By any chance is anyone here a fan of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain? These guys are accomplished musicians and amusing at the same time (Smells Like Teen Spirit is a blast). They manage to come up with tongue-in-cheek versions of pieces that are funny and
musically enjoyable. Apparently Bowie was very impressed with their version of Life on Mars. Their use of counterpoint is clever, too. I'm a huge fan. Here are some of my favourites of their covers, but all their stuff is excellent:The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
[Ennio Morricone]Life on Mars
[David Bowie]Smells Like Teen Spirit
[The Undertones]Wuthering Heights
[Kate Bush]Satellite of Love
[Lou Reed]Fly Me Off The Handel
[Frank Sinatra/Gloria Gaynor/The Eagles/The Who/Roberta Flack/Andy Williams/...]Shaft
[Isaac Hayes]Hard to Handle
[Otis Redding et al.]Orange Blossom Special
[Ervin and Gordon Rouse]Born to be Wild
Amazing what you can do with four strings and a sense of humour (not to mention a heap of talent).
They're brilliant live, too. If you ever get the chance to see them, don't hesitate.
Apologies if this post seems a bit 'spammy', but I thought some of you might enjoy these. I have nothing to do with the orchestra; I just really dig what they do.