The Machine

Oh, man! I love this! Talk about somebody who marches to the beat of their own drummer. Llyn Foulkes *IS* his own drummer. Far more than just a novelty, Mr. Foulkes can actually play and has a nice voice to boot. This from the site:
"Foulkes plays a homemade contraption called the Machine, a dense, wraparound nest of scavenged and invented instruments whose crowning glory is a clump of old-fashioned car and bicycle horns.

To play his original compositions, Foulkes squeezes the horns’ black rubber bulbs, triggers a drum with one foot, strums an electric bass with the other and picks up a pair of mallets to tap out a melody on a swirl of xylophone keys and cowbells. Sometimes he beats an empty plastic water jug. Oh, and he sings too. The results are both cacophonous and catchy, evoking the sideshow carny stylings of Tom Waits and the sound-effect-laden novelty songs of Foulkes’ first idol, the 1940s musical satirist Spike Jones."

via Neatorama


  1. Surprised the heck outta me, that was great!

  2. dawt - Me too. This guy is cool, right? Thanks for the comment!

  3. Mr. Foulkes also is one of the great living American Artist. His paintings are as creative as he is.

  4. This is my kind of music. He could have done any other style with those instruments but he really, really, really does it just right the way I love it!