Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Facebooking Your Keytar

Following up with last week's post on Facebook ground rules, Michael Dove went digging and found that there are at least three keytar-related Facebook groups for Kriston and I to join.

Keytar For Freedom: Centered in Colorado, this group boasts 92 members, and apparently is listed as a "Common Interest--Politics" group. Apparently, playing the keytar is not just a hobby...it's a DUTY! The most recent posting is from someone who just bought a working keytar for $3 from a thrift store in Mississippi, which, funnily enough, is exactly the way I imagined most people obtain their keytars.

Bring Back The Keytar: The description of this group reads: "Man on a mission...it will come back...and it WILL be cooler than ever before," and 79 other people have taken up this rallying cry. Here, someone has done the THINKABLE, and shopped up a "KEYTAR HERO" box cover. Which I'd totally buy if it existed.

Get Rosco A Keytar: This group, administered by four kids from the awesomely named Methacton High School, was set up in order to rally the Facebook community behind "getting" "Rosco" a "keytar." We have news! Apparently, the goal has been achieved! They will now move on to Phase Two of the plan: Getting Rosco Laid.

This all begs the question that we may or may not have asked at one point in the past but anyway, have totally forgotten about if we did and we're just going to ask it again, anyway: Who in the history of Rock is the sine qua non of keytar players? Leave your answers in the comments, or staple them to your head and walk around neighborhoods where you know I might be.


Chris said...

Somehow he missed my personal favorite, the Keytar Appreciation Society - clearly the best Keytar-related group on Facebook.

PK said...

You know, I honestly don't know how many times I have to point out MUTE MATH to you before you start paying attention. Your faux-hipster-ironic-whatever love of the keytar is at least 18 months late.

But I only bring them up because you specified "rock". If you were going a little beyond that, we'd probably be talking about Herbie Hancock.

The Deceiver said...

Check it. I'm thoroughly down with Mute Math's enterprise. If you haven't seen the video of them restaging their backwards music video on the JIMMY KIMMEL show, get thee to the YouTubes, because any rock band that brings that sort of stunt to late night teevee is ok in my book.

Still, I'm not sure if we can call Mute Math's keytar player the Ultimate Keytar Player...like the guy who'd come rippling out of your body in the commercial for Keytar Hero. I'm wondering, who is/are history's seminal keytar player/s. Maybe Hancock fits the bill there.

PK said...

Well, in my view, to really appreciate the power of the keytar, you have to value two things:

1) posing
2) using that little whammy bar ribbon on the left-hand control

Mute Math guy is really good at #1 (might be hard to find examples online, but live he is a top-notch "stand on top of your piano" keytar god).

Herbie rules at #2.

I, um, don't actually know any other keytar players.

the Fiery Sword said...

Dude from Goldfrapp rocks a keytar, complete with silly clothes and hair combo. High thee hither for a pretty sweet photograph of this action.

Matt said...

beyonnd any shadow of a doubt...the guy from The Producers.

Bram Reichbaum said...

Donald Fagan of Steely Dan. One viewing of a live performance Kid Charlamagne and you'll find yourself making ironic remarks about hackneyed "guitar" players.

Robson said...

Peter Gabriel, seen on the SO tour rocking the keytar for "This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)". The song in question was co-written by Laurie Anderson, so the keytar was really the only choice, allowing Gabriel to perform standing in line with the musicians in his band (including drummer Manu Katche, also equipped with a keytar for this song, triggering drum sounds, natch). Avant-garde line dancing commenced. It was 1986, and it was awesome.

But my personal keytar hero has to be Ryuichi Sakamoto, seen bringing the house down in a 1984 tour. He strapped on a keytar for his final song of the show, the otherwise easy-listening "Etude". Dude punched it up a little, making full use of the ribbon controller on the neck, and even falling to the ground for some positively Hendrixesque keytar histrionics, all the more awesome for being completely uncalled for by the tone of the song.

Richard said...

C'mon. Howard Jones. In the "Things Can Only Get Better Video."