arctic Monkeys. No cool multi tracking or video editing unfortunately. This'll be my official entry too.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SISpQxjTLc

RAB11
04-06-2014, 05:18 AM
And here's something I quickly knocked together… It's not perfect but I doubt it'll get much better. Jimmy the Exploder by the White Stripes, I'll leave to you to decide whether it counts Jim but it's not my official entry anyway.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVWEu0_A2Q4

Concertina
04-06-2014, 06:14 AM
Love all the Arctic Monkeys covers! Those are one of those bands that I listened to the album for a straight month. They are really great!

I dunno what to pick this week...I love all three of the approved bands...gonna be a tough choice!!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-06-2014, 07:07 AM
Can't believe I went 111 weeks without singing a Pixies song.


http://youtu.be/SoiiB9tEWg4

Ah, now I feel better.

Concertina
04-06-2014, 07:10 AM
Can't believe I went 111 weeks without singing a Pixies song.



Ah, now I feel better.

Yessss! Best Pixies song EVERRRR! Nicely done!

RichM
04-06-2014, 07:14 AM
Can't believe I went 111 weeks without singing a Pixies song.


http://youtu.be/SoiiB9tEWg4

Ah, now I feel better.

Just brilliant, Ralf! I had considered doing this song, but I simply could not figure out how to pull it off. You just schooled us all-- great way to make a song your own while still maintaining the feel of the original.

lelouden
04-06-2014, 07:41 AM
Heres my favorite sunday song!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLexgOxsZu0

krabbers
04-06-2014, 08:56 AM
I dont think I will have time to enter this week due to work
SO
Not an official entry as I did this for a contest in 2010 but I shortened it and reuploaded it with SOTU branding


http://youtu.be/wlUwKGXIT8U

myrnaukelele
04-06-2014, 09:10 AM
From his Live on Tour album (1997) - here's John Prine's Space Monkey.

http://youtu.be/BBGen716hzk

wee_ginga_yin
04-06-2014, 10:42 AM
You don't really want to see me playing two chords (G6 & Em) for two minutes so
instead here is a look behind the scenes of the garageband tracks. You may have
to view full screen to see the tracks.

Dave Bartholomew (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNjuxtjtuWg) had a funkier groove.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fesf-9VAiDo

bonesigh
04-06-2014, 10:48 AM
All I have to say is "Don't Monkey with another monkey's ukulele". Oh, and, thank you Johnny P. (:

RAB11
04-06-2014, 10:49 AM
One last one for me today, wanted to do some Nirvana to mark 20 years since Kurt Cobain's death so here's 'Very Ape'. Short and sweet.


http://youtu.be/cruTq71e3oo

mattydee
04-06-2014, 11:27 AM
I have already done (at least) two songs for the Seasons that fit this theme, but I have another up my sleeve. Maybe when I gig, I should put together a little medley.

greyghost
04-06-2014, 11:36 AM
I took a few minutes away from a conference in Manhattan to shoot this one in my hotel room. This is my take on I Wanna Be Like You from the Jungle Book (with a silly adlibbed extra verse that happened when I realized I just messed up a lyric).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPjjJP-FCFE&feature=youtu.be

pabrizzer
04-06-2014, 11:46 AM
I'd never heard the phrase "one monkey don't stop the show" before, but the video links to the right lead to three different songs with that title, and Google mentions some more.


Not one I've heard before either but it is popular song wise.
I'll be doing Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee's song of the same name tonight if I can get the harp part sounding ok.
I hope to give Kids With Guns a went too. But I reckon Ralf would do a great minimalist version and Rob could go all out with a techno arrangement.

Interesting theme Jim with a lot more songs than I thought there would be with primates in the title.

greenie44
04-06-2014, 11:54 AM
A quick one take for Jim's season. As a fun fact, Apeman was a nickname I had a few decades ago when I worked at a party store in Ann Arbor, Michigan. And any Season with some Kinks is a better Season, yes?

Thought I would take my new (to me) travel tenor out for a spin on this one. Took a mild liberty with the Season title, since I didn't know exactly what to call it. Oh, and those of you who stick around until the end will get to hear me go a bit native. Hope you enjoy it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r0_nm-nD3U

max2173
04-06-2014, 11:56 AM
Someone could do a song by Ol Lemurs!

pabrizzer
04-06-2014, 01:58 PM
Is that you singing the backing vocal? I don't recall hearing you sing in that register before.


Yes - that's me.:o

Jazzbanjorex
04-06-2014, 02:14 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCmVugvtMi4&feature=youtu.be

CeeJay
04-06-2014, 03:51 PM
King Of The Swingers --- I know ..Greyghost already did it, but I had this one up the spout, in the can and ready to go at three PM this afternoon ...and I am not one to waste an afternoon...so here it is as well.

CJ


http://youtu.be/gFTfuTLyiKQ

uke4ia
04-06-2014, 03:53 PM
Not one I've heard before either but it is popular song wise.
I'll be doing Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee's song of the same name tonight if I can get the harp part sounding ok.

Yeah, I listened to bits of the three other songs with that title I saw beside your video. The Sonny Terry one was the best of the lot.

uke4ia
04-06-2014, 04:04 PM
Someone could do a song by Ol Lemurs!

This is why I limited things to only Monkees, Arctic Monkeys, and Gorillaz. I looked up different primate names on iTunes, and for practically every one there was some band or artist with that animal in their name. For example, there's a woman alternative singer who goes by Tarsier. One of the better-known ones is a '70s jazz-funk group called Mandrill.


Edit: Though you can do an Ol Lemurs song as a bonus track. Southside Mike can do a song from a Monkee's solo album as a bonus track.

~dave~~wave~
04-06-2014, 04:32 PM
The Monkey Time - written by Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield was a Chicago high school friend of Major Lance, who recorded this in 1963, when it went to #2 R&B and #8 on the Pop charts.

Wiki reveals that when Major Lance toured the UK later in the 60s, his backing band included an obscure piano player named Reggie Dwight, who never really amounted to much later in life.

This clip is from the Shindig TV show in 1965: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMRLrf4pNn4





http://youtu.be/B2O9lIySBt0

uke4ia
04-06-2014, 06:36 PM
RAB11 - Mardy Bum (Arctic Monkeys) - I like this. You have a good voice for alternative rock. Where are those occasional rim shots coming from? I've got to admit that while I chose the Arctic Monkeys as one of the bands for this week, I'm not that familiar with their music. Their lyrics are a lot better than I knew.

RAB11 - Jimmy the Exploder (White Stripes) - I really like the intro. I always like when people use the upper part of the fretboard without fear. This wouldn't have been monkeyish enough for your official entry, but it's fine for a bonus. On this one, I could see you hitting the soundboard when I heard the percussion.

RAB11 - Very Ape (Nirvana) - Thanks for doing this one. I love that line, "If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to ask someone else first".

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters - Monkey Gone to Heaven (Pixies) - I never pictured this song as a gentle ballad, but it sounds great this way. I'm honored to have you jump in on the first day of a Season. And if Eric wants to do this song too, he should. I'm more than okay with multiples of this song.

myrnaukulele - Space Monkey (John Prine) - Nice one, Myrna. I've never heard this song before. "Comrade, we just fire the rocket and then 'this monkey's gone to heaven'. We have whole different agency to make monkeys fall from sky." I like the whole image of a monkey in a karaoke bar -- that should be a song in itself.

wee_ginga_yin - The Monkey Speaks His Mind (Dave Bartholomew) - This makes me wish I had GarageBand. (Or had ever bothered to use the tutorials and learn the Cubase software that came with my synthesizer.) Fancy looking dashboard. I always appreciate that you make ukulele music that doesn't sound like ukulele music is expected to sound.

greyghost - I Wanna Be Like You (Jungle Book) - - Nice take on a Louis Prima voice. Actually, you didn't really mess the words up, but I still liked the extra verse. I'm looking forward to all the versions of this song this week. I used to play to my daughter from a Disney songbook when she was young. Every time she saw me playing the uke, she grabbed the Disney book from the shelf. This was one I played a lot.

greenie44 - Apeman (Kinks) - Like the song, like the performance, like the monkey beads, like the ending. The ending has me missing this fantastic monkey puppet I once had, and eventually gave to my nephews. It was perfect for that kind of thing.

Jazzbanjorex - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone (Monkees) - This is great. I've never heard this song done uptempo like this. That hyperdrive ending is really something. This was my favorite Monkees song growing up. I was given a copy of the "I'm a Believer" single when I was very young, with this as the B side.

CeeJay - I Wanna Be Like You (Jungle Book) - Great job. I like how several people can do this song and all make it their own. On the verse your strum sounds almost like reggae, on the chorus it sounds almost like country, and then you go into that great solo.

eugene ukulele - I Wanna Be Like You (Jungle Book) - As expected, you brought it. Although I had bet on mouth trumpet instead of whistling. I never heard that third verse before. It's not in my sheet music. My daughter's room contains large boxes full of plush animals, but when I looked for a primate to use this week, nothing.

~dave~~wave~ - The Monkey Time (Major Lance) - Dave Wave, how'd you get so funky? Dave Wave, did you do the Monkey?
I never heard the song before. Or heard of Major Lance, for that matter. But this is pretty great.


The name Lance makes me want to point out that there was an all-chimp rock band called The Evolution Revolution in the Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp show. Of course, any of their songs will be acceptable for this Season.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JMkKKX3IsY

Booli
04-06-2014, 07:57 PM
This is a great theme this week.

Too bad the the original soundtrack to any of the five films created for 'Planet Of The Apes' (1968-1973 )[Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowel] by Jerry Goldsmith does not really translate well to ukulele, nor even multi-track.

Ha Ha - maybe somebody else will try it, but for me - 'challenge not accepted' as I already have 1 primate song almost good enough to record, and ideas for 2 others - it just depends upon how much time I have this week...

Rustyy
04-06-2014, 09:02 PM
Still on the road, and this time, recorded inside the caravan.

I know Alan did a more sophisticated version than this one a few weeks back, maybe on the Island, I can't remember, however here is my entry: "Gorilla, You're a Desperado", a Warren Zevon song


http://youtu.be/1hOwgqIemg0

RAB11
04-06-2014, 09:05 PM
RAB11 - Mardy Bum (Arctic Monkeys) - I like this. You have a good voice for alternative rock. Where are those occasional rim shots coming from? I've got to admit that while I chose the Arctic Monkeys as one of the bands for this week, I'm not that familiar with their music. Their lyrics are a lot better than I knew.

Thanks. I have to be in a certain mood to listen to Arctic Monkeys but Alex Turner is one of the best lyricists in the world in my opinion. He's got this way with words that really dresses up a phrase but gets right to the point as well. No idea what happened with the camera, it was uploading straight to YouTube and kept trying to focus because I was moving I guess.


RAB11 - Jimmy the Exploder (White Stripes) - I really like the intro. I always like when people use the upper part of the fretboard without fear. This wouldn't have been monkeyish enough for your official entry, but it's fine for a bonus. On this one, I could see you hitting the soundboard when I heard the percussion.

I don't go up the fretboard very often on the uke, the action's so high on the bridge it's really hard to hit the notes. Need to sort that out really but it was the only way the intro was gonna work. Had a feeling it wouldn't count but any excuse to do White Stripes, it's like Wim and U2 for me :D.


RAB11 - Very Ape (Nirvana) - Thanks for doing this one. I love that line, "If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to ask someone else first".

It is a great line. I'm just glad I was able to squeeze some Nirvana into this season.

pabrizzer
04-07-2014, 01:12 AM
One Monkey Don't Stop My Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICWjDnQ38W8

mythinformed
04-07-2014, 04:07 AM
Heres one from 'The Goodies' I remember watching on Top of The Pops as a kid called 'The Funky Gibbon'................Thank god the much needed Sex Pistols came along in the 70's !! Lol


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQfecoM1kpo

CeeJay
04-07-2014, 04:44 AM
Yes....I considered this ....and then watched the video and wondered how the hell did they get away with that ?....and stopped considering it ...sorry Goodies.....

BigDaddyUker
04-07-2014, 05:18 AM
Too funny...first thing I thought of when I read the requirements. Its my 3 year old favorite song!

RAB11
04-07-2014, 05:30 AM
I do love getting comments on my videos praising/asking about a particular technique when I have absolutely no idea what they're talking about!

Thanks UkeCan1. ;)

CeeJay
04-07-2014, 07:03 AM
Too funny...first thing I thought of when I read the requirements. Its my 3 year old favorite song!

Ha ...point proven .....I loved this when I was about 15 and it first came out:o but it is perfect for the season ....and you at least have an excuse ....I unfortunately do not :rolleyes:

Big Grin

CeeJay

Cornfield
04-07-2014, 07:58 AM
Heres one from 'The Goodies' I remember watching on Top of The Pops as a kid called 'The Funky Gibbon'................Thank god the much needed Sex Pistols came along in the 70's !! Lol


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQfecoM1kpo

This is too funny. I thought bad TV was a US thing.

UkeCan1
04-07-2014, 08:51 AM
All I have to say is "Don't Monkey with another monkey's ukulele". Oh, and, thank you Johnny P. (:

Well, I never heard of this song, so I looked it up: http://youtu.be/vwGU-uR2xNI

Well, it sure sounded awfully familiar ... and I realized it was reminding me of a Johnny song I did for Peewee's week - Johnny Horton's "Seven Come Eleven" (http://youtu.be/plqw7VWw_ac). It's the same key, nearly the same chord progression, and a very similar sounding melody, and even the voices sound a bit similar.

(Here's mine: http://youtu.be/vmX6K_4VZ6A)

Anyway, that's a great song! And three monkeys in the title ... beat that! Thanks, Janet.

UkeCan1
04-07-2014, 08:57 AM
I do love getting comments on my videos praising/asking about a particular technique when I have absolutely no idea what they're talking about!
Thanks UkeCan1. ;)

Haha, Ryan! Jim started it. I only noticed it because he mentioned it first ... so blame it on the host.

It happened to me to, by the way. I posted a blues video ... I think it was my Pete Seeger "Sailin' Up, Sailin' Down" ... and Rex was so impressed with my innovative strum pattern that he posted it on a Tulsa uke group page for them all to learn from. Turns out it was just me messing up an attempt to keep a steady D-Du-uDu going. :( Some of the best inventions and discoveries are accidents, I suppose! It's all good.

RAB11
04-07-2014, 09:03 AM
Started on my first couple of videos here for Doug's Season.... he was talking about suspended chords and fan strums and I'm just like 'oh, is that what I'm doing?'

UkeCan1
04-07-2014, 09:13 AM
Heres my favorite sunday song!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLexgOxsZu0

This one's even better ... and features a uke!


http://youtu.be/jzYen-3VU2Q

greenie44
04-07-2014, 09:28 AM
The name Lance makes me want to point out that there was an all-chimp rock band called The Evolution Revolution in the Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp show. Of course, any of their songs will be acceptable for this Season.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JMkKKX3IsY

OK, TCK confession alert. There are two things in the world that I ALWAYS find hilarious. One of them is monkeys dressed up as people. I can watch Lancelot Link over and over again and fall out of my chair laughing. (I'm laughing out loud just looking at this still) I think that may be one reason I only dipped my toe into this Season.

Cornfield
04-07-2014, 10:56 AM
http://youtu.be/mZXJnJKDXug

I was going to try to do a very beautiful, deep and mysterious song by Michael P Smith called "Three Monkeys in your Heart" (Google it, I'm serious) but time is limited so I did a one take recording of what is perhaps the most well known monkey song to folks of my generation (born in 1950).

It's short but I'm sure I got the lyrics right.

pabrizzer
04-07-2014, 10:57 AM
Discovered this song at 4:00am this morning when looking at Gorillaz songs and had to do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhbb_XAUG7c
Most of their stuff is very techno but it is a beautiful little song especially done acoustically
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iODSZL7XkQ
Techno and violent themes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04mfKJWDSzI

lelouden
04-07-2014, 11:22 AM
Ok I've found my song. I wish I could put dibs on it because I know someone will get to it before I can Arrrr! I want to do some multi tracking otherwise I would sneak into a dark corner and give it a go. If the host would except a redo from me I would consider doing that. Can you tell I really don't like being second or third to a song! :smileybounce:

UkeCan1
04-07-2014, 11:25 AM
http://youtu.be/mZXJnJKDXug

I was going to try to do a very beautiful, deep and mysterious song by Michael P Smith called "Three Monkeys in your Heart" (Google it, I'm serious) but time is limited so I did a one take recording of what is perhaps the most well known monkey song to folks of my generation (born in 1950).

It's short but I'm sure I got the lyrics right.

Haha, I was hoping someone would do that!

Man, that "Three Monkeys" (http://youtu.be/p1YL1R2cQhE) song is beautiful ... I sure hope someone does it. I'm pretty sure this is the same Michael Smith who wrote the well-known and much-covered song "The Dutchman" (kind of a one-hit wonder) and "Dead Egyptian Blues" and a whole lotta other great stuff he deserves to be better known for. He is one talented songwriter. Somebody please do "Three Monkeys"!

Cornfield
04-07-2014, 11:32 AM
Haha, I was hoping someone would do that!

Man, that "Three Monkeys" (http://youtu.be/p1YL1R2cQhE) song is beautiful ... I sure hope someone does it. I'm pretty sure this is the same Michael Smith who wrote the well-known and much-covered song "The Dutchman" (kind of a one-hit wonder) and "Dead Egyptian Blues" and a whole lotta other great stuff he deserves to be better known for. He is one talented songwriter. Somebody please do "Three Monkeys"!

Yes it's that Michael Smith. He is a tremendous songwriter. Most know him for Spoon River and The Dutchman but he has written so much more

UkeyDave
04-07-2014, 11:55 AM
Couldn't resist. Thanks Jim!


It's a puppet! ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f64H3hDa93Y

greyghost
04-07-2014, 12:44 PM
As a bonus, here's the inevitable Peter Gabriel cover.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLZR5GjYxxg&feature=youtu.be

uke4ia
04-07-2014, 02:33 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmtnpXrUI_o

While watching John Sargent's video, this was one of the clips on the right side of the YouTube page.

bonesigh
04-07-2014, 02:39 PM
Too funny! A Song About Monkeys. I wish I could do that superimposing human/monkey mouth thing!

uke4ia
04-07-2014, 03:10 PM
Rustyy - Gorilla, You're a Desperado (Warren Zevon) - Nice job, Rusty! I haven't heard this song before. (Sorry, Alan, I missed your version.) I like Zevon, but I've only heard a couple of his albums. This reminds me that I still need to digitize my LP of Sentimental Hygiene. Happy traveling!

John Sargent - The Witch's Soldier March (Wizard of Oz) - I like the Stairway to Heaven-esque intro. Sadly, this isn't in my book of Wizard of Oz sheet music. But "Optimistic Voices" is. Turns out that's the name of the "You're out of the woods, you're out of the dark" bit. And it contains "The Jitterbug", a song left on the cutting room floor.

pabrizzer - One Monkey Don't Stop My Show (Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee) - Yep, this one's right in your bluesy wheelhouse. I like how Gillian Welch's song was about a train getting ready to leave, and the phrase meant "The train's leaving whether you're aboard or not", and here it's a kiss-off song. And I like how you do your own call-and-response here.

pabrizzer - On Melancholy Hill (Gorillaz) - Great! I was really hoping someone would do this song. Thanks, Pa. It lends itself well to ukulele. One of my all-time favorite uke videos is NajMe Tender's We Tigers-ish take on this song with glockenspiel and stuffed animals.

greyghost - Shock the Monkey (Peter Gabriel) - SHOCK! You had me singing along on this. Good job playing the main riff and singing at the same time. Peter Gabriel's original had as high a falsetto as I've ever heard. I used to play this on soprano in the '80s, when I had a good falsetto, and I still couldn't get near the highest notes.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA06Q0WdoRY

Tootler
04-07-2014, 10:58 PM
Ok I've found my song. I wish I could put dibs on it because I know someone will get to it before I can Arrrr! I want to do some multi tracking otherwise I would sneak into a dark corner and give it a go. If the host would except a redo from me I would consider doing that. Can you tell I really don't like being second or third to a song! :smileybounce:

I know the feeling. I hate being beaten to a song and quite often, I will find another song if someone beats me to it. I've thoughts on what I'm going to do this week but I probably won't do it if someone else gets in before me. :anyone: :shaka:

wee_ginga_yin
04-07-2014, 11:43 PM
I remember thesillydave (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMC2scrCi5M) doing this one so I thought
I would give it a slow go.

Here is and interesting clip of Deddie Reynolds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJHJAkhacGU) doing the song
What on earth were those chords the Ukulele player was using :biglaugh:


http://youtu.be/Cm_3DkUzSm8

pabrizzer
04-07-2014, 11:45 PM
OK another one from me.
But I'm not poaching a song from anyone because I only wrote this one this evening.
The Three Monkeys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYD6nyAMVG4

decaturcomp
04-08-2014, 12:06 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTQaSI669SY

decaturcomp
04-08-2014, 01:05 AM
a bonus because it came up in conversation here. there is a link to the writer's vastly superior version here, too. i liked playing with it but he's a ninja.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PQmXDENov0

Cornfield
04-08-2014, 02:43 AM
John Sargent - The Witch's Soldier March (Wizard of Oz) - I like the Stairway to Heaven-esque intro. Sadly, this isn't in my book of Wizard of Oz sheet music. But "Optimistic Voices" is. Turns out that's the name of the "You're out of the woods, you're out of the dark" bit. And it contains "The Jitterbug", a song left on the cutting room floor.



A few years ago I saw a stage version of the Wizard of Oz. Mickey Rooney (passed away yesterday) played the Wiz. Eartha Kitt was the Wicked Witch. Eartha sang and danced to the "Jitterbug" song. At the time, I thought it was a new song.

Cornfield
04-08-2014, 02:46 AM
a bonus because it came up in conversation here. there is a link to the writer's vastly superior version here, too. i liked playing with it but he's a ninja.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PQmXDENov0

Thanks for doing this song. Michael Smiths lyrics are so deeply descriptive that usually my ipod playlist is set to his catalog

Cornfield
04-08-2014, 02:49 AM
I remember thesillydave doing this one so I thought
I would give it a slow go.

Here is and interesting clip of Deddie Reynolds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJHJAkhacGU) doing the song
What on earth were those chords the Ukulele player was using :biglaugh:


http://youtu.be/Cm_3DkUzSm8

I was researching public domain songs and found a wealth of monkey getting married tunes written from 1905-1915. I like the way you made this your own song.

Cornfield
04-08-2014, 02:50 AM
OK another one from me.
But I'm not poaching a song from anyone because I only wrote this one this evening.
The Three Monkeys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYD6nyAMVG4

Well written and well played.

Barbablanca
04-08-2014, 03:32 AM
An original Berni number written for this season (surprise, surprise ;) )

Here is "Monkey see, Monkey do" on my new Resonator Uke now with Low G and tuned to an open G (GBDG)


http://youtu.be/qfVa2z4BQ3Q

krabbers
04-08-2014, 03:50 AM
ok I found 10 minutes

http://youtu.be/1udxAOEsEM8

Cornfield
04-08-2014, 04:19 AM
An original Berni number written for this season (surprise, surprise ;) )

Here is "Monkey see, Monkey do" on my new Resonator Uke now with Low G and tuned to an open G (GBDG)


http://youtu.be/qfVa2z4BQ3Q

Lap ukes are fun, aren't they? Great new song Berni

Dougf
04-08-2014, 06:33 AM
Come on, Sasquatch, join the party.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb6QElQfvlA

Barbablanca
04-08-2014, 06:35 AM
Lap ukes are fun, aren't they? Great new song Berni

Thanks John. It's going to take time to get used to how close together the notes are though ;)

Barbablanca
04-08-2014, 06:55 AM
This guy, Ze Frank, does these videos in a fake Morgan Freeman voice. I went to the movies and saw a preview for the new Lemurs of Madagascar movie, which is narrated by Morgan Freeman. The trailer narration sounded like Ze Frank doing his Freeman voice.

Coincidentally, I discovered this guy's videos this week. I had to stop watching them because I was afraid I'd have a laughing fit and a seizure.

ChrisDeston821
04-08-2014, 07:06 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaxQVKfIF7Y&feature=youtu.be
My cover of Feel Good Inc by Gorrilaz.
Hadn't used my loopy app in a while and after last weeks season of not being allowed to multitrack it made me want to use it so much more.

Actually my second upload of this, had to reup for the title requirement, usually just put SotU in my desc.
Whipped the old PG Tips monkey off the top of the fridge; still in his halloween costume, for a title pic :)

greenie44
04-08-2014, 07:17 AM
Saw this today, and it seems relevant to this week's theme -

65708

RAB11
04-08-2014, 07:34 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaxQVKfIF7Y&feature=youtu.be
My cover of Feel Good Inc by Gorrilaz.
Hadn't used my loopy app in a while and after last weeks season of not being allowed to multitrack it made me want to use it so much more.

Actually my second upload of this, had to reup for the title requirement, usually just put SotU in my desc.
Whipped the old PG Tips monkey off the top of the fridge; still in his halloween costume, for a title pic :)

That was just all kinds of awesome.

Barbablanca
04-08-2014, 08:24 AM
Yes....I considered this ....and then watched the video and wondered how the hell did they get away with that ?....and stopped considering it ...sorry Goodies.....

I wondered if anyone would dare do this and I too watched the video and decided no one would. But Dave dancing the monkey has changed my mind. Who dares, wins? :p One thing I do know is that it won't be Two Left Feet Armstrong doing it :rolleyes:

redpaul1
04-08-2014, 10:34 AM
http://youtu.be/tt72JxnBmzs

uke4ia
04-08-2014, 10:52 AM
A few years ago I saw a stage version of the Wizard of Oz. Mickey Rooney (passed away yesterday) played the Wiz. Eartha Kitt was the Wicked Witch. Eartha sang and danced to the "Jitterbug" song. At the time, I thought it was a new song.

We used to have a VHS copy of The Wizard of Oz, and at the end it had some rehearsal footage of the Jitterbug song (YouTube link below). The film of it that was actually taken for the movie is long since destroyed. But as the Witch is sending off the flying monkeys, she makes a remark that she'd sent "a little insect to take the fight out of them."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0TYTIksulU

ThatNeilGuy
04-08-2014, 11:48 AM
Thought I'd try my second Season entry, and so here is a very rough rendition of Code Monkey by internet troubadour Jonathan Coulton.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNAC86zDnMA

I can already see that participating here could be a very good thing, help me actually pick up the instrument and practice something on a regular basis. Learn new songs, get better at playing and doing those tricky chord changes. So glad I found this place - or, rather, thankful that Bil Kerrigan pointed me here.

greyghost
04-08-2014, 12:47 PM
I can already see that participating here could be a very good thing, help me actually pick up the instrument and practice something on a regular basis. Learn new songs, get better at playing and doing those tricky chord changes. So glad I found this place - or, rather, thankful that Bil Kerrigan pointed me here.

Welcome aboard! My experience has been much as you describe. I've learned so many new songs, and evolved so much as a player, since I caught the Seasons bug. It's made me into a much more confident and well-rounded musician.

Tootler
04-08-2014, 12:48 PM
Heres one from 'The Goodies' I remember watching on Top of The Pops as a kid called 'The Funky Gibbon'................Thank god the much needed Sex Pistols came along in the 70's !! Lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQfecoM1kpo


Too funny...first thing I thought of when I read the requirements. Its my 3 year old favorite song!


Ha ...point proven .....I loved this when I was about 15 and it first came out:o but it is perfect for the season ....and you at least have an excuse ....I unfortunately do not :rolleyes:

Big Grin

CeeJay

Yes you do. When you reach a certain age, you can regress. It's permitted. Someone should do it just for the hell of it. :wtf:

The Goodies did look somewhat dated in that clip though. :old:

UkeCan1
04-08-2014, 03:26 PM
I'm kinda surprised no one's done this yet. I tried it because I figured it was short and simple. What I'd never noticed is that it modulates ... twice! And, if you end up in a singable key, it starts out Real Low. But all that just makes it more fun to do.

Not my official entry ... I'm gonna do an original I wrote today ... as soon as I can perform it well enough. (Unless Jim decrees that that one doesn't meet the requirements. In which case, this one.)


http://youtu.be/Emkzwr5oVbw

uke4ia
04-08-2014, 04:41 PM
eugene ukulele - One Monkey Don't Stop My Show (Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee) - Great to hear another version of this one. I love the instrumental break. About halfway through I noticed the video filter putting on fake age marks, and adding hairs and specks of dust to the lens -- it takes a lot of new technology to make something convincingly old.

wee_ginga_yin - Aba Daba Honeymoon (Debbie Reynolds) - Beard closeup! I hope it's not as cold in that room as your clothes suggest. You sing this a little less perky than Debbie Reynolds does, and that's a good thing. This is up there with "The Animal Fair" for having two different primates. Wikipedia tells me this song dates back to 1914. So we're just a little farther behind Debbie Reynolds' version than she was behind the original.

pabrizzer - The Three Monkeys (original) - Rock on, Pa! I always like those kinds of dit-dit-dit-dit staccato drone parts on uke. This is a nice piece of songwriting.

decaturcomp - One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Big Maybelle) - Good performance all the way around -- uke, voice, and harp. Nice harp work. This is the third different song so far based on this phrase. It should almost get its own playlist. Almost. (Wikipedia thinks these are all the same song. Wrong, Wikipedia.) Bette Midler did a cover of this one.

decaturcomp - Three Monkeys in Your Heart (Michael Peter Smith) - Hey, look, shimmering heat waves! I don't know the original song, so I don't have to compare your version to it. I definitely like the way this one sounds.

Barbablanca - Monkey See, Monkey Do (original) - A dobrolele! You have stormed out into a commanding lead for most primates named in one song! All you're missing is "Bushbaby, bushbaby, there on the sand..." Visually, it's an interesting composition in shades of green. In the U.S., we only see hats that color at St. Patrick's Day.

krabbers - Five Million Monkeys (original) - We've got a run of originals going now. Thanks to everyone for this. This may become Eisley the Rabbit's favorite song. He's a banana addict, and begs me for some every day when I get home from work. I didn't realize the strings on a sopranino were tuned that high, this is almost dog whistle territory.

Dougf - Bad Sasquatch (original) - Your usual great jazz playing, Doug. Another original! It's an embarrassment of riches. There's probably very few jazz songs about Bigfoot. And that's a darned shame. This reminds me - I hope Yeti & Kira do a song this week!

ChrisDeston821 - Feel Good Inc. (Gorillaz) - Fantastic, Chris! I agree with Ryan's comment,this is all kinds of awesome. It's something to be able to watch this being put together in real time, and see how quickly you manage to put all the pieces together. Watch the way you navigate!

redpaul1 - Part Man, Part Monkey (Bruce Springsteen) - Nice lead sound. I agree with Berni, I like the Dylanesque style your voice has on this. A good song choice. You have an impassioned scowl going there.

ThatNeilGuy - Code Monkey (Jonathan Coulton) - Nice job, Neil. I hope you're enjoying the Seasons. You've got a good dynamic singing and strumming rhythm going here. About the only Coulson song I know is Skullcrusher Mountain -- I like this one.

UkeCan1 - Monkees Theme Song (Monkees) - Thanks for doing this one, Wendy. Well done. I never noticed before how the key keeps getting higher throughout that song. When I was a kid, I had an issue of the Monkees comic book. It included the deep wisdom "When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout." I still adhere to this philosophy.

bonesigh
04-08-2014, 06:05 PM
So many great originals for this week. I've learned a lot about primates this week. Even learning that there is one venomous species.....eeeekk! I started writing this song yesterday after reading an article about Ham the first chimp in outer space. While writing it I thought, hmm, I'll bet others have written about him and yep, they have. I put the song aside not intending to do it but this morning I reread what I had and thought, what the heck. I'm glad that Ham only had to go out there once. He was obviously terrified according to Jane Goodall those big grins he was giving upon his return were expressions of fear and not happiness. I wish they would have given him to Jane instead of having him live in zoos. He died very overweight and pretty young at 27. Well, here it is. I hope you enjoy it (:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORgG_iSlZsA

Hes the Man
Dm7, G, C
Dm7 G7
Heres a story about a cute little guy
Dm7 G7
Beginning in July 59
Cmaj7 Am7(open)
Just 3 years old but hes gonna fly
Cmaj7 Am7
By the seat of our ancestors into the sky

Dm7 G7
He wasnt allowed to have a name
Dm7 G7
So the human race would have no shame
Cmaj7 Am7
Just chimp number 65
Cmaj7 Am7
In case he didnt come back alive

Chorus:
F
Now hes known as Ham, Ham, Ham
C
Hes our man
Dm
He took one on the nose for us
G + +
Our hairy little astronaut

Yes, 65 liked being alive
And he didnt mind doing the Rocket Sled Ride
Though he got some banana in the face
He helped us humans get to outer space

Chorus:

Bridge:
Dm7(barr5)
The first American to feel no weight
G#7(5646)
We loved you to death
Cmaj(9787)
Our hero, you were great

He pulled 11, 12, woah, 18 Gs
Which would have put most men on their knees
16 minutes in outer space
Put a smile on the face of the USA

Chorus:
F
Now hes known as Ham, Ham, Ham
C
Hes our man
F C
Lets get Ham, hes the man
Dm
He took one on the nose for us
G + +
Our hairy little astronaut
C
Ham

Jazzbanjorex
04-08-2014, 06:14 PM
This was the first song I thought of for this season...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygw2xW3zLPQ

thesillydave
04-08-2014, 07:28 PM
so, here's the one i thought of...a monkey and a buzzard song..."straighten up and fly right"

http://youtu.be/5cNeY9r7pL8
now, i get to relax for a bit and check out all of y'alls!
great theme uke4ia!

peewee
04-08-2014, 07:55 PM
OOK OOK OOK

I blew all my free time working out the chords to this classic Dickies tune: You Drive me Ape, You Big Gorilla (http://youtu.be/5389V4oKlsA)

I should have spent more time rehearsing... but once that main riff figured itself out, it had to be recorded.
I never really got the right chords for the verse, but it's punk rock, right?

Warning: song refers to Ape Excrement in a direct sort of a way.

http://youtu.be/2nag2Ek3gfQ


http://youtu.be/2nag2Ek3gfQ

peewee
04-08-2014, 08:10 PM
Myrna, cash in your 401k and get yourself down to Portland where Ralf, Sean and Libranian can back you up on this little ditty please.

http://youtu.be/oRTlfFlJ4o8

TCK
04-08-2014, 08:24 PM
This. Brass Monkey. Beastie Boys.
<TCK>I am told arcane trivia is no longer appreciated.</TCK>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0kNUWf9fb8&feature=youtu.be

TCK
04-08-2014, 08:25 PM
Nice one Dave...I love this song. Great take at it. How I wished I had your monkey this week.
so, here's the one i thought of...a monkey and a buzzard song..."straighten up and fly right"

http://youtu.be/5cNeY9r7pL8
now, i get to relax for a bit and check out all of y'alls!
great theme uke4ia!

wee_ginga_yin
04-08-2014, 09:01 PM
wee_ginga_yin - Aba Daba Honeymoon (Debbie Reynolds) - Beard closeup! I hope it's not as cold in that room as your clothes suggest. You sing this a little less perky than Debbie Reynolds does, and that's a good thing. This is up there with "The Animal Fair" for having two different primates. Wikipedia tells me this song dates back to 1914. So we're just a little farther behind Debbie Reynolds' version than she was behind the original.


It is below zero most nights. I did a walk around the garden for project bud burst (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBTuI6wUpNs) and nothing is out yet.
Phenology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenology) is becoming more important to gardeners since there is such a disruption going on because of climate change.

Regarding the beard the proper time to shave it off is when the swans return to Finland :-)

erivel
04-08-2014, 09:25 PM
Here's my entry this week. Sorry Jim...another Beatles cover ;)


http://youtu.be/ov3cP2WoULw

pabrizzer
04-08-2014, 11:13 PM
I've decided I like primates.
Another original - I Wanna Be Like YOU!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3NRX6YypL8

pabrizzer
04-08-2014, 11:31 PM
Sorry Jim...another Beatles cover ;)


Sorry?
THIS IS AWESOMELY BRILLIANT!

lakesideglenn
04-09-2014, 01:45 AM
My favorite monkey video, a little late for the season but fits the theme.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke2hkiFf0mM

ThatNeilGuy
04-09-2014, 03:01 AM
re: Erivel's Beatles song

This is fantastic.

decaturcomp
04-09-2014, 07:05 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THF8Uk0TqGw

UkeCan1
04-09-2014, 07:33 AM
This. Brass Monkey. Beastie Boys.
<TCK>I am told arcane trivia is no longer appreciated.</TCK>

Say WHAT?!!! Please ... say it isn't so! Oh, wait ... it isn't so. I appreciate it. QED.

Barbablanca
04-09-2014, 08:42 AM
Myrna, cash in your 401k and get yourself down to Portland where Ralf, Sean and Libranian can back you up on this little ditty please.

OMG. Did the Beach Boys regret this in later life? How painful it was in 1964 to see 30+ year olds pretending to be teens! And all the guys in suits and ties... Blegh!!! Was this really only three years before the Hippy Revolution? :rolleyes:

elmann
04-09-2014, 10:25 AM
After having absolutely no idea for days, apart from the eternal jungle ubeeeBOOOOOK, suddenly the most known children's song in .de came into my mind. Sung in every kindergarden, at each campfire.
So I did a translation: The apes are rushing through the jungle.
Sorry for my strained somehow piercing glance and fuzzy pronunciation :cool:


http://youtu.be/fuO9e0H4kLc

Pueo
04-09-2014, 10:38 AM
Here's my entry this week. Sorry Jim...another Beatles cover ;)


http://youtu.be/ov3cP2WoULw
Ummmm... This might be one of my favorite Seasons videos EVER.
Really fantastic!

UkeCan1
04-09-2014, 11:20 AM
Well, I learned my lesson last week ... make the video as soon as the song is mostly playable, because it might get worse instead of better, and on Sunday night it will be too late to do anything about it. (That, and everyone's moved on to the new Season by then....)

This week's theme reminded me of something my mother used to say when I was a kid ... and it's worth sharing with others outside our family. (You know, with my other family!)

So, I immortalized it in a song. It's been fun to write, and I'm really pleased with how it came out. I've played it live for a couple of people and they reacted appropriately in the right places, so that's a good sign.

(And yeah, I hope one day to be able to play this ... or any song ... without errors. Someday.)


http://youtu.be/ahjvOstCHaA

PS: The title of the song, unlike the title of the video, is the last four words of the song. Which should qualify it as my official entry.

RAB11
04-09-2014, 11:26 AM
Wendy I've taken on your challenge of using the Bad Monkey but I've been having upload problems!

RAB11
04-09-2014, 11:33 AM
Here it is! Decided to turn the treble down on my pickup AND the pedal and it's finally come out with the sound I was after, so here's Monkey Wrench through my Bad Monkey.



http://youtu.be/oesFmCw3Q-M

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
04-09-2014, 11:59 AM
The Pope is a primate isn't he :^)


Not that there is a connection between my tune and the pope. :^)
This one was written by Chuck Berry and sung by Elvis, The Yardbirds and the Beatles amongst many others but not at the same time and probably not how I have done it..
I have had a great time practising it I even tried kicking the cajon while playing, but couldn't get that right [yet!]

I did find find on Google that TCK had done this for a previous season, but I don't think anyone else has done it this week.

Too much Monkey Business


http://youtu.be/hn2gApWnnYM

Should be up in an hour or so.

Tootler
04-09-2014, 12:05 PM
Here is my entry. It's a song about a local legend.

During the Napoleonic wars, a French ship was wrecked off the east coast of England near Hartlepool a town at the mouth of the Tees, across the river from where I live.

The only survivor was the ships pet monkey which had been dressed up in a military style uniform for the amusement of the ship's crew. With fear of invasion by the French running high at the time, local Fishermen had been keeping watch on the beach and they caught the monkey, questioned him and decided he was a French spy and hung it from a gallows improvised from the mast of a fishing boat.

No one knows for certain if the story is true or not but the Hartlepool people take a perverse pride in it and a few years ago, someone stood for mayor and campaigned dressed in the costume of H'Angus the Monkey, the mascot of the town's football team - and won!

A local man, Alan Wilkinson, a former member of the Teesside Fettlers - a local folk group, wrote a song about the incident which you can hear here: http://youtu.be/aQ2rZOlhCBg

That's not the song I've done. I found the words of another song, almost certainly much older - from the style possibly from a Broadside and written not long after the incident. I edited the song and wrote my own tune for it.


http://youtu.be/oc9AgYDd-60

I had originally intended to do a completely different song, but then remembered the local legend and felt it was worth sharing.

pabrizzer
04-09-2014, 12:19 PM
Torturing then hanging a monkey for being a spy and still going on about it.
And a song about it.:confused:
Delightful.

Bring on the planet of the apes I say.:)

CeeJay
04-09-2014, 01:28 PM
People from Hartlepool , where the event transpired are known as " Monkey Hangers "......I cannot see the smirking and pee taking stopping anytime soon Pa....

Chris

pabrizzer
04-09-2014, 01:54 PM
I'm fine with that as long as the derision is aimed at the hangers and not the unfortunate primate.

... and I guess my wisdom has been increased and my life made richer by hearing a song about it.

It will be a topic of conversation for me for a while with the Brits not coming out looking good.:)

lelouden
04-09-2014, 01:58 PM
I'm home! I came home a day early when my grandson was sick through the night. I woke up and thought...I'm outta here!

I took a quick look to see if this song has been done and I think I may be the first. Yeah! Taken from a children's book by Jesse Fuller.

Engineer And The Monkey~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rtd9DexFqfQ&feature=youtu.be

I forgot to mention I had big plans to play the harmonica during the instrumental breaks. Got home and didn't have the right Key...to be truthful I wasn't sure what key to buy so I didn't make a run to the local music store:)

decaturcomp
04-09-2014, 02:15 PM
"Jonathan explained this song as being a description of an argument. The narrator is trying to explain to the person he's arguing with how he feels but he can't really talk about his own feelings. Instead, he projects those feelings and experiences through his monkey butler, Brian Dennehy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Dennehy)."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozVTgHu9oHQ

myrnaukelele
04-09-2014, 03:06 PM
Myrna, cash in your 401k and get yourself down to Portland where Ralf, Sean and Libranian can back you up on this little ditty please.

http://youtu.be/oRTlfFlJ4o8

lol! do the funky monkey! I'm actually on my way to the airport in a bit but I'm not headed to Portland. I'm off to Juneau for the Alaska Folk Festival. Gonna have to miss some of this monkey business - I'll be back next week sometime...

uke4ia
04-09-2014, 03:41 PM
Myrna, cash in your 401k and get yourself down to Portland where Ralf, Sean and Libranian can back you up on this little ditty please.

http://youtu.be/oRTlfFlJ4o8

The strangest part is that it took Robert & Richard Sherman to write the Beach Boys a song to sing that sounds just like a Beach Boys song. Yes, friends, the same guys who wrote this song also wrote "I Wanna Be Like You".

thesillydave
04-09-2014, 03:50 PM
just for fun....here's my jungle book "i wanna be like you" version...it was the third video i had ever done...way back in 2010! with my 2 boys, jake & bax...and their pal marcelo....my how times fly!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU3c9pnCfZY
cheers!

decaturcomp
04-09-2014, 03:59 PM
Hah, years ago I had a website at monkeystyping.com for a similar sarky reason.


Saw this today, and it seems relevant to this week's theme -

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pabrizzer
04-09-2014, 04:30 PM
Oh thank goodness.
Did some home work on the monkey hanging incident.
Seems it is much more likely that they hung a young boy. (Powder monkey apparently refers to young lads who helped charge the canon on ships in those times).
Now that is better. Isn't it?

uke4ia
04-09-2014, 04:39 PM
This batch is so long I have to split it into two posts.


bonesigh - He's the Man (original) - Is it wrong that now I want to have ham for dinner instead of fish? I'll be down in the kitchen singing "Ham, ham, ha-am" and confusing my wife. That's a nice original. By the way, I was just Googling for monkey puppets. I want to get one of the ones that you can Velcro the arms and legs around you like it's hanging onto you.

Jazzbanjorex - Shock the Monkey (Peter Gabriel) - Holy crap, I didn't know you could sing that high! I hope you didn't pull a throat muscle. A great, rowdy performance. I'm trying to remember if we ever had any Peter Gabriel videos in the Seasons until this week. I think maybe someone did "In Your Eyes". This was the tour I saw Peter Gabriel on.

thesillydave - Straighten Up and Fly Right (Nat King Cole) - (clapping and cheering) I've been waiting impatiently for you and your buddy to show up this week. I like that he has his own fez. I think you're the first person to do scat singing this week, and thank you for that. I thought with three versions of "I Wanna Be Like You" someone would do some scat singing, but nothing. Maybe for primate week everyone's been throwing all their scat.

peewee - You Drive Me Ape, You Big Gorilla (Dickies) - You're right, that riff demands to be played. Glad you did. And I'm glad that people are finding some ape songs to go with all the monkey songs. I'm not familiar with the original song, so the chords you chose for the verse sound just fine to me.

TCK - Brass Monkey (Beastie Boys) - I'm glad you ended up doing this one. I had to Google to find out what this drink is. I found this on urbandictionary.com: "A drink made from mixing a 40oz bottle of malt liquor with orange juice. Commonly on tha street, this is done by drinking your 40 to the top of its label, then filling it to the top with OJ."

erivel - Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (Beatles) -
:holds lighter up: Usually I avoid Beatles covers like the plague, because it's all been done. Almost anything you could possibly do to a Beatles song has been done. But about once a year, there is a cover so awesome I happily make an exception for it. This is one of those exceptions. Fantastic, Eric.

pabrizzer - I Wanna Be Like You (original) - Two monkey originals in just a few days. You're working fast, Pa. Looks like there's room for Mowgli and King Louie to work out a trade. The monkeys may not have guns, but I saw a nature show just a few days ago where one band of chimps killed another for its territory. Maybe they got the idea by watching humans.

decaturcomp - Can Your Monkey Do the Dog? (Rufus Thomas) -
Well, yeah, he can do the Poodle, but not those others. Not the Prairie Dog. And Lordy, he can do the Spitz! Now I'm curious what it would look like if there really was a dance called the Prairie Dog.

uke4ia
04-09-2014, 04:41 PM
elmann - Apes Are Rushing Through the Jungle - A very good performance, and you did a great job on the translation. I always enjoy watching your strum and fingering. You make everything seem effortless.

UkeCan1 - Banana for Your Monkey (original) - A fun song. This is a huge week for originals. I never knew monkeys were so inspiring. So who was your mother referring to when she said this? Children of friends or relatives? And, if "yo mama" jokes are called the dozens, is there a name for "yo baby" jokes?

Lumpy Wafflesquirt - Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry) - Good job, Lumpy! That old time rock and roll! No, no one else beat you to this song. This was about the first song that came to my mind when I thought of this theme, but I guess it wasn't for other people.

Tootler - Fishermen Hung the Monkey (traditional) -
That's a catchy tune you wrote, Geoff. Very nice performance. I like how when the writer got tired of finishing every verse with "monkey-oh", suddenly we get "the fisherman have got drunk-ey-oh".

RAB11 - Monkey Wrench (Foo Fighters) - UkeCan1 is right: If you have a Bad Monkey, you have to use it this week. The distortion sounds good. Thanks for accepting the challenge.

lelouden - The Monkey and the Engineer (Dave Rawlings Machine) - Great multitracking, as usual, Linda. Does this count as a children's song if the Grateful Dead have done it? The little monkey that could. "I think I can. I think I can. ook ook"

decaturcomp - My Monkey (Jonathan Coulton) - A nice one, Alan. Jonathan Coulton apparently thinks about monkeys a lot. This is his second monkey song this week. And for all I know, he may have a few more out there.



Whew. I've been watching uke videos for most of the past five hours, and I'm getting pretty punchy. I was going to try to do a video tonight, but......naaah. Time for a beer. :cheers:

TCK
04-09-2014, 07:37 PM
Drank my Olde English 40 down to the label, topped her off with some OJ, and coaxed the wife to play you all a song.
This one is for the hippies.
The Monkey and the Engineer- Grateful Dead.
This is my entry- sorry for the whole switching videos around thing.
It is a train song too...for all you who have been around a day or two.
Did I post too much? Is there arcane trivia no one wants to read here? Dammit. I apologize...NOT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyAUM6oj14Q&feature=youtu.be

peewee
04-09-2014, 08:34 PM
The strangest part is that it took Robert & Richard Sherman to write the Beach Boys a song to sing that sounds just like a Beach Boys song. Yes, friends, the same guys who wrote this song also wrote "I Wanna Be Like You".

What other primate songs did they write, I wonder?

ukuleledaddy
04-09-2014, 08:42 PM
Myrna, cash in your 401k and get yourself down to Portland where Ralf, Sean and Libranian can back you up on this little ditty please.


Nice call PeeWee. Maybe we could Skype?

bird's eye view of my ukelele
04-09-2014, 11:57 PM
ukecan1 suggested RAB and i should do our vids for this season on our bad monkey overdrive pedals!

it seemed logical, captain!

here is "i'm a believer" by the monkees


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-t0X69Z8Lc

Barbablanca
04-10-2014, 01:11 AM
"And then I saw her face......" Oh the irony!!! Gosh you are really rubbing it in Lynda! ;)

PS Did you know this one was written by Neil Diamond?

Marc_McPherson93
04-10-2014, 05:29 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I76GoaztKY

Off the back of some food posioning, this wasn't my best performance, and couldn't resist posting for this theme! Excellent choice!

One of my favourite Beatles' tracks.

Hope you enjoy! :)

max2173
04-10-2014, 06:16 AM
Here's mine, I was trying to work on a bit of a medley but I couldn't get it to work so I went for this abridged version of a Gorillaz song.


http://youtu.be/ypZ0aCo-k2g

bird's eye view of my ukelele
04-10-2014, 06:44 AM
"And then I saw her face......" Oh the irony!!! Gosh you are really rubbing it in Lynda! ;)

PS Did you know this one was written by Neil Diamond?
lol!

no i never thought of the irony here, berni! (i'm not overly bright! :uhoh: )

you really made me laugh with that - thanks!

and no i did not know the song was written by neil diamond - how do you guys KNOW all this stuff?! :bowdown:

Joko
04-10-2014, 07:04 AM
It's monkey week.

I'm on a beach in Myanmar singing the signature song of a ukulele legend who happens to be from my home town and I've met on one occassion. Still, his song about poo and monkeys soo fits this week..\\


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L1siilYuKE

erivel
04-10-2014, 09:17 AM
erivel - Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey (Beatles) -
:holds lighter up: Usually I avoid Beatles covers like the plague, because it's all been done. Almost anything you could possibly do to a Beatles song has been done. But about once a year, there is a cover so awesome I happily make an exception for it. This is one of those exceptions. Fantastic, Eric.

Thanks Jim! I knew of your aversion to Beatles covers when I did I Dig a Pony late last year, which is why I half jokingly apologized for doing one for your season :)


Ummmm... This might be one of my favorite Seasons videos EVER.
Really fantastic!

Wow thanks a lot, that's quite an honor!


re: Erivel's Beatles song

This is fantastic.

Thank you Neil!


Sorry?
THIS IS AWESOMELY BRILLIANT!

Thanks Brian! See above comment to Jim as to why I was sorry :)

xommen
04-10-2014, 10:29 AM
an original I wrote for this season inspired by:
http://www.apenheul.com this is called Monkey Zoo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE_X355sn6w

Lumpy Wafflesquirt
04-10-2014, 11:00 AM
Too much Monkey Business


http://youtu.be/hn2gApWnnYM



here especially for Berni is a view of my set up from the other side so you can see where I had the camera propped. It's a wonder I managed to get so much of me in the frame really.


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Barbablanca
04-10-2014, 11:18 AM
here especially for Berni is a view of my set up from the other side so you can see where I had the camera propped. It's a wonder I managed to get so much of me in the frame really.

Oh Lumpy, you should never show how the trick is done. And there was I thinking you had an"Amelie" director's command of the visuals! ;)

uke4ia
04-10-2014, 11:49 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgc5nLO8h14

This is a T Bone Burnett song, "Monkey Dance". I'm angry at myself for having trouble hitting the high notes, when I'd already lowered the key. Grumble Grumble Ook Ook


By the way, we still haven't heard "The Animal Fair." We may never know what became of the monk. :(

CeeJay
04-10-2014, 03:19 PM
here especially for Berni is a view of my set up from the other side so you can see where I had the camera propped. It's a wonder I managed to get so much of me in the frame really.


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Wogglesquirt.(sic)..you cunning devil....fancy having a Hereford Council sponsored Camera Stand..no wonder this production is Ace......grumble...grumble ...grumble..Arts council...blah blah ....:cheers:

uke4ia
04-10-2014, 04:19 PM
TCK - The Monkey and the Engineer (Grateful Dead) - This is a mellow blast. Hi, Mel! I like when multiple people do a song that I didn't know before that Season. I get a better sense of the song hearing it taken in different directions. At the beginning of the song, the dogs were walking in time -- by the end, they were doing a space jam. (As I type this, I'm drinking beer with bourbon in it. Does it show? Salud!)

bird's eye view of my ukelele - I'm a Believer (Monkee) - I like that hyperactive strum! It reminds me of the punk/New Wave era covers of older songs, like the English Beat doing "Tears of a Clown", etc. Nice singing, too. I once played a version of this with altered lyrics at an office staff meeting.

Marc_McPherson93 - Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey (Beatles) - Great work, Marc! It takes a brave man to follow Eric on a song. I've seen grown men rip their own heads off rather than follow Eric. I agree with Linda, you have a really good voice. At times here, your voice reminds me of Michael Jackson -- who, of course, had a monkey.

max2173 - Clint Eastwood (Gorillaz) - It's comin' on, it's comin' on, it's comin' up, it's DARE (woo). I'm glad to see people taking on the challenge of doing Gorillaz covers this week. They're not the most obvious songs to attempt on a ukulele. You do this one really well.

Joko - Flinging Poo at the Zoo (Doctor Sparkles) - Joko on the rocks, with a balcony chaser. Nice performance. Can't argue with a monkey song off a monkey album. This isn't just a song, it's a philosophy. Hope you're enjoying it in Myanmar. It looks beautiful there.

xommen - Monkey Zoo (original) -
Wow! You really do have a monkey zoo. And the founder was named Wim. http://www.apenheul.com/ I can't complain, we have a small zoo in the next town with gibbons, a couple of types of monkey, and some lemurs on loan from another zoo. Thanks for another original song. This Season may be setting a record for the most original songs.

bonesigh
04-10-2014, 05:03 PM
Hey guys. Posting and then playing catch up. It's been a busy week. Hope you enjoy this little number Rex and I worked on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMAtJgt2Oh4&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player

bird's eye view of my ukelele
04-10-2014, 07:25 PM
thanks for your comment, oh wondrous host - i can never reply to you on spewtube so please allow me to answer here - i read somewhere online (so it must be true) that old school punk bands stuck/stick with downstrums only for a uniformity of sound - which made me feel better about my upstrum only approach (so i have it backwards as well as upside down - you can't have everything!)

thesillydave
04-10-2014, 08:46 PM
my last monkey entry...monkey, by harry belafonte!

http://youtu.be/ghX_mDGo-xo
cheers all! thanks for a great theme!

Cornfield
04-11-2014, 04:09 AM
Primates in the news last night:

A chimpanzee escaped its enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo today, forcing staff to shelter indoors and in their cars until the chimp was lured back into its pen. A single chimp got loose around 4 p.m. but remained inside the zoos property, prompting a "Code Red" situation, zoo officials told ABC News.
"One of our chimpanzees was able to break roughly a six-foot tree limb that was then used as a ladder to climb on top of the outdoor enclosure wall. That chimp then enticed six other chimps to join the first chimp," Kansas City Zoo spokeswoman Julie Neemeyer said in a statement. "The chimps never left Zoo grounds, nor did they ever leave the immediate exhibit area."
"Zoo staff responded quickly and professionally creating a perimeter around the chimps using enclosed vehicles. Eventually the chimps were lured back in to their holding building with various food treats," Neemeyer said. "Within roughly 1 1/2 hours all chimps were safely secured inside their holding building and the 'Code Red' was pronounced all clear."

mikef
04-11-2014, 08:12 AM
Hello you little monkeys!
My apologies for being AWOL for the past few weeks... work has been keeping me far too busy... grumble grumble...

BUT... here's an entry for The Primate House. It's an original song called "Monkey Man".... just me and a quick digital camera job... I hope you like it.


http://youtu.be/hvh0GJ9bXdI

Markwo
04-11-2014, 09:33 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm_HvlLRAAo


This video represents a lot of firsts for me:


1st video I have done for SOTU.
1st song I've written on Ukulele.
1st day I got this Firefly.


These "contests" are very cool. They really are fun motivators to learn more and be creative. Looking forward to doing more!

cua94
04-11-2014, 09:45 AM
Here is my entry. Love this theme!

http://youtu.be/0XQE7u9pKRw

Cua94

29moons
04-11-2014, 11:06 AM
This video represents a lot of firsts for me:


1st video I have done for SOTU.
1st song I've written on Ukulele.
1st day I got this Firefly.


These "contests" are very cool. They really are fun motivators to learn more and be creative. Looking forward to doing more!


Welcome to the seasons. Awesome song, awesome uke and awesome playing. I really enjoyed that because that's what monkeys eat. I hope you participate next week as I'm hosting. Looking forward to more videos.

ukuleledaddy
04-11-2014, 12:33 PM
I love The Monkees, love them. Here's a one take from their second album. Thanks to 29Moons for the shirt!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YktC0DG-m90

pabrizzer
04-11-2014, 01:31 PM
Terrific season Jim.
I also think this could be record for original songs in a season. Do we know how many?


Did some homework on the venomous primate.

A species of slow loris has a venomous bite.
It uses a gland under its armpits and rubs this excretion on its teeth.
Anything that hangs around to be bitten by a slow loris, poisonous or not, is abiding by Darwin's theory on survival.

southside mike
04-11-2014, 02:12 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCd0Q28acNc
It took me a while this week. I found one on Sunday but so did someone else so I found another one on Monday But so did someone else. Then I realized that I should have posted one of those anyway because everyone goes in the hat together this week. Instead I searched for something I could loop and here is my not so good attempt at a Monkees song.

pabrizzer
04-11-2014, 02:55 PM
It took me a while this week. I found one on Sunday but so did someone else so I found another one on Monday But so did someone else. Then I realized that I should have posted one of those anyway because everyone goes in the hat together this week. Instead I searched for something I could loop and here is my not so good attempt at a Monkees song.

Your video says it's PRIVATE Mike.

uke4ia
04-11-2014, 03:20 PM
Terrific season Jim.
I also think this could be record for original songs in a season. Do we know how many?


I just went through the thread and counted. My count is 10 so far.

uke4ia
04-11-2014, 04:03 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLRickH9u-0

This is a song from a solo album by Roger Ruskin Spear, who played tenor saxophone and invented strange contraptions for the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.


We've got two more days in this Season. I'm still hoping for a particular song from Shady Wilbury. Sometimes I think of Tweeter...

bonesigh
04-11-2014, 04:18 PM
I happen to like those little fat bastards (:

I love The Monkees, love them. Here's a one take from their second album. Thanks to 29Moons for the shirt!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YktC0DG-m90

bonesigh
04-11-2014, 04:26 PM
I wonder. There are now 4 slow loris species. The article I read says they pull out the teeth of the ones people (rotten darn humans!) have as pets. Do these already have the poison in their teeth? http://blogs.voanews.com/science-world/2012/12/14/new-species-of-worlds-only-poisonous-primate-found/

Terrific season Jim.
I also think this could be record for original songs in a season. Do we know how many?


Did some homework on the venomous primate.

A species of slow loris has a venomous bite.
It uses a gland under its armpits and rubs this excretion on its teeth.
Anything that hangs around to be bitten by a slow loris, poisonous or not, is abiding by Darwin's theory on survival.

southside mike
04-11-2014, 04:38 PM
Thanks Brian, it's fixed I think.

ukuleledaddy
04-11-2014, 04:47 PM
I happen to like those little fat bastards (:
Haha, yeah I do too, truth be told. Love those little guys. Problem is, they've taken over ALL the bird feeders. So now we have the one squirrel proof bird feeder and three squirrel feeders.

uke4ia
04-11-2014, 05:13 PM
bonesigh (feat. Jazzbanjorex) - Don't Monkey with Another Monkey's Monkey (Johnny Paycheck) - A big YEAH all the way around. I like every bit of this, including the two helpers. Good performance and singing, Janet. Nice leads and harmonies, Rex. This just gave me another idea I will never do anything with: a song to the tune of the "Winnie the Pooh" theme called "Flinging the Poo".

thesillydave - Monkey (Harry Belafonte) - This is one of my favorite of your videos. A wonderful performance. It's a great song that I wasn't familiar with. Mr. Monkey's going Hollywood, with his celebrity shades. I don't want to see him after he's been into your favorite gin.

mikef - Monkey Man (original) - Beautiful singing, Mike. A nice melody and mellow feel. I thought for a moment that the cactus was a microphone. We've had nine original songs so far this Season. I don't think we ever had a Season dedicated to original songs, so I think we've set a record.

Markwo - If I Was a Monkey (original) - Welcome to the Seasons, Mark! We'll have to teach you the secret Seasonista handshake. Your voice and playing sound very good. That Firefly has a nice sound. This is the 10th original song this week! Yow! "The old school monkey way."

cua94 - Pleasant Valley Sunday (Monkees) - Nice job. Thanks for pushing through your allergies to do this one, Liz. I'm glad to see that we've got a few Monkees songs coming in today. Is that a baritone? I can't tell how big it is with the fretboard off-screen.

ukuleledaddy - The Kind of Girl I Could Love (Monkees) - Great one, Sean. Your voice sounds very good on this. Like Pa, I thought we'd get more Monkees songs this week -- mostly because I didn't realize people knew so many monkey and ape songs.

southside mike - I'm Not Your Stepping Stone (Monkees) - Good, this video is back. When I tried to add it to the playlist before, I got a message that the owner had removed the video. Some really nice lead playing there. If I have one takeaway from this week, it's that I need to get a looper. You and Chris have shown me the light.

29moons
04-11-2014, 05:54 PM
Here's another Monkees Cover recorded in my truck today. That's a lot of Monkees covers recently uploaded and I LIKE IT! Here's an obscure one from "The Birds The Bees And The Monkees." This is only the fourth time that I had played this... ever. Please enjoy, "Auntie's Municipal Court."


http://youtu.be/d-fhcujew6E

Concertina
04-11-2014, 06:00 PM
Ugggg...my video is going to be so late this week. I'm glad no one has done my song yet though! (Just jinxed it! Woo!!!!)

You guys are all awesome, in case I didn't mention it yet today. <3

29moons
04-11-2014, 06:09 PM
I love The Monkees, love them. Here's a one take from their second album. Thanks to 29Moons for the shirt!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YktC0DG-m90

OK! That's awesome. Thanks so much for the shout out and the dedication. I almost did two other songs off of "More of the Monkees." I tried "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" and "Hold On Girl", see we need to start a Monkees cover band. This is just so great. I like the look toward the bird feeder at the end, but I don't think that's the kind of squirrel you could love.

Squirrel

You fat little bastardly

And I know that you cannot be

The kind of squirrel I could love


You've

Got those little beady eyes

And if I could you’d be paralyzed

You're not the squirrel I could love


You’re always eating all my seed

Just leave my seed alone

If you're looking for some seed

Then find another home


Squirrel

Keeping our bowl as pure

And the birds have some doubt that you're

The kind of squirrel I could love

The kind of squirrel I could love

mattydee
04-11-2014, 06:27 PM
Here's my entry. Crazy busy week, so I haven't had a chance to catch up, but I feel pretty sure no one's gotten to this one yet. It's by Chris Barron, frontman for Spin Doctors, a friend of mine from my New York days. When he was doing solo gigs after the gloss of the band's early success had worn off, he would do this number, and he released it on his solo acoustic album, Shag. Spin Doctors later recorded and released it on their fourth album, bought by basically nobody. In my opinion, the acoustic version is better, and a live version even better than that. Since we're recording, I just worked up the a cover of the solo recording.

Chris says it stems from his high school days, when he first started working out and got some definition in his arms. Pals started calling him Gorilla Boy, and this song quickly followed.


http://youtu.be/P-SA3Xvy71w

Fun fact: The shirt I'm wearing in this video is from a theater company I worked with in New York called Gorilla Rep. The name was a bit of a pun as we primarily did environmental street theater. Anyhow, I met Chris Barron in a rare indoor performance of a Gorilla Rep show; a musical version of Goethe's Faust that he wrote music for and starred in. Ah, the late 90s were so much fun.

peewee
04-11-2014, 08:12 PM
So I'm kind of monkey poaching this week, posting hurried sloppy songs, and not spending much time viewing or commenting on the other entries, so sorry for that.
BUT: today was a long work day, and tomorrow's start is in just 6.5 hours..and this song has been banging around in my largely empty head. Unless someone has posted it under a stealth title, I don't think it's been done yet, and it's obligatory I think.
So here's a sloppy rehearsal video of the Kink's "Ape Man"
http://youtu.be/1ls1ustGYJo


http://youtu.be/1ls1ustGYJo

there's an XTC song that I tried a couple of days ago that is a real headscratcher. Beautiful song though: "The Smartest Monkeys" (http://youtu.be/5TmHMBrKcYU)\

OOK OOK OOK!!

pabrizzer
04-11-2014, 09:12 PM
So I'm kind of monkey poaching this week, posting hurried sloppy songs, and not spending much time viewing or commenting on the other entries, so sorry for that.
BUT: today was a long work day, and tomorrow's start is in just 6.5 hours..and this song has been banging around in my largely empty head. Unless someone has posted it under a stealth title, I don't think it's been done yet, and it's obligatory I think.
So here's a sloppy rehearsal video of the Kink's "Ape Man"

there's an XTC song that I tried a couple of days ago that is a real headscratcher. Beautiful song though: "The Smartest Monkeys" (http://youtu.be/5TmHMBrKcYU)\

OOK OOK OOK!!

Was good PeeWee but it was done by Greenie44 in post #31
It was worth 2 vids at the very least though.

Smartest Monkey is a goodun but would take some working out.

wee_ginga_yin
04-11-2014, 10:31 PM
You really got me monkey man FTB.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkix_3RFZL4

peewee
04-12-2014, 02:31 AM
Was good PeeWee but it was done by Greenie44 in post #31
It was worth 2 vids at the very least though.

Smartest Monkey is a goodun but would take some working out.
If Greenie did it, I'm in good company, thanks for pointing that out. And sorry Greenie!

pabrizzer
04-12-2014, 02:51 AM
Another Gorillaz - I think it is a cover of an XX song. Only discovered it today.
First time playing the GarageBand sythn on the computer keys.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9kK5_6CmEw

decaturcomp
04-12-2014, 02:57 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbk0cxqqqBg

Thanks for the pointer, Peter. I didn't remember this one though I was pretty big on English Settlement and the few records after that.


I just listened to this twice stumbled through it once then recorded. So, the original is vastly better of course and included a post-Tarkus Keith Emersonesque synth part that I wished Jim Uke4ia were here to approximate.

uke4ia
04-12-2014, 07:38 AM
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7clor_les-marx-et-mooorice-chevalier_shortfilms



Here's a clip from the Marx Brothers movie "Monkey Business". If you want to get off of this Season, you've got to SING like Chevalier!

southside mike
04-12-2014, 08:12 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrilVWW6gBg&feature=youtu.be
I don't think this one was done but I might have missed it.

uke4ia
04-12-2014, 09:20 AM
29moons - Auntie's Municipal Court (Monkees) - You do a great job with this. Does the title refer to Auntie Grizelda? I don't remember hearing this song before. A little bit of "I Am the Walrus" in the lyrics, but nothing about aunties or municipal court. Maybe it was written while waiting to pay some parking tickets.

mattydee - Gorilla Boy (Chris Barron) - Oh yeah! Great singing, great playing. And just the right touch of reverb. It's a really good sounding recording. This is a catchy song -- props to Chris. This might make a good mashup with the Police's "Bombs Away" and its guerilla girl.

peewee - Apeman (Kinks) - A nice bonus track. While Rick took this in a more calypso direction, you make more of a ballad out of it. It's notable how for so many of the songs this week, the songwriters projected themselves as the monkey or ape.

wee_ginga_yin - Monkey Man (Toots & the Maytals) - I really like this, Rob. The "You Really Got Me" bass line fits well underneath this song. Somehow, the bassline almost gives the song a little bit of a "Funkytown" vibe, and I mean that in a good way.

pabrizzer - Crystalised (Gorillaz) - You know the Gorillaz songbook better than I do, Pa. I haven't heard this before. I keep expecting another minor chord to start the chorus, but it's a major chord instead. "For these next two seconds, we will not be angst-ridden." I like those keyboard washes.

decaturcomp - The Smartest Monkeys (XTC) - Thanks for giving this a shot, Alan. I wasn't expecting to hear it this week. This is my favorite song from Nonsuch, and the only real keyboard solo I remember from XTC. Once, while packed up for moving between apartments, the only cassette I had to listen to for a month had XTC "Nonsuch" on one side, and They Might Be Giants "Flood" on the other. So I've heard the original...a few times. I Googled up an XTC fan site this morning that would give me a starting point for everything except the guitar bit before the synth solo. I doubt I'll be trying it this weekend.

southside mike - Monkey Man (Rolling Stones) - That's some impressive playing in the intro. Like with "One Monkey Don't Stop the Show", we've had multiple songs called "Monkey Man" this week. We've had a lot of songs where the singer called himself a monkey, this is the first where he called himself "a cold Italian pizza".

Barbablanca
04-12-2014, 10:45 AM
The muse grabbed me by the short and curlies again this week in the middle of the night and sang the chorus of this into my receptive semi-awake mind. So, to add to the tally of original songs this week, here is my 2nd Monkey Idiom based song.


http://youtu.be/CRYid_Ln2qw

Lyrics in the YouTube description, as usual.

GinnyT11
04-12-2014, 12:11 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RSh9_9S4Sw#t=80

Here's a monkey's Irish drinking song. Shows what it's like to be as drunk as a monkey's uncle.

Yeti&Kira
04-12-2014, 01:00 PM
Hello, everyone!

We didn't have any primates around, so our cats Tonkolap (thinlegged in Russian) and Fatty were acting for us this time. Nice theme, we worked hard on this one. :) Here's our tune. It's a song originally performed by Derrick Harriot, a classic skanker. Monkey Ska! We switched instruments, Kira plays skanking ukulele and Yeti is on the keys. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VLYlxpctsQ

uke4ia
04-12-2014, 02:12 PM
Barbablanca - Won't Someone Get This Monkey Off My Back? (original) - The piano/uke combination sounds very good here. So does the minor key. From a songwriting standpoint, I'd suggest maybe tweaking the second verse. That first line changes the whole song, and makes the narrator's downfall sound like it was due to drugs, rather than greed.

pabrizzer - Little Monkeys (original) - Now I think you're just trying to pad the total for original songs this week. ;-)

Yeti&Kira - Monkey Ska (Derrick Harriott) - This is great. This is a ska variation on Harry Belafonte's "Monkey" song that thesillydave did as a bonus track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghX_mDGo-xo I really like the melodica solo. I'm glad that you two did a song this week. I don't know if "yeti" has the same meaning in Russia, but to us it's the name they give in Nepal to a mythical ape-man of the Himalaya Mountains, also called the Abominable Snowman. In the U.S., there are similar mythical ape-men called Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

bonesigh
04-12-2014, 05:24 PM
I was writing a final original for this week called "Blue Baboon" but I'm just not going to get it done. I've spent the whole day collecting material and building a hutch for our new bunnies that my daughter got for her birthday. New pets. It's funny but my song (which I'll still write and post later) is going to be about how baboons apparently keep dogs as pets (sort of). It's still up for debate. The beginning of this video is hard to watch but interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPg8no9r8Ng

As I was building this hutch and idea came to me. I don't believe anyone has posted about the most prevalent primate........US!
So here is "Dawn of Man" from A Space Odyssey.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPIKAYZMc4s&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player

uke4ia
04-12-2014, 06:18 PM
As I was building this hutch and idea came to me. I don't believe anyone has posted about the most prevalent primate........US!
So here is "Dawn of Man" from A Space Odyssey.


That's because I specifically made the theme songs about non-human primates. But for a bonus this is fine. Of course, to me the definitive version of this will always be the one by the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra.

And congratulations on your new bunnies. We keep ours in the kitchen. But we have a pretty big kitchen. And a pretty small bunny.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWN0xM-i2I8

uke4ia
04-12-2014, 06:33 PM
I think I figured out why several people couldn't respond to my YouTube comments. The problem wasn't in YouTube, it was Google Plus (so what else is new?).

I never intended to use Google Plus for anything, except that we have to have a Google Plus account to comment on YouTube. I had Google Plus set up so that people couldn't respond to my comments there, because I never expect to post anything on Google Plus. But I guess that meant no one could respond to my YouTube comments, either. Anyway, I changed the setting, so I'm hoping that will solve the problem.

Concertina
04-12-2014, 07:16 PM
Annnnnnd just under the wire!!!

A little ska for ya: Here is "Monkey Man" by The Specials!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvtJ1LEDA9o&feature=youtu.be

I left the bloopers in the beginning because I thought they were funny! I hope you all get a little giggle out of it too! Also, don't mind my laughing near the end, sometimes the faces I make crack me up they are so ridiculous. Also...this song just cracks me up...so I had a bunch of fun filming it. I think John will be happy I got it out of my system because I've been singing it (loudly) around the house all week!

uke4ia
04-12-2014, 07:31 PM
Annnnnnd just under the wire!!!


There's still a whole day left. Seasons go for 8 days, Sunday to Sunday. So Sunday is always part of two Seasons, the first day of one and the last day of another.

Concertina
04-12-2014, 07:33 PM
There's still a whole day left. Seasons go for 8 days, Sunday to Sunday. So Sunday is always part of two Seasons, the first day of one and the last day of another.

Late for me anyhow lol
My week has been super busy.

dktoller
04-13-2014, 06:51 AM
A Wilburys song written (mostly) by Dylan with frequent Springsteen references.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo8HhkUgaXo&feature=youtu.be

ukuleledaveey
04-13-2014, 07:17 AM
Howdy Gang and boy what a fab theme for this week, many thanks for hosting Jim and great entries everyone.
Well here is my official entry for this week, this was a classic novelty song from the 1970's when i was knee high to a grasshopper, I know the Goodies are known in Australia, but i am not sure if they are known states side, anyway here is my song, i had fun doing it :smileybounce:


http://youtu.be/3dMQL6gA8Oc

uke4ia
04-13-2014, 09:26 AM
bonesigh - Thus Spake Zarathustra (Strauss) - Nothing says evolution like splintering bones while a tapir falls down. I didn't remember those ape suits as looking remotely that cheesy. It's interesting to hear this on a ukulele. But my heart still belongs to the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra version. Classical music on a uke is tough. The fast pieces have too many notes per second for most of us to manage, and the slow pieces like this have long held notes, which don't lend themselves to an instrument that has the sustain of an eye-blink.

Concertina - Monkey Man (Specials) - Yes! Well done, Maria. It's been a good week for reggae and ska. It was good of you to leave your blooper in the video. I always cut mine out, because they tend to involve a fair amount of swearing. This was a cover of the Toots & the Maytals song that they wrote to tease their producer, Leslie Kong. Wow, according to Wikipedia this song has also been covered by Sublime, Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, Amy Winehouse, and Adam Ant. (And the Wiggles.)

dktoller - Tweeter and the Monkey Man (Traveling Wilburys) - Nice. You did a good job with that instrumental line after the chorus. I was hoping someone would do this song. These long songs are deceptive -- it seems like a simple song, but by the fourth and fifth verse you get to thinking "I do NOT want to have to do this whole thing over again, just let me get through this take."

ukuleledaveey - The Funky Gibbon (Goodies) - This one didn't make it to the US. It was discussed on Page 5 of the Season thread, with the consensus being that no one had the nerve to play it this week. So feel proud that you stepped up into the breach when no one else would dare! There's some gibbons in a small zoo in the next town -- I'll have to see if I can teach them the dance.

Concertina
04-13-2014, 10:19 AM
This was the ONLY time my bloopers haven't had swearing hahaha so, that's why I left it. But I'm right there with you.

bonesigh
04-13-2014, 03:23 PM
Guess I need to read the rules :rulez:

That's because I specifically made the theme songs about non-human primates. But for a bonus this is fine. Of course, to me the definitive version of this will always be the one by the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra.

And congratulations on your new bunnies. We keep ours in the kitchen. But we have a pretty big kitchen. And a pretty small bunny.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWN0xM-i2I8

Pueo
04-14-2014, 12:18 AM
Oh man the rhinovirus is a cruel mistress. I just have no voice to sing. I have the little white uke too! I have tried to record it a few times but invariably start coughing 3/4 of the way through the first verse. I'll probably tack it on here anyways as soon as I can get through it...

uke4ia
04-14-2014, 01:26 AM
The 112th Season is now over. Thanks to everybody who participated. Pueo, you're welcome to post your song when you can, and I'll put it on the Bonus Tracks playlist.

We had 46 official entries and 28 bonus songs. There were a whopping 11 original songs (pabrizzer appears to have deleted "Little Monkeys", which was a 12th), and that's not counting Tootler coming up with original music for an old poem. You put in a lot of creative effort this week, and I greatly appreciate it. I'll try to be prompt with selecting the winners.

Concertina
04-14-2014, 04:18 AM
Thanks it was a fun week!

decaturcomp
04-14-2014, 04:25 AM
so ads!
much commercial!
I love it with all of my fuzzy little heart.
Thank you!!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RSh9_9S4Sw#t=80

Here's a monkey's Irish drinking song. Shows what it's like to be as drunk as a monkey's uncle.

uke4ia
04-22-2014, 04:14 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiPbUmE-YzQ

Concertina
04-22-2014, 04:32 PM
YAYYY!!!! Grats to the winners!!

Another great season...although I'm starting to think that it's a requirement to get sick after you host one!!

Feel better!!!

lelouden
04-22-2014, 05:47 PM
Yippy! I'm doing back flips like a monkey:)

Its so fun to be a winner :D

BTW I think that chicken is well coated Jim! :biglaugh:

peewee
04-22-2014, 06:38 PM
thanks, Jim for a great week, a great theme, and much simian excitement and excrement tossing in honor of the Lucky Three

bird's eye view of my ukelele
04-22-2014, 08:04 PM
great season, big thanks to our wonderful host, and congrats to all the lucky monkeys who won!

decaturcomp
04-23-2014, 12:54 AM
Thanks Jim!

More fun than, I could ever imagine! I was tempted to goof around with the rules but decided to eschew the forehead shines. Then I decided to get primed and I ate something and I'll be a person's uncle, you pulled my name along with two other members of our troop!

UkeCan1
04-23-2014, 01:12 AM
Whee, that was fun! I hope you are feeling better, Jim. Congrats to the winners ... and we are all winners. I know I am, for one, because I wrote my best song yet, inspired by this theme. And I learned the Monkees theme song, which is fun to sing at parties. :-)

Loved all the contributions and originals!

Thanks for a great week!

And, yeah, what's up with hosts always getting sick at the end of their Seasons?! One might think that hosting is hazardous to one's health. Maybe it's just coincidence, but it surely does seem like hosting takes quite a lot and can be a challenge to the host's well-being. I wonder if there's anything we, as a community, can do, to help keep our hosts healthy? Just thinking out loud here ... any ideas how we can make this task sustainable ("happy problem!") as the Seasons continue to grow?

bonesigh
04-23-2014, 06:13 PM
Congratulations winners!! Love how you shake it uke4ia, LOL (:

TCK
04-26-2014, 07:50 PM
Great season Jim! Congrats to the winners circle which is certainly great company this week....Monkey songs, who even knew we could do that?

myrnaukelele
04-26-2014, 07:55 PM
Great season Jim! Congrats to the winners circle which is certainly great company this week....Monkey songs, who even knew we could do that?
Congrats all you winners! I truly enjoyed all those primate tunes.
Yeah that was more fun than a barrel of monkeys...sorry :rolleyes:

bird's eye view of my ukelele
04-26-2014, 08:12 PM
Yeah that was more fun than a barrel of monkeys...sorry :rolleyes:
it had to be said!

Barbablanca
04-27-2014, 12:07 AM
Congrats to the winners! I enjoyed all the songs I managed to hear for this season and one of the two I wrote for it seems to be getting a lot of plays. So, like Wendy, I feel I won in my own way too. But then I usually do feel that. I love this weekly challenge ;)

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-27-2014, 07:01 AM
Ook ook. Aaaaaacckk. Ook. [translation: Great Season, thanks Jim, and thanks to all you monkeys.]