Pirates and Punk

OK, so I’ve been thinking of cool tunes to add to my Drive-by piping repertoire. Seems like people always smile when you play a tune they don’t expect to hear on the pipes.

The Pirate of Sainte Mary’s is a piper who busks, and he plays a version of the Star Wars theme. Sounds like it’s a hit with his audience.

I’d like to work up some punk standards on the pipes.

My tiny list so far:

I Fought the Law – The Clash

Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones (honestly, with three notes you can probably make anything by The Ramones work on pipes)

It’s early days yet – any suggestions? I’ll update the list soon….

2 Replies to “Pirates and Punk”

  1. OK. Not quite punk, but I think it would be funny to play Big Country on pipes–after all, they were trying to play pipes on guitar. How about some red Billy Bragg, like The Marching Song of the Covert Battalions? I can’t get Ian Dury and the Blockheads off my mind. “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” has fewer than 9 notes.

    I’m listening to Ashley MacIsaac right now. I want to hear a wild piper in there.

  2. I’ve always found “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath and “Inagodadavida” by Iron Butterfly to be good crowd pleasers.

    Start either one on “B” and go from there.

    BTW, thanks for the link, and welcome to the Pirate’s blogroll.

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