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almmusic says

Lots of ukulele music everywhere these days – I’ve even caught the bug and added some tracks myself. But does anyone have any idea of when and where it all started? How did we get here?

For me, the ukulele will always remind me of this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfmAeijj5cM

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AlumoAudio says

As far as advertising and stock music goes, I think it’s fair to say that there are a lot of influences from the pop world, as music supervisors/adverting agencies are always on the lookout for new and fresh ideas to associate with the product they’re selling.

Here’s an article from 2011, addressing how the humble ukulele has had a recent impact in the world of popular music.

But yes, good old George Formby will always be remembered as the original uke guy – although I’m sure there were plenty before him.

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jhunger says

One song that seemed to be everywhere a few years back was the cover of Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Iz. At least that was the first time I noticed ukulele prominently in commercials. Though it was probably going on well before that.

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TortoiseTree says

I actually think I know where it started from (for this generation anyway). There was this song in the movie “Juno” that used the Ukelele in a pop/alt. pop style and since the movie was a hit I began hearing it in commercials too. I can’t be bothered to look for the song… but I’ m sure that’s what started the whole trend.

On a side note I didn’t get what all the buzz was about that movie and I felt it was “just ok”. People told me it would be really funny…

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DanHoodMusic says

Yes, Juno… then that Train tune that the ladies love to hear… Somewhere over the rainbow… it is used in the theme for “Arrested Development” and “Bob’s Burgers”... It’s taking over! again! The instrument itself is highly accessible even to beginners and kids with tiny hands… I think that helps the trend too…

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jhunger says

On a side note I didn’t get what all the buzz was about that movie and I felt it was “just ok”. People told me it would be really funny…

Agreed! “Just OK” is a perfect way to describe it, even though I like all the actors involved in it and the story was pretty good. I felt the same way about Little Miss Sunshine – sort of derivative of much better films but given a lot of buzz for whatever reason.

Is this a good way to derail this thread or what?

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TortoiseTree says


On a side note I didn’t get what all the buzz was about that movie and I felt it was “just ok”. People told me it would be really funny…

Agreed! “Just OK” is a perfect way to describe it, even though I like all the actors involved in it and the story was pretty good. I felt the same way about Little Miss Sunshine – sort of derivative of much better films but given a lot of buzz for whatever reason.

Is this a good way to derail this thread or what?

LOL Yeah! I was ok with “Little Miss Sunshine” Fortunately I watched it before it became a sensation so it wasn’t spoilt for me with the over-hype. At the same time, after when everyone was talking about it I didn’t see the hype either.

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JumaStudios says

Regarding history, I know it is considered a Hawaiian instrument, but it was introduced there by the Portuguese people and also other workers who came there from Portuguese colonies.

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TortoiseTree says

Yes, Juno… then that Train tune that the ladies love to hear… Somewhere over the rainbow… it is used in the theme for “Arrested Development” and “Bob’s Burgers”... It’s taking over! again! The instrument itself is highly accessible even to beginners and kids with tiny hands… I think that helps the trend too…

Yeah… “Hey Soul Sister”. Being quite a big Train fan I know the story behind that song. It was originally written/recorded on guitar, but the producer felt it sounded too generic so he did it again with a ukelele he was fiddling around with and voila! He changed AudioJungle history!! LOL Just kidding, I think Ukelele was already on the way in and he cemented it!

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