Sep 062015
 

I fell down a You Tube wormhole the other day and hit rock bottom with this clip of Re-Flex better known for their 80’s classic “The Politics of Dancing.” In the video, keyboardist Paul Fishman is either doing his best to rock out between the plastic ivory and ebony or trying his best to upstage the rest of the band. Regardless, his “dancing” is enthusiastic but also rather distracting. I’ve never done any research on the history of the keytar but I’m sure it was invented by a dude who was feeling left out of the action when his fellow bandmates would prowl the front of the stage with guitar and mic in hand.

So, how come no one took inspiration from double-neck guitars to invent a double neck keytar? Just think what kind of animal would be unleashed if our boy Paul Fishman was unshackled and unrestrained by his keyboard stand.

 

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Aug 042011
 

Is there any instrument that takes more abuse than the keytar? And does anyone ever feel the slightest regret for taking said shot at the instrument and any musician who’s ever played one? Today I challenge you to state the best argument for this deservedly derided instrument. I present the above clip and challenge you, Townspeople, to make a better argument for the instrument! (And don’t think I haven’t made it to the 50-second mark of this performance.)

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