Oh my god. This is amazing, and even if it’s a joke it’s still hilarious: guy tries to cover NMH’s “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea,” and from the fourth word of the song, it’s clear things aren’t going to work out…and it just gets worse from there. (You have to know the song, but even Stephen Colbert knows the song, so I think we’re good here):

This is the version of the song I’m going to sing over everyone else on my next road trip. Actually, I’m going to rip this to mp3 and play IT instead. I just bookmarked this video to come back to whenever I’m feeling sad. Licorice! It couldn’t be better. (Via the everybody cares tumblr.)

Comments (61)
  1. ronton  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 -3

    video not there any more :(

  2. He mixed two of my favorite things, NMH and licorice, so obviously this is pure win

  3. He sure can hit those high notes!

  4. joaquin phoenix  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +25

    i know hipster-targeted tongue in cheek performance art when i see it!

  5. Haha, oh man, I got nothing, this video just hit me in the right way.

  6. I love the swing in the guitar chords. Makes it sound like Sinatra should be singing.

  7. noah   |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +10

    i have decided that “licorice” is my new default zinger. i.e. this video is licorice!

  8. noah   |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 -15

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  9. I love this kid. “They gave it to me cus I taught them how to make weird sounds.” Licorice!

  10. Aaron  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +23

    thanks for posting my video and im glad you guys enjoyed it!

  11. Nope. You’re all wrong. It’s the Sunn O))) amp that’s the best part.

  12. Alex Hudson  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +2

    Thst was epic. The best bit is when he’s done singing, and rocks out on the guitar chords for a while.

  13. And you wonder why they don’t have Neutral Milk Hotel night on IDOL?

  14. Simply amazing, this is art

  15. GwaR  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +1


  16. steve  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +7

    WORST version EVER?!?
    Has no one ever heard the Matt Pond cover?

    • OMG, finally someone else. Finally. I’m forced to listen to that like once a week!

    • cherry  |   Posted on Mar 30th, 2009 0

      Oh god, that song is one of the worst pieces of shit to ever have violated my aural cavities. Seriously. It almost makes me wish I had never even heard the original, because listening to Matt Pond cover it is like watching someone kill something beautiful.

      What I?m trying to say (to be explicit) is that Matt Pond?s cover of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is an aborted unicorn fetus. Metaphorically speaking.

  17. he is an expert on the weird noises. he is dr. weird noises.

  18. mtrax  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +2

    god! what a daymaker… i’m shaking with joy!!!

  19. bree  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +15

    nmh is one of the best bands to sing along with purely for all the crazy “eeeeeee”‘s. i basically sing that exact version- mangled, wrong lyrics and over-enthusiastic wails- of that song every time im in my car listening to the album, even though i’ve heard it ten million times. kudos to this brave young man.

  20. He no doubt brings the house down with “Oh Comely.”

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  22. Mary Mouse  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    I am posting this on so many people’s Facebook walls. THANK YOU LINDSAY!


  24. rick  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +2

    stephen colbert knows NMH? Can anyone provide a link to this???

  25. rick  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 -6

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  27. everyone in my office just died from “hilarity overload.”

  28. Um…you guys know this is a joke right? like he’s making fun of NMH coverers. he’s not the worst, he’s the best at pretending to be the worst.

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    • Come on, dude, it’s just NMH. Jeff Mangum isn’t even dead. It’s not like he’s making fun of Katrina victims, or using a dead terrorist puppet to get big laffs, or even acting like the song is his when it’s clearly not besides being delivered so much worse than the original song. No one does that!

  30. I’m going to have to listen to the entire album now to recover from this

  31. He had me at hey, hey, hey, hey, hey.

  32. Drew  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 0

    This kid hates indie white kids

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  34. square jordan  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +9

    Requesting MY GIRLS…. so many bad acoustic youtube kid covers already!

  35. you mean best nmh cover of all time.

  36. gokinsmen  |   Posted on Mar 27th, 2009 +4

    Worst ever is Amanda Palmer doing Two Headed Boy, Part I. I don’t even want to think about it…my ears start hurting preemptively.

  37. Thankfully, nothing can ever ruin Neutral Milk Hotel for me.

  38. sunn OHHHH!  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2009 +1

    sunn 0))) + municipal waste + neutral milk hotel = theoretically the best, but actually the worst

  39. This is the best video ever.

  40. Chelsea  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2009 -1

    Amazingly, this WASN’T the Dreadful Dolls cover.

  41. Lisa  |   Posted on Mar 28th, 2009 +3

    Hey this guy is pure genius. God bless the womb that carried thee!


  43. no doubt, the kid can thrash

  44. oh no no no.

  45. joke or not, I like that guy.

  46. Erin K.  |   Posted on Mar 30th, 2009 0

    The Municipal Waste shirt lets me know this has GOT to be a joke. WASTE!

  47. You know it’s going to be bad when the dude tries to pass off his shitty Marshall MG amp as a Sunn.

  48. this fuckin rules.

  49. if this is really a NMH parody, there aren’t nearly enough semen references.

  50. I blame this video for me hardly listening to any song that isn’t “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” at all.

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