Tuesday, May 05, 2009

One more time: Misirlou, with such a difference!

In yesterday's meta, our beloved MesaMike tossed out two additional links. The one to the Korla Pandit version of Miserlou was fun... but the next one blew me away. It's — well, I think you should just listen.


Not a great venue, but I think the arrangement and performance is terrific. This is a Jewish band called Meshugga Beach Party. The play Jewish music, surf-rock style.

Oh, and as you can see, they all perform in traditional Jewish garb.

Even Karen.

The performance for which I mistook Korla Pandit is by Greek singer Anna Vissi. I'd like to link to it, but her clothier was too spare on the, er, cloth.

Next we have a recent performance by — I kid you not — The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.


And finally, there's... well... this.


And now, unless someone finds a vid of Phil Keaggy (or Terry Kath) doing Misirlou, I do believe that's it.

28 comments:

The Squirrel said...

Wow, Meshugga Beach Party did all that without the saxophonist!

:)

It has been a while since I've listened to so many different versions of the same song in such a short period of time.

~Squirrel

DJP said...

Just another service of this blog.

No extra charge.

Tell all your friends.

Solameanie said...

Terry Kath. Now that's a name I haven't heard in a long, long time. And what a tragedy.

DJP said...

Hm. Maybe you'd better check the archives.

And yes, it really was. Guy was amazing.

NoLongerBlind said...

The Ukulele Orchestra is a very musically-talented group, with the added dry wit and humor typical of the Brits.

Check out their rendition of The Good, The Bad & the Ugly.

Also Shaft, and Hard to Handle.

Finger-snappin' fun!

Tom

Jay said...

Okay, I've rarely seen this done on a blog before, but you perfected comedic timing with "Even Karen," and then that picture. I literally laughed out loud.

Thanks for adding that little bit of joy to my day. :)

Mesa Mike said...

That last video (with the hand mixer) caused me to realize something: that the main melody can be played on a single string of the guitar!

Now how about that???

Solameanie said...

Okay, okay..you got me.

Mesa Mike said...

Oh.. Well I would have already known that (play the tune on a single string) if I had actually read yesterday's post...

DJP said...

Thanks for saving me from having to point that out, Mike.

(c;

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Wow. It really is fascinating to hear the same song done so many different ways.

And, I must say, I've never before seen a guitar played by a hand-mixer.

Nice work, Dan and Co. !

Julie

Stefan said...

Answer: Meshugga Beach Party.

Question: What would happen if you merged an orthodox synagogue with a seeker-sensitive megachurch and hired the Marx Brothers as your worship band?

Thanks for these links, Dan: I'm going to desparately need some unwinding time to night, and these should do just the trick!

Stefan said...

"tonight," not "to night."

[Is that what you would call a "parenthesis," Dan? ;)]

DJP said...

This should help. I really do think the MBP's version of hava Nagila/Misirlou rocks.

The Squirrel said...

ROLF! I just was surfing (pun?) at the Meshugga Beach Party website, and I found this link.

Meshugga Beach Party does rock! Too funny! (and they're also on iTunes!)

~Squirrel

Susan said...

You guys have MesaMike and Dan to blame for what I'm about to do, because 1) if MM had never given us the MBP links yesterday; and 2) if Dan did not give us more versions of "Miserlou" today, I would have never thought about doing this. Ready?

1. MM's link to MBP on Youtube yesterday was awesome. The first video I picked was their version of "Shalom Alechem", because as a kid, I would turn on one of the local international channels on either a Saturday or Sunday afternoon (I forget which), and the song that began the Israeli television program was "Shalom Alechem". (I'm obviously not Jewish, but as a kid I was curious about TV programs in other languages--still enjoy watching some of them today!) MBP's version of this song was just hilariously awesome! Makes one want to stand up and dance!!

2. (Please read my warning at the end of this comment before you click on the links on this item.

From that video I began looking through other related videos. One of the song titles displayed was "Hava Nagila". Dan has posted the MBP version today, but did you know that you can have "Hava Nagila" Indian style, classical style, Texas style, and...drum roll...Beatles style!?

(Warning: At about 0:38 second on the Beatles link there is something inappropriate [something that crazy female fans may do at a rock concert], so you may fast forward about 5-6 seconds or so. As for the Indian version, it is almost 4 minutes long, and the women in that video are wearing dresses that have low-cut necklines and short hemlines.)

(BRB after dinner to finish my comment! No, I'm not done yet. Oy gevalt!

DJP said...

So... it's MM's and my fault.

Nice!

Susan said...

(Back!)

3. From "Hava Nagila" I moved on to "Bolero". "Huh?" You may wonder. Well, the common denominator was Andre Rieu, and his condensed arrangement was grand and very enjoyable. After that I came across this jazzy-schnazzy version (sorry, the video isn't too exciting). Then I hit the jackpot....

(How's that for an overkill?? That last link does look interesting to me, though.)

Mesa Mike said...

Bolero?

I can't think of a more exciting song...

Susan said...

All right, I confess: Maybe I did think about doing something like this yesterday, but only a little. Y'all may still blame it on MesaMike and Dan, though, because their contributions together put my seedling of a thought into action!

I probably wouldn't do this again for a while, so don't worry. ;)

Carl said...

I've a collection of many CDs and I think I've got some versions of Misirlou of interest. I'm not at my home PC at the moment so I can't list which ones I have but if you're interested in other versions, I suggest visiting http://www.allmusic.com which is a huge music database and you can search via song titles. "Misirlou" as it is spelled comes up with 259 listings (some are by the same artist but on different albums). Other variant spellings are also present as well. I do know I have a version by Gary Hoey which is a duet with Dick Dale. Cool version IMHO. And I think also a version by the Telecaster-trio, The Hellecasters (Telecaster-wielding guitarists Jerry Donahue, John Jorgenson, and Will Ray).

Carl said...

BTW, on www.allmusic.com, "Miserlou" has 114 listings.

DJP said...

None by Keaggy or Kath?

Yeah, Carl, you're the gent with a hundred kajillion albums, aren't you?

DJP said...

Wow. But Chubby Checker, Beach Boys, Pete Seeger, Xavier Cugat, The Ventures, Roger Williams, and hundreds more.

Carl said...

Actually a hundred kajillion AND ONE. :-)

Stefan said...

But is there a Tijuana Brass version?

Carl said...

I wonder if "Weird Al" Yankovic ever did a live version.

trogdor said...

I've heard Weird Al do it in concert, not sure if there's a recording. It's quite... interesting, on an accordion.

Having heard the song so many times the last few days, I caught myself gargling a few lines of it yesterday. It's a perfect song for it, really.