I am not sure if everybody knows The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain , but after watching their DVD Anarchy in the Ukulele, I came to the conclusion that everybody should. Their rendition of popular songs on the Hawaiian instrument is so refreshing and often humorous, and as someone who loves remixes it is no wonder I loved their performance.
After playing their 2005 performance at the Barbican oh-so-many times, I have noticed one of the musicians, Jonty Bankes, looks eerily close to English actor John Simm, which I first knew as Detective Inspector Sam Tyler on BBC One’s ‘Life on Mars’:
Jonty Bankes, who plays the ‘bass ukulele’, in a photo taken from the musical ensemble’s 2005 performance at the Barbican.
DI Sam Tyler, AKA John Simm, in a ‘Life on Mars’ publicity shot taken in 2006.
In addition to the facial similarities, note the ‘Life on Mars’ connection as you watch this ‘song about plagiarism’ from their DVD: