Saturday, March 10, 2012

Buddies singing in a car taken to a new level....

Young men have been riding around in cars and singing to the radio, 8 track tapes, cassettes, CD's and now mp3's and 4's for a long time. In my own personal experience I remember cruising in the late 70's with my friends Scott, Dave and Mark in Mark's bright yellow Grand Torino which had a killer sound system. We listened to a lot of rock and the Beatles. TONS of Beatles. Other favorites were bands like Queen, Foghat, Boston and Alice Cooper. We liked it loud, lol...we'd sing at the top of our lungs, play drums on the dashboard, our legs, each other's heads, anything we could strike in a rhythmic patter and and not break. When we pulled up to a light, other cars would look at us but we wouldn't care-we kept on. If it was a police car, we'd sing louder. Throw in the endless stream of fast food joints, county parks and shopping malls, and girl troubles, well-that was a big part of growing up for a lot of guys.

Here's a clip I just saw this morning that brought a lot of those times back to me. Its a street band out of Finland called the Porkka Playboys. In this video, the four of them perform Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" while inside a old Volkswagen Polo. Not polished or technically precise, I loved the raw energy of this. It more than makes up for the lack of production. Using non-traditional instruments in a very creative way, they absolutely get it done.


(Thanks Bil...)

1 comment:

  1. More!! More!! LOL, that Galileo Galileo part was the most hilarious part! At first, I thought you guys were gonna dub it, but I was shocked when you guys sang it so well despite the fact that you guys were just tripping (are you?). First of all, I'd like to tell you how creative your band is. The improvised drum set, with the picnic basket as the bass drum; the horns making your voices seem like they’re on auto-tune; it’s just a complete cacophony of improvisations and sounds.