July 27 is Bagpipe Appreciation Day.
We’re not sure who decided to make a day to celebrate one of the world’s most annoying instruments, or why they would do that, but here it is.
I suppose it might make sense in Scotland, but here in America, the bagpipe is a pretty overlooked instrument. And this is National Bagpipe Appreciation Day…which means it isn’t even celebrated in Scotland. Then again, every day is Bagpipe Appreciation Day over there.
Well, it’s a Sunday, so what the hell, we can make bagpipes rock. In fact, many rock bands have done so before. Bagpipes are not an easy instrument to play – you have to have an incredible lung capacity – so to be able to play and make beautiful rock music with them is pretty impressive.
Let’s take a brief moment of our weekend to honor the bagpipers who can play something a bit more upbeat than “Amazing Grace.”
Here are 5 rock songs that feature bagpipes:
AC/DC – “It’a a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)”
The bagpipes are a pretty omni-present image in this one, but their shining moment in the music comes as a bagpipe-guitar duet at 1:25.
Eric Burdon & the Animals – “Sky Pilot”
The bagpipes come in after the guitar solo at about 3:53.
Paul McCartney & Wings – “Mull of Kintyre”
This ballad named after a peninsula in Scotland actually has a whole marching band of bagpipes at 1:32.
Nazareth – “Hair of the Dog” (live version)
The studio recording doesn’t feature bagpipes, but for some reason Dan McCafferty decided to bring some pipes on tour in 1981. Of course, they’re modulated so that you couldn’t tell what the instrument is unless you’re watching at 2:12.
Dropkick Murphys – “Shipping Up To Boston”
We had to. Boston.
Check out even more rock ‘n’ roll bagpipes from Ultimate Classic Rock.
Did we miss any? What’s the weirdest instrument you’ve ever seen used in a rock song? Tell us in the comments below!