All We Want To Do Is Play The Uke

By JoCo January 16, 2007

Kristen, winner of the Code Monkey remix contest points me to this video of a guy doing a uke cover of Re: Your Brains. Swingin’! I think that all the world’s music needs to be redone with ukulele.


Rich says

Bear in mind, this is coming from a guy who covered "Baby Got Back" with a banjo. :)

Mike says

Oh, that's adorable. He's completely uke-ified it, which is just charming in a song about, well, eating brains. When I play it on the uke I've been sticking to Jonathan's more downbeat style, but now I think I'll try playing it all sprightly. Also the hat helps.

Andrea says

This made the rounds quite some time ago, so you probably know it already, but it bears linking again: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, the ukulele version.

Terry Bain says

My favorite Uke cover is While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Here:


And I got a Uke for Christmas. Unfortunately, I'm still having trouble with Row Row Row Your Boat.

Ukeist says

all the world’s music redone with ukulele is at

Dan Burke says

I'm still working on my ukulele cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train."

Alex says

Oh my god, I just found out about you being covered after checking out another podcast for ukulele music that ffeatures the code monkey cover, I always wanted to hear a joco song on the uke!

glych says


Uke cover...


I think the hat makes the video.


Javier says

One of the commenters over at YouTube thought it sounded like They Might Be Giants. TMBG/JC? Is this guy crazy, I thought? But then I did a little digging. It turns out that the Giants had a project called "The Venue Songs" during their 2004 tour where they wrote a new song every day for each venue they played. If you don't find that ironic, consider that the "Deranged Millionaire" involved in the project was none other than John Hodgman.

Okay, so it's a bit of a stretch. And that definitely wasn't the connection that the commenter was thinking of. But that was one awesome uke cover.

ukeforever says

Thanks about the hat. I redid the song with a more appropriate background.

Here's the link:

Had I known the great JC was going to look at it and blog about it, I would have tried harder the first time around...

These JC fans really are something with all of their computerized videos and special dances. Thanks for watching my goofy interpretation of JC. --John Rockwell