C/D: Nardwuar

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Nardwuar The Human Serviette. Annoying one note joke as Sean claims or the best person for deflating egos.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Monday, 30 December 2002 19:25 (nineteen years ago) link

I think he's classic. Highlights include Telling Boris Yelstien to "keep on rocking in the free world" and then asking him "of all the world leaders, who wears the biggest pants?", asking The Strokes about the importance of great cheeckbones in the band, selling a Red Fox doll to a very stoned Snoop Doggy Dog, asking Dan Quail who is the Prime Minister of Canada and having him get it wrong, asking Beck why people should care about him and not his hear, asking Timothy Leary if drug users get more chick or Henry Rollins if he has a soup can shaped dick.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Monday, 30 December 2002 19:30 (nineteen years ago) link

snoop dogg stole the redd foxx doll! sonic youth busted his records, too! there's the pepper thing, too. and the sean lennon interview is good.

he's pretty good but you never get to really enjoy it when he's on muchmusic. the going coastal and much on demand interview bits are too short. and he's kind of started being just a zany character. he's really a pretty good interview guy, though. he's my favorite interview guy ever, i think. it's neat to hear him pull out some super-obscure question.

they could delete one episode of becoming from the schedule and fit in a nardwuar show.

d k (d k), Monday, 30 December 2002 19:40 (nineteen years ago) link

You could just listen to his show on the CITR (via real audio no doubt) if you need more of the human serviette.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Monday, 30 December 2002 19:50 (nineteen years ago) link

Very poor. Chris Morris did this sort of thing a billion times better years ago.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Monday, 30 December 2002 20:33 (nineteen years ago) link

the chrétien clip is classic

dyson (dyson), Monday, 30 December 2002 22:41 (nineteen years ago) link

I like the first question he asked Jean:
Mr. Chretien, regarding Suharto, there's a song out there right now by a punk band called The Nomads called "The Suharto Stomp." Earlier today, as well, at UBC, there were an incredible amount of protesters. Do you think, Mr. Chretien, if you were, say, forty years younger, that you too would be writing punk songs and protesting against APEC?

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Tuesday, 31 December 2002 00:29 (nineteen years ago) link

Nardwuar was doing it long before Chris Morris, actually, though that's nothing against Morris who is also good (though lots more self-important than brilliantly self-effacing Nardwuar). I heart Nardwuar, esp. as a music journalist -- I read an article by him in some punk 'zine or another and was really surprised/delighted by how well he could turn a phrase, cover a lot of ground in nice compact sentences, etc.

J0hn Darn13ll3 (J0hn Darn13ll3), Tuesday, 31 December 2002 01:04 (nineteen years ago) link

Nardwuar is an insanely knowledgeable guy when it comes to music, but insane is the key word here. I just find his persona incredibly grating and I think he's the music journalism version of a Saturday Night Live sketch sometimes: he takes one lame thing (ie. Tommy Lee "honking the horn") and then stretches it out far too long. Narwuar's Chretien ambush was good because it was clever and it was short. Nardwuar's full-length interviews are tedious. What that boy needs is a REALLY GOOD EDITOR.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Tuesday, 31 December 2002 02:59 (nineteen years ago) link

i drank with him, and told him about the christopher wool series of paintings inspired by george clinton

anthony easton (anthony), Tuesday, 31 December 2002 03:52 (nineteen years ago) link

I loved when he ambushed "legendary rock producer" Kim Fowley at like the Juno awards or something. Fowley was up to the task. Nardwuar asks him something about great rock bands and Fowley says Zeppelin are the best "they are all very highly intelligent". I remember a funny clip of him approaching Bob Denver and greeting him with "hey little buddy!" That and the Yeltsin (classic) are about all I can recall of herr serviette.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Tuesday, 31 December 2002 04:11 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
New Evaporators album is pretty good, but best of all has lotsa good clips.

Luigi Vampa (Horace Mann), Friday, 16 January 2004 17:28 (eighteen years ago) link

Contrast his interview with Lydia Lunch with the one he did with Courtney Love. It reveals that one has a sense of humor and the other is basically a twit.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Friday, 16 January 2004 18:20 (eighteen years ago) link

WELCOME TO MY CASTLE!
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WEEELLL-COOOOM TO MY (TO MY)
CAAAAAAAAAAA-SSSSTTLLEEE!

WELCOME TO MY CASTLE!
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(etc.)

donut bitch (donut), Friday, 16 January 2004 18:29 (eighteen years ago) link

donut bitch beat me to the castle by six seconds. Narduar has more endurance than any other Canadian male, except maybe an elk.

Ian Christe (Ian Christe), Friday, 16 January 2004 18:42 (eighteen years ago) link

Never seen him, only read the interviews in old Flipsides and on-line. but I say classic.

Doot doola doot doot...

Ben Boyer (Ben Boyer), Friday, 16 January 2004 18:55 (eighteen years ago) link

"Doctor, I need a appointment, I need some ointment...

I GOTTA RASH!

"

donut bitch (donut), Friday, 16 January 2004 19:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Nardwuar is a higher being and above such designations as classic or dud.

El Diablo Robotico (Nicole), Friday, 16 January 2004 19:02 (eighteen years ago) link

It's because of Nardwuar that probably one day,

I'M GOING TO FRANCE!

donut bitch (donut), Friday, 16 January 2004 19:03 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't need my friends to tell my who my friends are!

also, new album has a song written by former Chretien advisor Warren Kinsella!

Luigi Vampa (Horace Mann), Friday, 16 January 2004 20:16 (eighteen years ago) link

Is there such a thing as a Nardwaur best-of?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 16 January 2004 20:23 (eighteen years ago) link

check the Nardnest, http://www.nardwuar.com

I do know that most of his releases are also available on 8-track.

Luigi Vampa (Horace Mann), Friday, 16 January 2004 20:25 (eighteen years ago) link

two years pass...
Classic!
If one were to make a CD-R of all the funniest interviews (as in funny to listen to) what would be the essentials? Sometimes it's hard to tell just by reading the transcripts. I've got the Nirvana mp3, the Slayer one seems worth a download, what else?

Marmot (marmotwolof), Saturday, 23 September 2006 00:20 (sixteen years ago) link

four years pass...

NO ONE TOLD ME!

I just want to give a shout-out to Buzzy Beetles (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 02:47 (eleven years ago) link

I am so fucking into this right now. Three hours of YouTube!

I just want to give a shout-out to Buzzy Beetles (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 02:47 (eleven years ago) link

dude's clear love of blowfly and millie jackson are huge points in his favor

I just want to give a shout-out to Buzzy Beetles (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 02:50 (eleven years ago) link

henry lollins is such a dick to him

I just want to give a shout-out to Buzzy Beetles (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 03:48 (eleven years ago) link

RAHZEL interview is so abstract and funny
TAUGHT ME THEN TAUGHT ME

I just want to give a shout-out to Buzzy Beetles (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 04:11 (eleven years ago) link

ahahahahah weird al ahahahahaha

I just want to give a shout-out to Buzzy Beetles (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 04:36 (eleven years ago) link

Theres a DVD go buy it IMHO

maher shalal smash paz (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 04:54 (eleven years ago) link

omg rahzel imitating him is wonderful

ice cr?m, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 05:15 (eleven years ago) link

I posted a couple of my favourite Nardwuar bits in this thread:

Bands/artists you now respect more only because they were so rad to Nardwuar

everything, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 05:54 (eleven years ago) link

Total classic. Aside from being funny, he actually does a lot of research into his subjects and constantly comes up with questions that leave them shocked at what he knows... Well, I think that David Cross says it best at 2:10 here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTHFIvHW1b8

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 07:23 (eleven years ago) link

There's actually two DVD. The second featuring a lot more of his really early stuff. I own both but I've never gotten around to watching the second.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 14:11 (eleven years ago) link

totally inviting dude to summerstage

I just want to give a shout-out to Buzzy Beetles (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 15:19 (eleven years ago) link

I watched a couple last night also.. the lady gaga one was cool bc I learned that she loves new kids on the block & she's never heard of andrew wk.. the nirvana one was uncomfortable and as if I needed another reason to dislike courtney love, she refers to Sloan as "The sloan band" at least twice.

billstevejim, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 16:20 (eleven years ago) link

to be honest i watched that last night and i thought courtney was far more normal and courteous than kurdt or noveselic, unless you are just bound and determined to hate her

Bleeqwot the Chef (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 19:05 (eleven years ago) link

ohhhhh this lil b one is making me really like both of them a lot

I just want to give a shout-out to Buzzy Beetles (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 21:12 (eleven years ago) link

hahaha, the end of the lil b interview.

historyyy (prettylikealaindelon), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 22:48 (eleven years ago) link

he is my city's finest, his band the evaporators was one of my favorite live acts when i was a teenager, and he's done so much for vancouver's music scene. when my friend was starting to release albums narduwar was willing to spend hours on the phone with him giving advice about DIY music. he talks normal when he's not in character, it's actually a little jarring to see the switch

B1ll C4ll4h4n (symsymsym), Wednesday, 23 March 2011 23:10 (eleven years ago) link

"check this out little b!!!" *hands him a bunch of records*
"this is great" (lil b has the expression & intonation of someone who really doesnt want to hurt their grandmother's feelings when they get socks for christmas)

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Thursday, 24 March 2011 05:55 (eleven years ago) link

my reaction was pretty similar to forks when i discovered nardwuar a year or two ago, ie. where has this guy been all my life

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Thursday, 24 March 2011 05:57 (eleven years ago) link

Haven't heard this in a few years :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqWI45d2DTs

billstevejim, Thursday, 24 March 2011 06:15 (eleven years ago) link

I didn't realise that he'd done so much. My favourites are the earlier interviews - the one with sonic youth for instance.

historyyy (prettylikealaindelon), Thursday, 24 March 2011 13:50 (eleven years ago) link

he is my city's finest, his band the evaporators was one of my favorite live acts when i was a teenager, and he's done so much for vancouver's music scene. when my friend was starting to release albums narduwar was willing to spend hours on the phone with him giving advice about DIY music. he talks normal when he's not in character, it's actually a little jarring to see the switch

It's a fact that he has done more for local music than practically anyone else. He's put on hundreds of gigs (mostly all-ages) interviewed or showcased pretty much every little band that makes an effort to contact him, helped god knows how many musicians in thousands of ways and done more to promote the history of Cdn punk/rock than anyone.

I quibble with the last sentence though. He is generally less shrill and less confrontational in real life but he's *never* "not in character". He is always Nardwuar.

everything, Thursday, 24 March 2011 16:34 (eleven years ago) link

dyin at david cross repeating the celebrity poker question

diamonddave85, Thursday, 24 March 2011 16:43 (eleven years ago) link

watching nardwuar hand Greg Ginn a copy of my black flag book on camera in his interview was a total unexpected "oh fuck wow wow" moment for me

we can't rule out the supernatural no matter how much I would like to (stevie), Thursday, 24 March 2011 16:46 (eleven years ago) link

as much for, like, nardwaur has read my book as, wow, greg ginn now owns a copy of my book

we can't rule out the supernatural no matter how much I would like to (stevie), Thursday, 24 March 2011 16:46 (eleven years ago) link

found it odd the halsey interview (and the travis scott 1 maybe?) dropped in the interim idk maybe that bodes better

johnny crunch, Thursday, 10 December 2015 19:21 (six years ago) link

sending good vibes to nard. doot-doot

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 10 December 2015 19:22 (six years ago) link

aw sad stuff. recover please

Spottie, Thursday, 10 December 2015 19:44 (six years ago) link

Hooray.

Austin, Saturday, 12 December 2015 19:51 (six years ago) link

Glad to hear, lotsa trepidation opening this thread!

Does that make you mutter, under your breath, “Damn”? (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 12 December 2015 19:56 (six years ago) link

man, he is just the most likable muso ever

carly rae jetson (thomp), Sunday, 13 December 2015 13:01 (six years ago) link

http://www.planetslade.com/images/andycapp/14img602.jpg

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 13 December 2015 19:59 (six years ago) link

Nardwuar is the best. Love the Pharrell interview.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 13 December 2015 19:59 (six years ago) link

Glad he's on the mend

Amira, Queen of Creativity (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 13 December 2015 21:31 (six years ago) link

three months pass...

some good new 1s from sxsw

<3 metro boomin when nard is like so do you trust trump & metro is all im not really answering who I trust and whatnot but (leans in to the mic) no of course not who could trust that nigga

johnny crunch, Friday, 25 March 2016 16:33 (six years ago) link

so glad he's recovered enough to go to SXSW. i can't take Nardwuar dying young.

flappy bird, Friday, 25 March 2016 16:48 (six years ago) link

I can't take it at all

Sorry Nard you gotta outlive every other member of the human race

If only so you can ask newly evolved intelligent flying octopi about the punk bands they were into in middle school

bulbs in the VU meters of God (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 25 March 2016 23:36 (six years ago) link

Jesus Christ, I saw this link at the top and after his recent health scare, I feared the worst

Glad he's okay.

Doot-doota-loot-doot...

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 26 March 2016 05:40 (six years ago) link

eleven months pass...

ugly god completely demolished by the nard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCr1F60R41U

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 March 2017 22:06 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

yeah!

somehow ended up watching a Henry Rollins interview w/a friend and the suggested videos had both of Nardwuar's interviews

it's beautiful, he completely reveals the insecurities and cracks in Rollins's shtick! love you Nardwuar

mh, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:22 (five years ago) link

Nardwuar fucking rules.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:05 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

so glad he recovered, love this guy

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 3 November 2017 03:56 (five years ago) link

seeing him do a video exhibition thing in December, stoked!!

Simon H., Friday, 3 November 2017 03:57 (five years ago) link

I see Slow have reformed to do something.

everything, Friday, 3 November 2017 04:24 (five years ago) link

Thread bump made me nervous

flappy bird, Friday, 3 November 2017 06:08 (five years ago) link

He's pretty prolific on instagram. Most recently, reposting all the people who dressed as him for Halloween; fun stuff.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Friday, 3 November 2017 15:54 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFG-b21aW_w

the best

In a slipshod style (Ross), Friday, 1 December 2017 06:37 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIPhoeHKme0

damn nardwuar got on stage with him, dude's so cool

Slippage (Ross), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 21:16 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Logic was super kind and chill

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ND5y5ugCn9A

No angel came (Ross), Friday, 20 July 2018 15:37 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Praise him 🙏

flappy bird, Monday, 30 September 2019 20:44 (three years ago) link

missed out on the option to DOOT DOODLE OOT DOOT HEREBY PROCLAIM

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 30 September 2019 22:43 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Nard's mom was apparently in the ICU for most of 2021, he did an amazing remote interview with the medical team as a benefit for the hospital
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1bTL0j9B6Q

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 January 2022 05:05 (ten months ago) link

just an absolute marker beacon for how to be a good human

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 20 January 2022 05:13 (ten months ago) link

he's recently back with some very good interviews with Flo Milli, jpegmafia, J Cole.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 January 2022 05:35 (ten months ago) link

I only just learned that the Doot Doodle Oot Doot bit is called "Shave and a Haircut."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shave_and_a_Haircut

dinnerboat, Thursday, 20 January 2022 16:17 (ten months ago) link

HAVE YOU NEVER SEEN WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?????

good on nardwuar. exemplary.

get shrunk by this funk. (Austin), Thursday, 20 January 2022 16:22 (ten months ago) link

HAVE YOU NEVER SEEN WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?????

Not since I was a kid. I know what I'm doing this weekend, thanks!

dinnerboat, Thursday, 20 January 2022 16:29 (ten months ago) link

lol I've never seen (and tbh still haven't watched) his Ted talk!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkSUazeI2nM

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 20 January 2022 18:37 (ten months ago) link

(don't want to spoil for those that haven't seen it, but wfrr? is where i first learned the "shave and a haircut" bit)

his ted talk roolz.

get shrunk by this funk. (Austin), Thursday, 20 January 2022 20:32 (ten months ago) link

I've always known shave and a haircut, from Looney Tunes cues on down/up. The wiki informs me that, among other facts:

The tune has been used innumerable times as a coda or ending in musical pieces. It is strongly associated with the stringed instruments of bluegrass music, particularly the 5-string banjo. Earl Scruggs often ended a song with this phrase or a variation of it. On the television show The Beverly Hillbillies, musical cues signifying the coming of a commercial break (cues which were in bluegrass style) frequently ended with "Shave and a Haircut". It is the most popular bluegrass run, after the G run.

Johnny's Theme, the music that opened The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, famously ended with the "shave and a haircut" flourish every weeknight for 30 years and 4,531 episodes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hcqb3hAmr8

Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol recording of "Magic Melody" concluded with the phrase minus the last two notes ("two bits"). Responding to complaints from disc jockeys, Capitol in 1955 released "Magic Melody Part 2"—consisting solely of the missing notes—on a 45, said to be the shortest tune on record/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2O06pa9mjU

The original version of "Love and Marriage" by Frank Sinatra (recorded for Capitol Records in 1955) ends with the tune.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpeiuVL5hLs

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 20 January 2022 20:56 (ten months ago) link

Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol recording of "Magic Melody" concluded with the phrase minus the last two notes ("two bits"). Responding to complaints from disc jockeys, Capitol in 1955 released "Magic Melody Part 2"—consisting solely of the missing notes—on a 45, said to be the shortest tune on record/

lol, this is fantastic, A+++ response

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 20 January 2022 20:59 (ten months ago) link

actual lol

get shrunk by this funk. (Austin), Thursday, 20 January 2022 21:09 (ten months ago) link

nardwuar's GOAT record.

get shrunk by this funk. (Austin), Thursday, 20 January 2022 21:10 (ten months ago) link

five months pass...

Daniel Kaluuya! was finally wondering which celeb would call nardwuar out.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 14 July 2022 23:03 (four months ago) link

What are you referring to?

JRN, Friday, 15 July 2022 00:23 (four months ago) link

I had to Google it myself. I guess the actor was on Hot Ones, and compared the host to Nardwar, positively.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 15 July 2022 00:25 (four months ago) link

sorry, yeah the hot ones show. nardwuar on that program would be amazing.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Friday, 15 July 2022 07:47 (four months ago) link

was v anxious for a minute there that narduwar did something terrible

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 15 July 2022 12:26 (four months ago) link

Yeah tbh it was a very cryptic and misleading post...

Evan, Friday, 15 July 2022 14:01 (four months ago) link

"Magic Melody - Part II" even has a discogs entry:
https://www.discogs.com/release/22510415-Les-Paul-Mary-Ford-Magic-Melody-Part-II

The label lists the time as "one second". There's a bit of debate as to whether it's shorter than a split 7" with Napalm Death's "You Suffer" on the first side and Electro Hippies "Mega Armageddon Death Part 3" on the B-side:
https://www.45cat.com/record/pro234

But that was a commercial release whereas the Les Paul single was a promo only. As one of the posters points out one second is shorter than a single rotation of a 45rpm 7", so the songs have to be padded out with silence. Unless the groove didn't cover the whole circumference of the record, which would probably be murder on styluses. Stylii?

Ashley Pomeroy, Friday, 15 July 2022 21:15 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

the Lizzo interview feels like one of the rare times where it's pretty clear who supplied some of the question material.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 19 November 2022 07:17 (two weeks ago) link


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