Michael Winslow The Man of 10,000 Sound Effects Deserves Bigger Stardom

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If you’ve seen any of the Police Academy movies you’re familiar with Larvell Jones, The Human Sound Machine. He’s a standup comedian who seemingly can imitate any sound effect, including the raging guitar sounds of Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin and Eddie Van Halen once traded guitar licks with him in 1987.

Still, the biggest surprise was Winslow, the comedian best-known as Larvell Jones a.k.a. the human sound machine from Police Academy. Winslow and Van Halen traded riffs, with Eddie wailing on his axe while Winslow provided impressively realistic guitar-like vocals. “They were dueling,” Plastik recalled, “with Eddie playing a lick and Michael voicing it back.”

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But this performance is nothing compared to Winslow’s Jimi Hendrix “Purple Haze” imitation.

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Winslow’s filmography is not commiserate to the otherworldly vocal talents he possesses. Why hasn’t this guy broke through bigger than he has? The cliche “criminally underrated” easily applies here.