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Johnny Be Good on shamisen

Postby chikara » Thu 03.04.2010 9:09 pm

In Oz we have a music quiz show called "Spicks and Specks" (after the Brothers Gibb song). Some episodes they have a segment where music to well know songs is "produced" in a way that makes the song difficult to identify. Recently they had a shamisen player, Noriko Tadano, play an aria from Madame Butterfly, Baby Face, Man I Feel Like A Woman, What's My Scene and Six Months in A Leaky Boat.

At the end of the show she played Johnny Be Good accompanied by Dave Faulkner on guitar. There is a clip of that on youtube.

You can listen to Noriko play a number of different styles on her myspace page.
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Re: Johnny Be Good on shamisen

Postby phreadom » Fri 03.05.2010 12:33 am

Thanks for the links. :)

The shamisen is a bit of an acquired taste that I'm still working on, but good stuff. :)
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Re: Johnny Be Good on shamisen

Postby AJBryant » Fri 03.05.2010 1:28 pm

I have to say... My favorite shamisen crossover music is still "Smoke on the Water"

This guy is fun. You like Star Wars? How about Indiana Jones? or maybe some AC/DC...
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Re: Johnny Be Good on shamisen

Postby hyperconjugated » Fri 03.05.2010 7:15 pm

I think the best song _ever_ is the "girl from ipanema", so here you go, shamisen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXhvLrTL8w0
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Re: Johnny Be Good on shamisen

Postby Mike Cash » Sat 03.06.2010 10:21 pm

AJBryant wrote:I have to say... My favorite shamisen crossover music is still "Smoke on the Water"


I have always said "The Japanese can take the fun out of anything", but every now and then something like this comes along.
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Re: Johnny Be Good on shamisen

Postby chikara » Tue 03.09.2010 12:50 am

AJBryant wrote:I have to say... My favorite shamisen crossover music is still "Smoke on the Water"

Thanks Tony-san, that is brilliant. 8)

AJBryant wrote:..... or maybe some AC/DC...

Acca Dacca played here last week and it didn't sound quite like that, even from a kilometre away. :mrgreen:
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Re: Johnny Be Good on shamisen

Postby AJBryant » Wed 03.10.2010 10:12 pm

Mike Cash wrote:I have always said "The Japanese can take the fun out of anything", but every now and then something like this comes along.


Some of the most painful parties I ever went to were in Japan, yeah. Nothing like relentless adherence to a schedule to suck the fun and life out of an evening of drinking and games.


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