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An Ode To The Humble Keytar

March 16, 2010

I was just sent a link to the new Rusko ‘Woo Boost’ video. A fairly recent inductee into the Hall of Mad Decent, I’m not that enamoured with the beyond average and vaguely sqeaky dubstep, nor the actual video itself.  Someone in the video comments wrote ‘Lol Rude Boy?’, which I assume is referring to a day-glo similarity to Rihanna’s ‘Rude Boy’ albeit on a much smaller budget and with less Rihannaminalstraddling. But that Yamaha keytar? Oh yes, Rusko gets an extra scoop of strawberry flavoured post-ironic appreciation ice cream for that beautiful instrument he’s touting.

One of my friends just bought her man a keytar off eBay as a birthday present. And if there was an official list of ‘Most Awesome Gifts Ever’, that is definitely in the Top 10. Once an endangered instrument, it –  like a lot of things that were sent to the wilderness in the wake of the 80s (shoulder pads, acid washed denim) –  has recently been making a mighty comeback. Gaga, Muse, Little Boots, Goldfrapp, Shy Child and the ever groundbreaking Justin Timberlake are just a drop in the keytar-playing sized ocean.

But in its honour, I have come up with my Top 3 keytar videos. Because everything that is anything like the keytar, deserves a list:

1. Guy – Groove Me

Without a doubt, Teddy Riley is the coolest keytar player ever. And if that video doesn’t convince you then look at this one or this one. It’s not just a little bit funky, it’s like eye-wateryingly badass.

2. Beyonce – Green Light

Admittedly referencing Robert Palmer’s ‘Addicted to Love’ video is beyond played out but only when it’s ‘sans keytar’.

3. Modern Talking – You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul

I think this video singlehandedly destroyed the keytar’s street cred. One day he was hanging out with all the Stratocasters and Gibson doublenecks, and then along came this fluffy-haired duo and the keytar’s glory days were over. He couldn’t even get a date with the pot noodle horn.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jan Alessandrini permalink
    March 16, 2010 5:07 pm its all in the facial expression

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