I just bought a ukulele… I can’t tell if I like the silly instrument or not…
Here’s a sweet clip from the film Blue Valentine, just in case you, too, have been questioning your love for the ukulele or how lovely Ryan Gosling is:
Just for your extended enjoyment, the tune “You Always Hurt the Ones You Love” was popularized by the Mills Brothers in 1944.
It was parodied by Spike Jones, but probably not the Spike Jones you’re thinking of:
Neutral Uke Hotel are a group from Detroit, Michigan who dedicate themselves to covering Neutral Milk Hotel songs from the album In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea. They played Toronto’s NXNE festival in 2010 just before Mangum and co. pulled it together with a string of gigs that would lead a full-band reunion in the years to come.
Similarly, Brand New has made nods to the brilliance that is In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea by covering a number of Neutral Milk Hotel tunes in their live show. Lacey stated in the past that he’ll keep covering them until they play together again, perhaps that’s laid his covers to rest, I cannot say!
Here are a few gems: