Friday, September 15, 2006
With the possible exception of the pipe organ, is there a more beautiful instrument than the bagpipe? And yet the world of rock music is pretty much devoid of bagpipery. Why is this?
The only two songs I am aware of that feature bagpipes are:
1- Mull of Kintyre by Paul McCartney. Which is not really what you would call a "rock" song, but a pretty song nonetheless.
2- Long Way to the Top by AC/DC. This is definitely what one would call "rock". The bagpipe harmonizes with the guitar so well in this song, I am amazed it has not been done more often.
My son found this rare clip of AC/DC and its first frontman, distant cousin Bon Scott, playing the bagpipe and wearing a black superman T, on YouTube. He was evidently an award winning bagpipe player, being born in Scotland before his family moved to Australia. And check out the young Angus Young in his blue schoolboy outfit. Hilarious stuff. Totally awesome.
So the question remains...where is the bagpipe rock? It's a whole genre waiting to be explored.