OK, so maybe it’s Tuesday, but SOMEWHERE in the world, it’s still Monday.  That’s how time zones work, right? So on today’s completely accurate and justifiably-named Music Video Monday, we’re getting a little old-timey with The Cleverlys. The internet was set on fire recently with THIS VIDEO of Steve’n’Seagulls’ cover of “Thunderstruck”, The Cleverlys were sitting in the background saying, “We’ve been doing that thar schtick for longer than you young fellers have! In fact, we did a bluegrass version of that exact same song nearly a year before you did.” Instead of harping on copyright laws or who might have been inspired by who, though, we’re going to just enjoy the GrassHipHop fusion of The Cleverlys.

Wait, who are The Cleverlys, you say? Glad you asked.

THE CLEVERLYS – IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Courtesy of their website, we offer you the inappropriately named Cleverly Trio, as told by the family patriarch, Digger Cleverly, Sr.:

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Vernon Dean “ VD “ Cleverly is my oldest brother. He left home as a teenager, didn’t leave momma a note or nothing, and run off with a bunch of “ long hairs “ called the Rainbow Family. He ate dirt and roots, run around naked wearin nothing but his banjo and a cowboy hat. He finally moved back home with his wife T Fairy and his sons J Zone, K Bush, and R Bird. They now live in a TP behind Grand Mommy’s old house, and make dream catchers out of cat hair. He plays banjo, guitar, jaw-bone and sangs the low harmonies.
 

 
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Munk is our youngest brother. You might remember him from being the power forward on Unites States Olympic Donkey Basketball team, till he bit his tongue off during a game. His name was Mark till he bit that tongue off. Now its…Munk.  Munk plays Mando, and bout anything with strings on it. He sangs the best harmonies in the family, guess its cause of that new bionic tongue.
 

 
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Ricky Lloyd is our sister Delva’s boy. He goes by Lloyd, the first L is silent. He loves nature, and chemical dumps. He loves to give back, in fact, he wants me to tell you about his charitable exploits. He wants to invite you all to his annual benefit squirrel hunt to raise money for save the whales. Y’all come out to Cleverly Mountain, second week of October, and for three days we kill the crap outta every squirrel we see! We donate a dollar fifteen to Save the Whale for every mutilated tree rat, then we eat em. So have a heart…kill a squirrel and save a whale. Lloyd plays Bass, phonograph sound machine, and is our spoken word expert. He is huge in the Amish Rave Scene.
 

 
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I am Digger Cleverly Sr. I have two boys, Digger Jr, and Digger Jr.Jr.. I hate to name drop, but I have played music with everyone from Terk Blitzer to Diamond Cherry. You might remember my #89 hit record “ Dry Huntch “ from Stabbin Cabin records. I also wrote “ Good thang you got two “ for the Rickets, and toured all over the county with them for three solid days back in the 80’s. I took over my daddy’s band the Cleverly Trio, which was founded by him and his four brothers. I decided to really make something out of the group. I play Guitar and do most of the lead sangin.

Tongue and cheek bios aside, if you like bluegrass or hip hop or have seen Oh, Brother Where Art Thou? at least once, you will find The Cleverlys amazing renditions of a variety of hits from today and yesterday simply intoxicating. It really takes a talented group of musicians to do what they are doing on each and every song they play. When we stumbled across them, we spent about 3 hours on their YouTube channel, trying to decide which video to feature.  Beck’s “Loser” and “Gangnam Style” were close seconds.  You really have to hear them sing the entire thing in Korean. It’s amazing. So enjoy our pick of their amazing body of work.

THE CLEVERLYS – WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN

Good luck getting off their YT channel for the next day or two.  If you can, you’re stronger than us.  Hit them up over on Twitter and let them know The Frog sent ya.

We’re gonna relax here fer a spell whilst ya do, Froggies.

 

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