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Vimeo of the Week: Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World from Joey Tosi on Vimeo.

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World is well worth the hour it takes to finish this short film. The movie, directed by Joey Tosi, is all about the “wah wah” effect Cry Baby pedal used in popular music. From its debut in 1966 until modern day, the movie interviews industry professionals, from famous musicians to music engineers, showing how it’s been used to great effect in many of the songs you know.

Featured in the film are Brad Plunkett, the inventor of the pedal, as well as Ben Fong-Torres, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Buddy Guy, Art Thompson, Eddie Kramer, Kirk Hammett, Dweezil Zappa, and Jim Dunlop.

It’s the type of documentary I love. It takes an obscure thing, a freaking guitar pedal, and elevates it to iconic stature. It tells a fun story. And it celebrates design, innovation, and the arts. Watch it!