Things a Geek should [hear]: John Williams Is The Man


If you consider yourself a true geek, there are quite a few things you should either know, see, or do to keep your ‘Geek Status’. One of these is to hear and see the A Capella song ‘John Williams Is The Man’ by Moosebutter. The song takes the Star Wars plot for lyrics while setting them to the tune of a number of John Williams most well known theme songs.

Now there are many versions flying around YouTube, so I am going to narrow it down a little and give you the three ‘must see’ versions. The first version is not my favorite, but is the best in terms of production. It is Moosebutters song (including their voices) however it is ‘remade’ to look like a talented YouTuber named Corey Vidal is doing all 4 parts. I pick this over some of the Moosebutter versions not because of anything against them, but because this is a great ‘introductory’ version showing you the lyrics along with which John Williams theme they are using at the time (In case you aren’t quite up to speed on all the amazing work John Williams has done). If you have never heard the song (and its a little hard to miss as this version has over 16 million hits) this is the one to start with so that you know and can appreciate everything that is going on in the next two versions I show.

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The next version I include is by one of the best college aCapella groups ‘Novis’. If you haven’t discovered any of the Novis Nerdfest songs on YouTube yet you are missing some great nerd/geek moments INCLUDING their take on the classic Portal Song. The quality is not the best on this or the next version I so which is why I feel you should first see and know the Corey Vidal version before watching this. Then take the time to watch some other Novis works as they are quite good.

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Finally, we come to my favorite version that I have been able to find. This version is performed by the Kokopelli and Oran choirs and features Darth Vader conducting, (complete with Light-saber Conductors Baton) a stellar performance from their ‘Luke’ (Listen for Luke to scream NOOOOO and my favorite “Seriously you cut off my hand”), and if all that wasn’t enough the Conductor turns to the audience and starts ‘singing’ during the part that is “Vaders Solo” near the end. Between the over-the-top production, the acting of the conductor, and the showmanship of everyone involved, I believe you will find this a great treasure of YouTube. Please make sure and ‘Like’ the video to show your love to them if you enjoy it.

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If you have found a version you feel surpasses this, please feel free to post a link to it so we can all see. Lastly, since these are no where NEAR all the versions I have seen, here are some links to other versions of notable decency.

Moosebutter performance

U of Tennessee Mens Choir

21st Century Chorus – The poster of this video indicates that this is ‘after a 2 hour long concert’. From watching we can summise that this is done in the lobby after the concert. After the choir sings the song they appear to offer the director a ‘Light-saber Baton’. This is a really interesting piece and if anyone has more information on it I would love to hear about it.

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