Saveincubus plays "(Nothing But) Flowers" on ukulele


38 Responses to “Saveincubus plays "(Nothing But) Flowers" on ukulele”

  1. Bucket says:

    Just say no to vertical video syndrome:

  2. txhoudini says:

    One of the most underrated Talking Heads songs.

    • garyg2 says:

      Definitely, and from an underrated album too. I think a lot of people thought TH were done with Little Creatures and (especially) True Stories and gave Blind a miss…

      • dculberson says:

         You guys made me dig up my Talking Heads CDs when I realized I didn’t have all of them on my current laptop and mp3 player.  The crime of missing this CD!  It was awful.  Thanks for the heads up!!

  3. Calimecita says:

    I’m listening here at home, and my boyfriend’s sitting beside me at his computer, and we both like this version! Two thumbs up :-)

  4. Interesting that the Ukulele is the instrument most associated with the millennial generation. 

  5. Professor59 says:

    Just goes to show that pretty girls can get away with a lot.

  6. Makes me want to go drive around Middletown, NJ, Clerks-2-credits style.

  7. Rosin Ffield says:

    Pure nausea! What the hell happened to those passionate beings from my America who could sing like this (feelingwise, no “productionwise”):

    No one can sing like this today (except Rob Dougan probably haha)
    What phenomenon produced these generation upon generations of paddle-shallow, superficial phoneys like this one in the vid who’s only ability is to pose and make facial expressions. What produced the pukes of your America? Is it some long term dumbing project as in the Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars paper? Is it the sickening TV series of passionless, young egomaniacs endlessly hurting and scorning eachother. Or is it the cult of “appearing”, making manners with nothing underneath. I make this long discourse because the one on the vid is like clone–there are so many like her and none like Grace Slick, Jimi Hendrix, JJoplin, thousands…what has you, anyone from before puke-era.

    •  You seem fun to hang out with.

    • Mark_Frauenfelder says:

      You need a hug.

    • Spieguh says:

       Goddamn, is there a specific age I can watch out for where the switch is flipped and the “everything newer than when I was a teen is shit” attitude takes over? Because when that happens, I’m checking out.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        I’m 54 and it hasn’t happened yet.  Although Biebz is beyond my limits.

        • Shane Simmons says:

          I’m only 37, but run into music that I don’t like.  When I do, I listen to something else.  There’s lots of good stuff out there.

          Honestly, I listened for a few seconds, hit Pause, and moved on to the comments.  I don’t feel the need to be rude about it.  I saw that Mark had posted a video of a girl playing a ukelele, I knew it would be a love- and hate-fest.

          It’s not my cup of tea.  It’s okay.  I’ll move along as soon as I speak my mind.

          Chill, people.  It’s just some person singing a song.  There’s thousands of these on Youtube.  Thousands.  Give some of them a shot, though; there’s honestly some really good stuff on Youtube.  And, there’s lots of people who aren’t so hot, but want to share anyway.  If I had a choice between listening to the person in this video, or most top-40 dreck, I think I’d pick this.

    • humanresource says:

      Forget it, Rosin. Any hot girl with a ukulele is guaranteed to be adored around here.

    • dculberson says:

      See, my problem with comments like this one is – beyond being rude, dismissive, and full of hyperbole – they explicitly lay out a case for nobody but the absolute best at everything ever getting exposure.  Like, if you’re not on par with Grace Slick you shouldn’t ever sing and definitely shouldn’t post a video of yourself doing it and Mark shouldn’t ever enjoy the honesty and sincerity of an amateur doing something they love.  I wholeheartedly reject that position.  Sure, Grace Slick is great, but so is Savincubus and so is my friend Jimmy that plays drums and sings in a local rockabilly band.  In fact if you pulled this shit at one of his shows I would make sure you left there with a bloody nose – if he didn’t do it first.

      • garyg2 says:

        My problem with this post is that Grace Slick is being held up as some benchmark for ‘good singing’. She’s cool enough but no Janis Joplin. IMHO of course.

    • Boundegar says:

      You kids get off my lawn!

  8. ukegap says:

    I have only one rule about ukulele playing: no picks. I hate the way it sounds and you lose all the wonderful possibilities of the right hand. 

  9. BigJay says:

    Keep practicing , you are about 50 per cent there.

  10. subhan says:

    I like the Uke version, but she’d be better off spending less time working on her ‘cute girl’ faces and more on her vocal pitch.  I’d suggest some time training with a N Indian vocal raga teacher if you can find one.  

  11. dculberson says:

    I listened to this video with my eyes closed and mind open. She has a wonderful voice with a lot of feeling behind it. Yes she made a few errors but Byrne himself is not the strongest singer and admits a much and e en goes so far as to say it is what makes him so endearing and relatable.

    I was hesitant to read the comments since listening to this put me in such a good mood. Sadly I did read them. So many sour people out there. :(

    I’ll just listen again and cheer back up.

  12. beerwhisperer says:

    Sorry, no.  Too much hipster going on here.  Uke, heads, cute girl.  Great, enjoy your talent, but this is just grandstanding.  I hate to be critical, but is this really necessary?   Great song, sure, but that’s because it’s the heads.  What next, Bananarama on toy keyboard by your cousin? 

  13. Karl Brown says:

    Could you spell her name correctly: Saveincubus?

  14. Stefan Jones says:

    It works for me.

    This song was (one of) the anthems of my college science fiction club. 

  15. jimbuck says:

    Isn’t Byrne known to be a BB reader?  Maybe he can chime in here and tell us if this was ok enough to let this young woman see another day.

  16. Mike Norman says:

    This seems a very appropriate chaser for “Camp stove generates electricity to charge gadgets.” Or vice versa.

  17. 10xor01 says:

    Love the uke, but prefer Byrne’s more relaxed lyrical style on this song.  Covers of great songs performed by incredible bands are hard to pull off.  But then again, who am I to have an opinion?  Just another shmuck who should shut up and enjoy nice free entertainment.

  18. DreamboatSkanky says:

    The best part was when she played “Nothing But Flowers” on the ukelele.  I really dug it.

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