Ukulele Fans: This Is What You Get

I said I’d do it, and I done did it.

I recorded two songs on the ukulele, and I even sang along. Let’s listen together and let the embarrassment potential be damned.

The songs can be found here:

The first song is a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” which I’ve been known to play occasionally. It’s only 4 chords (with an occasional 5th chord just for fun), so it was actually one of the first songs I taught myself. It’s just me and the ukulele. I’ve since found a few covers of this song including even one on the ukulele by Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls. For those wondering, I do the radio edit because it’s a frakkin’ family show godsdammit. Sorry, I just miss Battlestar Galactica already.

The second song is a cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police” which I found a decent chord arrangement for, and at Julie‘s suggestion I jazzed it up a little bit. It’s just on the edge of my singing range, so I suggested Julie sing instead, and I dare say she did a much better job than I could. Listen especially for the line “her Hitler hairdo.” It’s positively dripping with überhotness. Interestingly enough Dresden Dolls also covered this song. I was not at all aware of this before recording them. I think it’s interesting that these are the only Radiohead songs they’ve covered, and these are the two I chose to do.

The “album” –I guess it’s more like an extended single or EP–I’m calling “This Is What You Get” after a lyric from “Karma Police” — also Julie’s excellent suggestion.

I did all the recording in Apple’s GarageBand using the microphone from Rock Band (it’s USB, after all) and a Tascam US-122 fancy mixer dealie that I bought for recording a while ago that I’ve done next to nothing with. It has two 1/4″ instrument cable inputs and two XLR microphone inputs and goes out through USB. I do have a proper XLR microphone… somewhere. The ukulele is the “Surf Flea” from Flea Market Music that has a passive pickup built in so I can play amplified or record directly. The chords for Creep and Karma Police are found on

I’m wondering what songs to do next. This is fun.


  1. kevin

    On last week’s “Spicks and Specks” (an Australian music quiz show), a group called Vardos did a Gypsy-style interpretation of Creep.

  2. Wow, nice. Great work, you two!

  3. dad

    great vocals! and great accompaniment, too! where’s the video?

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