Take On Squeeeeeeeeek

Mary Robinette Kowal sent this to me with the following comment: “No one will appreciate how wrong this is as much as you will.”

Let’s find out if that’s true.


58 Comments on “Take On Squeeeeeeeeek”

  1. the best part is that he has on a wrist brace.

    A WRIST BRACE PEOPLE! He is stone cold serious about making music with his hands.

  2. Do you think he mentions this talent to potential employers on his resume or in the interview?

  3. I like the body language! The leg is bouncing to keep time and we actually had a couple of head banging moments towards the end as he really got into his program. Overall a very nice rendition.

    3. #Pat Rock – I KNOW! The wrist brace is what clued you into the fact that this was not just a one time deal – he is currently working on a followup tune of the #7 One-hit-wonder; Ice Ice Baby.

  4. Okay, I think that’s the most amazing use of the hand-fart sound I’ve ever seen. Props to this man, for finding a creative use for what is otherwise a mostly destructive talent.

  5. …At least it wasn’t Rick Astley?

    The guy has 88 videos. I don’t know whether to be scared or impressed.

  6. I’d bet dollars to donuts that this guy’s a ventriloquist (though he’s probably also a manuelist).

    Notice how his lips purse differently on the really high notes?

    Still… I teach people Klingon, so I’m not about to throw any stones at his house. :

  7. OMG!!! I clicked on the Star Wars Cantina song by this guy and I am literally laughing so much that I’m crying THIS IS SO WRONG!!!! It must be shared.

  8. That man is my hero. That right there is fricking genius!

    Seriously, I know how ridiculous it might seem, but that is incredibly hard to do. And I’ve been practicing since I as 14.

    That’s 25 years of hand farts.

  9. My cat really enjoyed that.

    The noises actually sound like words during the refrain!

  10. That. Was. Awesome! That, my friends, is what youtube was meant for; hand farting music. Is “America’s Got Talent” still on? This guy should win some kind of recording contract.

  11. Now I want to hear “Flight of the Bumblebee” or “Ride of the Valkyries”…

  12. The very definition of “singular talent.”

    What I wanna know is, why did Big Pussy join the mob when he was sitting on this goldmine?

    (The guy really looks like him. I think.)

  13. Holy crap, he looks even MORE like Big Pussy in the Star Wars song clip.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, from Secaucus, New Jersey, let’s have a big welcoming hand for Vinnie Batchagaloop!

    Huh huh… “hand.” huh huh huh hmh huh.

  14. Tim Berners-Lee would be so proud.

    Seriously though, for me the strangest part of that video? The man is sitting on my couch-before-last.

  15. Ah, good times.

    Reminds me of a truly excellent bowel movement I had the other day that was also a toe-tapping good time.

  16. He’s got at least 15 covers on YouTube. The shirts change. He really does look cold stone serious.

    Besides the Star Wars cantina band, I saw in passing:

    Guns N Roses – Sweet Child of Mine
    Europe – The Final Countdown
    Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

    But Take On Me by A-Ha — priceless. (And I actually am a huge fan of the original and its semi-animated video.)

    Dr. Phil

  17. I think we should all take a moment to thank Mary for finding this wonderful entertainment and John Scalzi for sharing. It was a wonderful, enjoyable waste of time. Thanks guys!

  18. My hands can make farting noises, but I can’t control the note. Yay for me I guess. At first I thought the song was the theme song for Fashion Television.

  19. Here’s what you’re all missing. Video ventriloquism is the easiest thing in the world to do. How are you going to know where the sound is actually being produced. This man is a genius. He’s actually farting the whole thing and just using his hands to mask the fact. Genius! Sheer Genius!

  20. The frighteningly sad part is, I suspected what it was from the title of the post…

    … and I clicked on the youtube video, anyway. I have no one to blame but myself, really.

  21. I just love the look on his face–almost a smirk. He knows he rocks. He’s like the Shaft of hand-farts, and that’s awesome.

    “Damn right.”

  22. Will Entrekin, that’s just what I was going to say. The smile on his face at the end of the video is priceless.

    I see that I have wasted my life working on my writing when I could have been doing… this.

  23. I’ve actually seen a few of this guy’s vids before, most notably his version of Mason Williams’ Classical Gas (heh). Seriously though it is a twisted talent, but still damn impressive.

    And as for the wrist brace, I thought it was to hold a mic.

  24. On the Best of Carson DVDs there’s a guy who does a hand fart medley that leaves Johnny laughing so hard he’s in tears. But this guy might even be better. That Star Wars Catina is going to be sent to several fellow nerds.

  25. Now we have the answer to the age-old burning question of what hitmen do with the long boring hours while they’re waiting for their target to hit town.

  26. You people are all Philestines.
    This is a rare and beautiful talent.
    I can only hope that my own children can be as successfull at their chosen paths as this man.

  27. After viewing MANY of his other offerings on Youtube, the wrist brace is a microphone holder. (watch teh Legend of Zelda clip)

  28. This guy’s talent is not hand farting. He is an audio technician with access to sound-mixing equipment. You can hear the distortion on the high notes. I’m not sure if he’s modifying the pitch on the hand sounds, or lifting the vocals and squeakifying them. He’s having fun with it, though! :-)

  29. <python>
    You warned us, didn’t you? But nooooo, we had to click the linky-thing. “It’s just a harmless little video clip,” we said.

    Two observations:
    (1) No way was them hand-farts. I’d be willing to believe a Wii, perhaps…

    (2) That. Was. Just. WROGN!

    I go now to find a sharp pencil, a bottle of bleach, and a skinny Wirebrush of Enlightenment.

  30. Just wait ’til the folks at the Witness Relocation Program realize that he’s posting video of himself from the safehouse. D’oh!

  31. I’m torn between invoking tentacled ones on his hometown and wondering “Why ‘Take on me’, that’s the lamest and poppest of the popular A-Ha songs… The long notes in ‘Big in Japan’ would be much more impressive if he could pull it off…”.

    In humble defense of the latter thought, I’m at home with a fever, and have been all day.

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