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Kevin Spacey as Christopher Walken as Harrison Ford as Han Solo.

The Theme from Star Wars as performed by Lego Figurines.

 Star Wars on a banjo

 Disco Dancing Storm Trooper in Tokyo


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Its fair to say that any band which takes their name from a memorable quote spoken in the movie 'Amadeus'  by the Emperor Joseph II about the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart probably doesn't intend to ply their trade with three chord tricks but Tu Meni Notes went far beyond any concept of what a reasonable level of musical proficency is within a band enviroment in their pursuit of a new golden age of instrumental guitar rock.

Formed in Galway by a group of classically trained musicians who were sick and tired of being in a series of bands with slackers who were more interested in the jazz woodbines than the jazz solos, Tu Meni Notes set out to bring back the kind of virtuoso rock that led to, among other things, Deep Purple Live At The Royal Albert Hall, Joe Satriani and Pat Metheny. 

The game plan they came up with is worthy of a standing ovation alone. Briefly, once they had formed they went off and rehearsed for two solid years without ever playing a single gig. Two years of 8 hour sessions with a 10 minute tea break grudgingly thrown in. Thats not counting the endless hours of solo rehearsal time the individual members put in to ensure they didn't get shown up at official band rehearsals; a sort of arms race of virtuosity if you will. Not content with that, they drew up a set list of almost impossible to play numbers, the kind of tunes that make your hands cramp or fingers bleed halfway through, and to top it off, when they finally felt they were ready to perform in public they booked themselves into Galway's scruffy mecca of hard rock, Sally Longs, for 8 gigs on consecutive weeks knowing full well that they would be playing to a crowd that knew their guitar rock inside out and would be very vocal in their dismay if the band didn't cut the mustard.

And you know what? Tu Meni Notes rocked the roof off the house. Then, after eight triumphant concerts, they split, the band having imploded under the insane, self generated pressure to deliver razor sharp, note perfect performances night after night. Here is the band at the height of their short but white hot career, tackling the Rach 9 of fusion, Al Di Meola's "Race With The Devil On Spanish Highway".
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Seth Lakeman: "Lady of the Sea"


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Will Ferrell Advertises i-Pod

Will Ferrell Does Phantom of the Opera

Will Ferrell Sings to Lance Armstrong

 

Will Ferrell & Jack Black sing @ The Oscars

Will Ferrell Does Air Supply

Will Ferrell Does Elton John

Will Ferrell Does Neil Diamond

 More Cowbell (thanks to Shane H)


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Guinness Surfing Advert by Jonathan Glazer

 


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To check out Urban Surfing, click on the link below.

http://magicseaweed.com/video/flvplayer.php?id=30


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When Matt Seaton of the Guardian mentioned in an article on cycling that George W Bush had taken up mountain biking I didn't really believe him. So I googled it and lo and behold President Bush is indeed a convert to a two wheeled, oil free mode of transport, Bike Force One if you will, and Outsider Magazine even went on the trail with him. Now, what I'd like to see is an off road race between him...and Michael Moore.


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When Shane Byrne came out tonight dressed as Freddie Mercury on Charity You're A Star; complete with white vest, black leather jacket and white jeans, and lashed into Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" I started to laugh so much that I couldn't breath. Some people were surprised but in 2005 the Singing Mullet gave an interview to The Guardian which signalled his favoured taste in rock and, if he stays in the competition all the way to the finals, we could be looking at a priceless version of either 'Enter Sandman' or 'Thriller'.

Q: OK, what music to you listen to before charging out on to the pitch?
A: Something heavy. As you can probably tell from my hair...
Q: Ah, so that's what it's all about! A homage to heavy metal!
A: It's not a homage to anything! I just hate short hair. Simple as that.
Q: So what's the last CD you bought?
A: Well, I'm a modern type of guy so I tend to download music rather than buy CDs. I've got very wide-ranging taste. I listen to everything from Metallica to Michael Jackson to classical stuff.

Certainly, the show is a bizarre cross between the final scene in 'About A Boy' and those very nasty 'Hostel' films, except in this case the contestants willingly submit themselves to immolation. Its brilliant car crash television and far funnier than anything on Paramount Comedy which exists on endless re-runs of live concerts by Jack Dee, Lee Evans and Tommy Tiernan. Good on you Shane.

To vote for Shane Byrne:

Text VOTE SHANE to 53600 Or Call 1513 71 71 01

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2002 - Interview with Rodrigo y Gabriela, by Cormac Looney. As with Damien Rice's profile, this interview was published before Rodrigo y Gabriela's career took off overseas. It too continues to attract considerable visits every month to the article from Wikipedia.