The best of YouTube: #3

Blue Man Group and their drumbone
Blue Man Group and their drumbone

Every week, MusicRadar trawls YouTube for the good, bad and ugly music clips you really must see. In this roundup, you have everything from a Bon Jovi song sounding good to Muppet drumming.


1. Bon Jovi´s Livin´ On A Prayer acoustic version
Excellent. And no JBJ anywhere. And more: here´s a tribute to the cover version from guitar prodigy Sungha Jung

2. Outkast´s Hey Ya Cover acoustic version
Another great example of an inventive cover version.

3. Chic vs Slash!
Chic´s Nile Rodgers is a legend of rhythm guitar. Slash is a legend of lead guitar. But maybe they shouldn´t be friends?

4. Gene Simmons bass solo
For all the $millions Gene Simmons has made from Kiss, this probably accounts for 5 cents.

5. Bootsy Collins bass solo
MusicRadar just digs his star-shaped bass, to be honest. And his cape. Oh, and the man in a nappy/diaper.


1. A brief history of arpeggiators
Spectrasonics´ Eric Persing takes us on an entertaining tour of the arpeggiators in his vintage synths - then focuses on the one in his company´s forthcoming Omnisphere.

2. Nintendo DS as MIDI controller
We´re all getting stupidly excited about the prospect of the Korg DS-10, but how about using your DS to play your computer´s synths?

3. Kanye West, Daft Punk and four Lemur controllers
The Gallic house pioneers spiced up their 2008 Grammys collaboration with hip-hop´s biggest ego by using four of JazzMutant´s amazing touchscreen control surfaces. Did they actually ‘play´ them live though?

4. Goldfrapp plays theremin
Current hit album Seventh Tree has a folky ambience, but Goldfrapp have always loved their electronic gadgetry. See Alison tear it up on the theremin at the end of this 2003 Top Of The Pops performance.

5. Jamie Lidell on Max/MSP
The Warp artist explains how he uses Cycling 74´s amazing software to help him with his highly acclaimed live shows.


1. Blue Man Group playing the drumbone
The instrument seen on the famed Intel Pentium 4 ad being played live at the Berlin Music Awards.

2. Hyperactive - creative drum programming from Lasse Gjertsen
See how some innovative video editing turns this big-haired loon into a human beatbox.

3. Bert and Ernie go brutal
A dual drum solo from the loveable Muppets, with slightly unexpected results…

4. Zoro drum solo at Bass´N Drum Days 2006
Zoro is frequently hailed as the world´s best R&B drummer, having playing with Lenny Kravitz and Bobby Brown. Here´s the ‘Minister Of Groove´ playing a live solo.

5. Drum‘n´bass master KJ Sawka
KJ Sawka, the drum ‘n´bass ‘guru´, uses all manor of acoustic and electric drumming techniques live. Here are two videos of him in action.
Live drum ‘n´ bass drumming on radio - KJ Sawka plays along with a groovebox.
KJ Sawka in his basement - improvising some jungle and d´n´b beats.


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