Time for another installment of Patchy’s Inappropriate Instrumentals, where I share awesome covers of great songs done on strange instruments, or things that aren’t even instruments at all.
Rage Against The Machine takes a pretty bare-bones approach to their rap-rock fusion: one guitar, one bass, one drumset, and a fired-up dude spitting rhymes into the mic. That being said, their guitarist Tom Morello is anything but bare-bones with his playing and excellent use of effects.
But I bet you wouldn’t expect to see an orchestra covering any of their songs, would you?
Neither did I, until today when Catherine Hanrahan happened to be in the office and said “Hey, check out this video!”
In the video was the George Mason University Green Machine band, playing a medley of RATM songs. Awesome.
They manage to incorporate two classic Rage tunes into one quick little song, just long enough to play during a TV timeout at the university’s sports games (which is essentially why the band was put together). If you’re not familiar with the tunes, they are:
Bulls on Parade
and Killing In The Name
I’m a little bit jealous that this band gets to play awesome songs like this. Reminds me of an idea I had, back when I was in high school. I wanted to combine the school concert band and a rock band to do a cover of the entire Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Maybe a lofty goal for a high school band, but it never happened and now I’ll never know what could have been.
Seen any wicked covers on strange instruments lately? Feel free to send them my way!