More Of This Please: Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal Performed On A Carnival Barrel Organ

November 13, 2015


This is a video of barrel organ enthusiast Patrick Mathis performing Michael Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal' in what appears to be a barn that was just ravaged by a tornado. A barrel organ is basically a giant music box that plays a pipe organ by reading a barrel with a bunch of pins in it (although in this case its a long roll of paper with holes in it). The sound kind of reminds me of the music from the first few Monkey Island games. Also, I like how Patrick really gets into spinning that crank. He is FEELING IT. You know, I wish I was a smooth criminal. I'm not though. The last time I tried stealing a friend's wallet not only could I not get it, but I accidentally left my watch and cell phone in his pocket.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to mazzerman, who wants somebody pushing a barrel organ behind him wherever he goes to provide the soundtrack for his life.

  • DrZanz

    The best part about this is how much he's getting into it. Bobbing his head like some early 1900s DJ. Wait for the sick drop at 1:04...

  • Michael Jones

    Party out in the hay barn tonight!

  • Graig

    I bet Michael would have loved this. I think he was fond of circus type things.

    also. Seems like an inefficient way to store music, theres so many holes in the paper in some places the sheet is almost cut in half.

  • i feel like the moon should be impacting the earth soon.

  • Enkidu98

    Does this guy do parties?

  • Zirthran

    so basically, a midi synthesizer with a song stored on (paper) tape

  • AmselZephlyn

    Not really, no. There are pipes in there, and he's cranking a big barrel, and that pushes wind through the holes in the paper.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Barrel organ: The second funnest way to give your right hand some exercise.

    GET IT????

  • Is the funnest way punching people?

  • TheQiwiMan

    Close, I meant jump-roping.

  • JJtoob

    I saw a bunch of: .|.

  • Andyman7714

    Grampa's iPod.

  • Skagosi Unicorn

    Zelda OoT songs. Please oh god do it now.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Song of Storms to be first, I presume?

  • shashi

    i wonder how mario levels would sound going through that organ. Although... i also wonder if electricity tastes different in other countries so...

  • Kylexy1988

    I just laughed out loud, for realziez, normally I'd say lol but that was audible to strangers kinda laugh!

  • Oh my, that is wonderful.

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