Inflatable tube man dances to Cream's "Glad"


26 Responses to “Inflatable tube man dances to Cream's "Glad"”

  1. ill lich says:

    Skip James ripped off Cream!?? Man! EVERYBODY Ripped of Cream, Willie Dixon with “Spoonful”, Robert Johnson with “Crossroads”, Albert King with “Born Under a Bad Sign”– those guys should sue!!

  2. KurtMac says:

    Awesome video. Whenever I see one of these, or a giant inflatable gorilla/godzilla/clown outside a car dealership, I always ask “Do those things really drive business?” Is there a large population of consumers on the streets, minding their own business, when all of a sudden they think “Well, I was just going to pick up some milk, but seeing that neon-green, flailing inflatable tube man convinced me to buy a new Pontiac instead.”

  3. Not a Doktor says:

    I like the green ones around here that look like cactii. They remind me of those one enemies from Final Fantasy

  4. kateq says:

    This reminds me of the advert for Toohey’s beer, where Tube Men hijack a beer delivery truck and have a street party to the sweet, sweet sounds of Tom Jones “Help Yourself”.

    See here:

  5. Loser707 says:

    so wow this made me happy thanks for posting this

  6. squib says:

    That was great – he sure looked glad

  7. Takuan says:

    Mescalito…good to see you again

  8. Andrew says:

    Anyone for tennis? Wouldn’t that be nice?

  9. mr.skeleton says:

    There use to be a small tube man in downtown SF on Market, near the 7-11. One day it whipped down and smacked me in the face. I thought it knocked off my glasses and I immediately searched the ground— realizing, of course, that my glasses were still on my face. Some guy in a suit laughed.

    I was ATTACKED by a tube man, and vowed to never forgive him or his inflatable brethren. Until just now because that was a joyous video.

  10. nrkn says:

    Takuan, you are a star. I hardly ever post a comment, but every time I read them, there you are. Totally commendable level of commitment. I almost wonder if there is some secret prize of which you are aware and I am not for being the most promiscuous comment poster. Mad respect.

  11. laramie says:

    Intergalactic Proton-Powered Electrical-Tentacled Advertising Droids!

  12. Jerry Kindall says:

    Hi, I’m Al Harrington, President and CEO of Al Harrington’s Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man Emporium and Warehouse on Route 2 in Weekapaug, and I approve this video.

  13. alisong76 says:

    Pipenta, if you look closely you can see that this one does have a face: I’m guessing the vid maker didn’t want the advertising on the front side to be discernable.

  14. themindfantastic says:

    Not as fun, but interesting nonetheless AIR SUBWAY MONSTER… when the train comes in it blows air up into the inflatable nessie like creature on the surface

  15. Lex10 says:

    Since I’m the video maker, let me say a few things:

    1. If you’re in need, I’m for hire.
    2. The face was not deliberately avoided, but the angle I shot from was the only one where I could get no land and only sky – the effect to me is one of an invertebrate, such as a sea cucumber or anemone.
    3. I worked to get the timing to match very diligently, but in three instances during editing I didn’t have to do anything. I used to use Mozart a lot in my earlier commercial productions, and stuff just matched I think this because:
    a)we expect it
    b)the brain constructs it
    4. Takuan, you made me laugh.
    5. Yes I am for hire – liberate me and I will reward you with compelling semiotics that move stand still and somewhere in between.
    6. I shoulda said all this earlier but I was out of town – new Tijuana pix at

  16. Pipenta says:

    I love these things. I love that they don’t have faces.

    The air subway monster is just as cool. It simply needs a good soundtrack. Something of the same vintage as “Glad”? But instrumental…

    How about Hot Tuna’s “The Water Song”?

  17. ike says:

    #5 KATEQ, #14 THEMINDFANTASTIC: thanks for posting those links! When I saw this post I was reminded of the Toohey’s video but couldn’t remember how to find it, and I remember hearing about the inflating subway-grate art, but I never got around to checking it out before.

  18. Piper says:

    Gary? Is that you?

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  20. padster123 says:

    I saw Underworld at the Camden Roundhouse a few months ago, and they had a whole bunch of giant turgid inflatable tubey things with lights in them at the back of the stage. Pretty effective!

  21. arttoys says:


    Perfect! I LOVE that song!

  22. Michael Leddy says:

    Let’s give credit where it’s due: “I’m So Glad” is by Skip James. It’s his 1931 recording that’s heard at the beginning of this clip. James also created “Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues,” which readers might know from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  23. Antinous says:

    I guess after thirty years I should just accept that the acid flashbacks are never really going to stop.

  24. FarrisGoldstein says:

    Anyone else ever hear “Astroglide!” instead of “I’m so glad?”

  25. Sister Y says:

    Those things are so cool – they seem to dance perfectly in rhythm with any music, from Cream to Boris to Holst to NWA. Any rhythm theorists know why that is?

  26. NidSquid says:

    Wonderful. Makes me … ummm, well … GLAD! :-)

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