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Hollaback Girl: Ragtime Edition

Hollaback Girl: Ragtime Edition

There I Ruined It continues to achieve their goal of destroying popular music by changing it to the entirely wrong genre. This time, they took Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl and turning it into a jaunty early 1900s ragtime tune in the style of Scott Joplin. This sh*t is bananas.

Jurassic Park on Rubber Chickens

Jurassic Park on Rubber Chickens

Because absolutely nobody asked for it, The Critters created a Rube Goldberg machine that plays the main theme from Jurassic Park using precisely placed rubber chickens and bowling balls. Yes, we know they almost certainly did it with CGI, but it’s still hilariously weird.

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Playing Jimi Hendrix on a Keyboard

Playing Jimi Hendrix on a Keyboard

The sounds that Jimi Hendrix made with his electric guitar were unreal. Using a modified Hohner Clavinet D6 keyboard with a whammy bar, Aussie musician Lachy Doley rocked the house with a powerfully expressive performance of Voodoo Child. Doley and his band killed it with their cover of Steve Winwood’s I’m a Man too.

Yodeling Triple-Threat

Yodeling Triple-Threat

Now here’s something you don’t see every day… a guy playing the accordion, yodeling as fast as humanly possible, and smoking a cigarette at the same time. We’d only wish we could have been there to see the performance in person while we glugged down a giant stein of beer.

Yakety Fiddle

Yakety Fiddle

Boots Randolph’s tune Yakety Sax is best known as the music behind the various pratfalls on The Benny Hill Show, and then later as the theme for any slapstick video. While it’s usually played on the saxophone, Maria Lazareva performed this energetic arrangement on violin, accompanied by Moscow’s Eccellente Chamber Ensemble.

Smooth Criminal Fingerstyle Cover

Smooth Criminal Fingerstyle Cover

Musician Luca Stricagnoli wows us with another flawless acoustic guitar performance, this time taking on Michael Jackson’s 1987 hit Smooth Criminal. The only thing cooler than playing it on a a triple-necked guitar would be if Luca could moonwalk at the same time.

Super Mario Core Mega Mix

Super Mario Core Mega Mix

Super Mario Bros. turned 35 years old in September 2020. To celebrate the plumber’s auspicious anniversary, Nintendo fan Kas K created this joyous remix of classic sounds and characters from the Super Mario universe.

Heavy Metal Harp

Heavy Metal Harp

Musician Emily Hopkins transformed two of her harps into heavy metal monsters by routing their audio through the Nepenthes guitar effects pedal by Electrofoods. The distortion pedal adds insane amounts of fuzz, and when combined with other pedals, it only gets more bonkers, creating sounds straight out of Hell.

How Soon Is the Jungle?

How Soon Is the Jungle?

If Morrissey sang the Guns ‘N Roses track Welcome to the Jungle and Johnny Marr played the guitar part like he did on How Soon Is Now? it might sound something like this cover by by Good Future. If you enjoyed that, check out his version of Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” by The Strokes.

The Great Electronic Gig in the Sky

The Great Electronic Gig in the Sky

French musician Grégoire Blanc brings his own unique flair to the 1973 Pink Floyd classic “The Great Gig in the Sky” with a soul-stirring cover performed on the highly-expressive Haken Continuum, a vintage Elektor Formant modular synth, grand piano, and a theremin taking on Clare Torry’s famous vocals.

Too Many Zooz: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Too Many Zooz: Smells Like Teen Spirit

The members of the brass-forward, lo-fi NYC band Too Many Zooz turn in one of the coolest cover versions of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit ever. Matt Muirhead’s trumpet stands in for Cobain’s vocals, Leo Pellegrino’s baritone sax takes the guitar parts, and David Parks kicks out the beats on his marching band drum kit.

Salvatore Ganacci: Fight Dirty

Salvatore Ganacci: Fight Dirty

The music video for DJ/producer Salvatore Ganacci’s track Fight Dirty features an awesome anime style and storyline about a girl who befriends a gigantic hand monster and uses it to help defeat her tormentors. Fantastic work by directors Will Goodfellow, Tom Noakes and Greg Sharp, Studio Goono, and Truba Animation.

Fatboy Slim: Everybody Loves a Mix Tape

Fatboy Slim: Everybody Loves a Mix Tape

To celebrate his “We’ve Come a Long, Long Way Together” tour, DJ and recording artist Fatboy Slim has released the first in a series of mix tapes on his YouTube channel. For 12 Fridays starting 8.13.2021, he will drop a series of dance mixes from his extensive music collection, kicking off with Roland Clark’s Glad You’re Home.

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Tubular Bells on a Pipe Organ

Tubular Bells on a Pipe Organ

Since witnessing the horror of The Exorcist in our youth, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells gives us chills every time we hear it. We think it’s even more creepy when performed on a church pipe organ, as demonstrated by musician Theo Hes and his helper flipping some of the controls.

One Man ’90s Disney Movie Medley

One Man ’90s Disney Movie Medley

Vocalist Nick Pitera demonstrates his vocal range and ability to hit the high notes in this medley of eight songs from Disney musical movies that came out in the 1990s. Tracks include The Bells of Notre Dame, I’ll Make a Man Out of You, Hakuna Matata, A Whole New World, and The Mob Song.

Motörhead on Church Bells

Motörhead on Church Bells

If you happened to be in Weert, The Netherlands on 7.27.2021, you might have heard something unexpected emerging from one of its churches. Musicians Frank Steinjns and Jitse Zonneveld turned in an awesome cover version of the fast-paced Motörhead track Ace of Spades on church bells, accompanied by electric guitar.

’80s Piano Medley

’80s Piano Medley

The 1980s were a good decade for music, giving us bands like Tears for Fears, The Human League, and Soft Cell along the way. To celebrate his love for the new wave, pop, and rock music from the decade of big hair and Rubik’s Cubes, stone-faced pianist Vinheteiro offers up a 5-minute concert of some of the era’s best tracks.

Nintendo Consoles A Cappella

Nintendo Consoles A Cappella

Nintendo fanboys and fangirls will get a kick out of this medley of console startup music performed by Korean a cappella group MayTree. Nintendo consoles always have had great music, but the GameCube theme is still our favorite.

Can’t Stop the Ukulele

Can’t Stop the Ukulele

We’ve been following musician Feng E since he was 10 years old. Since then, he’s continued to perfect and evolve his string instrument skills. You’ll want to crank up the volume for his sublime ukulele arrangement of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2002 hit track Can’t Stop, performed with perfect pacing and precision.

Your Jumpin’ Heart

Your Jumpin’ Heart

We can’t decide if Bill McClintock’s Van Halen-Hank Williams musical mashup belongs on There I Ruined It or if it’s the work of a mad genius. You’ll never hear Jump the same way again after you hear it turned into the twangy country ballad Your Cheatin’ Heart. Imagine if Eddie Van Halen played the slide guitar.

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Star Trek Theme Ukulele Cover

Star Trek Theme Ukulele Cover

The members of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain reminisce about the past as they look to a future in which they can once again travel the world. Backing their slideshow video is their warm and cheery cover version of the theme song from Star Trek: The Original Series.

Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James (Trailer)

Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James (Trailer)

Rick James was a true original. He defied expectations and blasted out some incredible funk and disco music. But his talents and showmanship were offset by a cycle of addiction and abusive behavior. Showtime goes inside the world of the real Super Freak through performance footage, interviews, and more. Premieres 9.3.2021.

40 Fingers: Message in a Bottle

40 Fingers: Message in a Bottle

The talented guitar quartet 40 Fingers present a warm and enveloping acoustic arrangement of The Police classic Message in a Bottle. They performed the track on a beach for the best chance of finding someone’s S.O.S. message on the shore.

Loser: Square Dance Edition

Loser: Square Dance Edition

There I Ruined It is back to mess with another classic tune, transforming Beck’s 1994 hit Loser into a twangy Bluegrass tune best suited to square dancing. Kill the headlights and put it in neutral! Now Do-si-do and Promenade!

Joep Beving x Max Cooper: Hanging D

Joep Beving x Max Cooper: Hanging D

Ksawery Komputery made this captivating music video for Max Cooper’s remix of the Joep Beving track Hanging D. The colorful shapes that move across your screen were inspired by an imaginary future where visitors travel back through time via “data excavation.” The parallax scrolling effect really creates the illusion of depth.

Take Five: Harmonica Cover

Take Five: Harmonica Cover

Cy Leo, Ivan Chong, Jerry Wong, and Ramiel Leung of the quartet Perfect Fourth turn in a perfectly executed cover version of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s cool jazz classic Take Five, replacing the piano, drums, flute, and alto sax of the original with harmonicas. They also do a mean version of the William Tell Overture.

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