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Thursday, August 12, 2010

He Knows a Guy Who Knows a Guy Who Can Get Him Recording Time

The bus came alive yesterday afternoon with the appearance of my favorite entertainer: MC Mumbles.

You know MC Mumbles, don’t you? He’s the guy on public transportation, the man mysteriously rapping into his cell phone, complete with hand gestures and appropriate facial tics and lip movements.

He is gloriously, even recklessly engrossed in the storyline currently running through his mind.

For that, I applaud him.

You know, most public-transportation lip-synchers are wearing headphones, singing/rapping to music others have created, somehow immersing themselves in the belief that not only do they have similar skills to the ones they are listening to but that others are as enamored of their abilities as they are, perhaps even thinking "you know? That guy sounds just like...".

I leave it to you to fill in the blank.

But, see, that’s where MC Mumbles has risen head and shoulders above the fray: he don’t need no steenkin’ recorded music. All this guy needs is an audience, something to use as a microphone, and those dulcet mumbling tones of his…

I like to imagine MC Mumbles and his crew, the Watchoo Lookinats, rolling across the U.S., enlightening the masses without actually acknowledging them, sullenly a-slouch in as many seats as possible.

It's a new twist on an old need.

You get out and around, right? Do me a favor. If you see MC Mumbles, tell him “hey” for me.

Tell him I was at his Minneapolis show.

22 comments:

dogimo said...

I've never seen this guy!

Is he actually rapping into his phone, like it's on and he might be leaving himself a rhyme on his home voicemail? So he doesn't forget it!

Or is he just using his cell phone as a fake mic prop?

Props either way, I guess.

Pearl said...

dogimo, I'm pretty sure he was just using the phone as a mic, something like what I did with my hairbrush when I was little.

Yeah. Little. :-)

Micael Chadwick ("Rabbit") said...

I read that as McMumbles and all I got in my head was some jacked up McDonald's character...

Simply Suthern said...

I like to sing while working out in the shop. My co-worker will ask,"Who sings that song?". When I answer he always say, "Why dont you just let him sing it".

No appreciation for the Arts.

Bossy Betty said...

I am waiting for his video to come out.

justsomethoughts... said...

"in as many seats as possible"

after riding the trains in the city for a while, it actually raised my bp for a sec there to remember those that insisted on doing that

anyway...


good post

i'll let him know if i see him

The mad woman behind the blog said...

Only you could make me feel nostalgia for riding the bus. That, my dear, is talent.

Come to San Francisco and I'll show ya! We have a whole 'nother box of crayons for our color of crazy here.

Symdaddy said...

I have been banned from singing ANYWHERE!

I haven't a clue why. My "Bat out of Hell" is fantastic!!!

Erm ... would someone kindly tell an oldie what rapping is.

cfoxes33 said...

Love the name of his crew..."Whatchoo Lookinats". Too funny! Thanks for stopping by.

Herding Cats said...

I'm pretty sure I live in a city filled with McMumbles.

Lisa said...

I love it! I used to see MC Mumbles on the Chicago subway coming in from Rosemont. Good shows could be had at 6:14 a.m.

Jhon Baker said...

the utter talent that MC Mumbles displays makes me constantly question my own.

Ms Sparrow said...

The McMumbles of the world are just frustrated Karaoke singers. These poor deluded guys have delusions of being "discovered" by a big-time record producer whose Porsche is the the shop this morning. Hey, it could happen!

SeaD said...

Here in Seattle MC Mumbles doesn't even use a mic. I guess he's unplugged or something. His crew, the Watchoo Lookinats, was priceless!

Cheeseboy said...

I do know MC Mumbles. That dude is on my train every morning!

Sarah said...

There used to be a guy on the train listening to his radio/music in full blast, and he ignored people's requests to turn it down. I'd take mc mumbles anytime.

KleinsteMotte said...

So do you travel on transit and see these types? I'm sure they are around somewhere. Interesting post.

Tempo said...

As always you are just too funny Pearl... I'll bet you cant wait for his next open concert so you can be in the front row with all the other groupies. (or so he's thinking)

Gigi said...

Pearl, seriously you make me want to start taking the bus - just so I can witness some of these gems myself. Unfortunately, with our lackadaisical public transportation system it would take me three hours to get 20 minutes from here.....so not worth it. Oh, but the blogging material......

a Broad said...

Oh God ... now I have to get on a bus in Buenos Aires ?? to see if we have MC Mumbles South American counterparts ? sheesh ...

Susan Deborah said...

We have our versions of MC Mumbles in Chennai, India. They just have different names but same spirits which continue to . . .

Joy always,
Susan

Cheryl said...

I used to see this guy in NYC! I wonder when he moved to Minneapolis? Probably about the same time I left. I was his biggest fan.