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And just like that, another hump day is upon us. And that means its time for another edition ofPatchy’s Inappropriate Instrumentals.
Last week I featured an instrument that wasn’t actually an instrument. If you’ve ever wanted to hear Metallica performed on 12 floppy disk computer drives, then you need to check out last week’s edition.
This week, however, we feature a classic Iron Maiden tune.
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I’ve never been a huge fan of Iron Maiden. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy their music, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for them as musicians and business people. I just, for one reason or another, have never become a huge fan to the point where I go seeking all their music.
The first time I ever heard their song The Trooper was as a teenager when I was looking for a band to play with. I had met a few guys who happened to be looking for someone to play bass and sing for them. At that point, I was primarily a guitarist, but had a bass so I decided to give it a shot. The Trooper was one of the first songs they wanted me to learn. I’m no Steve Harris, but I managed to get through it. Somewhat. Looking back now, I’m sure it didn’t sound great, but it was fairly true to the original at least.
Part of me wonders what it would have sounded like if we had done our own thing with it, instead of playing the original as close to note-for-note as our 16-year-old fingers could. I don’t know about the other guys, but at the time, I was so used to just playing hard rock kinda stuff that I’m not sure I would have managed to play it any other way.
Even still, what if we had covered it in… say, a bluegrass style? I think one of the guys had a banjo, it could have been doable… But it doesn’t matter now, because even if we had, it would have sounded nowhere near as great as what Finnish bluegrass band Steve’n’Seagulls did with it.
I gotta say, I LOVE what they’ve done with the song. I generally enjoy most bluegrass that I hear, though, so I’m not terribly surprised.
Make sure you come back next Hump Day for another edition of Patchy’s Inappropriate Instrumentals! Also, thanks to Desmond Berlingeri for hooking me up with this video!