Lead video on YouTube

Written by Adrian Holovaty on April 30, 2007

Wow, somehow my MacGyver theme song video was selected to be the top featured video on YouTube's home page right now. A screenshot, for posterity:

I'm not sure what amuses me more -- the fact that the YouTube editors decided to feature this, or the immediate, endless stream of gratuitous "Please watch my video" comments that the video is getting (and I'm deleting).


Posted by Vader on April 30, 2007, at 10:35 p.m.:

Awesome video! I'd like to learn how to play that; did you figure out the tablature yourself or find it online? If the latter, please tell me where you found (all the ones on Ultimate Guitar are too simplistic). If the former, I'd really appreciate it if you'd transcribe and release the tab. Thanks!

Posted by tom sherman on April 30, 2007, at 10:38 p.m.:

Congrats! You have cracked the completely-random-and-needs-to-be-revamped YouTube homepage. :)

Posted by Adrian on April 30, 2007, at 10:39 p.m.:

Vader: It's my own arrangement, and I don't know of any available tab. I'll see if I can find some time to transcribe it, though. Thanks for your interest.

Posted by Joanna on May 1, 2007, at 5:46 p.m.:

I usually don't watch the top featured videos, but for some reson I did today, some minutes ago and I really liked it, I don't know why but I wanted to say itto you too:)

Have a nice day! (I hope it really is day there in Chicago:D)

Posted by bob vila on May 1, 2007, at 10:59 p.m.:

sweet tune bro - do one for the 'Magnum P.I." theme, its just nasty!

Posted by Vernon on May 2, 2007, at 4:59 a.m.:

I just happened to be on Youtube randomly clicking the videos on the front page, then when I saw your video I saw the "adrianholovaty" as the artist and said hey that's the Django guy! Just had to stop by to comment, nice job!

Posted by Tsal on May 2, 2007, at 8:31 p.m.:

I'll have to check it out when I get home - the tubes that deliver YouTube are capped here at the office. :)

Posted by terry on May 3, 2007, at 4:24 a.m.:

I'm interested in your version of the MacGyver tablature too-. If you do take the time to figure it out could you send it on to me too? Really want to learn yours. thanks

Posted by Scott Johnson on May 4, 2007, at 3:42 p.m.:

Nice! Have you noticed a large increase in traffic to your video since making the homepage?

Posted by Adrian on May 4, 2007, at 3:53 p.m.:

Scott: Yes, the number of views has gone from 33K to (as of right now) 763K. Pretty astounding that so many people have watched that silly thing!

Posted by Pete Thorton on May 4, 2007, at 11:40 p.m.:

Whoa !!!! really cool man !!!!! your arrangement for that theme is not easy to follow , sounds great , i play guitar and my fingers are a little rusty trying to play this theme. I want a tab NOW , Bringing back memories .

Saludos desde Argentina dude!!!

Posted by Rob on May 5, 2007, at 4:18 p.m.:

Just happened to be wandering around You Tube and saw your video. Your playing is fantastic and will be watching for more soon. Thanks

Posted by Sam on May 5, 2007, at 5:42 p.m.:

Just watched your vid on youtube and i can see you play quite skillfully but in reality who chooses to feature these things? I wouldn't call it proper music its more novelty but i suppose if thats what people want to see thats what they get.If i were you i'd upload something a bit more substantial.I mean is it your intention to purely play T.V themes or do you have more in you repetoire? Do you write any of your own compositions? If so why not share those? And to all those people asking for tabs.....why don't you just work it out for yourselves? You can see from his video what chord forms he's using and you can hear,can't you??????? If i were incapable of doing that i think i'd give up playing altogether.

Posted by Adrian on May 5, 2007, at 6:02 p.m.:

Sam: See this page for more of my music, including my own compositions.

Pete: See my MacGyver guitar tab transcription.

Posted by Javaun on May 7, 2007, at 4:51 a.m.:

Sam, don't be a hater. This brought me way back. Remember when Mac disassembled an elevator console and used two live wires to heat liquid mercury to a gaseous state, thereby dissipating it and rendering the mercury switch of a time bomb inactive just moments before it detonated? What's not to love. I'm not a frequent YouTuber, but for some reason I logged on yesterday. I never forward anything, yet I've sent Adrian's video to probably a dozen people today.

Even more impressive, I followed Adrian's link to this site and now I know he's a lead developer for Django. Well done on all fronts Adrian, I'll be sure to keep up with your blog from now on!

Posted by Sam on May 10, 2007, at 7:33 p.m.:

God i just read my comment again and i really must seem like a real prick,what can i say? I was having a bad day.It wasn't my intention to be hater as such though Javaun I was just expressing my frustration. I checked out your other music Adrian and i was quite impressed, Happiness is a nice tune and as for your arrangements they really were creative,so forgive me for doubting your musical ability.If you're not already making a living as a musician you could certainly do so,in my opinion.

Posted by stephanie on May 25, 2007, at 11:14 a.m.:

just happened to be wondering all over you tube and i saw my family on bbc one and also on you tube if you all know exactly know what i am going on about i'm sure i love going on you tube and meeting all the people on there especially bozette because she just makes all of my family laugh. ha ha ha ha ha aha ha

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