It’s time for another edition of Patchy’s Inappropriate Instrumentals, where I bring you covers of great songs done on weird (that is, not necessarily fitting the song) instruments, or things that aren’t even instruments at all!
Today, we’re featuring one of Black Sabbath‘s signature songs, War Pigs.
— Z105 (@Z105Rocks) July 7, 2016
[I mostly just included that tweet for the photo, but if you’re interested in that jazz version of Paranoid, I’ve included it below]
War Pigs has always held a special place in my heart, for a couple reasons: 1) It’s a totally kickass song, and 2) It was probably my favourite cover to play with my very first band at the age of 16. I’m sure we didn’t do it justice, but either way, it was always a ton of fun to play! I’ve heard it I don’t even know how many times, and I still crank it up every damn time I hear it. It’s just one of those songs.
No, I didn’t come to share a video of my high school band covering it. Frankly, I don’t think you want to hear that. What you MAY want to hear is Aaron Gage, a young man who plays the cello and sings. And as it turns out, he does a pretty badass cover of War Pigs with those two instruments, and the help of a loop pedal. Check it out!
I’ve always been a fan of a cello as a part of a rock band – for example, what Nirvana did with it… But on it’s own, I don’t really think of the cello as a rock instrument. I had previously featured a couple cello-playing dudes covering AC/DC though. At any rate, I quite enjoy his take on the song.
Oh, and for that jazz cover of Paranoid, I knew as soon as I saw the title who had created this version of the song. It’s Andy Rehfeldt, who has put his own spin on a TON of different songs. He’s a super talented guy, and his songs are usually pretty entertaining. This one is no different:
Until next time…