Guns 'n' Roses' "Sweet Child O'Mine," performed in polka on Huell Howser's "California Gold" (not)

[Video Link]. An enterprising YouTuber who goes by the handle adnmusic slapped together this funny little monstrosity. It's fake. And it's fabulous.

The original, unadulterated version is here. The performer is Joe Rinaudo, "whose passion is a 1926 Fotoplayer, which uses music rolls like those for player pianos to provide music and sound effects to silent films." Mr. Rinaudo spent thousands of hours restoring this antique music device.

"Although the 'talkies' made them obsolete in the late 1920s, Huell discovers there is still no better way to enjoy a silent movie than with Joe, his hand cranked projector and his Fotoplayer."

Watch the original below. Actually, it's better than the remix. And man, I want to meet Joe Rinaudo and visit his shop in person. I mean, seriously, how cool is that guy?


  1. Ye gods, where has this machine been all my life? It needs to be amplified through an auxetophone, and broadcast from my roof, stat.

  2. I don’t get this at all.  Why would you do a story about a musician…  and then delete and replace the sound track?  Especially THIS sound track?

    1. Oh, I get it, yes indeedy I do.  As entertaining as Joe’s piece was (and it was HUGELY entertaining), I had tears streaming down my cheeks at the GNR version.  That song has never sounded better in my life.

      This man could have singlehandedly saved Chinese Democracy and we’d have heard it 13 years earlier.

    2. The closest I can really come to explaining it without ruining it:

      I think the video assumes familiarity with the original, which was fairly widely circulated on Reddit and the like. The joke, at least in part, is how completely ludicrous it is for these genial old Californian putterers to be doing a polka version of… a Guns and Roses song, of all the damn things?! 

      The humor comes from how wildly inappropriate and implausible the song choice is (especially given the host and musician), how much an 80s hair metal song does NOT need bells and circus whistles, and… how weirdly appealing the song is with them anyhow.

    1. For those not in the know, check out Brave Combo, a band from Denton, TX which has been fearlessly merging polka with rock and worldbeat for years. They even did an album with Tiny Tim! which is actually quite good. You just haven’t lived until you hear Tiny Tim with Brave Combo doing a lounge version of “Stairway To Heaven”. Just awesome. [Another song on the album (which is titled ‘Girl’) called “Springtime in the Rockies” is just haunting.] Oh hell, and let’s not for get “Hey Jude” as a near psychedelic cha-cha-cha. Too, too weird.

  3. all i see is the beauty of humanity in his performance
    and i ain’t an ironic kind of guy

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