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.

Well?

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. Burns! – LA. Not Louisiana. Los Angeles. – More fun than anyone I know. Probably more than anyone you know, too.
    Burns!

    What a great blast from the past. It sounds just like I remembered it.

  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. I paused Deadstar Assembly to listen to that. I feel like the world owes me a quarter or something.

  8. 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.

  9. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, puppy wrangler!

    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.

  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. 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.)

  12. 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.

  13. That’s a great cover but not as good as this one:

  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. Jim – Indiana – I maintain interests in a wide variety of areas. I am an avid storyteller, specializing in (dark) speculative fiction and webcomics. I am also a professional code wrangler and dabble in amateur photography.
    Jim

    Disturbing – and evil. I think they have drugs to correct that.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.”

  23. 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.

  24. Wow! Bohemian Rhapsody on Jimmy Kimmel Live! I guess everyone does get 15 minutes of fame after all.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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! :-)

  31. <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.
    </python>

    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.

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

  33. 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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