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Have You Seen This? 'Billie Jean' via bottles

By Martha Ostergar | Posted - Jun. 2, 2014 at 1:40 p.m.



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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — If you could skillfully play any instrument in the world, what would it be?

I bet you didn’t choose blowing into glass bottles. But that’s just what the Bottle Boys from Denmark have practiced into an art.

If you thought last week’s Have You Seen This? about “Flight of the Bumblebee” tapped out on bottles was neat, the Bottle Boys’ version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” will "blow" you away. (Pun intended.)

The Bottle Boys aren’t just some brand of frat brothers looking for a crowd-pleasing party trick. (Although, I can’t say if they started out that way.) They have honed their instruments and skills to make playing more efficient and impressive.

For instance, some band members wear what they call “head racks” that wrap around their necks and hold several bottles — not unlike a harmonica neck holder — so they do percussion with their hands.

Additionally in this video, the Bottle Boys debut their newly learned “double bottle” technique to truly represent the complexities and harmonies that are present in “Billie Jean."

The result is impressive and a whole lot of toe-tapping fun.

Make sure to check out the Bottle Boy’s equally fun — if not quite as impressive — versions of Disney’s The Little Mermaid’s “Under the Sea” and Katrina and the Waves' “I’m Walking on Sunshine.”

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