2009 Air Guitar World Title Goes to France

2009 Air Guitar World Title Goes to France

Frenchman Sylvain Quimene (aka “Gunther Love”) won the 2009 Air Guitar World Championship in Oulu,  Finland yesterday. Clad in a skin-tight gold leotard, his imaginary instrumental antics impressed judges, who awarded him a decisive 35.1 points on the tough International Air Guitar Scale. Last year’s World Champ, American Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier, and 2009 U.S. titleholder Andrew “William Ocean” Litz shared second place with 34.8 points. Other competitors hailed from Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Great Britain, Brazil, New Zealand, France, Taiwan, Switzerland, Romania, Australia, Russia, Belgium and Canada.

Here is a video of  Monsieur Quimene nailing the French Air Guitar championship back in June:

C’est Magnifique! (Awesome, dude!).


Image (Stratocastrian Man, after Leonardo da Vinci and Leonardo Fender) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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2 Responses to “2009 Air Guitar World Title Goes to France”

  1. pawsinsd Says:

    What, you missed my entry? I went wired at home for the first time, testing things for a few moments. New Seagull Artist Folk with QII electronics. It fits me better than the dreadnaught. Still a beginner.

    So, cheers to Stratocastrian Man and Leo Fender. I think I met Leo in the guitar shop the other day. He said something about the Da Vinci Code being bunk.

    Now that you’ve indulged your musician fantasies, how about Tom Daschle and his non-lobbying role that garners him access to Obama and all his former staffers that are now in the White House?

    They can’t do a half-a**ed healthcare reform and Obama seems to be taking clues from Daschle from insurance companies. Insurance companies are in business to make money from premiums and investing premiums, not in patient care.

    And NYT on how Palin’s “death squad” lies haven’t been quashed by the media.

    You’ve got your job to do and my in-laws are coming in for 8 days so would you like to trade jobs? Take care and keep up the good work. Cheers, Dee

    [Dee is our foreign correspondent in the Great Beehive Republic. We allow her to comment off-topic on occasion.– ML]

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    Dee: The crowning irony of the Air Guitar World Championship is the prize — a custom electric guitar that none of the contestants knows how to play.

    “According to the ideology of the Air Guitar, wars end, climate change stops and all bad things disappear, if all the people in the world played the Air Guitar. This is why the whole universe is invited to play the Air Guitar for the world peace at the end of the competition.”

    Everyone in the world will too busy to hate — calling the cops about all those loud sound systems playing Hard Rock whilst drunks mime playing it.

    You write: how about Tom Daschle and his non-lobbying role that garners him access to Obama and all his former staffers that are now in the White House?

    I read his so-called book about what he calls healthcare reform — just an apology for the status quo and excuses for the failure of past congressional reforms. I haven’t read Dr. Dean’s book yet, but might. What I haven’t seen — because it doesn’t exist — is a concise summary of the 1000-page current House bill. The lack of said summary keeps the WH on the defensive, saying what health reform is not; most people don’t know what it is.

    T.R. Reid had a column in yesterday’s WaPo that might be of interest to your neighbors in DeseretStan. It explains that there is nothing “foreign” about the healthcare plans of other countries. It underlines your notion that only in the U.S. do health insurers care more about the financial health of private investors than the pain and suffering of patients.

    Speaking of pain and suffering, good luck with the in-laws.

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