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26 Minutes of Accordion Genius

26 Minutes of Accordion Genius

A few years back, musician Alexandr Hrustevich wowed us with his mad accordion skills. Now sit back and fill your ears with this nearly 30-minute classical solo concert that includes music by Bach, Sibelius, Vivaldi, and Albinoni. All we can say is he must have some serious calluses on his fingertips.

“Weird Al” Yankovic Plays Sparks

“Weird Al” Yankovic Plays Sparks

If you haven’t seen Edgar Wright’s The Sparks Brothers yet, what are you waiting for? During production of this most excellent documentary, Wright convinced “Weird Al” to perform an accordion cover of Sparks’ track This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us from their 1974 classic album Kimono My House.

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Super Mario Bros. on Bandura and Accordion

Super Mario Bros. on Bandura and Accordion

We’ve heard a million and one versions of the Super Mario Bros. theme music, but it’s still fun to discover a new take on the classic video game tune. The very talented Ukrainian duo B&B Project performed a live run-through of World 1-1, with the button accordion providing the music, and the bandura creating the sound effects.

Sonic the Hedgehog Polka

Sonic the Hedgehog Polka

It looks like SirTremendous could use a housekeeper, but we’ll forgive the mess in the background because his performance of the Green Hill Zone soundtrack from Sonic the Hedgehog is just too good to ignore. His YouTube channel has more great covers like Want You Gone from Portal 2 and a Star Wars medley.

Psychedelic Accordion

Psychedelic Accordion

When we think of accordion music, we immediately have visions of a polka band, or maybe Weird Al. But musician Beeble proves this underappreciated instrument can sound just as great in some prog rock psychedelia – when in the right hands.

The Imperial Accordion March

The Imperial Accordion March

Ukraine accordion duo Vasyl and Viktor Kravchuk turn in an impressive cover of John Williams’ Imperial March from the Star Wars saga. We can imagine Darth Vader making a typically grand entrance to the music, while an army of stormtroopers dance the polka.

Baba O’Riley: Accordion Cover

Baba O’Riley: Accordion Cover

The Who’s 1971 classic Baba O’Riley has one of the most memorable synthesizer riffs of all time. Here, the guys from Those Darn Accordions! turn in a fun cover version of the track with the synths replaced by accordions. They need to do a version of Squeeze Box now.

Billie Jean: Accordion Cover

Billie Jean: Accordion Cover

Musician Douglas Borsatti cranks out a wonderful and unique cover version of the King of Pop’s 1982 uber-hit on his squeezebox. If Michael Jackson performed while strolling the streets of Paris wearing a beret, we imagine this is what his music might have sounded like.

Alexandr Vilnius: Classical Accordion

Alexandr Vilnius: Classical Accordion

The accordion may not have the range of an Electone, but accordion virtuoso Alexandr Hrustevich shows us that it’s enough to stand in for a string section in this 2013 performance of Vivaldi’s Summer and Borodin’s Petite Suite.

Crazy Fast Accordion Player

Crazy Fast Accordion Player

Musician Lucjan Drewicz lets his fingers fly across the keys and buttons on his instrument, turning in an insanely fast performance of a Brazilian track called Tico-Tico no Fubá. He’s not as fast as this guy, but his performance is more nuanced.

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