i’ve had an email in my inbox for a while now from kenr at firstwichita, who apparently knew of my deep disdain for the dainty little faux-guitar called a ukelele. i originally posted an extremely serious caution about the uke’s resurgence into youth culture here. nifty reader bobbie and her husband made a “no ukes” logo, and sent me a sticker (and paid for a shirt, which sadly never arrived). that logo is here. then people started sending me videos of uke playing, including this absolutely brilliant rendition of “while my guitar gently weeps”. but the uke-mail has been quiet for a while. and i hadn’t gotten around to viewing the link kenr sent, until now.
it’s the “ukelele orchestra of great britain”, playing nirvana’s “smells like teen spirit”. i think they realize the silliness they’re creating, a bunch of middle-age guys (and a woman or two, i think), in bow-ties, jamming in unison and singing along. it’s brilliant, i hate to admit.